In this Gregory Stout 65 review you can read about a lightweight backpacking pack built from durable materials. It is very suitable for weekend or multi-day tours and it allows you to carry up to 21 kilograms of weight.
- Three sizes to choose.
- Rain cover included.
- Daypack included.
- Durable materials and construction.
Note, there is a new 2017 version of this pack, please see more here.
The Stout 65 pack is lightweight but in the same time a heavy duty tool constructed from very durable materials and with a steel frame. It offers 65 liters of volume, and you will be able to carry up to 45 pounds (21kg) of weight.
The pack is hydration compatible and with a single port behind the neck. The hydration sleeve which you have inside is removable and you can use it as a daypack, you can see it in the picture below. It has its own shoulder straps for this purpose. This adds versatility to this backpack as you can use it in urban walks or for day hikes from your base camp, or just as a summit pack.
Gregory Stout 65 is a top loading pack. So you have a removable lid with two zippered pockets with the access from outside, plus one zippered pocket with the access when you open the pack. One compression strap runs over the collar under the lid, and you can use it to attach some stuff like rope, or just to cinch the pack down.
Apart from this, you have a huge front U-shaped zipper to access the stuff in the main compartment. You can see it in the picture on the right.
The pack comes with its own rain cover stored in a zippered pocket on the front of the pack.
You have daisy chains running vertically along the front. These you can use to attach solar panel system if you have it. Similar attachment points are on the top of the lid, and you can use them for the same purpose.
There are attachment loops on the bottom, and higher above they are paired with bungee tie-offs. These you will use to attach an ice axe or trekking poles.
Dual compression straps are on the bottom section for sleeping pad attachment or for any other similar piece of equipment.
The suspension system
Here you have what they call TrailFlex suspension system. It is based on a steel peripheral wire, a central stay, and a panel. The panel is with a very good padding and mesh. and with air flow channel which runs along the central zone.
A similar padding is on the shoulder strap and on the reinforced hip belt. The hip belt is very adjustable due to velcro connection and adjustable compression straps. So you can move it backward or forward to fit your body size. All this adjustment you can do when you are on the move.
I stress that the harness is not adjustable. Instead, you have three possible sizes to choose, see more in the specifications below.
Dual nice size zippered hip belt pockets are there to store some small items. Three zippered pockets are in the lid. One huge pocket is on the front, secured with straps that run to the sides of the pack, and with a buckle on the top. Behind this pocket (or better to say inside of it) you have an extra pocket for the rain cover.
One vertical zipper is on the front and it leads to the front pouch where you can store large maps or anything similar. It is shown in the picture above.
On both sides, you have the usual water bottle pockets with their own compression straps.
All these features you can see in this nice video from Gregory:
Pros & Cons
Here is my summary:
This is a big pack, and I really miss to see side zippered pockets. But this pack has very deep lower pockets instead, which are used for water bottles or for equipment items.
The harness is not adjustable but this should not be a big issue because you indeed can choose one of the three possible sizes. As for the separate bottom compartment, it adds a lot to the organization and I love to have it. But this pack has an extra large front opening which may partly compensate for this.
The Stout 65 pack has received a very good rating by Amazon customers, with 4.6/5 average rate. I would say this is pretty much deserved.
- Purpose: backpacking, hiking.
- Three sizes: S, M, L.
– S: 3 lb 12 oz (1.7 kg).
– M: 3 lb 14 oz (1.75 kg).
– L: 4 lb 3 oz (1.9 kg).
– S: 3905 cub in (64 l).
– M: 3966 cub in (65 l).
– L: 4149 cub in (68 l).
- Torso fit:
– S: 16 – 18 in (41 – 46 cm).
– M: 18 – 20 in (46 – 51 cm).
– L: 20 -22 in (51 – 56 cm).
– S: 26 x 13 x 11 in (66 x 33 x 28 cm).
– M: 29 x 13 x 11 in (74 x 33 x 28 cm).
– L: 31 x 13 x 11 in (79 x 33 x 28 cm).
- Maximum carry weight: 45 lb (21 kg).
- Access: top & front.
- Warranty: limited lifetime.
- Detachable day pack.
- Integrated rain cover.
- Adjustable sternum strap.
– Body: 420 HD polyester ripstop.
– Base: 600 D polyester.
– Frame: steel.
- Hydration compatible.
- Double barrel lid top lid with dual accessory zip pockets and underside security zip pocket.
- Anti-barreling stay for added stability under heavy loads.
- Colors: 3, see the pictures.
- Shove-it pocket expanding front stuff pocket for quick access to large items.
- Daisy chain exterior lash points on the top lid and front of the pack.
- Vertical-zip front accessory pocket.
- Side compression straps.
- Trekking pole and ice axe cords and loops.
Comparison with other brands
See Gregory Stout 65 compared with some other top models on the market:
|Zippered side pockets||no||yes||no|
|Hip belt pockets||yes||yes||yes|
|Metal internal frame||yes||yes||yes|
*Data for M size.
I rate the Stout 65 backpack below the Deuter Futura pack. This one is in my view is the top in the industry and my rate for the Futura pack is the highest I have ever given to any pack. So Gregory’s pack is good but definitely not in that class. This holds in particular with respect to ventilation and the suspension system. Please follow the links to see more.
Best price & place to buy
- The best place regarding the price and shipping conditions is usually Amazon.com.
Note that the Stout series included packs of 35 l, 45 l, 65 l, and 75 l. The corresponding series for women is known as Amber series with packs of 34, 44, 60 and 70 liters. They are all with similar features but there are some important differences as well.
So to summarize this Gregory Stout 65 review, what you have here is a pack with a modern design, functional and built from very good materials. I can fully recommend it without any hesitation. A few objections which I noted above are not essential, they are more the matter of preference than real shortcomings of the pack. The day pack and the rain cover definitely add a lot to the value of this pack.
You might want also to see this completely new model Paragon 68 from the same brand, launched in 2017, with several unique features and bonuses.
I shall be happy to hear from you, there is a comment box below. I wish you a pleasant day.