Gregory Targhee Backpack

Dec 15, 2009
Outside Magazine
Gregory Targhee

1. Versatility is the Targhee's mantra. With a 2,100-cubic-inch capacity, slick design, and various ski- and board-carrying options (skis can be carried A-frame, diagonally, or vertically), it proved ideal for everything from quick dawn patrols to a 7,000-foot ski-mountaineering day trip in British Columbia. And, when not in use, all the straps and clips disappear into pockets for snag-free skiing.

2. Even though it's a respectably light pack, comfort is king. Its suspension is the only one we've seen designed specifically to carry the awkward load of your skis, with two extra support bars that transfer your boards' cumbersome weight directly to the pack's frame. Toss in the thin but surprisingly plush padding and it's no wonder our testers were all politicking to keep this pack after the test.

3. Our team appreciated the insulated sleeve for a hydration bladder (sold separately), all the pockets—including two avy-tool sleeves­—and the tough proprietary fabric and webbing (which Gregory claims is three times stronger than comparable stuff). After four days of abuse—including throwing it in the helicopter's basket and boot-packing up narrow rock chimneys—it still looked brand-new.

(3.8 lbs) $199

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