Capacity and comfort for big-time weekends.

Know that feeling when it starts to get cold, you reach into your pack to pull out a puffy, and then you remember you left it at home because it didn't fit? No fun. Gregory's Baltoro 75 Backpack has over 4,500 cubic inches of gear-toting capacity to fit all the puffies, fleeces, and longjohns you need, so you can be seriously prepared on weekend backpacking trips or pack more efficiently for three or four-day excursions. Both the pre-curved Auto-Cant harness and EVA foam Auto-Fit hip belt pivot independently to conform to your body and keep you balanced on tough terrain, and the single aluminum stay provides lightweight structure and helps distribute weight evenly across your back, hips, and shoulders. 

The Baltoro's fit and carry are what set it apart, but it's also optimized to hold two, three, or four days' worth of backpacking gear and adapt to the demands of your trip. The removable lid has two pockets and doubles as a lumbar pack if you're going on short basecamp explorations or summit hikes, and the pockets on the front, side, and hip belt keep layers, snacks, maps, and other essentials where you can reach them. Gregory also built in a hideaway water bottle pocket on the side of the pack and included a hydration-compatible sleeve with multiple easy-to-feed hose ports. A series of lash points, loops, and compression straps hold everything from trekking poles to ice axes to that sweet stick you just found, and the DWR-coated water-resistant zippers and reinforced bottom help stop rocks and rain from putting some serious cramps in your backcountry style.

  • Reponse A3 suspension
  • Thermo-molded backpanel
  • 3D pre-curved harness and hip belt with LifeSpan EVA foam
  • Auto-Cant harness and Auto-Fit hip belt
  • Removable lumbar pack lid
  • Lid, front, side, hip belt, and hideaway water bottle pockets
  • Hydration compatible
  • Trekking pole loops and compression straps
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Nice features but not great

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I was super excited when I got this pack dialed in for fit and headed out for a 25 mile weekend with my girlfriend. After years with Osprey and Kelty packs, I got caught up in the hype and got the Baltoro even after my buddy ordered one and sent it back for comfort reasons. After a mile I noticed the hip belt was incredibly uncomfortable and had some nasty pressure points. Loaded up at 40 ish pounds, I was sure this was the pack breaking in. After 2 solid days of hiking the pack was still painful to wear (seriously- I had bruises for weeks). Passing some hikers on the trail with the same pack, we chatted about our dislikes and concluded that we were destined for other bags. The included day pack is nice but you cant carry much in it comfortably {straps dig in under your armpits), and it just adds weight if you're not going to use it in the backcountry. The rain fly is sweet, as is the bag layout. I really wanted to like this pack but after talking to four different people that had the Baltoro and not one of them liking it, and my experience, I sent it on back.

Thanks so much for sharing your experience Ben.

Awesome backpack!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have used the Baltoro 75 on several 2-day trips now, and absolutely love it. I've been backpacking with my wife and two young daughters, so I carry a lot of extra weight for them (food, water, etc), and the Baltoro handles it easily. My pack weight has been about 45 lbs, but once the Baltoro is on, it feels like 10 lbs, and I feel like I can hike for days. Not only is the main pocket huge, but the Baltoro has a lot of storage pockets and places to organize your gear. I highly recommend the Baltoro 75.

Awesome backpack!

What size bladder can this pack hold?

Hey Alex! This bag can hold up to a 3L bladder, although it'll be able to hold any smaller size as well.

Does anything you ask of it.

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

Given as a gift, feedback from the lucky owner:

The Baltoro 75 brings all around function, and comfort, in a size thats formidable enough for long treks, but light enough to rock for the day. From backpacking treks in the Southern Deserts of Utah, to touring high in the Wasatch this bag is built for whatever weather you might encounter.

On it’s own the weatherproofing will keep your gear dry through small storms. The rain fly that comes included is what will get you through a heavy downpour. It fit’s nicely around the pack, and stores, unnoticeable, into a pouch on the outside for easy access.

The features of the pack were well thought out. The design of the straps, buckles, and drawstring allow for adjustments with ease, and solid options for lashing gear to the outside as you see fit. They also allow you to tighten the pack up, making it suitable for day hikes. A holster style pouch on the side allows for storage of camera lenses, or a cold beverage (if that’s what you’re into). Two vertical compartments along the sides of the pack that run the length of it are great for storing an avalanche probe, a hand saw, or water bottle.

The removable day pack inside the main compartment is also a sling for a water bag, that functions both within the main pack, as well as when you pull the day pack out for a quick run for the summit. The main compartment of the pack is also accessible both by the top, as well as a u-shaped zipper on the outside that allows you to access those items stored deep inside without having to pull out everything you own.

The frame is ergonomic and allows for strong support, while distributing weight evenly. (Note :I am 6’3” and wear a size Large. I would say that it fits slightly large as compared to other packs.) The hip straps are sturdy and sport a mesh pocket on the left and a weather sealed pocket on the right. Both of which are able to lift up with Velcro to store the excess material of the straps so that they’re not dangling around if front of you (a feature I greatly appreciate).

