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Gregory Maya 22 Review

A simple daypack for light loads and quick hikes.
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Price:  $120 List | $98.81 at Amazon
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Pros:  Lightweight, a few nice features, adjustable torso
Cons:  Minimal padding, loses shape when stuffed
Manufacturer:   Gregory
By Cam McKenzie Ring ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  May 14, 2019
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  • Versatility - 25% 7
  • Weight - 25% 7
  • Ease of Use - 15% 6
  • Durability - 10% 7

Our Verdict

The Gregory Maya 22 is a lightweight daypack that did decently during our testing period but never stood out in any one category. It's light, but not as light as the Mammut Lithia Speed 15 or the ultralight Osprey Ultralight or Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil. It's only minimally padded and framed, so it's not as comfortable with heavier loads as our Editors' Choice winner, the CamelBak Sequoia 22. And it's a bit on the expensive side, making our Best Buy winner, the Gonex 35L a better choice if you don't want to spend a lot on your gear.


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Pros Lightweight, a few nice features, adjustable torsoComfortable, lots of good features, water reservoir includedComfortable, well-ventilated, adjustable torso length, included rain coverCompact, adjustable, comfortable for a light bag.Large capacity, good back ventilation, adjustable torso, included rain cover
Cons Minimal padding, loses shape when stuffedOn the heavy side, expensiveHeavy, ill-fitting hipbeltNo rain cover, hip belt pockets are made of mesh.Runs small, heavy, expensive, large for average day hike needs
Bottom Line A simple daypack for light loads and quick hikes.A versatile daypack that can hold a lot of gear.This pack is loaded with features, and if it fits, you'll love it!A light and simple daypack that is perfect for quick jaunts on the trail.The biggest and most comfortable daypack in our test group. Great for heavy loads and big days out.
Rating Categories Gregory Maya 22 CamelBak Sequoia 22 Osprey Sirrus 24 Lowe Alpine Aeon ND20 Gregory Jade 28L
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Specs Gregory Maya 22 CamelBak Sequoia 22 Osprey Sirrus 24 Lowe Alpine Aeon... Gregory Jade 28L
Weight (oz) 28 36 41 29 42
Volume/Capacity (liters) 22 22 24 20 28
Back Construction Padded, mesh covered Ventilated back panel with molded pods Ventilated tensioned mesh Air Contour backing with Flexion harness Crossflow suspension
Hydration External hydration sleeve External hydration sleeve and 3L Crux reservoir included Internal hydration sleeve External hydration sleeve Internal hydration sleeve
Hipbelt Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Compartments 2 2 1 1 1
Rain Cover No No Yes No Yes
Additional pockets 6 7 5 5 6
Outside Carry Options Expandable front pocket, loop for helmet, two side pockets, trekking pole and ice axe attachments, sunglasses loop and bungee, hip belt pockets, hydration hose clip Trekking pole and ice axe attachments, side pocket, hip belt pockets (one zip), daisy chain, hydration hose clip Trekking pole attachment, ice axe loop, side strech pockets Trekking pole and ice axe attachements, side pockets, helmet attachment External stretch pocket, trekking pole holders, ice axe attachement, sunglasses loop and bungee, hip belt pockets, hydration hose clip
Whistle No No Yes Yes Yes
Key Clip Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Materials 210D nylon body, 420D nylon bottom 200D ripstop nylon, 400D plain-weave nylon 210D nylon body, 420D nylon bottom Abrasion-resistant nylon coated with TriSheild 210D nylon body, 420D nylon bottom
Notable Features Adjustable torso length, internal pocket, cinch straps, exterior pocket felt-lined, sunglasses quick-stow Hydration bladder included, multiple pockets in both hip belts, internal storage pockets, exterior pocket felt-lined Ice axe loop, trekking pole attachment, adjustable back Ice axe loops, trekking pole attachment, adjustable back Adjustable torso length, internal pocket, cinch straps, sunglasses quick-stow

Our Analysis and Test Results

Maya Updates:
Gregory continues to update and improve the Maya, and we test each sequential version. The version tested below is available starting Spring 2019.

The Gregory Maya 22 is made of durable 210D nylon with a 420D nylon bottom. It is available in one size only with a 17-inch, adjustable torso and weighs 28 ounces.

Performance Comparison


Reach new heights with this lightweight  lightly structured pack from Gregory.
Reach new heights with this lightweight, lightly structured pack from Gregory.

