It is more difficult to use than Osprey Sunyco’s hydration reservoir. However, I am a bit concerned about the durability of the mesh used on the side pockets as well as the back pocket. It seems like an awkwardly-shaped item could easily put a hole in the mesh.
In terms of a false bottom, the tablet sleeve is suspended, but the laptop sleeve extends to the bag’s bottom. So, you’re getting ample protection for some of your tech, but not all of it. Because of this, we recommend utilizing a protective sleeve for your laptop to keep it safer from any accidental drops.
You can use it to keep smelly clothing away from the rest of your gear or to store items that you want to keep easily accessible. But what really sets it apart from most other brands, including Gregory, is its one-of-a-kind anti-gravity suspension. I’ve used it on several 5-day hiking trips so far, and it has proven to be very reliable. I’m not surprised that the Atmos has developed a cult-like following among outdoor enthusiasts. I like to evaluate how environmentally friendly the brand is when I research and review outdoor gear. I’d say that Osprey is one of the more sustainable and eco-conscious brands.
Ample loops on the shoulder harness and pack exterior gave me plenty of places to use small carabiners to clip my Crocs, multiple one-liter Platypus water bottles, sunscreen, and hand sanitizer to my Deva 70. Girth straps on the sides of the pack made it a cinch to strap down the water bottles and tighten up the pack. The Deva 70’s waterproof pack cover also came in handy when we experienced snowfall on the trail.
The weight of the 70L bag is 2.26kg or 5lbs; the rain cover weighs 133g or 4.7 oz.; the SideKick weight is 136g or 4.8 oz.; with a max carry of 24.9kg or 55lb. Gregory has improved ventilation considerably during the last couple of updates, and the latest Baltoro 75 is the best-ventilated iteration yet. Like the past generation, the new model boasts a sculpted backpanel that is mostly mesh and includes plenty of openings in the foam. However, there’s now a noticeable boost in airflow right behind the middle of the back thanks to thinner padding in this area, which Gregory managed to pull off without impacting comfort. Even when temperatures in Patagonia reached into the 70s Fahrenheit on our backpacking trip, I managed to stay perfectly comfortable. The waist belt and the shoulder straps are made of open mesh that wicks moisture and breaths well enough.
Made from 210D honeycomb CryptoRip nylon, this little pouch certainly packs a punch. It comes with classic features and is comfortable enough for a medium load over long distances. Compared to the Gregory Baltoro, the harness system is a major downgrade, and it lacks some of the features that help the Baltoro stand out.
For one, the pack uses a super burly 500-denier Cordura fabric throughout that’s built to last but is overkill for most backpacking trips. Along with a sturdy frame and buckles and zippers that prioritize quality over weight, and the Glacier comes in at a very hefty 6 pounds 6.4 ounces. If you’ll be hauling a ton of gear for a winter expedition, you might be able to justify the extra poundage, but most will be far better off with the more versatile Baltoro.