Backpacker magazine names the Gregory Baltoro 70 as a 2008 Editor's Choice. In addition, the magazine's 2008 gear guide recommends this backpack not only as the best pack for extended trips, but also as the best backpack overall. Detailed and useful owner-written reviews of the Gregory Baltoro 70 are available at REI.com (a retailer site) and at Trailspace.com (a hiking gear review site). An earlier book reporting on a survey of Appalachian Trail hikers concludes that Gregory backpacks have the lowest repair rate among major brands.
Field testers and owners indicate that the Gregory Baltoro 70 hiking backpack is a good choice for extended backpacking trips. Reviews praise its fit, comfort and convenience despite its large, 4,300-cubic-inch capacity. An overwhelming majority of reviews commend the Gregory Baltoro 70, which carries a lifetime guarantee, for its fine construction and durability. Two owners reviewing it at Trailspace.com, however, report parts breaking. The Gregory Deva (*est. $250) is the women's version, but women also like the Osprey Ariel 65 (*est. $240). Both are sized for long trips. For weekend backpacking, reviews recommend the less expensive Mountainsmith Treklight Eclipse 55 (*est. $200).
1. Backpacker Magazine
This backpacking magazine tests more backpacks than any other publication and puts dozens of models through rigorous field testing. The March 2008 Gear Guide recommends the Gregory Baltoro 70 as the best backpack for extended trips.
Review: 2008 Gear Guide, Editors of Backpacker, Mar. 2008
The Gregory Baltoro 70 is one of the top-rated backpacks on REI.com. Owners praise its comfort, adjustability and large capacity, which make it well suited for long trips.
Review: Gregory Baltoro 70 Pack, Contributors to REI.com
About a dozen hikers rate and review the Gregory Baltoro 70 backpack at Trailspace.com. Editors also offer quotes from reviews at other sites. The Gregory Baltoro 70 gets four out of five stars, with owners praising its design and comfort.
Review: Gregory Baltoro 70, Contributors to Trailspace.com
4. Long-Distance Hiking: Lessons from the Appalachian Trail
A survey of 136 through-hikers on the Appalachian Trail ranks Gregory the most satisfactory brand of backpack and notes the brand's low repair rate.
Review: Chapter Eight: Packs, Tents, Stoves, and Guides, Roland Mueser, 1998