Tiny but mighty.
The Women's Amasa 6 Hydration Backpack might be the smallest option in Gregory's mountain biking-specific Amasa collection, but it sure packs a punch when it comes to quick rides. It has the same three-liter hydration reservoir capacity that all the Amasa packs have, and there's enough room for a mini pump, multi-tool, and patch kit. The Shift RS suspension system wraps your shoulders and back in spacer mesh to keep cool air circulating through during those hot summer rides.
- Gregory's smallest hydration pack for mountain biking
- Shift RS suspension with spacer mesh for ventilation
- Hydration compatible with reservoirs as large as three liters
- Safety light lash point for night or urban riding
- Q & A
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- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I tried out the Gregory 6L Amasa for the first time the other day on a mountain bike ride. In my review, I will be comparing its features to that of a similarly sized Osprey pack (Osprey Talon 11) , since that is the brand that I have the most experience with. So far I've only used the Amasa for mountain biking (primary use), but I expect I will also use it for festivals, city explorations, and other daytime adventures.
Pros of Gregory Amasa:
I dig the style. I got the black pack with blue accents and a pink interior. Pretty snazzy!
Lightweight and compact, with enough room for all the essentials for short and medium rides.
For it's size, it is spacious. One large compartment and a smaller top compartment padded for glasses or smartphones.
I like the mesh front pouch (instead of just bungeys), which may come in handy for quickly stashing a light layer or pair of gloves.
Comes with a separate little pouch that helps keep things organized.
Cons of Gregory Amasa:
No side pockets. This is something I've become accustomed to with other packs. Makes it easy to put something away without having to take off the pack.
Opening on bladder is pretty small which makes it a little difficult to fill with water.
Hip belt is relatively basic design compared to the Osprey. The Osprey has additional padding, material, and pockets on the hip belt. One perk of the Gregory hip belt, however, is that it is vertically adjustable to accommodate different heights.
No drainage hole in the base of the pack in case of spilled water. I spilled water in the pack and it was difficult to get all of it out. My other pack has a small drain hole to help with this.
Overall, the Gregory Amasa is a nice piece of gear and definitely one to consider when looking to purchase a small hydration pack.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
The Amasa pack is a very well engineered mountain biking pack with great fit and functionality. I have had several mountain bike packs that I've put through the ringer, and this pack from Gregory is holding up very well.
The ventilated back and straps don't add unnecessary weight and heat while riding in warm summer temps. The 3L hydration bladder is MORE than enough for long rides, and is easy to fill and clean. One small issue I have had is with the bite valve coming apart, but I attribute that more to me bitting to heard while struggling on the uphill climbs than faulty design.
I like the multiple pockets with easy access for glasses, phones, tools, ect. The included tool bag also helps keep your stuff organized and easy to find. Here is where my biggest gripe with the Amasa 6 comes in. Unlike the larger versions of this model, the 6L does not come with hip-strap pockets. I have had previous small hydrations packs from Gregory and they had hip-strap pockets, so when I got the Amasa I was mildly disappointed that this was not a feature. Pocket disappointment aside, I would still highly recommend the Amasa 6. It is a fantastic size for cross-country mountain biking with a great, secure fit, plenty of room for layers and liquids, and a clean looking design.