Makalu Pro


Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Makalu Pro
Manufacturer Gregory
Page By Corax
Page Type Dec 27, 2005 / Dec 27, 2005
Object ID 1548
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A tried and true alpine expedition favorite – a lightweight pack with heavy load carrying capacity. Constructed from 210 dyneema® for durability in the mountains.


  • Auto-Cant™ harness system

  • Dual-density Wilderness waistbelt

  • Flo-Form® II shoulder harness

  • Aerotech™ mesh backpanel

  • Floating partial framesheet

  • Two 3/4” 7001-T6 stays

  • Cross-over compression system

  • Top Access

  • 210 d Dyneema® body fabric

  • 1000 d Cordura® nylon bottom

  • Two Ice axe loops and keeper straps

  • Removable bungie cord

  • Removable waistbelt and gear racking system

  • Crampon patch

  • Top pocket with water resistant zipper


    S 3300 IN3 / 62 L 4 LBS. 11 OZ. / 2.1 KG

    M 4200 IN3 / 69 L 4 LBS. 15 OZ. / 2.3 KG

    L 4600 IN3 / 75 L 5 LBS. 4 OZ. / 2.4 KG


  • Reviews

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    CORDILLERAORIENTAL - Feb 13, 2007 1:55 am - Voted 5/5

    Outstanding Pack
    I'm a big Gregory fan. I also own a Shasta(2004), my Makalu is a 2005 model, size M.
    -Big capacity, I think the 4200 in3 spec is inaccurate.
    -Less than 5 lb. weight.
    -Comfortable..... I love the auto-cant shoulder harness, it takes the strain off the neck and shoulders. Take the time to properly fit this(any) pack.
    -Simple pack bag design which makes the pack both lighter and more durable as there are no zippers to break/fail. I like this design. It is a classic top-loader, no divider, no zippered compartment, 2 daisy chains/axe loops, bungee, two side mesh pockets. If I'm not mistaken, Ed Viesturs helped design this pack........... 'nuff said.
    -Will carry 40-50 lbs comfortably. 60-65 lbs in a pinch.
    -Seems to be holding up well so far, with about a dozen climbing and/or backpacking trips taken with it. No holes,tears,blown seams, harness/belt padding is still firm.

    -This pack will carry a heavy load on the approach, but WILL NOT be suitable for the summit, in my opinion. it's too bulky, too heavy. I prefer to bring another pack for the summit, but that's just me.

    Tadberry - Feb 14, 2007 2:44 am - Voted 5/5

    A classic pack
    I am also a Gregory fan. The simplicity of this pack is its greatest asset. No frills, but still versatile. It is one of my favorites for week long treks. The Auto Cant harness system is well designed and very comfortable. The top pocket is also well designed. I have seen no durability issues with my pack after over a year of use. If I could only own one pack this would be it.

    PCHoran - Feb 25, 2007 9:57 pm - Voted 5/5

    Great Pack!
    I have been a Gregory pack fan for a number of years. Both my son and I rely on Gregory packs for most of our outings. I have happily used a Denali Pro for longer trips and winter mountaineering where it swallows up big loads and lets me carry them comfortably. But and eight pound pack is overkill for most of my trips. I wanted a pack that could comfortably carry 35-40 pounts, swallow up a lean week's worth of gear, but weigh less than five pounds. The Makalu Pro scores on all of these criteria. I have used it for weeklong trips in the Southwestern deserts and in the Sierra. It is a clean, simple, sturdy pack that really gets the job done. The suspension is very comfortable and keeps the load close.

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