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Backpacker Magazine – Fall Gear Guide 2013

Gear Review: Gregory Targhee 45 Backpack

A pack with plenty of easy-to-access storage.

by: Nancy Bouchard

Gregory Targhee 45 (Andrew Bydlon)
Gregory Targhee 45 (Andrew Bydlon)

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On a four-day backcountry ski trip to the Baldy Knoll yurt in the Tetons, our tester stuffed the top-loading Targhee with 25 pounds of provisions for the 5-mile, 2,000-vertical-foot skin in, and thanks to effective compression, he also carried it for less gear-intensive day tours. Equipment was always at his fingertips; credit a big lid pocket, extra-long front zippers, and a huge, U-shaped backpanel that splays the pack open like a clamshell. Bomber (rubber-reinforced) straps hold extra-fat skis (or a snowboard) and tools.

Bonus: An insulated hydration tube channel kept water from freezing when temps dropped to the low teens. The pack’s only design flaw: Shoulder straps attach directly to the packbag rather than the frame sheet, which makes for great backpanel access but reduces shoulder comfort (weight pulls) with loads heavier than 30 pounds. $199; 3 lbs. 14 oz.; 45 liters; gregorypacks.com



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