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Gregory Juno 24L Review

All the comfort and security of a full backpack in a bite-sized daypack
Gregory Juno 24L
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Price:  $120 List | $119.95 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Great ventilation, backpack-like comfort, useful pockets and attachments, well built, intuitive use
Cons:  One size only, heavy, lame hip belt webbing system
Manufacturer:   Gregory
By Maggie Brandenburg ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Jun 21, 2021
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  • Comfort - 25% 8
  • Versatility - 25% 8
  • Weight - 25% 6
  • Ease of Use - 15% 8
  • Durability - 10% 9

Our Verdict

The Gregory Juno 24L is a comfortable daypack with just the right number of pockets in all the right places. For ladies who love their large backpack and want to replicate its functionality in a modestly sized daypack, this is the bag you've been waiting for. Its comfort and fit are on par with much larger backpacks, but with a superb back ventilation system that saves your sweaty back on the hottest summer days. Pockets, clips, loops, and attachments are intuitive and useful. This pack's full suspension system is a bit heavier than others though and we're underwhelmed by the single strap webbing found on the hip belt. Still, for backpack feel in a daypack size, it's hard to go wrong with the Juno.

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Pros Great ventilation, backpack-like comfort, useful pockets and attachments, well built, intuitive useComes with hydration bladder, very comfortable hip belt, good capacity, solidly constructedAdjustable torso length, very durable, great features and pocketsGood for on-the-go, secure fit, fits more than expected, many shoulder strap pocketsShockingly lightweight, padded shoulder straps, useful features, packs into own pocket
Cons One size only, heavy, lame hip belt webbing systemU-shaped top opening is smaller, some pockets are less convenientRuns a bit small, front stow pocket a bit smallOpens unconventionally, meant for more specific use, not rainproofNo hip belt, small overall size, no back padding - can feel contents
Bottom Line All the comfort and security of a full backpack in a bite-sized daypackA super comfortable pack with a unique waist belt system and included hydration bladder for the serious day hikerA versatile, durable, and comfortable pack that works just as well on the trail as in townA lightweight, securely fitting pack, cleverly designed for use on the goAn ultralight solution that doesn't cut out all the comfort and features
Rating Categories Gregory Juno 24L CamelBak Sequoia 24 Osprey Tempest 20 Chimera 18 Osprey Ultralight S...
Comfort (25%)
8.0
9.0
7.0
7.0
3.0
Versatility (25%)
8.0
8.0
9.0
6.0
6.0
Weight (25%)
6.0
6.0
6.0
8.0
10.0
Ease Of Use (15%)
8.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
5.0
Durability (10%)
9.0
9.0
8.0
7.0
4.0
Specs Gregory Juno 24L CamelBak Sequoia 24 Osprey Tempest 20 Chimera 18 Osprey Ultralight S...
Weight (oz) 31 oz 36 oz 31 oz 17 oz 4 oz
Volume/Capacity (liters) 24L 24L 20L 18L 18L
Back Construction VaporSpan ventilated mesh AirSupport(TM) backpanel; mesh covered foam panels with air flow channels AirScape backpanel; large spaced horizontal padding bars covered by large-holed mesh FlashDry backpanel; lightly padded and covered in fine mesh Lightweight nylon
Hydration Internal hydration sleeve External hydration sleeve and 3L Crux reservoir included External hydration sleeve External hydration sleeve None
Hipbelt Yes Yes Yes Yes, webbing No
Compartments 1 2 1 2 1
Rain Cover No, but DWR finish No No No No
Additional pockets 6 6 8 7 2
Outside Carry Options Lare exterior stretch pocket, 2 stretch side pockets, 2 zippered hip belt pockets, 1 zippered pocket, hiking pole storage, ice axe loop Trekking pole and ice axe attachments, side pocket, expandable overflow pocket, hip belt pockets (one zip, two stretch), daisy chain, hydration hose clip Lidlock helmet attachment, trekking pole quick-stow, large stretch front pocket, ice tool loop with bungee tie-off, side pockets, hip belt pockets, sunglasses shoulder stow, bike light loop Trekking pole and ice axe attachment, side pockets, expandable front stuff pocket, four small pockets on shoulder straps, loops on shoulder straps Side pocket
Whistle Yes No Yes No No
Key Clip Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Materials 210D Honeycomb Cryptorip nylon, 420D reinforced bottom 420D oxford nylon 70D x 100D nylon body, accent and bottom 420HD nylon packcloth 70D ripstop nylon, closed-cell foam, elastic pockets 40D Nylon ripstop
Notable Features Sunglasses stow loops, hydration hose attachment, trekking pole attachment Hydration bladder included, hydration pocket has blue zipper pull, removable metal stiffening rod in center of back. multiple pockets in both hip belts, several internal stretch pockets, U-shaped top zipper Helmet attachment, trekking pole quick-stow, sunglasses quick-stow, bike light loop, shoulder strap pocket, stowable ice axe loops Dyno Cinch System connects shoulder straps and waist webbing as one system, cinch cord for top and sides of pack all one system, main and small zippered compartments are opened via side zips for one-shoulder access Packs into its own pocket

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Gregory Juno 24L is a women's daypack made of 210-Denier Honeycomb Cryptorip nylon with a double-thick reinforced bottom. It has a VaporSpan ventilated mesh back panel and dual-wing hip belt with zippered pockets. It comes in just one size, meant for torsos 14 to 19 inches long.

