Gregory Targhee 26L ReviewOctober 13, 2013
- Compact, lightweight and innovative
- Quick-change and durable side-carry system for skis
- Does everything well; no glaring weaknesses
- The pack’s overall stability would benefit from thicker straps around the waist
Gregory jumps into the backcountry-skiing fray with a strong first effort. The Targhee 26L is more than suitable as an everyday touring pack.
The Gregory Targhee is a 26-liter backcountry ski pack.
The overall fit and comfort were good, but not great. It felt a bit minimalist in terms of the material and strap width, and I wished there was more. Also, the back panel doesn’t breathe as well as other packs.
The A-frame ski carry, in particular, is awesome. The lower straps are burly and the upper straps are reinforced. Also, the diagonal system is more user friendly than most of its competitors.’ The stowable snowboard carry straps are solid.
The Targhee offers a nice balance between function and excess. The helmet-carry system utilizes a stowable donut instead of a full cover, saving weight over the crown of the helmet.
This pack (2 pounds, 14 ounces) edged out the Mountain Hardwear Powzilla 30L as the lightest new pack in our test, and its function ranked second only to the Deuter Freerider Pro 30L.
Durability is not the pack’s premier virtue, though is certainly rugged enough for average uses. After a dozen days of use, the helmet carry system was pretty stretched out, and with narrower-than-average straps on the hip.
Gregory might get more traction with this pack if it were priced slightly below the Deuter Freerider Pro 30L. As it is, they were tied for the lowest price of the five new models I tested.