Application to test Gregory G Pack
Please accept my application to test the Gregory G pack.
I have read the entirety of The BackpackGearTest Survival Guide v.
1202, including Chapter 5. My tester agreement is on file. I agree
to comply with the testing and report requirements.
According to the manufacturer's website, I would need a Medium pack
with a Large waistbelt and a medium women's shoulder harness.
Date: June 2, 2005
Personal Biographical information -
Name: Pamela Wyant
Height: 5'5" (1.65 m)
Weight: 165 lb (75 kg)
Torso Length: 18 in (46 cm)
Waist at top of hipbone: 38 in (97 cm)
E-mail address: pamwyant(at)yahoo(dot)com
Location: Western West Virginia, U.S.A.
Backpacking Background: Last year I finally acted on a long time
interest in backpacking, starting out slowly by day hiking,
researching backpacking products
and techniques, purchasing gear, and doing a few overnight trips,
including one solo. This year I hope to fit in at least one longer
trip in addition to several more overnight and weekend trips. I hike
and backpack mainly in the hills and valleys of West Virginia,
and use a hammock sleeping system. For a two-day trip my typical
pack weighs 22-30 lb (10-14 kg), and I hope to lighten that a bit.
Field Information -
I would mainly be testing the Gregory G pack on trails and country
roads in West Virginia. This would vary from the mountainous
eastern region of the state with elevations from 2500 to over 4000
feet (762 to over 1219 meters), to the river valley corridors in the
eastern, western and central part of the state, with elevations from
550 to 1000 feet (168 to 305 meters). West Virginia's nickname is
the mountain state, and it lives up to its name, so I would be doing
a lot of uphill and downhill hiking from moderate to steep, and some
creek crossings. Considering a six month testing period, I should
experience temperature ranges from lows in the 30F (-1C) range to
highs near or slightly above 100F (38C). Days would vary from
bright and sunny to daylong rain. Rainfall is ample in the area,
with normal monthly levels ranging from 3-5 inches, and humidity
levels are often high. Other locations I might test the pack in are
neighboring states of Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania and possibly in
Testing plan -
I would mainly be using the Gregory G pack on overnight and weekend
trips, but hope to get at least one longer trip in. I would
anticipate carrying 22-30 lb (10-14 kg) including food and water on
most trips, depending on the season and weather expected.
My current pack is an inexpensive 3250 cu in (53 L) model I picked
up on sale when I decided to get started backpacking, and I believe
it is time I considered upgrading. What interests me most about
testing the Gregory G pack is the reputation of the Gregory name.
Over and over I have read how comfortable other backpackers have
found the Gregory products to be, even in packs weighing much more
than the G pack. Will I find the Gregory G pack a vast improvement
over my current pack?
The manufacturer's website lists several features of the pack. Will
I notice a difference in the "Wraptor Stabilizer" suspension from
that of my current pack? Does it really pull the back panel in
further than my pack does and if so, does it provide better weight
distribution and load control? Does the Exo-Frame truly make the
pack more flexible, as the website claims? Do I find this type
frame makes packing harder due to sagginess of the empty or
partially filled pack? Is the "Sport harness" superior to the
shoulder strap system of my current pack as far as fit and comfort?
I don't find a description of the "gullwing waistbelt" on the
website. How does it differ from other waistbelts? Is the padding
heavy or light? Is the "Chimney ventilated backpanel" a noticeable
improvement in keeping my back cooler?
My initial report will include information on the sizing and fit of
the pack, the materials used, the apparent quality of the
construction, the weight, and the features of the pack. Issues I
will look at will include: Does the appearance of the pack match
the photo on the website, and do the materials and construction
appear to be of good quality? Are there any indications of
irregularities such as loose or irregular stitching or flaws in the
material? Does the pack fit me well, and is it easy to adjust? The
pack appears to have a relatively simple design and sleek
appearance, but the website doesn't show the pockets stuffed with
anything. Does that change the appeal of the clean lines? How
stretchy and accommodating are the mesh pockets? Does the fabric
feel durable or flimsy, or something in between? This pack is a bit
smaller than my current one (2700 cu in or 48 liters for the
medium), but does that include the mesh pocket storage? I like
carrying nearly all my gear inside my pack can I fit all my normal
stuff inside the Gregory G pack? Does it seem cramped or roomy?
