This Gregory Stout 65 Backpack Review is about a completely redesigned version of the great Gregory pack with adjustable both the harness and the hip belt with its pockets, with a rain cover, and with only 1.73 kg of weight.
Key features & benefits
- Very lightweight, with the volume/weight ratio 38 L/kg.
- Bonus rain cover.
- Completely adjustable harness, hip belt, and hip belt pockets.
Who is it for
The Stout 65 pack is a big tool and with only 1.73 kg (3 lb 13 oz) of weight, so clearly it is very much suitable for backpackers, hikers, mountaineers, and for travel as well.
The weight capacity of this pack is 23 kg (50 lb), and this makes it big enough for several days tours and even for week-long adventures as well.
New 2017 version – so what is new
You can see differences very easily if you compare the previous Stout 65 pack described in my earlier review, and the pack shown here. You will realize that this is a completely new pack, totally different from the previous version.
I do not see the point of using the same name for this new version, there is nothing similar neither from an esthetical not from a functional point of view. So if you are looking for something new, and you already have the previous Stout 65, remember this is a different tool.
Here are the most important differences:
- The new 2017 Stout 65 is one size; there are 3 sizes in the previous model.
- The new pack is with an adjustable harness; it is fixed in the previous.
- The new pack is with a bottom compartment; it is absent in the previous model.
- The new pack is without front access; it is available in the previous (instead of the bottom access).
- There is no daypack in the new version, it is available in the previous.
- The new pack’s front pocket design is totally different.
There are more differences, so please visit my previous Stout 65 review to see more. More about this new Stout and Amber series (for women) you can see in my text where I announced their arrival for the first time.
New 2017 Gregory Stout 65 pack – description
The pack is a classic top loading type, so you have a floating and removable lid and a spindrift collar. The main compartment is with a hydration sleeve shown below, and the hose port is behind the harness.
As mentioned above, this pack also has a bottom zippered compartment, so this is different from the previous version. There is a removable divider between the two compartments. Its design is not so great, this is a piece of fabric fixed with toggles which attach it to the walls. So there is a lot of space between it and the walls and small items can pass easily from above. It simply does not seal the spaces.
The suspension system
This new version does not come in sizes. Instead, you have an adjustable harness shown below, so you can have a very precise fit for your torso length. There are letters on the back that can guide you in the process of fitting the pack but you can choose any length because of the hook and loop Velcro connection. So this is what they call the Trailflex system which allows for a very precise fit in the size range 41 – 56 cm (16 – 22 in).
The system is based on a lightweight spring steel wishbone frame which runs behind the back panel. It is positioned so that it transfers the load to the lumbar zone which is with a huge padding, as expected for the area with the biggest weight impact, see it below. The back panel is anatomical, nicely padded and with the ventilation system in place.
The hip belt is a part of the same Trailflex system, pre-curved and with a very substantial padding, but it is still quite flexible and it will follow your body movement. See below how impressive it looks like.
So all in all, this is a rather efficient and nice design as it should be for a pack designed to carry over 20 kilograms of weight.
To start from the lid where you have one very big top zippered pocket, and you have yet another on its underside.
The two zippered hip belt pockets (shown above) are a part of the adjustable system, so the hip belt is adjustable and the hip fins are movable backward and forward so that the pockets remain in the perfect place. This is one of the key features mentioned above.
You have the usual dual side stretch mesh pockets, and one large stretch mesh pocket is on the front, so this is completely different from the previous version.
Inside this front pocket there is yet another zippered pocket where you will find the integrated rain cover. This is a bonus of this pack. If you do not need it, it is removable, so you can have the pocket for other stuff, it is very handy because of its front position.
Starting from the lid again where you have webbing loops for solar panels’ attachment or for anything else.
On the front bottom section you have two pairs of loops, bigger for ice axe attachment and smaller in orange color for trekking poles’ tips, so 4 in total, see them below. They are paired with two bungee loops higher on the front.
Completely on the bottom, dual compression straps run across the bottom entrance (see the picture below), for a sleeping pad attachment or for a tent.
