Gregory Maven 35 pack for women is the smallest pack from a completely new series of four packs launched in 2017. With 1.33 kg of weight, this is a very lightweight hiking tool yet with many great and useful features, ideal for light overnight and day tours.
Benefits, bonuses, and unique features
- Rain cover included.
- Very lightweight.
- New Aerolon suspension.
- Quick-stow feature on the shoulder strap for attaching glasses on the go.
- Adjustable harness.
Maven 35 backpack – description
This nicely designed pack is a top loading type, with classic features that include a top lid and an extendible spindrift collar underneath it. It comes with a bottom sleeping bag compartment, so you have the usual zippered bottom entrance.
The pack is hydration compatible, with a sleeve inside the main compartment, visible in the picture below. The bonus is its rain cover which stows in an external zippered pocket beneath the front shove-it pocket.
The best part: the suspension system
In the specifications below, you will see that the pack is built in two sizes XS/S and S/M with 2 liters of volume differences. So you can choose your proper size in the moment of purchase. But in addition to this, you also have an adjustable torso for a perfect fit. This is what they call Aerolon suspension system, based on an ultra-light 7 mm hollow 7001 aluminum frame with a specific new geometry and flexibility.
To adjust the torso, push your hand behind the harness to break the Velcro tabs behind, and then move the harness up or down to your desired position. Re-engage the connections after that by simply pressing the harness. So when you have ordered your proper size you still have 4 inches (10 cm) range for the torso adjustment. This is useful if various family members or close friends use the same pack. The same holds if the pack is used by a growing teenager.
On the back, they have introduced what they call Matrix Ventilation System, which is a foam-matrix back panel structure (shown in the picture above) covered by a very breathable mesh that provides an excellent air flow and moisture evaporation. You will notice that the mesh is partly suspended, which increases ventilation. I myself have several backpacks with such suspended tensioned mesh systems. There is nothing better when it comes to ventilation.
The lumbar zone is with a gripton pad system, a soft-molded silicon overlays for an enhanced load transfer. The padding on the hip belt and on the shoulder straps is with a multi-density LifeSpan EVA foam.
On the hip belt, you have side strap stabilizers which you can pull in order to bring the pack closer to your body and to have a better load control in the case of a tricky rock scramble.
This pack has many attachment points. Very functional dual compression straps are on the sides. The lower straps are with the inside-out feature, this means that you can run them through the pockets in order to compress the pack, or over the pockets if you wish to secure the items stored in the pockets.
As mentioned above, you have the quick-stow feature for sunglasses on the left shoulder strap. This is a webbing loop and a tie-off cord, see the picture; after attaching your glasses, you can secure them with the cord.
Dual compression straps are on the bottom, so you can attach a sleeping pad or a tent. There is also a bottom loop for an ice axe or trekking poles attachment, and this is paired by a tie-off bungee cord higher up on the pack.
Four webbing attachment loops are on the top of the lid for various purposes, here you can attach a solar charger or anything else.
There is one large stretch shove-it pocket on the front to store things which you may need on the go, or to store your wet stuff.
Dual zippered pockets are on the hip belt, one is built of a mesh and one is fabric, and dual stretch pockets with angled access for water bottles are on the sides. There are also two top pockets on the lid.
Pros & Cons
Here is my summary:
As you realize, my list of pros is very long, this is a nicely built pack.
Rating of Gregory Maven 35 Pack For Women
Specifications & summary of features
- Gender: for women.
- Purpose: hiking, mountaineering, travel.
- Two sizes: XS/S, S/M.
– XS/S: 1.22 kg (2 lb 11 oz).
– S/M: 1.33 kg (2 lb 15 oz).
– XS/S: 33 l (2014 cu in).
– S/M: 35 l (2136 cu in).
- Size (L x W x D):
– XS/S: 58 x 33 x 25 cm (23 x 13 x 10 in).
– S/M: 64 x 33 x 25 cm (25 x 13 x 10 in).
– Main fabric: 210 D ripstop nylon.
– Secondary fabric: 210 D HT ripstop nylon.
– Frame: aluminum.
- Maximum weight: 40 lb (18 kg).
- Torso length:
– XS/S: 33 – 43 cm (13 – 17 in).
– S/M: 41 – 51 cm (16 – 20 in).
- Access: bottom, top.
- Adjustable harness.
- Hipbelt circumference:
– XS/S: 56 – 117 cm.
– S/M: 58 – 123 cm.
- Ventilated back panel.
- Compression straps.
- Rain cover.
- Ice axe/pole attachment.
- Hydration compatible.
- Hipbelt pockets.
- Side stretch pockets.
- Colors: 3, see the pictures.
- Warranty: limited lifetime.
Comparison with competitors
See the Gregory Maven 35 backpack compared with some models for women from other brands:
PRO 34 SL
|Volume (l)||32||34 + 4||35|
|Loading type||hybrid panel-top
|Side zippered pockets||yes||yes||no|
In conclusion of this review of Gregory Maven 35 pack for women, I wish to stress again that this is a very modern and advanced design with excellent features and lightweight materials used in the construction. The adjustability which you have in the torso length and in the hip belt makes it suitable for growing youths, for several users, and for family members.
The pack is only 35 liters of volume, but so many attachment options make it very much suitable for overnight tours, you have plenty of options to attach things from outside, like a pad and a tent, etc. But this is a versatile tool, so it can be used for any outdoor activity and for travel. I can fully recommend this pack. It is sold on Amazon under the name Gregory Mountain Products Women’s Maven 35 Backpack. I have included it in my list of best day hiking backpacks for women.
If you need something bigger from the same series, note that the 45 liters version is with exactly the same features. The other two packs from the series, the Maven 55 and Maven 65, have the same features but they also have some more bonuses, so please follow the links.
Thank you for reading. I shall be happy to hear from you, so let me know what you think about this new Gregory’s series, there is a comment box below. I wish you a pleasant day.