Similar to the previous version of this pack, the new Gregory Deva's strong suit is its ability to carry substantial loads. Everything about this pack is burly. It has large zippers, a hefty waist belt, and large, durable buckles. The wide shoulder straps and overall size make it more suitable for an athletic build than a petite frame. The hinging hip belt moves as you move, keeping the shoulder straps and upper body steady as you hike. This backpack also features a removable lid design that works as a daypack. It's a convenient option when planning side trips or day hikes from camp while on a multi-day trip in the backcountry. Though Gregory worked to slim down the most recent iteration of this pack to make its size and weight more manageable, it still feels a bit bulky and heavy.
Gregory Deva 60 Review
Compare prices at 3 resellers Pros: Stable, sturdy, comfortable, and spacious
Cons: Heavy, bulky waist pocket and waist belt
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Our Analysis and Test Results
The new version of the Gregory Deva is similar to the old version we tested, in that this pack has it all. With tons of padding, a pivoting hip belt design, and loads of space and storage options this pack has everything you'll need on your next backpacking trip.
Comfort and Suspension
Overall, the Deva is an incredibly comfortable backpack. With a women's specific pre-curved harness and hip belt, the backpack carries exceptionally well. Even though the shoulder straps are wide, ladies with narrower shoulders didn't seem to have a problem with them.
The back and shoulder straps are well padded, more so than many of the other backpacks in the review. This padding and the pack's bomber suspension remain comfortable under heavy pack loads. The waist belt is stiff and well padded with multi-density EVA foam and PreCurve technology. These extra features add bulk but add comfort and protection to areas that are prone to chaffing.
The Deva's new A3 suspension system improves its weight distribution and carrying comfort. Both the shoulder straps and hip belt panels pivot independently, allowing the backpack to remain stable even when you're moving over uneven terrain.
The Deva has a much more substantial suspension system than models we tested that weigh significantly less. We do not think the Deva's suspension is ideal for lighter backpacking.
Unfortunately, all that comfortable padding adds lots of extra weight, which is the downside to the Deva. We weighed it at 5.44 pounds.
The Deva's heft is noticeable. The benefit is that it handles a heavy load with superb stability. The downside is that its weight makes it suitable for only a narrow range of adventures. This backpack feels too heavy to carry with a lighter load, and we wouldn't recommend it for covering a lot of miles or carrying only lightweight gear. Due to the weight, we found the Deva to be highly comfortable on short to moderate distance backpacking trips when comfort and weight carrying capability were the top priorities.
Total Volume = 58 L
Main Bag = 42 L
Pockets = 9 L
Lid = 7 L
We are happy to see that the newest version of the Deva has simpler features than its predecessor. The two large outer pockets featured on the previous model are now one streamlined mesh pocket. Though this pocket is smaller, it is stretchy and less bulky, which we like.
This newest version of the Deva has fewer straps overall, which improves the pack's ease of use. You can access all of the compartments easily while hiking, including the side pockets, which hold water bottles.
The Deva has only one side water bottle pocket that fits a small bottle. The slimmed-down external storage makes this pack lighter and simpler overall, for which we are grateful. One minor complaint is the size of the waist belt pockets, which seemed exceptionally bulky.
We found the Deva fairly streamlined and easy to adjust. The side compression, shoulder, and bottom straps adjustments are all in logical places. This arrangement makes the pack easy to adjust on the fly.
The torso height also adjusts quickly by using a hook and clip system, which means that there isn't infinite adjustment but it does give each size some range in torso height.
The Deva falls toward the pricier end of the spectrum in our test. It is a good value for the woman who wants a lot of space and appreciates lots of padding comfort and capacity, but there are many other models in our test that offered comparable comfort and carrying capacity for a lower price. The value often comes down to which pack fits your body the best.
Considering the Gregory Deva's weight and sturdy suspension design, it's ideal for shorter distance trips with mid-to heavy-weight loads. With plenty of space to pack everything you could desire on a backpacking trip, the Deva is one of the most luxurious models in our review. If luxury is what you seek, and you can endure the weight for shorter distance backpacking, then this contender is beyond compare in design features and spaciousness.
— Jane Jackson