Gregory Baltoro 75

The Gregory Baltoro 75 hip belt offers many adjustment options, providing a secure fit for people of all sizes. It is simple to adjust, has enough cushioning, and offers a wrap-around sensation. The two big zipped pockets—one mesh and one waterproof—were very useful to me. It made me wonder why it took so long to incorporate a waterproof compartment onto a hip belt.

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Benefits of Gregory Baltoro 75

Negatives of Gregory Baltoro 75

COMPLETE REVIEW OF GREGORY BALTORO 75

Comfort/Fit

In a range of situations, the Baltoro 75 offers excellent overall comfort while carrying weights up to 60 pounds. Even while carrying large items, the pack felt light and nimble. Good cushioning, a variety of adjustment options. A suspension system that allows for easy mobility combine to make this a highly competitive pack in its class.

The Baltoro features a ventilated back panel with foam and silicone lumbar grip to offer comfort. It prevents the pack from slipping during high-aerobic and fast-paced exercises. The Baltoro has an adjustable, pre-curved EVA foam harness that allows for a more sophisticated fit.

Storage

The Baltoro 75 has three major compartment access points: top, bottom, and a huge U-shaped entrance in the front. These access points provide a variety of packing and unpacking choices. As well as quick access to different sections of the pack. There is a vertical, external side pocket on each side for extra gear storage. As well as a big, front-zippered storage pouch with an inner-zippered mesh pocket for storing a rain cover. Extra storage for things you need to keep especially secure.

The Baltoro 75 has two big zippered hip-belt pockets, one mesh and one waterproof, both of which are large enough to hold a compact camera, smart phone, or GPS gadget. I appreciated the inclusion of this waterproof compartment since it alleviated my concern about electronics and other stored things being wet.

Split Lid

The cover is unlike any other pack I have tried. It features a split lid with a zipper that runs vertically as well as widthwise across the top (rather than the conventional, horizontal zipper we usually find on pack lids). This not only results in a more beautiful lid, but it also allows access without having to worry about the contents of the lid tumbling out. Another unusual and one-of-a-kind storage option is a secure pocket under the lid.

On one side of the Baltoro 75, there is a stretch mesh side pocket, and on the other, Gregory has fitted what it calls the SideWinder stowable ergonomic bottle holster. This is perhaps the finest 1-liter bottle storage compartment I have ever tried on a backpack. The holster pocket secures the bottle while allowing for quick access and replacement on the go. If you do not want to use the SideWinder bottle holster, you may store it in the built-in zipped pocket on the side of the pack.

The internal hydration sleeve on the Baltoro is really a different pack called the “Sidekick day pack,” according to Gregory. It may function as a hydration sleeve for a 3-liter hydration bladder as well as a detachable day pack for short side excursions or fast ascents.

Stability

With loads weighing 40 to 50 pounds, the Baltoro 75 felt stable and functioned like a much smaller pack. Regardless of the terrain or manner of transport, the Baltoro remained comfortable and did not wobble, shift, or float with larger loads. When scrambling or climbing difficult ascents, the Baltoro felt like an extension of my body and never made me feel like I was wearing a fully laden pack, despite the fact that I was.

Durability

Even after weeks of heavy usage, the Baltoro 75 proved bombproof. The zippers, pockets, and materials all worked properly and showed no signs of wear. During my testing of this pack, I had no problems with durability.

What is not to appreciate about this? A reliable solar charger, neatly integrated into the top lid of a tried-and-true trail-worthy backpack!

Gregory and Goal Zero, on their own, are dependable, long-lasting, and practical. They are a marriage made in heaven for long-distance hikers. Drop the pull-down cover of the perfectly integrated Goal Zero and the solar panels convert the sun’s rays to stored or useable energy with no hassle, no worry.

Pros

Cons

The Gregory Baltoro GZ 75

is constructed similarly to my Baltoro 85…sturdy and strong…with the addition of an integrated Goal Zero Nomad 7 Plus solar panel in the lid…and a sleeve housing the Goal Zero Flip 10. (and minus 10 litres of storage).

While I will express my dissatisfaction with the presence of the tiny Flip 10 over…say…the Flip 20, 30, or the preferred Venture 30…

I will certify that it works well, is tiny in stature (3.6x.75x.75), and light in weight (2.5 oz).

The integrated Goal Zero bi-fold Nomad 7 Plus solar panel is incorporated into the pack’s lid. A simple tug on the outside flap separates it from the inside flap, which is kept in place by magnets. I was worried that the magnet might not be strong enough to withstand extreme conditions, but this has not been the case. Even unintentional bushwhacking through conifers did not snag and accidentally expose the solar panel.

Goal Zero

products are renowned for their overall longevity and usefulness. Goal Zero Nomad 7 Plus specs may be found on their website: http://www.goalzero.com/nomad7-plus/

I liked the fact that I could not lose or misplace the GZ solar panels. However, there were moments when I wished I could remove the panels to capture a good angle of the sun without exposing my whole pack. When hiking, the panels are at a fantastic angle when going away from the sun and midday sun…but when walking into the sun, your head and pack conceal it from direct sunlight.

I did not connect the solar panels directly to my iPhone 7, so I cannot comment on how fast it charges. However, it took me 5 hours to charge the Flip 10, while another bigger storage cell required 8 hours of bright sunlight to completely charge. That was to be anticipated. The Flip 10 can charge your phone, but not as fast as a 120v outlet.

It is reassuring to know that you may be off the grid while still charging phones, tiny cameras, and GPS devices with this service.

Is it possible to remove the integrated Goal Zero Nomad 7 Plus from the pack?

…certainly, but not easily. The front buckles, obviously, break off quickly…but the back two straps are braided through adjustment buckles, folded double, and stitched. I was not courageous enough to cut them to get it out.

If your pack is not fully filled, the lid will droop, causing the solar panels to be more vertical than horizontal. This should not be a problem for long journeys with a lot of stuff. Bring the required charging cables to connect the solar panels or storage cell to your device.

We were rough on the Gregory Baltoro GZ 75 but had no problems with the Goal Zero Nomad 7 Plus system.

The Gregory Baltoro GZ 75 pack weights 5.1 pounds. So it is not ultra-light, but you get all-day comfort carrying big loads with the A3 Suspension without worrying about equipment failure. The hip belt, like the rest of the Gregory A3 Suspension pack, is highly cushioned and moves with you. Rubber stiction panels on the lumbar cushion (which resemble a spider web pattern) help to hold the hipbelt in place. There is also an extra detachable lumbar pad.

While wearing the pack, you may remove the concealed waterbottle holder from its sleeve to use with your preferred hydration bottle…pushbutton cord lock snugs up for various size bottles. The pocket is gently canted to allow for easier water bottle removal.

Personal expectation

I was expecting that they would include the larger-sized compartments on the Baltoro GZ 75 hipbelt, as they did on the Paragon…but they did not. In my view, it is a big ding. While a smartphone may fit, it will not fit if it is placed in a protective or armoured case. I understand that we are not all the same, but my work needed me to have everything on my belt, with quick access and within reach…so I prefer that in a pack. Perhaps it is just a matter of taste. One hipbelt pocket is see-through mesh, while the other is weatherproof.

Final Verdict

Because of its excellent comfort, solid craftsmanship, and intelligent design, the Gregory Baltoro 75 has gained our confidence as a viable option for extended trail trips. It dropped a notch in our rankings owing to the weight that comes with its rugged build.

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