Gregory Savant 48 ReviewMay 11, 2013
- Unmatched access to main compartment
- Thoughtful design throughout
- Rain cover included
- Low profile hipbelt slips down more than usual for some slim users
- Single-layer base fabric wears more quickly than industry standard double-layer
The Savant is a ‘jack-of-all-trades’ pack that maintains impressively high performance throughout its wide range of potential uses. Though its travel-inspired features are noticeable to the mountain user, they rarely detract from its functionality.
Equipped with a minimally ventilated back panel and relatively thin hipbelt, the Savant sacrifices some long day comfort for its low weight and sleek profile.
The Savant provides a good balance of mobility and solidity, though slender testers wished for more lumbar definition to keep it from sliding off the hips. The low profile padding made for a less comfortable carry under really large loads.
This pack swallows huge amounts of gear and offers significant external carry capacity as well.
With unmatched accessibility and sufficient organization options, the Savant gets high marks here—water bottle pockets that cannot accommodate 1-liter bottles when the pack is full were the only disappointment.
The unique, volume-adjustable semi rolltop lid was a surprising highlight of this pack; add-ons like the included raincover and removable external-carry straps boosted its versatility.
Versatility, overall great build quality and solid all-around performance make the Savant a great value at $180.