It’s been in the mountains, ridden on the river, and dragged through the desert without letting me down. And to that: cheers Gregory.

Incredible comfort but a little heavy

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This pack is a seriously heavy duty pack. The hip belt is one of the most comfortable on the market. The lumbar pad has a coating that keeps it from sliding down your back. Plenty of pockets . Incredible shoulder pads. One of the best fitting packs I've ever owned. Very plush and comfortable. Buuuuuuuuut, it's base weight is quite heavy. That's my only complaint.

Great Bag

    Lots of storage and easy to get thing when bag is packed. Super comfortable during use. Highly Recommend.

    Unanswered Question

    Is this the 2017 version of the baltero 75?

    Awesome pack

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Bought this just for hiking up to Lone Peak for a weekend of climbing. I don't know what the final weight was but I had a single rack, personal climbing gear (harness, shoes, chalk, grigri, etc), half rope, some clothes, part of tent setup, down sleeping bag, some food, 4L of water, and some probably some other random small stuff. The suspension system on this pack is nice and felt pretty comfy. The hike still sucked, but I'm glad I had this pack on. It's also cool that it comes with a rainfly and also a day pack that doubles as a pouch to place water bladder.

    I'm 5'10, 165lb, and almost always get medium for 98% of any clothing/gear I buy. For this backpack, however, I got a small.

    And the Small fit you well or not?

    Awesome Pack

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Gregory honored their lifetime warranty on an older Whitney 95 due to a deteriorating rubberized bottom. Since they no longer make the Whitney, they offered me my choice of the current model line…+ 1 for Gregory’s warranty department!

    Once properly adjusted it is super comfortable to wear and contains some awesome features. It has great ease of access throughout the pack, along with multiple well thought out side pockets. I’ve come to prefer the two zippered pockets at the top of the brain which allows for much better organization then the traditional full length pocket. The hydration sleeve is also a removable summit/day pack, one that I found myself using more regularly than expected. The (removable) rain cover is also integrated, which is appreciably more convenient than losing a rain cover inside the pack. The hip belt contains a mesh and a waterproof pocket – but a word of warning, it seems numerous newer cell phones won’t fit in these pockets. While nice in removing you from your phone, it is sort of a bummer for snagging a quick picture.

    Great - just get the right size!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I'm 6'5" and always thought I wore a large pack. Makes, sense right? Wrong! I measured myself according to the directions on the Gregory website and turns out I wear a medium backpack. I'm short-waisted so it makes sense.
    I've gone through many backpacks and this one is a dream. I can carry 45 pounds like it's not even there. The articulated hip belt and dialed-in shoulder straps are the best. I carry very little if any, weight on my shoulders. The hip belt also snuggles into your lumbar area for added support. The lid has a ton of storage space and the water bottle pocket on the side of the pack hangs away from the pack so condensation doesn't get anything wet, and the pocket tucks away when not in use.
    Also, the pack doesn't stick up too far past your shoulders. It's shorter and wider than typical packs and I love being able to tilt my head back. It still holds a ton of gear.

    Worth the price and weight.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Bought this pack leading up to a trip to the North Cascades. A solo trip, so no one to split group/team gear with. Pack weight was about 44lb without water. The suspension, and especially the hip belt, are incredible. Absolutely the best I've ever used. I won't tell you that carrying the weight was fun, because it never is. I've carried that and more on other packs. The Baltoro makes it easily bearable, allowing me to enjoy the beautiful North Cascades.

    The pack isn't light. I am someone who likes a bit of organization in my pack. It's worth the weight penalty to me. You may feel differently.

    When we unboxed this thing at the house my wife said something like "this thing is a tank, it's going to last longer than you are!" And I believe that. The materials and construction seem better than any other pack that I own. There's some investment, it's not cheap. But this thing won't be ruined easily. I would totally buy it again. And in fact, I might. The women's model for my wife.

    Thanks for the review Max! Super helpful to get this feedback out to the community.

    Does this version of the gregory baltoro 75 2015 have the single aluminum stay with carbon fiber frame sheet?

    From what I'm seeing, it does have single aluminum stay, but it does not have a carbon fiber frame sheet.

    Beast of a pack

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    First off let me say I bought this pack to do some week-long trips, as my 45 liter just wasn't going to cut it. This thing has now replaced the 45 liter completely, even for single night trips.

    This thing can CARRY. You'll never have to worry about ditching something to save room or weight again, because this thing will carry it and make it feel like you don't even have anything on your back. Okay, that might be a bit excessive, but the pack does fit very comfortably and holds weight well. I think my favorite thing about this pack is that it isn't too tall like a lot of other packs. This one really keeps the weight around my torso and doesn't make me feel too top heavy. That being said, if you do need to add something last minute (like a bear canister on my latest trip to Wind River. Long story), the lid can raise up to provide more space between the cinch-cord and the top of the pack and make things a little taller.

