Gregory 2016 Everyday CatalogSome really exciting stuff coming out of Gregory Mountain Products right now. I’ve been helping as they plan their first push into the US lifestyle market, and everything I have seen has been really, really impressive. The huge advantage Gregory has over upstart lifestyle brands is history — not just from a marketing sense, but from a technical perspective. Over the last few years, it’s become evident that almost anyone can produce a retro-look “heritage” pack, regardless of any actual heritage; the real challenge is to design and produce packs and bags that not only look the part, but that meet modern standards for performance and durability. After almost 40 years in the industry, Gregory has the manufacturing chops and the real-world data to make packs that do both. Not only that, but a vast catalog of incredible pack designs going all the way back to 1977. If you get a chance to hold one of these packs in your hands — and I hope you will — you’ll understand what I mean when I say there are backpacks, and then there are Gregory packs.