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Gravity

 

Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: Gravity

Manufacturer: Gregory

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Page By: GuitarWIzard

Created/Edited: Mar 15, 2002 / Mar 15, 2002

Object ID: 171

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The Gravity is our technical alpine climbing and backcountry ski pack, and an obvious choice when stability and balance are critical. The front compressor pouch is the answer for anyone who regularly overloads their pack, and is perfect for a shovel, climbing skins, a jacket or rope. Standard features include a top pocket Clearviewâ„¢ window so you can see your stuff, oversize mesh side pockets, daisy chain, and ski tail stabilizers. Made in the USA.


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GuitarWIzardUntitled Review

Voted 4/5

The Gravity is an excellent pack for light overnighters, winter dayhikes, and climbing. I have a size Small, and have carried nearly 40lbs in it, with no back/shoulder pain whatsoever. You can overstuff the crap out of it....I have fit a small two person tent, 25 degree down bag, cooking gear, clothing, food, and cooking water inside the pack. The pack also has a shovel pocket, two exterior mesh pockets, ice axe loops, daisy chain on the shovel pocket, and a clear plastic window on the underside of the lid. There are also two ski loops on either side of the pack to feed skis though. The reason why this pack gets 4 stars and not 5, is that there is no place on top of the pack to lash crampons to, which severely disappointed me, since this is supposed to be a technical climbing pack. Also, the straps that hold down the lid go into the mesh pockets, which I'm not really sure why they did that. However, it's a very water-resistant pack that hauls loads with extreme comfort, has a narrow profile, and performs quite well overall. If they added loops to the top of the pack to lash crampons and/or other gear, this would be the ultimate winter climbing daypack.
Posted Mar 15, 2002 7:23 am

ChuckyUntitled Review

Voted 4/5

I ordered my Gravity Backpack from REI in the mail. I used my size medium Gravity for a hard day hike to the Grauspitz, on the Lichtenstein and Swiss border. I packed it with 200 ounces of water, a complete Goretex suit, balaclava, camera,change of expedition quality socks, wallet, passport, and some food. I had reasonable room left for more gear. The backpack fit nice and snug on my back, yet did not interfere with blood circulation into my arms. It did not appreciably interfere with balance while doing some 4 points of contact ascending. I had several carabiners on the back loops, and a 4 meter long rope. Each mesh posckets on the exterior will easily hold a 32 ounce Lexan water bottle, plus even cram in some sun screen and a lensatic compass. I concur with Guitar Wizzard's comment that it is a disappointment not to have lashing points on top for crampons. This could be used for long distance treks in purely summer conditions, but I believe this is best suited for day trips or an overnight trip where some "suffering" is anticipated. UPDATE. I used this pack for day trips in the French Alps and while ascending Mont Blanc du Tacul (4,248 meters). I was carrying a minimum of equipment since we were staying in hotels or huts. This stuck to my back very well and never off set my center of gravity while ascending in crampons. I would have liked an extra packet or two, but it was a very good pack, overall, for day trips.
Posted Aug 6, 2002 10:52 pm

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