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Gregory Optic & Octal Backpacks

Gregory Optic & Octal Backpacks

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Really want this but ordered my 1st item last week and need to wait till I receive it before i get anything else
N8-P
It's back up!
Medium Optic 58 in lava grey please!!
What is the hip belt measurements for the different sizes?
why not international shipping?
Gfcasas
Indeed, why this limitation?? We are happy to pay the postage and there isn’t any way of buying this in my home country, and offending licensees.....
Gfcasas
It Is unbelievable! I hope Gregory's guys take note of oír requests...
What are the hipbelt measurements for the various sizes?
Can you ship to italy?
To me, the quick-access side/water bottle pockets are one of the biggest selling points. I've gotten away from bladders and this permits access to water without doffing the pack. I first encountered these on my previous generation Exos, and it led me to purchase a Gregory Paragon 58 which has it on one side. The Optic has it on both sides. I haven't carried bottles horizontally as shown but I find it doable to pull the bottle out bottom first. I don't know about the strength of the mesh on this pack but I often carry two smart water bottles in the quick-access pocket on the Paragon. Given that this pack has two quick-access pockets, even if the pockets couldn't handle two bottles each, that's still 2 liters of available water which generally is a few hours worth of hydration. I've had the Paragon on my back continuously for up to 7-8 hours before stopping to filter water and camp (I slept very well that night). I don't hike fast but I try to just keep moving, and accessible food and water while on-the-move are critical to me making a decent number of miles by the end of the day.
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Brett919
It’s a feature Gregory has implemented in lots of their packs. Simple yet incredibly useful feature for people who don’t use water bladders.
gnarledcoulee
I often find that simple little things like that become deal-makers when comparison shopping for gear. I can't do without it now!
I took the Optic 48 Large in blue out today for a test run. I removed the brain and installed the flap (easy enough) and loaded it up with my base wait items and 1 liter of water, about 13ish lbs, and hit the trail. I hiked 7 mi. in the forest with many ups and downs in 75 degree but slightly humid weather. The pack was great, I am very happy with it. My gear never shifted, my water bottle in the side pocket was easy for me to grab and replace with pack still on, and the front pocket was great for stashing some clothing when I got hot. Pack goes on and off very easily and quickly. I give the comfort a 9 out of 10. My back still sweat (your back will no matter what pack you have) but was whisked away quickly from my sport shirt and only dampened the pack just at the very bottom under the lumbar pad and a touch around the shoulder pads. All in all while I am a very heavy sweater the pack stayed dry and allowed my sweat to cool me instead of making me uncomfortable. The hip belt pockets I enjoyed and was easy to access my phone (lg v30) and snacks. It took a bit of adjusting to get the lumbar support to max comfort. Out of the box it felt like it rubbed my tailbone a bit so I (and I don't really rcomend be cautious) flexed the lower portion of the frame just abit and during my hike the pack felt really great. All straps and adjuments were easy worked great. Love the easy open and close drawstring for main compartment. Well I'm rambling but I really like the Optic and think it will work great for me. Thank you Massdrop and Massdrop community. Also my stats for sizing I'm 6'2, 22" torso, 225 lbs, 38" waist 42" chest. Happy hiking and hope everyone else enjoys the optic as much as I do, peace.
I got a shipping notification for the optic 48 L in blue, I hope everyone else does soon also. In the meantime if you haven't already seen it go to Gregory's YouTube page and check out there commercial for this bag. It is hilarious :) Aug 22- it arrived today as ordered and I'm stoked to try it out, thanks for the savings Massdrop community
For those wondering, A BV-500 bear can can fit horizontally in the octal 55 (sz s) and optic 58
Out of Stock for the Size Small 48L Lava Grey. Unfortunate.
I would have bought two, if they available to Canada as well.
The Optic 48 in lava grey pictured are actually the Frost gray Octal.
Devastated this only ships to USA; would have happily paid shipping :(
Is everyone else’s estimated ship date July 17? I absolutely need this before July 22, so I’m a little worried that I won’t arrive in time. Any wisdom from experienced massdroppers?
