OWNER REVIEW - GREGORY TARNE 36 PACK
BY MARK THOMPSON
December 28, 2010
NAME: Mark Thompson
EMAIL: markthompson 242 at gmail dot com
LOCATION: Castle Rock, CO
HEIGHT: 6' 0" (1.80 m)
WEIGHT: 190 lb (86.20 kg)
Outdoor adventures started for me at a very early age, undoubtedly the result of
adventurous parents. Over the years, my passions have bounced around from one
sport to another, but being in the mountains has always made me feel at home,
whether it's the Sierras, Rockies, Appalachians, Adirondacks or the Alps, I am
always planning my next adventure. After a 24 year separation, I am finally
back home in the Rockies. My near term goals include climbing the Colorado
14ers (7 down, 47 to go), which includes a significant increase in climbing
skill level (presently I am comfortable to Class 3, but need/want to get to
Year of Manufacture: 2010
Manufacturer's Website: <<www.gregorypacks.com>>
Listed Weight: 3lb 5oz (1.50kg)
Measured Weight: ?? oz (?? g)
Pack size: 2319 cu in, (38L)
Tester Pack Color: Obsidian
The Gregory Tarne 36 Pack is hydration compatible and designed for the longer
day hike or in colder temperatures. It's weight is healthy, but lends to it's
large capacity and comfort.
The Tarne 36 has one main zippered compartment (with hydration bladder sleeve),
two smaller zippered compartments, two non-zippered mesh pockets (designed for
water bottles) and a small zippered compartment on the waist belt. To improve
load stability, the pack has four compression straps with two small guide loops,
and to increase versatility, the pack has four gear loops (for ice axe or
The hydration sleeve is designed to accommodate a variety of bladders, and
includes two hooks (for hydrapak style) and a single center loop (for CamelBak
style). There is a central exit point between the shoulder straps for the port
The uppermost compartment makes for easy access and I have designated it to
carry my first aid kit, map and compass and the 11th essential. The second
smaller compartment runs along the back of the pack and provides easy access if
you are not attaching additional gear to the outside of the pack. This is not
how I use the pack, thus, this compartment becomes a vital storage compartment
for the 10 essentials and gear that requires infrequent access. The upper two
compression straps are paired with elastic shock cords to aid in affixing gear
to the outside of the pack. The two small guide loops accommodating these
straps (large enough to hold a carabiner) provide a place to attach additional
gear such as snowshoes or trekking poles.
The shoulder straps are especially well designed, featuring a floating
adjustment strap (for superb maneuverability and comfort) a chest strap (to keep
it all together) and a padded waist strap which ensures comfort while evenly
distributing the load. The pack frame is covered with a solid pad (vice mesh)
which prevents snow accumulation. The bottom of the pack features a reinforced
bottom (for all the times you set the pack down in the dirt).
I purchased this pack to serve as my winter day pack and wanted the following
features: hydration compatible (I drink a lot of water), sufficient storage for
extra clothes, ability to carry an ice axe, trekking poles and snowshoes. The
most important factor, though, was comfort, it absolutely had to fit! My
initial impressions are that this is a well designed and manufactured pack.
With a long torso, I tend to have difficulty finding equipment that fits
properly, this pack is exceptionally comfortable due to it's superb suspension
After two failed attempts to summit Mt. Sherman (kept off the mountain due to
weather), I finally had the opportunity to test the pack on the Colorado Trail.
I started my hike at Kenosha Pass (elev. 10,000'/3,048m) and headed west. The
route covered 10 miles (6.2km) and appx 1,000' (304m) of elevation change. The
temperature was 28 deg F (-2 deg C) with 4 - 6 inches (10 - 15cm) of snow on the
ground. The pack was loaded internally with a 100 oz (3.0L) bladder, the 10
essentials and lots of extra clothes. Externally, I attached an ice axe,
trekking poles and snowshoes.
Other than repeated stops to remove layers due to overheating, the first 4 miles
of the hike were calm and quiet. The next six miles showed that mother-nature
was still in control, the winds picked up (10-15 mph/ 16 - 24 kph) and snow
began to fall significantly (over 1"/2.5cm per hour). With the snow depth
increasing along the trail (aided by the ongoing precipitation) I reluctantly
donned the snow shoes, removed another layer (down to my base now) and added my
shell. The expanding main compartment easily took in all of my additional
clothing with room to spare.
Throughout the blowing snow and multiple trips to the ground (while I was
removing layers and packing them away) the pack provided comfort, stability,
weight distribution and excellent resistance to the elements. There was no
noticeable weather penetration into the pack (although, it was below freezing so
no water) and the snow brushed easily off the exterior.
I have been quite pleased with the pack, especially it's comfort and stability.
- The design and utilization of the 4 straps comprising the external
compression system work very well and kept the pack load firmly in place.
- Suspension system (shoulder straps and waist belt) provide superb comfort
and make the pack easily adjustable.
- The pack could certainly benefit from the addition of more external
attaching points for gear. The pack is marketed as a winter pack for hiking,
skiing etc. I had to use the same mounting points for all my gear, which, with
the addition of two carabiners, this worked well, but more would be better.
THINGS I LIKE
There are several things I like about this pack:
- it fits! Being a rather difficult person to fit, this is huge!
- hydration compatible. I tend to drink about 2 - 3 times the amount of
water consumed by friends during the same trip. This becomes a big factor when
- Reinforced bottom. The "ballistic" bottom sewn to the bottom of the pack
eases concerns over setting the pack down in the back-country.
THINGS I DON'T LIKE
Again, I would like to have more external points for mounting gear. Having gear
loops along the sides of the pack (attached to the frame or structure) would
significantly improve the versatility and ease of adding more gear.
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