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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Gregory Deva 60
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|Pros||Stable, sturdy, comfortable, and spacious||Comfortable, lightweight, supportive suspension, simple design, large pockets||Comfortable and supportive, fully-featured with pockets and access points, adjustable torso and hip belt||Outstanding support under heavy loads, well-cushioned hip belt and shoulder straps, highly adjustable, durable materials||Ultra comfortable, roomy, inexpensive, durable, can fit a bear can horizontally, low center of gravity, airy mesh frame|
|Cons||Heavy, bulky waist pocket and waist belt||Non-ventilated back panel, less organizational features||Mesh pockets lack durability||Heavy, too tight side pockets, rigid and not suited for scrambling||Not many bells and whistles, set torso adjustment points, no back stash pocket|
|Bottom Line||The Deva provides lots of support for heavy loads and has an excellent feature set||A durable bag with all the right pockets and suspension that will keep your back, hips, and shoulders comfortable all day||A comfortable and supportive suspension, a comprehensive feature set, and adjustability all in a lightweight package||The beast you want for substantial loads, this pack is highly comfortable and incredibly adjustable to many body types||This simple pack combines comfort, volume, and price; it will take you anywhere and won’t break the bank|
|Rating Categories||Gregory Deva 60||Ultralight Adventur...||Gregory Maven 65L||Osprey Ariel 65||Osprey Renn 65|
|Comfort And Suspension (45%)|
|Organizational Systems (20%)|
|Specs||Gregory Deva 60||Ultralight Adventur...||Gregory Maven 65L||Osprey Ariel 65||Osprey Renn 65|
|Measured Weight (pounds)||5.2 lbs||2.7 lbs||3.4 lbs||4.8 lbs||3.6 lbs|
|Volumes Available (liters)||60, 70, 80||68||45, 55, 65||55, 65||50, 65|
|Organization: Compartments||Lid, front pocket, hip belt pockets, 1 water bottle compartment, main compartment||Side pockets, front pocket, hip belt pockets, main compartment||Lid with two pockets, front pocket, side pockets, hip belt pockets, main compartment||Lid with two pockets, front pocket, side pockets, hip belt pockets, main compartment||Lid, side pockets, hip belt pockets, main compartment|
|Access||Top, bottom, front||Top||Top, side, bottom||Top, front, bottom||Top, bottom|
|Rain Cover Included||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Women's Specific Features||Slim profile and women’s-specific Response A3W Suspension||S-Curve Shoulder Straps||Women's specific fit||Women's specific fit||Women's Specific fit|
|Sleeping bag Compartment||Yes, bottom zip compartment||No||Yes||Yes||No|
|Bear Can Compatible||Yes||Yes - Vertical||Yes - Vertical and Horizontal||Yes - Vertical||Yes - Vertical and Horizontal|
|Main Materials||210D nylon, 420D HD nylon||500 Cordura||Nylon||420HD nylon packcloth||600D polyester|
|Sizes Available||XS, S, M||S, M, L, XL, Kids||XS/S, S/M||XS/SM, M/L||One size, with adjustable torso|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Gregory Deva 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.
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 easily access all of the compartments 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.
Unfortunately, all that comfortable padding adds lots of extra weight, which is the downside to the Deva. We weighed it at 5.2 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.
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 using a hook and clip system, which means that there isn't an 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. Still, 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