Gregory Targhee 32 Backpack Review

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This ain’t your father’s Oldsmobile. Not having much experience with Gregory packs, I was kind of picturing a classic retro external frame hiking backpack to show up in the mail.

Frame backpack image poached from the internet for your viewing pleasure.

Frame backpack image poached from the internet for your viewing pleasure.

But when Gregory’s Targhee 32 Backpack showed up for the Doglotion team to use and abuse, some surprising stoke was in the air. Sure, it didn’t come with the model in the image above, but it did bring plenty of its own features. Maybe more features than one really needs, but we’ll get to that in a sec.

Getting rad. Felix Jauvin photo.

Getting rad. Felix Jauvin photo.

What Is It?

The Targhee is Gregory’s ski specific pack, available in 26L,  32L and 45L size options.  In Gregory’s words “The award-winning Targhee 32 has the space and features needed for all-day backcountry touring, with Fusion Flex suspension and a compact shape for exceptional skiing and riding performance. Winter-specific design includes abrasion- and cut-resistant reinforcements, snow-shedding fabrics, and stowable external straps and fasteners to prevent high-speed snags. A dedicated rescue and tool compartment puts avalanche equipment close to hand.”

They had us at Fusion Flex. At Doglotion we’re big fans of marketing buzz words, and luck would have it that one of the best parts of this pack is actually how it fits while skiing. It’s nice ‘n snug, keeps the weight really close to your back, and feels light on your back.

What’s To Like?

  • Performance Fit – Like we said above, whether it’s the rad ‘Fusion Flex’ or something else, this pack keeps your backcountry junk in a tight package and lets you go for a rip without the weight tossing your around. There’s no top pouch to flop around while you’re getting rad, and it keeps things in a tight overall package.
  • Stashing/Carrying Options Galore – There’s a load of different pockets and straps to carry your gear however you damn well please.
    • Avalanche gear slides nicely into the intended pocket, skis carry well, and there’s a stowable mesh helmet carrier (yes!).
    • The oversized goggle/miscellaneous pocket up top is massive, so you can chuck a bunch of good stuff in there without having to dig through the main pack. And by being part of the main pack it doesn’t clunk around like packs that have detached top pouches.
    • You can carry skis A-Frame or diagonal, there’s loops for ice-axes, and it looks good to go for snowboard carrying (if you’re a one-planker).
Thumbs up for the helmet carrier. Felix Jauvin photo.

Thumbs up for the helmet carrier. Felix Jauvin photo.

What’s Not To Like?

  • Bells ‘n Whistles – This one’s a pro and a con. While there’s pretty much a buckle, strap or pocket for anything you’d ever need for your next backcountry shred day, that’s probably more bells and whistles than you actually need. If you’re used to a more minimalist pack, this one will feel like overkill. We’re guessing that’s where Gregory’s Verte packs come in.
  • That’s it so far. Haven’t used it long enough to test durability, but it’s looking pretty solid and well reinforced in the right places, so time will tell. We’ll drag it behind a car and see what happens. But seriously, we’ve definitely seen a wide range of how long packs last, so we’ll keep you posted.

Coles Notes

It’s a backpack, not a highly technical big ticket item, so we’re not gonna get over analytical here. Just sharing the stoke for a solid backcountry ski backpack that’s a stand-out performer in terms of how it fits while you shred the gnar. It’s packed with features that have you covered for your next backcountry ski wander. But if you’re minimalist type with all-white bedroom walls and no clutter, you might look for a simpler alpinist focused pack.

Felix Jauvin photo.

Felix Jauvin photo.


The Breakdown

Feature Set
Performance Fit
Simplicity / Slickness

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