On the sides, you have dual compression straps. These you can use to cinch the pack or to fix items stored in the side pockets.
In this short promotion video by Gregory you can see most of the features in this Stout series, so please have a look:
Pros & Cons
Here is my summary:
Note that the volume/weight ratio for this pack is around 38 L/kg, so it is smaller than in the largest pack in the series, the Stout 75. This parameter is good to bear in mind to get some idea of how effective the design is regarding the volume and weight. The bigger the number the better of course, but true load hauling packs are expected to be heavy.
At the moment of writing this text, the price is $180. So this looks a bit steep, but this is a quality pack and you have the rain cover which adds extra value. Note that such a cover would cost you $34 on Amazon, so in view of this, the price sounds reasonable. See more in the comparison table below.
See how I rate this pack:
My rating breakdown of the New 2017 Gregory Stout 65 Backpack
- Best use: backpacking, hiking, mountaineering, travel.
- Weight: 1.73 kg (3 lb 13 oz).
- Volume: 65 L (3966 in³).
- Dimensions: 72 x 36 x 28 cm (32 x 13 x 11 in).
- Rain cover weight: 0.105 kg
- Carry weight: 23 kg (50 lb).
- Fits torso: 41 – 56 cm (16 – 22 in).
- Fits waist: 64 – 135 cm (25 – 53 in).
– Body: 200D x 900D high-strength dobby polyester & 210D ripstop polyester.
– Base: 630D ballistic polyester with 135 high-density polyester reinforcement layer.
– Padding: dual-density CLPE foam.
– Frame: 3 mm & 4 mm spring steel wishbone frame.
– Lining: 135D high-density embossed polyester.
- Adjustable Trailflex suspension system.
- Trailflex adjustable hip belt.
- Trailflex ventilation technology.
- Dual zippered hip belt pockets.
- Rain cover.
- Dual side pockets.
- Front stretch mesh pocket.
- Solar cell attachment points.
- Reinforced bottom panel with dual-layer construction.
- Dual trekking pole and tool attachment points.
- Dual side compression straps.
- Bottom compression straps.
Gregory Stout 65 Pack vs competitors
In the table I give the Gregory Stout 65 Backpack side by side with two other top-notch packs from the same size range, to see more please follow the links:
Regarding the price, at the moment of writing this text, the prices are respectively, $180, 180, 175. As you see they are pretty balanced, but observe the rain cover in the Stout 65 pack.
Gregory Stout 65 vs Baltoro 65
It may be interesting to see how this pack differs from the more famous Baltoro 65 from the same brand. So here are some features in the Baltoro pack:
- It comes in three sizes.
- The Baltoro pack is without adjustability in the harness.
- All three sizes are far heavier.
- The Baltoro pack is officially designed for the same maximum weight.
- Baltoro comes with a bonus daypack.
- It has three access points.
- It has 9 external pockets.
- In the Baltoro pack, you have independently pivoting shoulder straps and hip belt fins.
Gregory Stout 65 vs Gregory Paragon 68
The front of the Stout packs looks pretty much the same as the front of the packs from the new 2017 Paragon series by Gregory. Both series are ultra lightweight and with similar adjustability features for the harness and the hip belt. Here are some features from the Paragon 68 pack. Please follow the link to see more.
- The Paragon 68 is in two sizes, and its suspension system is different.
- The Paragon 68 is lighter.
- In the Paragon, they introduced what they call the Aerolon suspension system.
- Its water bladder sleeve doubles as a daypack.
- Also, it allows for a lidless use.
- It has the Quick-stow feature for glasses on the shoulder strap.
To summarize this Gregory Stout 65 Backpack Review, this pack is completely different from its previous version. The changes are substantial; is it better or not I cannot say for you, this is the matter of preference, but I rate the new version much higher. I like the harness adjustability in the new version. Also, the padding is improved, it is really massive in the new pack. So clearly big changes are introduced in the most important segment of the pack, its suspension. I can warmly recommend it.
Thank you for reading. Please let me know if you have any comment or question. There is a comment box below. Have a nice day.