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Gregory Mountain Products Palisade 80 Backpack
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A trail favorite, the redesigned Palisade 80 backpack offers all the features you would expect from a hardcore load hauler but with a fresh new look. The Palisade 80 is equipped with Gregory's Response CFS suspension system, which includes such features as a quick-adjust, five-point angle waist belt and an ultra-soft pre-curved 3D harness. By adjusting to five different hip belt angles with ease, the waist belt combines with the harness to provide maximum comfort by eliminating wrinkles and hot spots on the main contact areas of the hips and shoulders. As a result, the pack feels as comfortable at the end of the hike as it did at the beginning. The Response CFS system also employs twin aluminum stays that are supported by a horizontal anti-barreling cross stay, ensuring that the pack will not barrel under extreme weight.
Storage-wise, the Palisade 80 includes a large main compartment, a front pocket with a stash pouch, a top pocket that converts to a fanny pack, dual waist-belt pockets, a hideaway water bottle holder, and a stash pocket. The pack is even hydration compatible, with a built-in hydration sleeve and dual exit ports. Other features include top, front, and bottom access; a water- and wear-resistant bottom panel; water-resistant zippers; and a sturdy exterior made of 210D HT double diamond ripstop and broken twill nylon fabrics. All Gregory packs carry a lifetime warranty.
Small specifications: Volume: 4,699 cubic inches Weight: 5 pounds 15 ounces Torso length: 16 to 18 inches
Medium specifications: Volume: 4,973 cubic inches Weight: 6 pounds 3 ounces Torso length: 18 to 20 inches
Large specifications: Volume: 5,370 cubic inches Weight: 6 pounds 10 ounces Torso length: 20 to 22 inches
About Gregory Mountain Products
Company founder Wayne Gregory–who designed his first backpack at 14 as part of a Boy Scout project–opened Gregory Mountain Products in 1977 in San Diego, California. From the start, Wayne wasn't just meticulous about designing packs that improved upon fit and used the best materials available, he also wanted to know how his designs worked in the field and what he could do better, a heritage of accessibility that has continued to the present. In the early days, he loved to talk tech with customers at his retail store in San Diego, asking for feedback on what worked and what didn't. Ultimate, Wayne realized that fit was king in the backpack business, and he pioneered many firsts, including being the first company to build backpacks in different frame, harness, and waist belt sizes; the first (and still only) pack manufacturer to develop a waist-belt system that adjusts to fit different hip angles, automatically improving load transfer; and developing the center-locking bar tack, a stitch that ends and locks off on the center of a seam instead of the side to improve strength at the major stress points. From the earliest days, Gregory packs were noted for their innovative design, ergonomic and comfortable fit, and high quality.
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- ASIN: B002UXLSC4
- Item model number: 5664
Packs like this are becoming a bit if a collector’s item
Packs like this are becoming a bit if a collector’s item. It’s getting harder to find slightly heavier, yet solidly built, feature-laden packs because the companies are catering to the ounce shaving weekend warriors, and stripping some of their best features as a result. I’ve backpacked and hitchhiked around the US as well as Mexico, Central America, and parts of South America. This is the fourth Palisade, and I’m keeping it because it’s virtually bomb proof. It’s solid enough to withstand being thrown in pickups and onto the tops of chicken buses without ripping out because someone decided shaving a few ounces made blowouts worthwhile. The straps and hip belt are customizable meaning you can combine, for example, large shoulder straps with a medium hip belt for more precise fitting. The rubberized bottom, while adding weight, protects the sleeping bag compartment very well. On the newer Gregorys, they’ve also shrunk the size of that compartment which is fine of you’ve spent $300 on a compressible down sleeping bag. For those of us still using synthetic: that’s a problem. The Palisade’s was still large enough to fit a larger bag AND a lightweight tent out of its stuff sack. The lid compartment is actually still large enough to be of some real practical use as well, although a bit of a pain to remove to use as a fanny pack.
10 people found this helpful.
