Ventilated packs that do away with the mesh back system.
We've been quietly impressed with the Gregory Packs
used over the past couple of years and for 2010
, the company
has made some significant improvements to its Z-Series packs by
completely eliminating mesh from the back system..
Previously the Z-Packs used a mesh-type trampoline to hold the pack
from the user's back, but for next year, Gregory has stuck with the
ventilated principle, but without the mesh which tends, they say, to
press clothing against the back and make things sticky.
The new Jetstream LTS
back system uses a curved plate and alloy frame which combined
with strategically-placed pads, creates an air gap between pack and
back - above. That makes a lot of sense - mesh is more solid
than you might think, a fair bit of it is mesh rather than holes...
In addition to the air gap back, there's also a neat three-way
adjustable hip-belt that incorporates three different sizes in one belt
with the adjustment being made by a Velcro and pocket design.
There are new Z45 men's packs and Z40 women's version with new side
pockets, side access zip and big stretch pocket on the front and in
total there are seven packs in the series from 35 to 65 litres in both
men's and women's versions.
New All Mountain Packs
Also new from Gregory is a range of Fusion
all-round mountain packs from 30-45 litres aimed at
walkers, climbers and mountain backpackers. They're designed to be
close-fitting with good access for easy use.
The Fusion LTS back system is a simple internal frame sheet, which can
be stripped out to save weight for summit pushes, if that's your thing.
3D harness and hip-belt are designed to work well even without the
frame sheet, partly thanks to the Wraptor stablising system which
attaches the bottom of the harness into the lumbar area at two points,
and the packs have both side and top access so you can
choose. which way to reach your sarnies...
All the packs mentioned above will be available in early 2010. More
about Gregory at www.gregorypacks.com