This Gregory Wander 50 review is about a new and improved version of a lightweight pack for youth and scouts, ideal for overnight and weekend tours.
Some benefits of having Gregory Wander 50 for kids
- Adjustability of the harness and hip belt through years as the kid grows.
- Dual access to the main compartment.
- Rain cover.
This is a Gregory pack with two access points to the main compartment:
- through a traditional top lid and collar, and
- through a front panel access where you have a long horseshoe shape opening with zipper.
The pack is nicely designed and with features which kids love. Two vertical daisy chains are along the front of the pack, visible in the picture on the right.
Dual compression straps are on both sides of the pack. The lower straps are with the inside-out feature, so that they run through the mesh pockets when you just want to compress the pack, or over the pocket if you want to secure the bottle or any other item which you may have there, like tent poles.
In addition to this, you have two compression straps on the bottom section, see the picture above. They can be used to attach a sleeping pad or a sleeping bag, or even a tent.
There are two attachment loops on the front-bottom (see the picture above), and higher up you have the corresponding bungee tie-offs. This is to attach walking poles. Some attachment loops are available also on the top of the lid.
The pack comes with an integrated rain cover stored in the pocket on the bottom section on the front.
The pack is hydration compatible and the hose port is behind your neck.
This pack is designed for kids, with a harness that grows with the user. So, it will remain suitable for the youth in the age range 10-20 years. This all is achieved by Gregory’s VersaFit suspension system applied here, which is supported by the Wishbone Wire internal frame.
The harness is easily adjustable by simply breaking the velcro and sliding it up or down to the desired torso length.
Shoulder straps are ergonomic and padded just enough. The sternum strap is adjustable vertically and horizontally, and it comes with an emergency whistle.
The same sort of adjustability is on the hip belt where the hip fins can be moved forward and backward by breaking the velcro. So you have a full adjustability integrated in both parts of the suspension.
Two usual mesh pockets are on the two sides, for water bottles or some other gear, like tent poles. One nice size pocket with U-shaped zipper is on the central part of the front, it is visible in the first picture above.
One zippered pocket for valuables is on the underside of the lid, and yet another one is on the top of it.
On the hip belt, you have two nicely designed zippered pockets, always useful to have, see the picture above.
You can see most o these features in this video:
Pros & cons
In my view, the padding on the back is quite flat, without ventilation channels. Kids sweat just as grown up people, so ventilation for such a big pack is very important. Here is my summary of pros and cons:
You will notice that there are variants of the same model available on the market. This is the latest model from this year, 2016. The previous version has received an incredible 4.9/5 average rate by Amazon customers.
I am sure the new model will also be rated very high because it has several new features, like 2 hip belt pockets, 2 attachment loops on the bottom and the 2 bungee tie-offs.
- Weight: 3 lb 4 oz (1.47 kg).
- Size: 27 x 12.5 x 13 in (68.6 x 31.8 x 33 cm).
- Volume: 3051 cu in (50 L).
- Colors: 3.
- VersaFit adjustable suspension.
- Fits torso: 13 -18 in (33 -46 cm).
- Fits waist: 22 – 40 in (56 – 102 cm).
– Body: 300 D polyester, 400 HD polyester.
– Base: 630 D polyester ballistic.
– Frame: spring steel and HDPE.
- Warranty: limited lifetime.
- Top lid and top access.
- Large U-shaped zippered front access.
- External front zippered pocket.
- Dual mesh water bottle pockets.
- Hip belt zippered pockets.
- U-shaped zippered front panel main compartment access.
- Zippered pocket under the lid. Key clip inside.
- Top pocket on the lid.
- Hydration compatible.
- Integrated rain cover.
- Trekking pole attachment loops.
- Dual external daisy chains.
Comparison with packs for youth from other brands
Here I give a table with several top brands’ packs for youth. They are of different sizes, and the table is just to provide more options if you need them. So my rating is just how I see each of them separately, and it should not be used as a parameter for direct comparison between them.
Cloud 65 Junior
To conclude this Gregory Wander 50 review, this is about the new version of a great pack for youth, with several nice added features, like hip belt pockets for example. Gregory is a renown company known for the quality of their packs, so this pack for kids is not an exception. This is a good and reliable tool designed to be used by your kids for at least 10 years. I can fully recommend this pack.
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