The Gregory Makalu Pro 70 is a professional-grade pack for expedition climbing, designed to haul heavy loads while not being too heavy itself. Like its deluxe backpacking cousin, the Baltoro 70, the Makalu features a beefy 3D-pre-curved hipbelt and a significant lumbar pad to transfer 50-pound loads from your shoulders to your legs. The Makalu manages to weigh about nine ounces less than a comparably-sized Baltoro, however, as it is much simpler in terms of layout and organization; the main compartment of the pack is one big uninterrupted volume with a removable hydration sleeve, perfect for accomodating big cold-weather sleeping bags and other bulky expedition gear. There are no side or front pockets or alternative access points - it's just the essentials here.The materials used to construct the Makalu are very heavy duty; the body is 210 denier nylon with a ripstop pattern of Spectra threads for reinforcement. The bottom and back panel are made of a waterproof and abrasion-resistant vinyl. A Hypalon patch on the outside of the pack body provides a place to strap on your crampons. The webbing straps, buckles, and drawstrings used are all very simple and standardized, making it easier to find replacements and make repairs over the course of a long expedition.Finally, the shoulder straps are rather more advanced than those found on some other packs in this category, with two slots that allow two different attachment heights within each torso size, an Auto-Cant system that allows you to change how close together the straps are at the top, and Gregory's unique Velcro-based design that allows you to move the strap's padding inboard and outboard as you prefer.
The Bottom Line: A pack that's ready to take on the big mountains of the world.Features:
- Auto-Cant™ harness system
- Dual Density Wilderness waistbelt
- Flo-Form® II shoulder harness
- Aero-Tech mesh backpanel
- Floating partial framesheet
- Twin 7075-T6 aluminum stays
- Top access
- Top pocket with water-resistant zipper
- Two ice axe loops and keeper straps
- Removable bungee cord
- Removable waistbelt and gear racking system
- Crampon patch
- Full compression system
- Spectra™ and 210d fabrics
Size Volume Weight Torso Length S 3800 in³ / 62 L 4 lb 11 oz / 2.10 kg 16" - 18" M 4250 in³ / 69 L 4 lb 15 oz / 2.25 kg 18" - 20" L 4600 in³ / 75 L 5 lb 4 oz / 2.40 kg 20" - 22"
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Intended Use Alpine & Ice Climbing, Hiking/Backpacking, Winter
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A "Pro" pack indeed
The Makalu isn't a pack that tries to win you over with sexy looks, although its black nylon body with white Spectra gridlines does have a stealthy appeal to it. Instead, it's the bomber construction that will impress you - especially the waterproof tarp material on the bottom and the twin aluminum stays set into a Read More...
A "Pro" pack indeedThe Makalu isn't a pack that tries to win you over with sexy looks, although its black nylon body with white Spectra gridlines does have a stealthy appeal to it. Instead, it's the bomber construction that will impress you - especially the waterproof tarp material on the bottom and the twin aluminum stays set into a heavy-duty HDPE framesheet. This pack will take a beating!
The Makalu is the polar opposite of Gregory's new Contour and Cairn packs. While those packs feature the "Trail Smart 1-2-3 packing system" to first-timers organize their gear in a logical way, the Makalu says "Hey, you're a pro, aren't you? Here's a big empty volume. Pack it." I appreciate that, because its massive top opening and unobstructed interior space makes it easy to jam in bulky winter sleeping bags, parkas, and tent bodies.
I do think that the suspension system on the Baltoro series packs is more comfortable, as the Makalu features a more minimalist, stripped-down version. All in all, though, this is the pack for serious, no-nonsense adventure. I hope to take it to Antisana, Mount Logan, and many more places before it falls apart, which should give me a good twenty years or so.
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