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Paragon 68

Paragon 68
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Product Code:  UD146
Brand:  Gregory


The Paragon pack from Gregory, brings together some very interesting features, but at the same time gives you options to remove what you don’t need and still reduce the weight down for a 68lt pack.

Key features worth considering when looking at this pack;

  • Supplied with the option of 2 back lengths, each back length slightly adjustable for an accurate fit.
  • Exceedingly comfortable alloy chassis frame system which is centered at the lumbar support.
  • Hipbelts adjustable, ensuring the padded section of the belt is where you want it, but not at the sacrifice of the pocket location.
  • Removable lid. Which is replaced by a simple slip top cover (provided). Thus vertical compression is maintained and water ingress is reduced.
  • Removable internal hydration sleeve. Which doubles as a daysack for munro trips or shopping from the supermarket. The daypack has 2 pockets and a 2 daisychains.
  • Tall side mesh pockets. Offering much more storage than usual.
  • Flexible compression system. Most of the compression straps are removable and can be located elsewhere on the pack as desired.
  • Two main compartment access, with removable shelf.

Nine times out of ten, a pack this light with this kind of capacity would be stripped of anything close to comfort or convenience. The Paragon 68 is the exception, tearing up the trail with lightweight, ventilated ease thanks to Aerolon suspension, and offering deluxe features you’d be hard-pressed to find inside its weight class. Looks like your long weekend plans just got a little lighter and a lot more comfortable.

Specification

  • Capacity: 68 L
  • Weight: 1.64 kg
  • Stripped Weight: 1.51 kg
  • Raincover Weight: 105 g
  • Sidekick (Internal rucksack) Weight: 122 g
  • Maximum carried weight: 23 kg
  • Body Fabric: 210D Cryptorip Nylon & High-Tenacity Nylon
  • Base Fabric: 210D High Tenacity Nylon with 135D High Density Polyester Reinforcement Layer
  • Lining: 135D HD High Density Embossed Polyester
  • Harness/Hipbelt/Lumbar: 135D High-density Embossed Polyester
  • Chassis Support: 7001 aluminium alloy chassis
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First impression: excellent
Friday, 4 August 2017  | 

I currently own a Gregory Baltoro 65 (the old version). It's comfortable and absorbs a lot of gear, but it's black-hole-heavy and the proliferation of straps makes it somewhat untidy. Thus, I was interested to learn the Gregory was offering 'lightweight' packs. On paper, the Paragon looks like a good replacement for my old Baltoro - it's lighter, has a slightly larger volume, and can carry the same weight as the Baltoro (although I am obviously trying to minimise weight as much as possible), and it has a streamlined design. Moreover, so far as I can tell from first impressions, the quality of the construction is just as high as the Baltoro and it is almost as comfortable (no small feat, given how well padded and designed the Baltoro is).

I haven't used the pack extensively yet, but these are my first impressions. The Paragon is extremely well made and has an elegant and versatile design. The effort that Gregory put into the pack is immediately evident, as you might expect from that brand. I have only a few niggles and concerns. I would prefer solid rainproof pockets on both sides of the hip belt. One side has a mesh pocket and I can see that becoming snagged on bushes. The load-lifter straps are a little narrow and short, so it's hard to find them to adjust them on the fly. The included day pack (detachable hydration sleeve with straps) seems a little flimsy, but I doubt I'll use it very much and it is nice to have. I was hoping to use the elastic cord on the left shoulder (meant to secure sunglasses) to secure my camera, taking pressure of the neck strap, but the elastic is not quite strong enough. I think Gregory missed a trick there. These very minor points aside, I am very pleased with my purchase. I think this will be my go-to pack for most journeys, and I'll save the Baltoro for extended trips. I hope to write an update after I get a chance to use the pack more extensively.

Finally, the service from BPL was exemplary. I was amazed the pack arrived so quickly.

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