A women specific design in an ultralight pack from Gregory means weight savings without the loss of practical features. Another top quality pack that looks great and performs even better with a super comfortable fit.
Ultralight travel gets tougher the longer you're away, because the more time you spend off the grid the more gear and food you need. The Octal 55's intelligent design helps maintain your desired base pack weight while adding attic space and load support for puffy layers, extra calories, or emergency shelter.
Gregory's Octal 55 Rucksack utilizes Gregory's new AeroSpan suspension system which is an ultralight version of their VaporSpan suspension. It delivers the same combination of 360-degree moisture-wicking ventilation and tensioned perimeter frame load management while paying obsessive attention to weight reduction. It also features FocusForm shoulder harness and hipbelts and LifeSpan foam to provide lightweight comfort that should outlast other weight-conscious cushioning materials.
The rucksack fits in a lot of features while still managing to keep the weight down. You even have the option of removing the lid and swapping it for the ultralight weather flap to go full on minimalist. The only small issue I had with this is that it can be a little fiddly to remove the lid and I would have preferred a simple clip instead of threading it through the buckle - yes it might have added a few extra grams but that's just my preference as I feel the more it gets used the more difficult it might become to remove and attach.
Overall it's a great pack for women backpackers and hikers who don't want to carry loads any more than 16kg.
- Reviewed by BasecampGear