Comfort


While this pack is not particularly uncomfortable in any way, it isn't a standout for comfort either. There's minimal padding on the hip belt and only slightly more on the shoulder straps. There is a decent amount of padding on the back, with a mesh covering and cutouts to increase ventilation, but without a rigid internal frame to hold those layers apart, the Maya isn't nearly as breathable as the completely open suspended mesh backs of Osprey Sirrus 24 or the Deuter Futura 22. Also, with no framing, a full load or a reservoir in the hydration sleeve forces the back of the pack to bow inward against you, which is not all that comfortable. If you plan on packing a lot on your day trips, check out the Jade 28, also from Gregory. It has a frame suspension and an open mesh back and is much more comfortable with a heavy load than the Maya.

The Maya hip belt has a short padded section and 1" webbing. Pictured here on our size 4 tester.
The Maya hip belt has a short padded section and 1" webbing. Pictured here on our size 4 tester.

Versatility


There are a few great features on this pack that make it reasonably versatile. Most notable are a soft-lined top pocket for fragile cargo, and a dedicated loop and bungee system to attach sunglasses easily to your shoulder strap. It also has a single compression strap on each side and an internal zippered pouch with a key clip to keep you organized while you're out. Importantly, the hip belt pockets are big enough to fit an oversized smartphone inside (we tested the Samsung Galaxy S9+), but only just barely.

The newly designed hip belt pockets of the Gregory Maya 22 fit the oversized Samsung Galaxy S9+  but only just barely.
The newly designed hip belt pockets of the Gregory Maya 22 fit the oversized Samsung Galaxy S9+, but only just barely.

Weight


This pack is about in the middle of the bunch at 28 ounces. While it's about a half pound lighter than our Editors' Choice winner, the CamelBak Sequoia 22, it doesn't have quite as many features nor is it as comfortable. We think it's a reasonable compromise between comfort, structure, and capacity.

Cutting out the frame and a significant portion of padding help reduce weight in the Maya  while leaving just enough to still be reasonably comfortable if it's not too full or heavy.
Cutting out the frame and a significant portion of padding help reduce weight in the Maya, while leaving just enough to still be reasonably comfortable if it's not too full or heavy.

Ease of Use


The Maya 22 isn't offered in multiple sizes, though it does feature an adjustable torso length. It's one of the few packs with this feature and uses a velcro system slightly narrower than it's cousin, the Gregory Jade. The load-lifting straps on the shoulder straps are mildly effective, as the back of the pack can extend up beyond the shoulder straps, unlike some other packs in this review. But, like many of the packs that we tested, the hip belt is on the small side, and if you wear larger than a size 2 or 4, you might not get great coverage. The hip belts on the CamelBak Sequoia and even the Jade are much longer and provide more coverage and support.

The quick-stow sunglasses system on the adjustable harness of the Maya.
The quick-stow sunglasses system on the adjustable harness of the Maya.

Durability


The ripstop 210D nylon used on this pack is a step up from previous versions, which adds a good amount of durability to this bag. Gregory doubled up on the bottom of the pack, with 420D nylon, further adding to the longevity of this pack. All this added fabric thickness only increased the weight of this pack about an ounce heavier than the previous version we tested. There is still a good amount of exposed mesh on the front, back, and sides of this pack though, which can easily get snagged on your adventures.

Thicker fabric on this version of the Maya makes it more durable than it's predecessors. Yet there's still a fair amount of mesh on the outside - like these side pockets - to catch on wayward brambles.
Thicker fabric on this version of the Maya makes it more durable than it's predecessors. Yet there's still a fair amount of mesh on the outside - like these side pockets - to catch on wayward brambles.

Best Applications


This pack has a decently large internal volume, and is reasonably comfortable and user-friendly. Though it would appear to be reservoir friendly, we found that this changes the shape of the Maya too much to be very comfortable. If you're a water bottle drinker who appreciates a large capacity for extra layers without loading up on too much weight, this might be the right pack for you.

We enjoyed the Maya when it was lightly loaded for a day exploring a city.
We enjoyed the Maya when it was lightly loaded for a day exploring a city.

Value


This pack retails for $120, which is a bit less than the models with more framing and padding. If you're after a bag that merges light padding and minimal structure with decent comfort and capacity and good versatility, we think the Maya might be your Goldilocks.

Conclusion


While the Gregory Maya 22 didn't win any awards this time around, it's a decent-performing bag that strikes a middle ground of performance. It didn't wow us in any single category, but it does a pretty good job of remaining padded, useful, and durable while being lighter and more agile than much of the competition.


Cam McKenzie Ring