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Gregory Deva 60 Review

The Deva provides lots of support for heavy loads and has an updated and excellent feature set
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Price:  $300 List | $299.95 at REI
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Pros:  Stable, sturdy, comfortable, and spacious
Cons:  Heavy, bulky waist pocket and waist belt
Manufacturer:   Gregory
By Jane Jackson ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 4, 2019
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RANKED
#9 of 15
  • Comfort and Suspension - 45% 7
  • Organizational systems - 20% 6
  • Weight - 20% 5
  • Adjustability - 15% 5

Our Verdict

Similar to the previous version of this pack, the 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.

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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.

Performance Comparison


We definitely enjoyed the new and improved Deva  though the pack still has room for improvement.
We definitely enjoyed the new and improved Deva, though the pack still has room for improvement.

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 is more supportive for heavy loads than its sibling  the Gregory Jade 63.
The Deva is more supportive for heavy loads than its sibling, the Gregory Jade 63.

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.

We did not like the duel pockets in this pack's lid. They do not connect and made storing anything bulky in the lid nearly impossible.
We did not like the duel pockets in this pack's lid. They do not connect and made storing anything bulky in the lid nearly impossible.

Organizational Systems


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.

Again  the Gregory packs have a useful U-Shaped zipper to access the interior with ease.
Again, the Gregory packs have a useful U-Shaped zipper to access the interior with ease.

Weight


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.

OGL Measured Volume:
Total Volume = 58 L
Main Bag = 42 L
Pockets = 9 L
Lid = 7 L

Adjustability


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.

This mesh back pocket lacks stretch that most other packs have  that said  it does seem more durable than most.
This mesh back pocket lacks stretch that most other packs have, that said, it does seem more durable than most.

Value


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.

Conclusion


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.

This waterproof pocket is a neat idea  but we found it to be bulky and not super useful.
This waterproof pocket is a neat idea, but we found it to be bulky and not super useful.

Jane Jackson