I bought this pack as my last pack to hike with my last child. At 54 with 3 herniated discs I needed a pack made to fit the body correctly to eliminate undue strain or torque to the muscles and vertebrae of the back. I went to REI where the guy there told me this was the pack for me, he too has back issues. I wore it around the store for 30 minutes with 40 pounds in it and had no pain or strain. There is a Utube video on how to fit it properly and a video on the company website on how to fit this pack. So I tried to get a medium pack with large straps from REI and that failed miserably (REI is just not set up to do special orders in less time than weeks)so I ended up ordering it from Amazon at $140 less no tax and free two day shipping. I then called the company, Gregory Mountain Products who sent me the retrofit straps (my torso fit a medium pack but my gutso needed large straps) for free on the promise I return the old ones. I got the straps, retrofitted the pack and then went hiking with the Boy Scouts in the Grand Canyon on a 10 mile hike to Havasupai that includes a 2400 foot elevation gain in two miles and had absolutely no back problems. I wish I had a car that was this good. This pack fits so well and moves with you you do not feel the weight at all. It so perfectly aligns the weight on your hips, has a waist strap that allows for adjustment to fit your shape so it stays over your hips and articulates to allow for natural hip movement. It has comfortable strapping,all the room you need for your gear for two days to ten days (its 80L capacity) and extra room for common gear to support a group. It is more money than other similar sized packs without the belting/harness system but once you go Gregory you will never go cheap for the backpack again. In a word the pack and the company Rocks. this pack gave me the freedom to go into the backcountry like I did when I was a kid and enjoy it. You go Gregory Mountain Products!!!!!
Gregory shines as usual
12 people found this helpful.
This pack is absolutely wonderful. It has space, tons of access points and is the most comfortable pack I have ever worn. There are a ton of adjustments to make the fit perfect. 80L capacity is big enough for a weeks worth of gear without becoming too bulky of a pack. If you are looking into becoming a serious packer (or if you already are) then this is the pack for you! WELL worth the money (and i know it is a lot)…Sometimes you simply pay for a name, but with this pack, you are paying for the highest quality and comfort. Read other reviews and check out other online sources…they all agree. Anyway…that is my two cents worth.
6 people found this helpful.
tons of pockets, tons of padding, really well made and comfortable on ressurection trail in alaska, never fatigued on this 40+ mile hike, me and my lady both have gregory packs and plan on sticking with them for a long time
3 people found this helpful.
First of all, I bought this pack at REI Seattle because I needed some serious advice from a specialist or at least, someone who knew what they were talking about. My last 2 packs were so terrible and hurt so bad not due to my own packing/adjustments. I had already known this pack was 100 dollars more at REI but because of the hour or two advice and support of the employee working in the packs department I decided to just buy it there.
Best and Last Pack that I will ever need!
5 people found this helpful.
I purchased the Palisade 80L pack in March of 2012 and I have since used it backpacking in Arizona, on a cycling trip through Ireland, hiking in Scotland, and the Camino de Santiago in Spain. This pack has proven itself time and time again for it’s reliability, comfort, and durability. I originally purchased this pack for its ability to carry heavy weight without too much strain on the body. I am 5′ 10″, 160 lbs with a damaged shoulder and I can carry an easy 50+ lbs without any issues. Most of my trips have been loaded with 25-30 lbs plus a grocery bag of food.
Extremely comfortable with good weight distribution after many miles on the trail.
2 people found this helpful.
I’ve used less expensive packs with heavy loads on long back country trips. the result was painful pressure points that made hiking further very unpleasant. That’s why I decided to spend extra money on the Gregory, and it paid off. After trying on this pack in stores, it fit me the best. So far I’ve used it on many 10+ mile trips in the Rocky Mountains, and on a 25 mile trip through New Zealand. Even with a good pack, I still expect a few minor rub points on long trips, but with the Gregory, I’ve had none. The load distribution is fantastic, and the well cushioned suspension system is comfortable. It’s extremely light, and still looks unworn after abuse.
Well Spent Money…So Comfortable!
2 people found this helpful.
While looking for an external frame pack, I was talked into this pack by a very knowledgable sales person at REI. The minute I fit the pack to my measurements…wow! Loaded, it is the most comfortable pack I have ever owned. I am a big guy, 6’4″ and the adjustability of the size large is perfect for me. The lumbar support system is like a Rolls Royce in the comfort department. Pack is very well made, love the 3 liter hydration pack pocket and right or left tube options! Really, Really happy I researched, and spent the money on this pack. Been on two island camping trips and a desert run, the pack, has held up,beautifully, and been very comfortable.
My Husband LOVES It!!
4 people found this helpful.
We had looked at this backpack at REI and it retails for over $350 new. My husband and his climbing buddy are planning on hiking the summit of Mt. Rainier (Washington) in summer of 2013. This backpack is exactly what he was looking for, and getting it gently used was a plus, because it is still in GREAT shape. Hardly looks used at all, still had all the straps, buckles and clips, and it looks good to go with just a slight adjustment in the shoulder harness and hip belt!
3 people found this helpful.
This is a comfortable backpack that rides well. It’s roomy and easy to adjust. The only downside for me is that it lacks small outside packets. Otherwise great pack!