The innovative Gregory Octal 55 Women's internal frame backpack tips the scales at just 2.5 pounds but comes equipped with a feature set and load-hauling capability that most packs that weight simply cannot offer.
Addressing the different wants and needs of female hikers, Gregory's Women's backpacks cater to the woman on the go. Designed and tested by women, these packs incorporate shoulder harnesses contoured to fit the female figure and hipbelt panels built to adjust to fit women's hip angles. Reflecting the difference in male and female ergonomics, these packs also employ narrower backpanels.
The pack's suspension system utilizes a perimeter frame constructed of ultra-lightweight 7001 aluminum and includes anti-barreling support to ensure that weight is balanced and stabilized. Weight is transferred to the load-bearing lumbar support to minimize fatigue on your shoulders and back. A ventilated backpanel and dual-density padding in the contoured harness and hipbelt combine to increase comfort, fit, and breathability. Load lifter straps and an adjustable sternum strap further enhance fit and ensure stability. To ensure a customized fit, the pack is available in Xsmall (best fits 14"-16" torso lengths), Small (16"-18"), and Medium (18"-20") size options.
The top-loading pack offers more than 3100 cubic inches of storage capacity. A protective top lid includes internal storage but can also be removed entirely when the additional storage isn't needed or you simply want to travel lighter. Even with the lid removed, a small, buckled flap protects the interior of the packbag. A large front stretch pocket enables you to keep discarded layers or other gear close at hand. Side compression straps allow you to cinch down the packbag to keep the contents of the pack stabilized and also double as external lash points.
Other features include large side stretch water bottle pockets, zippered hipbelt pockets, trekking pole attachments, a front harness quick-stow feature for sunglasses, and an included raincover. An integrated sleeve and exit port make the pack hydration compatible (hydration system sold separately).
The Gregory Octal 55 Women's internal frame backpack is available in your choice of size and color options.
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- AeroSpan suspension offers 360 degree moisture wicking ventilation and tensioned perimeter frame load management while maintaining a lightweight design
- Ventilated dual-density FocusForm shoulder harness and extra supportive hipbelt with targeted comfort zones
- Leaf-spring lumbar pad for comfortable, energy-saving load transfer
- Ultralight 7001 aluminum perimeter frame with anti-barreling support
- Removable top lid
- Ultralight weather flap for use without top lid
- Raincover included in top pocket
- Sunglass quickstow
- Front stretch mesh pocket
- Quick access water bottle stow
- Internal hydration sleeve and port
Best Use Backpacking Access Top Loading Warranty Limited Lifetime Volume XSmall: 3173 cu in
Small: 3356 cu in
Medium: 3539 cu in
Type Internal Frame Backpack Sternum Strap Yes; Adjustable Maximum Weight 35 lbs Material Nylon Item Weight XSmall: 2 lbs 5 oz
Small: 2 lbs 6 oz
Medium: 2 lbs 7 oz
Hydration Compatible Yes Frame Material Aluminum Fits Torso XSmall: 14" - 16"
Small: 16" - 18"
Medium: 18" - 20"
Dimensions XSmall: 24" x 13" x 11"
Small: 26" x 13" x 11"
Medium: 28" x 13" x 12"
Other Rain Cover Included
Real Customer Reviews
- Should straps could be better
Likes: I have a problem finding packs bc I have lumbar lordosis and a anterior pelvic tilt. So packs tend to dig into my lumbar rather than sit against it. This pack is great for my lower back. I absolutely love everything about this pack except the shoulder straps. I love how minimal it is. I don't have to remember what pocket or zipper something is in. Plus I love the blue/indigo color!
Dislikes: Shoulder straps aren't comfortable. It doesn't hold the top part of the pack secure and the top wobbles a lot. I've tried several packs and I guess I have to sacrifice shoulder comfort for lower back comfort.
- Love this pack
Likes: Light weight but still has all the features I want. The hip belt pockets sold me on this pack vs the Osprey Eja. I used it on a 4 day hike, carrying about 28 lbs & it remained comfortable the entire hike.
Dislikes: I'm a little concerned about the durability, but Gregory's great reputation puts me at ease.
- xsmall too large :(
capacity & features
Dislikes: shoulder straps too high up on my shoulders, couldn't adjust to get them low enough, foam on straps rough & felt like they would easily chafe- had to return.
- Lightweight and seems pretty sturdy
Likes: hip belt, side pockets nice and big and accessible from top and sides. Packed it with all my gear except clothes, food and water just to see. Haven't really used yet. It held a bear canister and my gear just fine. Can't wait to try it out, not until June.
Dislikes: Nothing yet.
- Ultralight Octal 55 a great pack
Likes: Designed specifically for women. Lots of space. Love the hip pockets and extra straps & loops for storing gear. The hip belt & lumber support are very comfortable. This one is a winner!
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