The Gregory Baltoro gets high praise for its convenient top-loading design and many compartments. It is large enough for weekend excursions, but if you are going more than five days, you may want a larger pack. Conversely, for your weekend trips, a smaller pack may be better suited. The Baltoro comes in 65- and 75-liter sizes.
Capable, but squeaky. Gregory is known for their excellent lumbar support, and the Gregory Baltoro hiking backpack is no exception. The pack is designed to comfortably carry up to 50 pounds, although some reviewers suggest a higher weight limit. A reviewer on SummitPost.org states, "The Baltoro will carry 40-50 pounds easily and loads of up to 60 pounds with comfort."
Ethan Newberry of GingerRunner.com notes the backpack tends to be a bit noisy when in use. One customer on BackCountry.com says, "The harness sometimes squeaks a little as you walk. You can fiddle with it and adjust it a little to mitigate it, but it come and goes." While this doesn't necessarily affect the performance, a persistent squeaking sound may become quite bothersome on longer hikes.
Easy access. The Gregory Baltoro has a top-loading design with a front and bottom zipper to access the main compartment. However, some find that the excessive number of pockets and compartments make the front-loading feature useless. Writing at Adventure Reports, one reviewer says, "It's a feature I specifically sought out but it is useless on a pack this size (especially with this many pockets) because once everything is loaded and cinched down the front access is inaccessible anyway." Most reviewers, however, say this is a minor trade-off given the level of organization and management the numerous compartments offer. Another popular feature: The backpack has a reservoir sleeve and two drinking tube ports.
No complaints; a good sign. Proven to be strong and durable, the Gregory Baltoro is composed of double-diamond ripstop nylon and flat-weave nylon materials. In his video review of the pack, Newberry explains how the Baltoro was regularly abused and thrown around during his trips. After multiple hikes the pack still looked clean and new. This is a testament to the pack's high threshold for wear and tear. Although reports go back many years, consumer reviews do not mention durability issues, which is a good sign.
Good for life. All Gregory packs carry a lifetime warranty, including the Gregory Baltoro. Depending on where you purchase the Baltoro, you may be able to try it out before deciding. There are few reviews about customer service.
Review Credibility: Excellent The Gregory Baltoro 65 is rated second overall out of 11 hiking backpacks tested. Nicholson says it's the best backpack tested for carrying massive loads and is comfortable even with those heavier demands. The one complaint they have about the pack is that it's heavy. Overall, editors rank it 5 stars out of 5.
Review: Gregory Baltoro 65 Review, Ian Nicholson, Nov. 27, 2012
2. Adventure Reports
Review Credibility: Very Good This contributor tests the Gregory Baltoro 75 on an excursion through Yosemite. He gives a list of pros, cons, and minor complaints. Overall he gives the Baltoro a very positive review, calling it a "winner." He also lists some other packs he was considering at the time of purchase, comparing them to the Baltoro.
Review: Gregory Baltoro 75, "Billy", June 5, 2011
Review Credibility: Very Good Gregory supplied Ethan Newberry of GingerRunner.com with a Baltoro 65 backpack for him to review. While he admits he hasn't done a vast amount of backpacking, he does spend a lot of time on the trails. Overall Newberry has very few complaints and seems to hold the pack in high regards.
Review: Review: Gregory Baltoro 65 Backpack, Ethan Newberry, March 2, 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good The Gregory Baltoro is listed under multiple titles for its various colors and sizes. We reviewed the Baltoro series. Therefore, we analyzed all of these listings and took into consideration any customer review referring to a feature available across the series. Overall, customers give the Baltoro very high ratings of nearly 5 stars from more than 30 reviews. Most say it's a great pack and effortless to use, once it's properly adjusted.
Review: Gregory Baltoro, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2013
Review Credibility: Fair SummitPost.org provides a brief review of the Gregory Baltoro 70 hiking backpack. Although not very informative, the review does list some of its useful features as well as offer some opinions on what types of trips the backpack is best suited for.
Review: Gregory Baltoro 70 Backpack, Editors of SummitPost.org, Feb. 28, 2011
Review Credibility: Fair BackCountry.com provides a space for both users and prospective purchasers of the Gregory Baltoro to state their opinions of the pack. The site contains a handful of customer reviews as well as some questions and answers by various users. Reviews are highly positive.
Review: Gregory Baltoro 65 Backpack, Contributors to BackCountry.com, As of March 2013