How well does my current water bladder fit in the hydration sleeve?
Is the port convenient to use, and is there a clip or other method
of holding the drinking tube in place on the shoulder harness? I
will also describe my plan for field-testing the pack.
For my Field Report, I will look at how well the Gregory G pack has
carried my load. Do I find it an improvement over my old
inexpensive pack? Have I found it convenient to use and pack? The
large mesh pockets look interesting I only have a couple of small
mesh side pockets right now. What sort of items have I found useful
to store in the exterior mesh pockets? Does stuffing them full
affect the balance of the pack overall? Do I find the mesh waist
belt pockets useful for items such as my camera, sunglasses, and
snacks or do I end up not using them? I like packing my sleeping
pad inside my pack, to keep it from being damaged, does this work
well with the G pack? Have I found it hard to cram all my gear
inside the "G" pack? Do I end up leaving some gear home? Does it
work okay when I need to carry more gear, such as in the fall when I
need more insulation, or do I end up with stuff tied all over the
outside in order to take what I need? How do I like the overall
comfort of the pack? I don't use an ice axe have I found a use
for these loops, or are they just an extra I don't need.
For my Long Term report, I will look at how the pack has held up
after several more months of use, and provide additional description
of locations, terrain, and conditions it has been used in. I will
report on any wear or damage or the lack of such. If there are any
issues I had planned to answer in my field report that I did not
feel I had adequate information to sufficiently address at the time
of the field report, those will be addressed in the long-term
report. How have various load weights affected the comfort level of
the pack? Is it useful as a daypack as well as a weekend pack?
Would it be roomy enough to carry what I need for a trip of more
than two days? What are my overall impressions of the Gregory G
pack? There are lighter packs out there, but do I find the G pack a
good balance of comfort and weight? Is the lightweight material
durable? How waterproof is the pack in a good downpour or an all
day steady drizzle? Have I had any warranty issues, and if so, how
well were they handled? Do I feel this pack added to my enjoyment
of backpacking, and in what capacity, if any, do I plan on using it
after the test period?
Recent owner reviews:
Ray-Way Standard One-Person Quilt Kit:
Standard One-Person Quilt Kit/Owner Review by Pamela Wyant/
Frogg Toggs Pro Action Suit:
Pants/Frogg Toggs Pro Action Suit/Owner Review by Pamela Wyant/
The Ray-Way quilt kit review was completed in response to the March
call for owner reviews on do-it-yourself kits. I have completed a
total of four owner reviews so far.
Link to all my completed reviews & reports:
Dunham Waffle Stomper Terrastryder-Low shoes field test complete &
Brunton Glorb Lantern field test complete & uploaded.
Heat Treat Warmers field test completed, and report will be posted
for editing within the next couple of weeks (following my daughter's
upcoming wedding, which is occupying a large chunk of my time for
the next week.)
Imlay Canyon Gear Canyon Knife initial report complete and
The Heat Treat Warmers test series should be completed within a
month and will be my first completed series. I do have sufficient
time to test and report on the Gregory G Pack in addition to testing
and reporting on the other items I am currently tested. These items
can easily be tested on the same trips, and no conflict will occur
by testing them concurrently. I enjoy writing reviews, and am
having a great time testing products. I appreciate the hard work
the BackpackGearTest team has done in obtaining gear from
manufacturers for testing, and am willing to help out with more
items as needed, whether the item is large or small. I would like
to thank BackpackGearTest for providing these opportunities and for
considering my application.