Re: Thoughts on the Gregory G-Pack from a former Owner...
- Warning: I'm committing a "dawn" (who better, right?), and this issue
has likely already been addressed, but if I don't comment now I will
very likely forget all about it by the time I read the rest of the
Ted, two things:
1. Fun, lively writing; I look forward to reading your reports.
2. Why are you judging the durability of a pack designed to carry
20-25 pounds, as stated on the Gregory site, by loading it with "that
45 lb load of rain drenched cold weather gear"?
--- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, "pseudacriscrucifer"
> Alas, I must say, I had been swindled by gregory. Seduced by thefantastic fit, great weight carrying ability, and dreams of
lightweight speed and glory, I purchased a G-Pack. Oh, it felt so
good in the store, carried so well, I thought "this is the pack for
me". I was especially excited at the chance to field test it for the
first time when I had an impromptu chance to climb Mt. Washington in a
last ditch attempt to get a winter ascent in before it was too muddy
to climb. So my G-Pack and I loaded up, and away we went with visions
of mountaineering glory. The ascent was amazing, and I heartily
reccomend it to anyone who has the chance. I thought, "my sweet
G-pack, how well you carried that 45 lb load of rain drenched cold
weather gear" When I came home though, and unpacked everything, it
was a different story. First I noticed on a mesh panel on the large
outside pocket had blown a thumb sized hole. I brought it back to
EMS, where I contemplated returning or repairing. Then I noticed all
over the top front part of the bag where the top of the big pocket
lies, punctures, and then several half inch tears. One hard day hike
and the pack seemed ravaged. The lesson, ultra-light is not all its
cracked up to be. I will say I have never worn a more comfortable
rucksack, and it is feather light, but 30-D nylon isn't enough. So
this has been my experience, and is by no means a comprehensive test
or review, since I didn't even own the pack long enough. I would be
curious however to hear anyone elses thoughts, feelings or experiences
with the g-pack.
- --- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, David Anderson
> The problem there was that you made (in humor) a major faux pas onthis
> list, that tainted the rest of your post for everyone reading itthat
> understand the rules around here. Whether or not you intended it,what you
> posted was flamebait. And the results of posting flamebait is thatyou get
> flamed. When I first got online back in the BBS days, I was givensome very
> good advice, always lurk for a few weeks or months before makingyour first
> posting."Lurk and learn, post and burn." LOL.
> David Anderson
Hang in there, Ted...I liked your original post. I'm still learning
the ropes around here, too...if you have the time, read
Kampfire...it's a lot more free-wheeling and you get a better sense
of people's character and sense of humour. I don't think they're as
prissy and demanding as it seems...it's just this forum is 'on
display' to an extent. Condescending? You should see (maybe you
have) some of the stuff sent in seriously. Hard to tell what is
serious and what is tinged with irony.
Check out Kampfire...seriously <BG>.