Gear Review: Gregory Palisade 80 Pack

This big-load pack carries heavy weight with ease.


Testers rarely report that carrying 60 pounds was "comfortable all day." But that's exactly what one staffer said after a Yosemite trek. Credit the Palisade's rigid internal frame; a plastic-reinforced, well-padded hipbelt that doesn't collapse under the heaviest loads; and cushioned shoulder straps that wrap cleanly for no-rub weight distribution. The hipbelt is adjustable to five angles for a customlike fit (and you can tune it on the fly). Plus you get on-trail and in-camp convenience with the fanny-pack-conversion top lid and multiple zipper access points.

It has the payload capacity of a Toyota Tundra.

Con It's heavy.

Best For

Big-load backpacking on- or off-trail, hero parents on family treks

Tester Data

Steve Howe, Michael Lanza

Duration Aug. to Nov.

Locales/conditions CA, WA, UT; steep mountain trails, cross-country bushwhacking

"When I humped family gear on the Wonderland Trail around Mt. Rainier, the feature-rich packbag kept me organized."