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Gregory Octal 55
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Awards  Editors' Choice Award  Top Pick Award  Top Pick Award     
Price $270.00 at REI
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$259.95 at MooseJaw
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$209.95 at Backcountry
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$549.00 at REI
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Pros Very comfortable, slimmed-down waist-belt & suspension system, easy to remove top lid, wide range of fitting options and adjustments, good number of pocketsSuper lightweight, large stow pockets, compression straps, lightweight materialSimple design, versatile, lightweight for the capacity, comfortableComfortable, lightweight, good set of features, large stow pocketsMultiple adjustments for incredible fit precision, sleek design, attention to detail, spacious, comfortable
Cons Large waistband, suspension can feel bulky, expensiveSmall overall capacity, very specialized, lacks versatility, expensive for sizeFrame may not provide enough support for someSimple suspension, lacks supportComplicated adjustment options, expensive
Bottom Line This award-winning pack has stood the test year after year with its streamlined, lightweight design and incredibly ventilated and comfortable back panel.This light, sleek pack gets our award for Top Pick in Lightweight Design; it's made for the thru-hiker, or folks willing to go light to go fast.The Versant 60 wins our Top Pick for Travel packs as a simple, versatile pack that fits in from the overhead compartment of an airplane to the backcountry.The Octal 55 is light, simple, and still provides for tons of storage space.The Bora AR 61 is a high-end pack that combines comfort and adjustability with a sleek, spacious design.
Ratings by Category Aura AG 65 Lumina 45 Versant 60 Octal 55 Bora AR 61
Comfort - 24%
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Weight - 23%
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Suspension - 23%
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Ease Of Use - 15%
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Features - 15%
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Specs Aura AG 65 Lumina 45 Versant 60 Octal 55 Bora AR 61
Measured Weight (pounds) (medium) 4.66 lb 1.86 lb 4.38 lb 2.58 lb 4.94 lb
Volumes Available (liters) 65 45, 60 50, 60, 70 45, 55 49, 61
Sizes Available XS,S,M XS,S,M One size, with adjustable torso XS,S,M Regular, Tall
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