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Woohoo! I’m glad you are going to get it in time. Have a great trip!
Awesome!!!! I just checked and I got my shipping notification too! So glad you will have this pack for your trip. Enjoy!!!
I tried out this pack as well. I prefer this one to the osprey exos, to which it will get compared to. The padding on the s. strap is better, and the hip belt is much, much, better. The trampoline back is tigher on the Osprey however. My torso 19 was not comparable with the size of the hip belt.
At this price I pulled the trigger on the 55L women's small. My current shoulder season pack, a Thule Capstone 50L is similar in that is has the "trampoline" venting (which I love the feel of) but it has a serious limitation in that I can't fit the most commonly rented bear canister in it. The trampoline venting makes an S shape to the pack somewhat. I actually had to slightly reroute a trip away from the ADK high peaks area last year because of this - but didn't want to buy a pack that weighed MORE than the 47 ounces my current pack weight. Naturally when I saw these and the Osprey Eja come out I was excited.
I looked at many reviews and it doesn't look like I will have any bear canister problems with this pack...some of the reviews here note a BV 500 can fit horizontally in the 58L version. Should be the same in the size S - 55L version right? But I would feel a bunch better if someone could confirm.
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Someone on one of the UL forums told me they use a BV 500 fine with this pack both vertically and horizontally. So I'm super excited to take this pack to bear country now! Lol
I'm going on a trip to Canada to bear country and they don't require cans but I may bring one just for peace of mind. Now that I can!
ChrisinQueens
I think thats a smart idea. Big bears up there. Enjoy your trip.
I'm currently shopping for my first hiking backpack and am wanting some pointers. First, I am wondering what size would be best to choose. I will mostly be going on trips less than 3 or 4 days long, but would also like to be able to go on week long trips. Would a 48 liter pack be too small for this or could I make it work? Also, would this make for a good beginner pack or would I be better off going for another, like the Osprey Exos or something?
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CptMillenium
It mostly depends on the volume of all your gear. For a first pack you my want to look at something with an adjustable torso. A good place to start would be the massdrop x granite gear, or an osprey atmos.
A BV500 will fit horizontally in the Octal 50 (I have them both). Like everyone is saying here, make sure you have a good torso measurement. If you can I would go to REI or similar retailer and have them measure me for a pack and try some on while there.
I just got back from a quick overnight with my Optic 48. This thing is awI feel better than the 2018 Osprey Exos and for the slight extra weight it is better than Granite Gear Crown 2 Pack. I’m very happy and I paid $165 for mine!
I have had the Octal 58 medium for a month and hiked about 90 miles, with a weight load between 28-30 pounds. It is a good, solid pack that carries VERY well. I fit a BV 500 in the 58L horizontally with no problem. I also like the fact that the top lid can be removed and that the rain cover is included. I am 5 ft 4, weigh 138 and have an 18" torso. I only have one con, I wish the hip belt pockets were bigger. I can fit my Samsung S6 Active in the pockets, but there is no room to spare. I know some people don't care about hip pockets, but not having them is a deal breaker for me. I want to snap picks at a moments notice and also want to carry snacks where I can reach them. I would definitely buy this pack again.