    Now there are a couple of cons to this pack:
    -As has been said before, the side map pockets are oddly shaped. Unless you have a very skinny topo map, you may need to find somewhere else to put it. It does do a nice job of carrying things like knives, axes, trowels, and other objects that are long and skinny. I put my headlamp and other gear that needs to be pretty accessible in these as well.
    -It's also been said that the hip belt pockets are pretty useless. They are perfectly sized for a Clif bar, and that's pretty much it.
    -There aren't a lot of external tie-down spots, like are common on Osprey and other packs. There are two loops perfect for carabiners on either side and bungees for trekking poles, but not a lot of other options. Then again, anything you need to put on the outside will most likely fit in the pack anyway.
    -Because the pack is a little wider than most, it kind of makes you look like a turtle when it's actually on your back. Honestly, that's not much of a con because turtles are dope.

    The list of pros is too long to put here, honestly. Overall, this is a reliable, burly, comfortable pack that has serviced week-long trips to Zion and Wind River as well as numerous other smaller trips through the Colorado rockies. As with all packs, I highly recommend you try this one on in person before you commit to buying it. Just as a tip the 65 and 75 liter versions of the Baltoro have the same fit, so don't worry if you can't find the one you want in store.

    I have totally convinced myself that this is the pack. I've been obsessively stalking this and the comparable Osprey for weeks and I just feel like accessing gear inside the pack is far easier and this thing feels dreamy when weighted down. "Turtles are dope", was the tipping point;-)

    Great Pack with great updates

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    So I needed a big hauler for my annual Wind River trip in WY. It is usually a week long trip and a lot of off trail travel so I needed something that could carry 45-60lbs. First off this pack is big- tons of space, handy pockets etc. Second it carries the load really well. Hip belt is comfortable and so are the shoulder straps. Feels balanced too.

    The Good

    The head pouch is split into two compartments which is great for organizing things. The outside center pocket is great with the pack cover in it. The water reservoir sleeve backpack is a great idea I love.

    Not So Good

    The Side map pockets are a weird shape making it harder to fit much in them though they are handy and I carried my rainshell there

    The hipbelt pockets are a stupid size- too small for anything useful. I may cut them off

    The mess in the water bottle holder and mess hip belt pocket has already torn in spots

    Overall the material seems prone to small tears. It looks like the pack is double lined- i.e. a blue outer material and a gray inner material but I have several smaller holes in the outer material which make me question the long term durability of the pack. I did get rained on and didn't notice any leaks but I had the pack cover on a good deal.

    Over all I really like the pack and think it did a great job carrying the 55 lbs I hauled up to the base of Gannett Peak a few weeks ago but I do worry about about the long term durability of the pack

    Great Pack with great updates

    Great pack for carrying some weight

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    The pack is just great. It is comfortable and can carry a ton. I carried 40 lbs (brought my large DSLR) and it felt great. The hip belt easily carried the weight and there was no shoulder fatigue. The storage is plentiful with lots of pockets and the through the front of the pack one can access the main compartment. That was a great feature. Attention to detail is excellent with choice materials and craftsmanship.

    I did break the hydration system hose clip on the right-hand shoulder strap. That happened when I caught the hose on my hip when I put on the pack. I contacted Gregory and never got a response. No biggie.

    I'm 6'3" 205lb and use the MEDIUM.

    I highly recommend this pack!

    Great pack for carrying some weight

    Hey Jeff- Thanks for the great review and the awesome picture!

    Excellent backpack

      I´m using it to hike mountains in Argentina, 6.000 to 7.000.
      You can drop it, kick it, punch it, smashed it... it will resist.
      The backpack has a lot of storage and its comfortable . You can distribute your stuff through the different pockets.

      Something extra: It has a cover and a small backpack for short distances.

      Unanswered Question

      What is the waist size on the large? How big will it adjust to?

      Unanswered Question

      I recently purchased the Baltaro 65 and my sleeping bag will not fit into the compartment because it is too big. Does the Baltaro 75 have a considerably larger sleeping bag pocket?

      We meet at last

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      I've been in the market for the perfect pack for over a year, and when this one came up on Backcountry, I jumped right in. I'm 6' 2", have longer legs and probably a shorter-than-average torso length for someone my height. The Medium length fits perfectly. I love the front access, the bottom access, and the included rain cover. Super comfortable and lightweight. The only thing I would improve upon this pack is having a real "lid lumbar day pack." It does not function like other removable lid packs I've used and this pack actually comes with more of a cinch-sack style day pack which you can connect inside the main compartment. I might even seek out a similar lid pack to connect to this one instead of using the one included.

      Is the back length fit of the Baltoro 75 identical to the Baltoro 65? I've had the chance to try on the Baltoro 65, so I know what size fits me but I'm looking for the extra capacity in the 75. Thanks!

      Best Answer

      Hey Martin,

      Yes, the torso lengths are the same across Gregory's line of backpacks:

      XS: 14 - 16in

      S: 16 - 18in

      M: 18 - 20in

      L: 20 - 22in

      So definitely go with the same size that fit best in the Baltoro 65! Hope this helps.