Seven years ago, Gregory introduced its Targhee ski pack. At the time it was the only pack to integrate the ski/board carry system directly into the suspension. Two stays were used to distribute the weight of the skis or board to the suspension system. Now, Gregory has re-launched the Targhee, with upgrades and improvements.
The 2013 Targhee uses a new suspension that Gregory built just for this pack. Called Vertflex, it’s vertically stable to make your load feel balanced and secure, but it has torsional flex, which means that when you move side to side, compressing at the hip when you’re skiing or riding, the pack accommodates. Also, access to your gear is easier than ever and more efficient in an emergency.
The Targhee has a molded and firm back panel with a thick lumbar pad for optimal load transfer to the hips. A rear barn-door entry to the main compartment makes it easy to find anything you’ve jammed in there, and also made carrying a padded bag full of cameras a cinch for a couple of ski photographers who tested this pack. The front zippered avalanche tool compartment is accessible whether you’re carrying your skis A-frame or vertically, and the ski carry is Hypalon-reinforced and can accomodate skis up to 130mm in the tails. The carry system keeps ski tails away from your calves when you’re walking, and it keeps the tips away from your head.
The Targhee has a main compartment (complete with a low-profile, insulated hydration sleeve with an entry port on the shoulder harness), a shove probe pocket with organizer sleeves, an oversized top-access goggle pocket, and a hip belt pocket big enough for a point-and-shoot or a handful of snacks.
Bonus: The clean design sheds snow on the front and rear of the pack. And, if you want to use this pack for a more technical outing, it’s set up for it. Use metal toggles to attach one or two ice tools. Whether you’re skiing or climbing, the stowable helmet carry system will keep your lid accessible. Available fall 2013, $179; gregorypacks.com.