Performance Comparison


We love wearing the Juno when we need the full weight-distributing...
We love wearing the Juno when we need the full weight-distributing, movement-accommodating capacity of a regular backpack.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Comfort


The Juno is one of the most comfortable daypacks we tested, with features we normally see in full-sized backpacks and a flare that makes it great for all-day wear. The shoulder straps and hip belt are fully lined with soft, flexible mesh against your skin (or shirt). Tapered edges to every strap add another level of comfort to this already flexible yet supportive suspension system. The hip belt wings are as wide as most full backpack hip belts, with large zippered pockets that don't detract from the security of their grip. The back panel of the bag itself is suspended away from the taut mesh that rests against your back, leaving lots of space for airflow. While several other daypacks have similar-looking systems, this one works exceptionally well. Even wearing a windbreaker and hiking on a warm late May morning in the mountains, our testers didn't get overly sweaty — a ringing endorsement for the usefulness of Gregory's VaporSpan ventilation system.


The only part of this pack's comfort that we don't love is the webbing sections of the hip belt. While totally adequate and functional, this single-thickness strap is a letdown compared to the rest of the bag. Rather than some others with doubled-over straps forming secure, even triangles with the hip belt wings, these single webbing straps are too easy to tighten unevenly, resulting in the belt clip being yanked off to one side. There are no loops or "secret" pockets behind the hip belt pockets, either, that would allow you to tuck away the strap tails. Instead, depending on the size of your waist, the tails dangle limply in the middle, tapping your thighs as you walk. Again, this system isn't uncomfortable; it's just a step down from the level of security the rest of the suspension system brings to the table.

These narrow webbing sections work, but their inelegance and lack of...
These narrow webbing sections work, but their inelegance and lack of tail management options are a letdown compared to the rest of this suspension system's performance.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Versatility


When it comes to pockets, loops, and helpful attachments, the Juno 24L once again shows up admirably. A large main compartment is easily accessed with a double zipper and includes a simple elastic-top hydration pocket with an exit slot under the top handle. The outside has just the right number of pockets to keep you organized without creating a confusing maze of "what pocket did I put that in?". A small zippered pocket on the outside near the top is reinforced with padding to add protection for storing electronics. A stretch mesh pocket offers a solution for that extra layer you no longer need as the day grows warmer. Both hip belt wings have zippered pockets that can accommodate most oversized smartphones. Side stretch pockets easily hold standard 1L Nalgenes.


A loop and hook at the top of the inner hydration pocket provide versatile options for whatever bladder you like to use, while a perfectly placed clip on the right shoulder strap secures your hose. The left shoulder strap has a dedicated sunglasses storage loop system that keeps your glasses nearby and un-crushed for quick access whenever you need them after exiting the shady forest. The trekking pole loops and straps are intuitive and easy to use, with an ice axe option as well, in case that's your chosen sport. The sternum strap includes a small whistle, just in case. Really, the only thing the Juno is missing is an integrated rain cover.

Simple, easy-to-use, excellently placed pockets and extra features...
Simple, easy-to-use, excellently placed pockets and extra features make this pack easy to love.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Weight


At 31 ounces, the Juno 24L is one of the heavier bags we tested. There aren't any extras or removable parts that you could choose to leave at home to lighten your load, either.


However, with its excellent, secure fit, it doesn't feel like a heavy pack. Even fully loaded with its listed maximum capacity of 20 pounds, the way it fits and moves with you helps it adequately distribute weight and feel like a much smaller load than it really is.

This open-concept back ventilation system is one of the most...
This open-concept back ventilation system is one of the most efficient options we've tested, when in comes to keeping us both cool and comfortable - and unable to feel the contents of even a very full bag.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Ease of Use


Though we're not the biggest fans of "one size fits most" options, the single size of the Juno does a pretty decent job of accommodating the 14-19" torso lengths it claims. While some models achieve this adjustability by incorporating specialized back panels that can be lengthened or shortened, the Juno relies on its shoulder straps and load lifters to do the trick. Our main tester has a 17.5-inch torso and found this pack very easy to fit to her back, with an easily adjustable sternum strap to finish the job.


This symmetrical bag is easy and simple to pack and unpack, no matter what size and shape your contents are. Tightening straps clip into place over the main compartment opening to reduce stress on the zipper. A dual-direction pair of zipper pulls make it easy to access the largest pocket without stopping from either side of your body. All of the Juno's pockets and features are intuitive and easy to use, offering simple and versatile options for just about every hiker.

Handy features like a dedicated sunglasses stow spot, sternum...
Handy features like a dedicated sunglasses stow spot, sternum whistle, and hydration hose clip make the Juno a joy to use.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Durability


Made of 100% nylon, the main body of the Juno is 210-Denier Honeycomb Cryptorip (ripstop) fabric, while the bottom is reinforced as 420-Denier nylon. The whole thing is treated with a DWR coating to help repel water.


We have no complaints or concerns about the durability of this bag. At every point of high wear or possible tension, seams have been reinforced, the fabric is thicker, and/or clips and straps ease high-stress points. Even the mesh pockets are thicker and harder to snag than many other models we tested.

Even the mesh is a little thicker and more durable than many others...
Even the mesh is a little thicker and more durable than many others we've tested - and easily holds a standard 1L water bottle.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Value


The Gregory Juno 24 isn't the least expensive daypack we tested, but it is one of the most impressive. It may be overkill for some users, but if you're dying for the same level of comfort and security in your daypack that you have in your full backpack, we think the price for this excellent bag is well worth its performance.

Conclusion


The Juno 24L is a daypack that feels like a backpack. Its full suspension system easily redistributes weight in ways that make it feel lighter than it really is, while the mesh suspension back panel keeps you drier than others, even on hot summer days. It has superbly functional and easy-to-use pockets and features we love to use and a durable design that's built to last.

When you need the comfort and security of a full backpack but the...
When you need the comfort and security of a full backpack but the capacity of a daypack, the Gregory Juno is the right call.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Maggie Brandenburg