The Gregory Denali 100 is unlike any other backpacking backpack produced before or since. From the wisdom of careful research and field testing, this pack was born. It is versatile, durable, and massive, making it worthy of a review. This article will explore some of its downsides such as price as well as its upsides including its size and sturdiness. Afterwards, you will have a clear overview of this backpack and all it has to offer.
Dimensions: 4.33 x 13.39 x 34.65 inches
Volume: 100 L
Available colors: black
Weight: 6.05 lbs
Fabric: 210D Nylon, 420D High Density Nylon
This backpack comes with a number of great benefits. First off, the greatest asset it boasts is its size. It has plenty of room to store your gear and belongings. Compared to other packs, it is the second largest pack available on the market; the only other ones being 105 L packs. With this pack, you can carry up to eighty pounds, more if you can pack it even tighter. It is a monster of a pack.
Further, there are a lot of easy to access pockets. The hip belt offers zipped pockets to store snacks, compass, or anything else that might need immediately if required. On the front of the pack, you can find a vertical zipper to store items for effortless access.
The backbone of the pack is made of two aluminum stays. They serve to keep the pack’s back flat even if it is overstuffed, proving a sturdy frame. On top of that, the shoulder straps, back area, and waist belt are heavily padded, offering plenty of support. For long treks, this is extremely important.
Additionally, this pack is quite versatile. There are many pockets, zippers, and attachments that can store a variety of items. This pack first came out in 2014, so you can rest assured knowing that it was well-thought-out. Compared to most other packs out there, that is incredible. More than any other pack, it went through extensive research, testing, and customer input. It is designed for glaciers, snow, and mountains. You can do almost anything with this pack.
The biggest downside by far is its price. While it is expensive, this backpack is worthwhile for those who need a big backpack for mountaineering and summitting high alpines. It further makes up for the hefty price through its durability and versatility. Overall though when it comes to the price, this pack is not for those on a budget.
Additionally, it can be quite heavy, but only to begin with. After some time, you will get used to its weight. The weight is to be expected with a pack of this size. It can be quite daunting to swing a 100 L pack onto your back initially, but you will get acquainted to it with time.
Online Ratings and Other’s Thoughts:
At most online stores such as Amazon, it is rated over a 4.5, at a minimum of 4 for some other stores. In the online realm, it is still fairly new, but the reviews have been nothing but praise worthy for this backpack.
My Experience with the Denali 100
Before traveling to Kenya and South Africa over Summer 2017, I bought this backpack used at an REI Garage sale, specifically for the trip. While there, it was absolutely wonderful. I put all my clothes, presents for family, and toiletries in this pack. It worked to perfection with no issues.
However, I wish I had bought it new. It was fine used, but I think it would have been even better had it been brand new. Despite some minor wear and tear, the backpack worked to perfection. It stored my gear well and fit well on my back. To be perfectly honest, it was nearly new to me.
When I initially got it though, I wish I had gotten a rain cover to go along with it. On a car ride to Impala Ranch from Nairobi, it was raining outside about midway through the journey, so my clothes and belongings got wet. If you do get this, I definitely recommend a rain guard on top of it to protect your gear.
By far the biggest downside to this pack is its hefty price. The pack is not for those with shallow pockets. However, it more than makes up for it in versatility, durability, and enormity. If you go on expeditions or want a hefty pack, then this pack is for you. Overall, I would give it a 9/10.
If you think I missed anything or have a question about the pack, please feel free to comment on this post and I will get back as soon as I can.