The award-winning Gregory Baltoro 85 internal frame backpack boasts a wealth of access points, an array of trail-worthy features and an innovative, custom-fit suspension system that combine to make this 4880+ cubic inch pack a backcountry workhorse.
Determined to avoid the failings of ill-fitting backpacks, Gregory has equipped the Baltoro 85 with the high-performance Response Automatic Angle Adjust (A3) suspension system. Designed to flex with the natural movements of your body, a “wishbone” 7075 aluminum alloy wire frame works in tandem with an HDPE framesheet to distribute weight evenly, providing superior load stability, comfort and range of motion. With the expectation that the Baltoro 85 may be expected to haul loads of as much as 60 pounds, Gregory also equipped the pack with dual, anti-barreling support stays to make certain that weight is properly supported. A composite EVA foam backpanel offers breathability and support while resting comfortably against your back. Extensive, contoured padding in the harness, lumbar area, and hipbelt further enhance both fit and comfort. A removable shim of EVA foam can be used or removed to beef up the lumbar padding to best suit your preference. The pre-curved shoulder straps and hipbelt fins move independently of one another to mirror your every movement on-trail or off. These components are available in varying sizes, allowing you to customize the Baltoro 85 to deliver the best fit for backpackers of all shapes and sizes. If you require customization of components, please leave detailed instructions about what size hipbelt and/or harness you need in the “Order Comment” field on the “Order Review” screen at checkout or call us at 1.800.617.0643 to place your customized order directly with one of our Gear Specialists. A sternum strap and load-lifter straps further enhance the pack’s fit and ensure the stability of your load.
A lashed divider separates the top and front-entry main compartment of the Baltoro 85 from a lower sleeping bag compartment, allowing for organization and separation of wet and dry gear. When hauling longer items or in need of access between the two compartments, you can unhook the divider and convert the Baltoro 85 to a single, large compartment. The extendible lid of the Baltoro 85 includes a weather-resistant zippered pocket for stowing gear and can be detached entirely to save weight. The pack has a wealth of other organizational features, including an enormous zippered front pocket, dual zippered bellows side pockets, two sizable and separated lid pockets, and a smaller zip pocket on the underside of the lid.
Other features include a canted, hideaway water bottle holder, two zippered hipbelt pockets one of which is entirely waterproof, gear attachment loops, and side, cross over and lower panel compression straps. Gregory also includes a raincover for full protection against the elements. An integrated sleeve and exit port make the Baltoro 85 hydration system (sold separately) compatible. That same sleeve can be removed entirely and, thanks to its integrated minimalist shoulder strap, it can be used as a lightweight daypack or summit pack!
The Gregory Baltoro 85 backpack is available in your choice of colors and Small (fits torso lengths ranging from 16”-18”), Medium (18”-20”) and Large (20”-22”) size options.
- Vented, formed back panel features LifeSpan foam & silicone lumbar grip zone
- LumbarTune removable10mm insert offers user-customizable contouring for a precise backpanel fit
- QuickSwap 3D interchangeable pre-curved LifeSpan EVA foam harness & hipbelt in multiple sizes to precisely fit each body
- SideKick ultra-light, removable daypack doubles as hanging reservoir sleeve Included removable raincover stows in its own zippered pocket
- Top-loading design with front U-zip panel access
- Double Barrel lid design with dual zippered pockets on top and security pocket underneath
- SideWinder stowable ergonomic bottle holster
- WeatherShield PU-coated hipbelt accessory pocket with YKK AquaGuard zipper
- Girth-hitched compression
- MultiStraps on bottom double as hipbelt for SideKick daypack
- Dual ice axe loops and upper shock locks for ice tool and trekking pole attachment
- Twin side-mounted zippered gear pockets
- Stretch mesh water bottle/trail stash pocket
- External access sleeping bag compartment with removable internal divider
Best Use Backpacking, Mountaineering Access Top Loading w/ Sleeping Bag Compartment Warranty Limited Lifetime Volume 4882 cu in
Medium: 5187 cu in
Large: 5492 cu in
Type Internal Frame Backpack Torso Adjustment Yes Sternum Strap Yes; Adjustable Position Other Rain Cover Included Maximum Weight 60 lbs Material Body: 210D Nylon, 300D Nylon
Base: 630D High-Density Nylon
Item Weight Small: 5 lb 3 oz
Medium: 5 lb 5 oz
Large: 5 lb 11 oz
Hydration Compatible Yes Frame Material Aluminum Fits Torso Small: 16"-18"
Dimensions Small: 30" x 19" x 15"
Medium:32" x 19" x 15"
Large: 33" x 20" x 16"
Real Customer Reviews
- Nice pack with lots of features
Likes: Roomy, compactable, great looking, relatively light, comfortable. Tons of access zippers and pockets.
Dislikes: Would like to see a secure inside pocket for valuables and nonslip material on the base. Seems like the pack will not always stand up straight. Back panel has cooling mesh but does not stop sweating.
