By: Dineo Dowd
When planning a trip to attempt summiting Mt.Kilimanjaro, I knew that I needed a lot of things to make this trip possible; on my top list, I needed a tremendously durable backpack, and I knew that it had to be Gregory. I did a lot of research, and 85% of Women recommended Gregory Backpack.
What made this process even better was the process they used to help me pick the right backpack for my adventure; they listened and gave me options. I remember taking measurements in my kitchen, and a few days later, I got the delivery, and the backpack fitted perfectly.
Gregory Backpack took me to the roof of Africa; I had an opportunity to try different styles before my backpacking trip in Tanzania. They recommended the day pack 30L for hikers, but I opted for 60 L Deva because it only weighs 4.6 lbs. / 2.09 kg
From day 1 in Tanzania, we had unpredictable weather, and the Deva was terrific because Gregory offers a rain cover for it. We begin the trek in a rainforest, and it felt good to know that I don’t have to hold back the group.
I found that the Deva pack was comfortable and lightweight; I had some problems in the past with the other brands, it used to hurt my back, and with the Deva, it wasn’t an issue. The Zippers are sturdy and hold up the whole time, and I did not have any waist or shoulder issues at all.
Bonus: I continued daily loving this pack and using the latest bladder with a handle. I noticed that the Deva has an Internal hydration sleeve with a SpeedClip hydration hanger compatible with Gregory’s 3D Hydro Trek reservoir.
Now that I’m back in the states, I’m looking forward to more short or long adventures with the Deva, and I Can’t even tell that it’s a 60L.
On the last day of the trek, I cleaned my Deva using a damp sponge with mild soap from the hotel, and I was ready to hit the next adventure in South Africa.
I’m happy to share my experience and journey because this Deva took me to the roof of Africa; I highly recommend this brand.