Showing posts with label Source. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Source. Show all posts

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Gregory Z35, an understated, lightweight hillwalking pack, again with cavernous versatility!

Gregory do it again!, from off the shelf, the Z35 sets out to impress. Just like the Gregory Miwok18 action pack, loading the Z35 with gear from my old hillwalking pack, it still had more than enough room to spare.

Like most good sized daywalking/guiding packs the Z35 follows the typical design, of main compartment with drawstring top access and flip over top hood. The additional feature is the front zip access to the main compartment, allowing you to retrieve/stow gear without having to release the hood buckles and drawstring. A great idea when you need something in a hurry eg waterproof top and trousers!


The main compartment is expansive, fitting at least the quoted 35litres of gear inside. The hood follows the same voluminous theme, with 1 internal and 1 externally accessed zipped pocket. We like, the under hood pocket zip, opening in such a way that all the contents don’t fall out when opened!, like in some other packs available in the market – something to look out for. Nice addition of a key loop in the top pocket too!

The main compartment also has a top tensioning webbing strap and quick release buckle, allowing quick stowage of a loose fleece or to keep the contents of a half filled pack closer to your pack and maintaining your centre of gravity.

Hydration bladder can be stowed within the main compartment in its own pocket, with a fabric port for your drinking tube on both sides of the pack, allowing you to route down either shoulder strap.

There’s also all the normal things you’d expect to see on a pack of this quality; haul loop, high vis hits back and front,  adjustable chest strap, high wicking mesh on all contact areas, mesh side bottle pockets, walking pole loop, hard wearing diamond ripstop fabrics etc, etc.

Whilst out walking, the shoulder/waist straps & unique Jetstream Dynamic Transfer System keep the pack close enough to your back, whilst not impeding movement or knocking you off balance. The Jetstream system keeps the pack off your back to allow airflow, but not too far off to unbalance you when walking. Forward pull/quick release waist straps/buckles are intuitive to use and ensure a snug comfortable fit round your waist. The integral zipped waist compartments on both! waist fins, allow easy access to snacks on the move too.

This pack also features an expandable, easy access front pocket for stowage of a map or waterproofs whilst on the move, ensuring there is no need to stop whilst out on the hill. There is also a zipped pocket for stowage of the inclusive waterproof pack cover.

Overall, again very impressed with this Gregory pack. It looks sharp, is understated in its capacity, is lightweight and offers abundant versatility.

Enjoy your walk! Don’t forget the rest of your essentials on our recommended kit list.

A broader range of Gregory packs & Source hydration bladders are available from our retail partner Ellis Brigham, Mountain Sports. Click here to find out more about the broader Gregory pack range our recommended pack brand partner and hydration partner, Source.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Gregory packs, Meindl footwear and Source hydration join up to support gr8trails.


Using innovative products such as Gore-Tex, Vibram and Memory Foam. Meindl have been producing quality handmade, durable, comfortable and award winning walking boots, hiking boots and shoes for over 300 years, from their factory in Bavaria, Germany. This shoemaking tradition is now in its 11th generation, managed by Lars and Lukas Meindl, who continue Meindl’s promise to produce high quality footwear. Every pair of boots are hand crafted, so we know you will feel the difference as soon as you try on a pair of Meindl boots.

Wayne Gregory designed his first backpack in 1977 to provide comfort and stability. This philosophy still holds true today. Gregory is committed to making the most comfortable outdoor backpacks available and know that a properly fitting pack will carry weight better, be more comfortable and improve performance whilst out on the trail. Designed to fit different back lengths and torso shapes, Gregory Backpacks are dedicated to offer superior comfort, fit and stability across their whole backpack range.


Source’s unique technology represents a quantum leap in hydration systems. Their care free antimicrobial hydration products provide a clean, healthy and easily accessible solution for clean water on the move.
Also, Source’s handcrafted adventure sandals achieve the perfect balance between comfort and performance. The innovative combination of patented technologies provide unmatched performance and durability.

In partnership with Gregory packs, Source hydration and Meindl footwear, gr8trails can offer guided mountain biking, walking and other activities in various parts of the UK.


gr8trails founders, Rick and Adrian are passionate about the outdoors, with over 10 years of successful group guiding in the UK. Wishing to bringadventure to everyone’, no matter what your age, experience or ability. Your gr8trails experience includes food and accommodation, transport during your short break, fully organized and guided activities, all tailor made to your own requirements.

Whatever your inspiration, your ability or experience, contact gr8trails to tailor make your perfect break.

On behalf of gr8trails, Gregory packs, Meindl footwear and Source hydration we all look forward to creating a gr8 outdoor experience you’ll never forget & one that you will wish to share in years to come.