This Gregory Z55 review describes a lightweight pack with a great storage capacity, versatility, and design, ideal for extended weekend tours and overnight adventures.
Where to buy
- The best place regarding the price and shipping conditions is usually Amazon.com.
Z series of Gregory contains day-type smaller packs, and backpacking packs in the range from 35 to 75 liters. So Z55 backpack is a midsize model from the latter group, with an internal frame and with truly great features. I am going to present them for you in this text bellow.
With this pack, you will carry up to 18 kilograms (40 lbs) quite comfortably. This is due to its advanced CrossFlo suspension system which includes a tensioned mesh, a feature seen also in some other sizes of the Gregory’s Z series.
Gregory Z55 backpack is top loading, with a floating lid. This means that the lid can be lifted up in the case of extra load, or it can be removed completely, though I myself would never do this because it contains a huge top zippered pocket and another zippered pocket beneath it, accessible when the lid is open.
There exists a big pocket on the front, with a vertical zipper. There is an additional storage area behind this front pocket. Around the pocket is a U-shaped zippered front access to the main compartment. Also behind the front pocket is an additional zippered pocket with an integrated rain cover, color matched as typical for this Gregory series.
The body of the tent is completely separated from your back, and the mesh itself reacts on the load by changing its tension accordingly. The tension of the mesh is due to metal stays on the back of the pack. This frame transfers the weight to the generously padded hip belt.
On both sides of the belt, you have quite large zippered pockets. Stretch mesh pockets are on the sides as usual.
A similar padding is seen on the shoulder harness, which has a sternum strap attached on it.
There are attachment loops on the bottom and on the upper part of the front, for attaching walking poles and ice axe.
Technical specifications & summary of features
- Small size: 53 l (3234 cu in).
Weight: 1.39 kg (3 lbs 1 oz).
Torso length: 41 – 46 cm (16 – 18 in).
Medium size: 55 l (3356 cu in).
Weight: 1.47 kg (3 lbs 4 oz).
Torso length: 46 – 51 cm (18 – 20 in).
Large size: 57 l (3478 cu in).
Weight: 1.56 kg (3 lbs 7 oz).
Torso length: 51 – 56 cm (20 – 22 in).
- Materials: 210D robic dynagin, 100D robic GR shadowbox, 200D polyester oxford, 256G polyester stretch woven and 190T nylon taffeta.
- Updated CrossFlo suspension.
- Floating and removable top lid with zippered pocket and key clip.
- Zippered stash pocket under the lid.
- Ventilated EVA foam on hip belt and shoulder harnesses.
- Loading: top and front.
- Integrated color-matched rain cover.
- Front zippered pocket.
- Front bucket pocket.
- 2 side stretch water bottle pockets.
- 2 waist belt pockets.
- Hydration compatible. Sleeve with hose port.
- Hideaway ice axe/trekking pole loops.
- Side and bottom compression straps.
In the table below I give a few parameters for Gregory Z55 pack and for a couple of top class Deuter models, just to get some idea. For a full comparison please follow the links.
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|Zippered side pockets||no||no||yes|
Many of the features mentioned in the text you can see in this short video by Gregory, about Z&J backpack series.
So I hope this Gregory Z55 review is useful to you. This is a nice backpack with a great value for the price. My overall feeling about it is:
Thank you for reading. There is a comment box below. I shall be happy to read some comments from you.