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Gregory Maya 22 Review
Cons: Not a lot of padding
Bottom line: A simple daypack for light loads and quick hikes.
Volume/Capacity (liters): 22
Back Construction: Padded, mesh covered
The Gregory Maya 22 is a lightweight daypack that did alright during our testing period but never stood out in any one category. It's light, but not as light as our Top Pick for Light and fast, the Mammut Lithia Speed 20. It's only minimally padded and framed, so it's not as comfortable with heavier loads as our Editors' Choice winner, the Lowe Alpine Airzone Trail ND 24. And it's on the expensive side, making our Best Buy winner, the REI Co-op Trail 25 a better choice is you don't want to spend a lot on your gear.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
The Gregory Maya 22 is made of ripstop nylon with a double layer bottom. It is available in one size only, has a 17-inch torso length, and weighs 27 ounces.
While this pack was not particularly uncomfortable in any way, it wasn't a standout for comfort either. There's no padding on the hip belt (mesh only), and only a thin layer on the shoulder straps. There is a good amount of padding on the back, with a mesh covering and cutouts to increase ventilation, but it wasn't nearly as breathable as the completely open suspended mesh backs of the Lowe Alpine Airzone Trail ND 24 or the Osprey Sirrus 24. Also, there is no framing or structure, so if you have a full load in there or a reservoir in the hydration sleeve it ends up bowing the back of the pack inward against you, which is not all that comfortable.
There are a few great features on this pack, most notably the outer pocket which is expandable and large enough to hold a bike or climbing helmet. There's the requisite ice axe loop, a single compression strap on each side, and a top pocket for storing quick access items. With only a single compression strap it is hard to securely attach trekking poles, and the hip belt pockets are on the small side and we couldn't fit our smartphone in them.
This pack is on the lighter end at only 27 ounces. That makes it about a pound heavier than our Editors' Choice winner, the Lowe Alpine Airzone Trail ND 24, but it doesn't have quite as many features nor is it as comfortable.
This daypack comes in one size only and has a 17-inch torso length. The load-lifting straps on the shoulder straps are actually somewhat effective, as the back of the pack extends 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 pant you might not get great coverage.
The ripstop nylon used on this pack is thinner than some other models in this review, and while that makes it weigh less, a 200D pack will likely last a little longer than a 100D one. Gregory did double up the material on the bottom, which we appreciated, but other packs, like the CamelBak Sequoia 22, have a 400D panel there instead which will be much less prone to holes and tears.
This pack has a lot of internal volume, so if you tend to day hike with a lot of bulky layers, this pack is a good choice, but we wouldn't load it down with too much weight either.
This pack retails for $116, which is a bit of savings over the more expensive models with extensive framing and padding. But it scored about the same in our tests as our Best Buy winner, the REI Co-op Trail 25, which costs only $70.
While there is nothing terribly wrong with the Gregory Maya 22, there is nothing exceptionally exciting about it either. It's a decent pack with a few good features, but felt a little like plain vanilla ice cream compared to the new and inventive daypacks available these days.
— Cam McKenzie Ring
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