- Moves with you
Likes: Independent suspension moves with you, plenty of space, great water bottle pocket, sleeping bag area, plenty of compression straps
Dislikes: Weatherproof pocket doesn’t fit iPhone plus, area against back/frame could be more breathable.. I think they changed that on the new model
Likes: It fits snuggly, and the fact that it included a day pack and rain cover is an awesome bonus.
Dislikes: Waterproof pouch is a little small.
- Most comfortable freighter out there
Likes: Gregory builds packs that just work right: the fit, durability, and features are all are spot on. I don't like carrying heavy loads, but when I have to, this pack gets it done in comfort. It has massive capacity, a great pocket layout, a water bottle holder that I can reach without removing the pack, and a firm, highly adjustable suspension that doesn't bottom out under heavy loads, and feels incredible under light loads.
Dislikes: No. I have nit-picks with every other piece of outdoor gear I own, but not this pack. It's as close to perfect as any gear I've ever owned.
- Comfortable but small
Likes: very comfortable.
hip belt flexes/rotates with your movement.
good rain cover.
cool small pack included
Dislikes: To many pockets and the pocket capacity shrinks when the pack is filled. Pocket zippers close at the TOP allowing debris to fall into them.
3 pockets on the "brain" make it easy to accidentally have it become top-heavy.
The 2 pockets on top of the brain overlap limiting their capacity.
The front pocket limits attaching equipment outside the pack.
The middle opening of the front pocket allows for everything to fall out when opened.
No "neck" extension of the main pack, limiting the packing capacity.
No emergency whistle on chest strap (maybe this is patented by a company, but a great feature I wish it had)
No way this is 85 liters!
- nice pack, sturdy and comfortable
Likes: lots of room
Dislikes: a little on the heavy side
- great fit
Likes: Rides on hips very well. Distributes weight. Stays compact until filled.
Dislikes: compartment for sleeping bag could be bigger.
- Overall it was tough enough to travel the world
Likes: I had high expectations purchasing a new backpack since my workhorse Arcteryx Bora 90 held up for over 9 years. I needed ruggedness, comfort and a good pocket organization system. I took my Baltoro 85 on a two year around the world trip with months of trekking, flights and being stuffed into cars, trains and planes. It held up surprisingly well despite the seemingly lightweight material. The stretch pockets had holes toward the end of my trip but still functioned well. The body of the pack had some small tears but they didn't spread after covering them with tape. While traveling i covered the pack with a REI backpack cover. I found the size big enough to carry everything i needed for a 10 day trek. While trekking in Patagonia my gear never got wet despite days of rain with the included raincover. Despite heavy loads the pack was comfortable thanks to the suspension system. Pocket space and organization was excellent with numerous easy to get to pockets. The side pockets held my water filter, GPS and other items well. Despite seeming flimsy the included daypack held up well and i used it as a daypack for weeks on the Camino Santiago.
Dislikes: The waterproof hip pocket was not big enough to hold my Samsung s7 edge encased or my Garmin 600T, encased. What a design flaw. For me the weakpoint of the pack was the buckle on the sternum strap. The buckle broke at the beginning of a long trek. I improvised, continued for months. I found no Gregory dealers in S America. When I got back to the USA after 5 months Backcountry Edge replaced the buckle and I continued on for another 16 months. After 2 years the pack looked worn but still functioned. It had been through a lot. I replaced it with another Baltoro 85 Backcountry Edge had on sale. I guess thats the ultimate sign of confidence in a pack.
- Plenty of space for any activity. I do ~10 day or so trips in the bush and use this pack happily. It is also great for traveling abroad where extra bags are a hassel and $$.
Likes: I like the sleeping bag compartment, it makes life much easier. The day pack is a nice feature -not good for anything more than hydration pack and snacks, but thats all you need for single day excursions.
Dislikes: Have not have enough time with bag to know what I dislike. I will be tapping maple trees in a few days (3 nights camping) so we’ll see how it handles the gear.
- Great pack with a focus on comfort
Likes: Great pack. I just purchased the Baltoro with plans on using it for a week long high altitude hiking trip. Before that trip I've used it for several day trips to figure out the mechanics and padding of the pack. I'm accustomed to military issued packs designed to be indestructible, bulky, and heavy. Baltoro is the first "civilian" pack I've purchased, and I was really surprised that they focused on comfort and how to distribute weight across the hips and core first, then the convenience of packing followed. And, all the bros complemented on the aesthetics of the pack, which is of course rule number one... Look cool. Final thought, I also got a free T-shirt ordering from this site. A nice one too. One that I won't use to wash the car. Summary; Sweet pack, check, free tee, check, support the small business, check. All of that smells like the American dream to me. Fist bump.
Dislikes: If you're an ultralight hiker then this probably isn't for you. It's a little on the heavier side when weight of packs are considered. But, if you're that type of person that is picky about a pound here and there sacrificing padding, you probably don’t have a mortgage, and eat avocados smeared on toast every morning, and considering an 80L pack is an abomination. So, I compare the Baltoro to a Cadillac. It’s a little on the heavier side when weight is considered, but it is comfortable and smooth like an old caddie. Mic drop.
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