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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|Pros||Stable, sturdy, comfortable, and spacious||Comfortable, supportive suspension, simple design, large pockets, durable, customization from manufacturer||Huge main compartment, customizable compression straps, super lightweight, comfortable with heavy loads||Comfortable, plush padding, wide range of fitting options and adjustments, good number of pockets, easy-to-remove top lid,||Lightweight, easy to access side pockets, removable pockets and straps|
|Cons||Heavy, bulky waist pocket and waist belt||Non-ventilated back panel, less organizational features||Dark material makes pack contents difficult to see, hip belt difficult to adjust, rigid padding might not last over time||Large, spring loaded waist band is hard to get into, suspension can feel bulky, expensive, hip belt can sag uncomfortably on some users||Fixed torso length, rigid feeling hip belt|
|Bottom Line||This large pack provides all the features you need as well as comfort, stability, and support for heavy loads||Comfortable suspension for all day use, all the right pockets, and durable fabric make the Circuit a top choice||The Granite Gear Blaze is built for hauling heavy loads over vast distances with comfort and ease||The Aura 65 AG is a comfortable pack that is fully featured, well ventilated, and sleek in design||When pack weight is a priority, the REI Flash 55 keeps the pounds and ounces low and works well for weekend trips and ultralight adventures|
|Rating Categories||Gregory Deva 60||Circuit||Blaze 60||Osprey Aura AG 65||REI Co-op Flash 55 - Women's|
|Comfort And Suspension (45%)|
|Organizational Systems (20%)|
|Specs||Gregory Deva 60||Circuit||Blaze 60||Osprey Aura AG 65||REI Co-op Flash 55...|
|Measured Weight (pounds) (medium)||4.2 lbs||2.68 lbs||3.0 lbs||4.65 lbs||2.68 lbs|
|Volumes Available (liters)||60, 70, 80||68||60||50, 65||55|
|Organization: Compartments||Lid, front pocket, hip belt pockets, 1 water bottle compartment, main compartment||Side pockets, front pocket, hip belt pockets, main compartment||Lid, front pocket, side pockets, hip belt pockets, main compartment||Lid, front pocket, side pockets, dual front pockets, hip belt pockets, main compartment||Lid, double side pockets, front pocket, hip belt pockets, shoulder strap phone pocket, main compartment|
|Access||Top, bottom, front||Top||Top, front||Top, side, bottom||Top|
|Rain Cover Included||Yes||No||No||No|
|Women's Specific Features||Slim profile and women’s-specific Response A3W Suspension||S-Curve Shoulder Straps||Women's Specific fit & sizing||Women's specific fit||Women's specific fit|
|Sleeping bag Compartment||Yes, bottom zip compartment||No||No||Yes||No|
|Bear Can Compatible||Yes||Yes - Vertical||Yes - Vertical and Horizontal||Yes - Vertical||Yes - Vertical|
|Main Materials||210D nylon, 420D HD nylon||500 Cordura||210D HD nylon||Nylon||Ripstop nylon; Oxford nylon (bluesign® approved)|
|Sizes Available||XS, S, M||S, M, L, XL, Kids||Short, Regular||XS, S, M||XS, S, M|
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.
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.
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 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