I'd like to add my $0.02 on this pack (58L [M] Lava Grey) as I purchased it from Moosejaw a couple months back and just returned from a 5 Day trip in the Sierras (Rae Lakes). I'm 5'11" and 160lb (19" back length) and the fit is solid for me despite the pack's inability to adjust shoulder straps/hip-belt length. I loaded this thing to the hilt w/32lbs of gear and had no issue with how it carried/distributed the weight over the course of the loop. The compression system is efficient and kept everything as loaded (including bear can [Garcia backpacker's cache]). I kept my 1L Smart Water bottle in a side pocket and felt that with that much gear, getting it in and out was kind of a pain - a bladder or shoulder strap pocket would be a better option if you're planning on stuffing this pack full, IMO. The sunglasses loop is unnecessary as are the hip-belt pockets; the latter simply aren't big enough to hold much when carrying at capacity (for reference I have an iPhone 6S Plus and it did NOT fit when worn and cinched tight at the waist). I too was considering the Arc Haul but the price point of this pack (with rewards bucks and a 20% off Coupon) was too good to pass up. I think most section-hikers and weekenders looking to go lightweight will be pretty satisfied - especially at the Massdrop price (which is less than what I got it for *sadface*). Now for the "bad." The female end of the vertical "compression" strap that spans the cinch opening (underneath the brain/top-lid) broke even before I left (see image). I bear some responsibility for this as I was using it to wrench my bear can into place during a test loadout and the plastic it's made of simply couldn't handle the pressure. For my trip I rigged it with some paracord and upon returning contacted Gregory for a repair which they had no issue with as it's under warranty. Currently the pack is en route to the nearest repair facility in South Carolina at a cost of $30 to me which kinda sucks but not every retailer is Amazon and, as a small business owner myself, I understand. I'm hoping they repair the clip with the solid grey clips used on the rest of the pack (the one that broke is clear) and I'll do my best to follow up with you all once it's been returned.
tl;dr - great pack, great price. maybe not suited for thru hikers due to weight. small issue with a clip breaking but has been sent off for repair under warranty (shipping at my expense). small hip-belt pockets could have been scrapped (along with sunglasses clip) to further weight savings IMO.
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@modonnell i got the pack back and they added a beefier strap and connector; this one will definitely do the job. stoked.
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michaelxmae
I had the same break. I love the pack too, but this is definitely its weak point. They sent me a buckle just like yours; my wife can fix it. Maybe I should just send it in. Definitely looks more robust now.
Looks like a good pack, but after doing a bunch of research I'm holding out for the zpacks arc blast / arc haul.
The zpacks bags are also ventilated, and are more than 1.25 lbs lighter. You also can drop the otherwise mandatory pack cover (another 4 ounces, and never full coverage) because the zpacks arc is waterproof (nearly so as shipped, and can be effectively seam sealed with ease making it fully waterproof.
About the only thing you give up in exchange for that extra ~1.5 lbs is hip belt pockets (which you can add) and of course the zpacks costs more. Note that the gripstop fabric on the arc haul is both waterproof and more durable then Gregory / osprey fabrics.
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foobar5
Zpacks bag frames have a reputation for breaking. Not sure if they've improved the design recently. Their customer support can also be horrendous.
Some people really love them though. Just a heads up.
public
I recently returned from the Himalaya. 30 days trekking up to 18,000 feet using the ACR- haul zip. Weight was about 12 kg. Incredible pack that handles some pretty rough treatment. Cannot recommen more highly.
Can anyone who has this comment on the hip belt length? What size waist would this accommodate?
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I have the paragon 58 and I'm super happy with it. the hip belt as well as torso length on that one are adjustable. its a safe bet if you cant try on the pack in advance.
Wonkwonk
That sounds promising! Thanks!
Finally shipped! I'm guessing I was one of the last orders!
Anyone else with delayed delivery? Still waiting... I would also take the blue version, if that goes faster.
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Nice! Hopefully I get that notification here soon. What did you order?
Jaco.p
Optic 48 – Lava Grey
Fantastic pack! So light! Question though- what’s the loop on the water bottle access pocket for? In one review I saw that it was supposed to be able to be fastened closed. but it’s missing a button near the frame. Easily fixed but still want to know...
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Ooooooh! Never seen that! Thanks for the reply!
CeeK
Probably to hold your trekking poles/ice axe for fast storage and access I would guess.
Got mine yesterday, great pack and I can't wait to use it!
salsanacho
Jealous! Looks like some portion of the shipment is delayed!
Any update on shipping?
Hopefully this is better than the Exos... I literally just saw one go on sale for the same price as this drop ended. But I'm locked in and this pack looks great!
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Yeah I’m hoping the fit is good!
Blee28
I think it will be better just because it has hip belt pockets. Can't believe they left those off the new exos.
Great, another drop that won't ship to Canada, no Therm-A-Rest, no Gregory...