Striking a balance between weight and durability, the high-performance Gregory Zulu 40 internal frame backpack employs lightweight, high-tenacity fabrics and an innovative, streamlined suspension system to provide load-carrying capability without the bulk and burden of a full-blown expedition pack.
Well aware of the problems that arise from ill-fitting backpacks, Gregory is committed to providing fit, comfort and load-carrying capability. This commitment is evident in the technology used in the Zulu 40's harness and CrossFlo DTS suspension system. A lightweight wire X-Frame and a suspended mesh backpanel work in tandem to support the stability of the Zulu 40 by distributing weight evenly and transferring the load to the lumbar pad and waist belt. Die-cut EVA foam on the harness and waist belt adds breathability and decreases weight. The ventilated moisture wicking harnesses, waistbelt and backpanel enhance fit, aid in load transfer, provide cushioning and keep you cool on the trail. An adjustable sternum strap and load-lifter straps further enhance the fit of the Zulu 40 and ensure the stability of your load, allowing convenient on-the-go adjustment.
The single main compartment of the Zulu 40 has an extendible drawstring-closed top entry, and a U-shape zippered entry allows full front access to the pack body. A large front stuff pocket provides a place to secure additional gear. The Zulu 40's lid includes an integrated stowaway pocket. All of the zippers used on the Zulu 40 are designed to be weather resistant.
The Zulu 40 also includes side and bottom compression straps, bottom sleeping bag access panel, quick-access waistbelt pockets, two exterior stretch water bottle pockets and hideaway gear loops. An integrated sleeve and exit port make the Zulu 40 compatible with a hydration system (sold separately). A color-matched rain cover is also integrated.
Available in your choice of color options, the Gregory Zulu 40 backpack is available in Small, Medium, and Large size options.
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- Crossflo DTS suspension system
- Lightweight wire X-frame
- Suspended mesh backpanel
- Ventilated die-cut EVA foam harness and hip belt
- HDPE framesheet with anti-barreling stay
- Front stuff pocket
- Dual stretch mesh side pockets
- Large U-shaped zipper for front access
- Cross-over side compression straps
- Dual zippered hip belt pockets
- Integrated raincover
- Independent tool and trekking pole loops
Best Use Backpacking Access Top Loading Warranty Limited Lifetime Volume 2440 cu in (Medium) Type Internal Frame Backpack Sternum Strap Yes; Adjustable Maximum Weight 35 lbs Material Body: 210D Nylon, 100D Nylon
Base: 210D Nylon
Item Weight 2 lbs 15 oz (Medium) Hydration Compatible Yes Frame Material 4 mm Spring Steel/ HTPE Fits Torso Small: 16"-18"
Real Customer Reviews
- Zulu series is best
Likes: Color, capacity is enough for 3-4 days hiking trip.
- Spacious bag that compresses well
Likes: The top loaded bag with an option to open front the front as well. The bag is comfortable, has a mesh back that won't leave your shirt stained with sweat, and comfortable straps. The bag easily fits inside of of the overhead compartment of Delta commercial airlines.
Dislikes: The top portion can fit a variety of objects and increases the space of the entire pack; however it can look like it is jutting out of an otherwise low-profile pack.
- Lightweight, durable, and roomy
Likes: This pack performed exceedingly well on a 10 mile hike over steep, rugged terrain in NH White Mountains. I took it over the Kinsmans over the weekend. I like that it is roomy for a day pack, but can also be used for an overnighter. It holds all my backpacking gear with ease. It is very comfortable and the materials feel durable. The u shape access on the front is good for loading and unpacking but not great for on trail access while hiking as buckles and snaps need to be undone 1st
Dislikes: Only real complaint is no easy way to store trekking poles without 1st taking the pack off. This is not a huge concern, but a luxury I have on my other pack which is an Osprey. When using the pack on steep rock scrambles putting the poles away is helpful. Maybe I can rig something up to the pack to make this work.
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