Women have not traditionally been well catered to in the backpack market. However, the Gregory Deva backpack has been designed to fit women
But how does it fare out on the trail? Read our complete Gregory Deva review to find out where it performed and what we thought could have been better!
Gregory Deva 60 Women's Backpack TL:DR Review
Gregory Deva 60 Women's Pack Ratings
If you like the organizational style of a top-loader pack but don’t want to buy a bag made with men in mind, this might just be the best darn pack you’ll ever come across.
Main Features of the Gregory Deva 60 Women's Rucksack
- It's a women's specific design – Features a curved waistbelt that molds to female hips so weight is perfectly distributed.
- Provides easy organization options – With a separate sleeping bag compartment (for trips that require a sleeping bag), waistbelt pockets, and a pocket on the rear, packing and accessing your gear is effortless.
- Very durable - The Gregory Deva pack can handle challenging terrain and was made with durable materials that'll withstand the elements
- Great Warranty - If your Gregory Deva 60 women's backpack needs some repair, they'll take care of all the repair and part costs as well as the return shipping expenses, and all you have to do is ship the bag to them at your cost.
Weight - Extra Small 4.48Lbs (2.03kg), Small 4.61Lbs (2.09kg), Medium 4.83Lbs (2.19kg)
Capacity - Extra Small 56L, Small 60L, Medium 65L
Load - 50Lbs (23 kg)
Materials - 210D Honeycomb Cryptorip HD Nylon & 210D High Tenacity Nylon
Warranty - All Gregory bags come with a Limited Lifetime Warranty.
- Very durable and designed with a female frame in mind.
- It keeps your gear organized and offers impressive packability.
- Has a robust internal frame and sleek overall profile.
- Quite a heavy pack weight.
- It's definitely not a budget backpack.
Just a little smaller and lighter than the famous Gregory Baltoro 65 pack, the Deva pack is the ideal women's hiking backpack for active ladies that need comfort and support while carrying a heavy load on their back. And in case you were wondering, it is hydration compatible, yes.
The Gregory Deva is a female-specific design featuring a curved waistbelt that molds to female hips so weight is better distributed.
It provides easy organization options with a separate sleeping bag compartment (for trips that require a sleeping bag), waistbelt pockets, and a pocket on the rear, packing and accessing your gear is effortless.
Very durable – The Gregory Deva pack can handle challenging terrain and was made with durable materials that’ll withstand the elements.
We've done ultralight bag reviews. We've done expedition pack reviews. We've tried and tested just about every backpacking bag out there in our reviews. But we've never been this up close and personal with a Gregory pack made with the female frame in mind!
Equipped with the high-performance Response A3 suspension system, the Deva pack was designed to flex with the natural movement of a woman's body. Fitted with a "wishbone" aluminum alloy wire frame, the pack distributes weight evenly and provides excellent load stability, comfort, and a full range of motion.
For breathability and support, there's the EVA foam back panel in this top loading pack, and with extensive and contoured padding in the harness, lumbar area, and hip belt, it further ups the comfort levels.
The Deva comes with a lashed divider that separates the top and front-entry main compartment from the lower sleeping bag compartment. With this feature, you can easily separate wet and dry gear.
Other notable features include a huge front stretch pocket, zippered side bellows pockets, a hideaway water bottle holder, two zippered hip belt pockets, gear attachment loops, a front harness quick-stow, and a plethora of straps.
The Deva comes available in three different sizes: Extra Small (fits torso lengths between 14 and 16 inches) Small, (torsos between 16 and 18 inches), and Medium (18–20-inch torsos). There might be slight differences in their weight, but these bags pretty much all feel like 4 lbs when they're not loaded.
With that being said, here's a breakdown of this great pack and a full set of specifications and features.
Similar to other female-specific Gregory packs, the Gregory Deva 60 women's strong suit is its ability to carry substantial loads. With large, durable buckles, hip belt pockets, a hefty waist belt, top loading abilities, and large zippers, everything about this backpack is burly.
The Deva features wide shoulder straps, and its overall size makes it more suitable for a woman with an athletic build rather than a petite frame.
We like how the hinging hip belt moves when and how you move, and this also keeps the shoulder straps and upper body steady as you hike. With a removable lid design, the Deva 60 also has a built-in day pack.
With that being said, let's dive into the details of this backpack!
Fit and Adjustability
The Deva is relatively streamlined and pretty easy to adjust. With side compression, shoulder, and bottom strap adjustments all located in logical places, you can easily adjust your pack on the fly. Creating a custom fit for this backpack is as easy as adjusting the shoulder harness and waist belt.
The torso height can also be quickly adjusted by using a hook and clip system. This means that there aren't too many adjustment options, but it does give each size some range as far as torso height is concerned.
The Deva 60 really is a very comfortable backpack. Thanks to its pre-curved , angle adjust harness and hip belt, this backpack feels just right on the female frame and doesn't place pressure on the lower back.
Well-padded back and shoulder strap options and the pack's amazing suspension mean you'll still be as comfortable as possible even if you're carrying heavier loads.
We love the padded and stiff waist belt that features EVA foam and PreCurve tech. Even though these extra features might add a little bulk to the bag, they definitely up the comfort and protection game, especially in areas that are prone to chaffing.
Thanks to the Deva's A3 suspension, weight distribution is on point and not centered on just your lower back or shoulders, which obviously increases carrying comfort too. The shoulder strap and hip belt panels move independently, which allows the pack to stay stable while you're navigating uneven terrain.
Gregory's aluminum "wishbone" frame directs weight to the ComfortGrip lumbar pad for even better weight management. To improve the fit, you can also swap out the shoulder strap and hip belt for other sizes and remove the LumbarTune pad.
The pack's back anel, known as the matric ventilated back panel, ensures that breathability is always as good as it can be, even when the pack is close to your back.
The materials used for manufacturing the Deva 60might be lightweight, but they're definitely not weak. We'd say the Deva 60 should be able to withstand abrasions and snags very well. Close-knit weaves help prevent stains and also repels water.
Keep in mind that this bag doesn't come with a rain cover and is only water-resistant, not waterproof, so you should buy one if you plan to hike in wet weather!
But back to durability… Even if this bag ends up breaking (and as long as you didn't purposefully damage it), Gregory will happily give it some TLC or replace it as long as you pay the postage fee. This means that if you really like this pack, it could very well be the last hiking backpack you ever buy!
Packability and How to pack the Gregory Deva 60 Women's
With one large outer mesh pocket that's stretchy and just enough straps to cover the basics, the Deva 60's packability and ease of use are very impressive. The main compartment works well for all bigger items.
All of the compartments are easy to access on the go, but keep in mind that there's only one side water bottle mesh pockets that fit a small bottle. We're not too keen on the size of the bottle holster, but it does its job. The hip belt pockets and front pocket works really well for anything small you need easy access to during a day hike.
Depending on your trip and the amount of gear you have, it works well to pack your tent in the outside pocket to save room inside the pack for the rest of your gear. The bottom straps are suitable for your sleeping bag, and double up as a sleeping bag compartment, yes, while the front pocket works well for packing clothes you need quick access to.
Here are a few tips and tricks for best use backpacking with the Deva 60
- The Deva 60 pack's hydration sleeve doubles up as a removable sidekick daypack. And what makes the removable daypack even cooler is the fact that it's super lightweight and very comfortable for everyday use. It also has pockets for storing things you might need for your backpacking trip, although they're not comparable to the main bag's hipbelt pockets. By the way, you can easily convert the sleeping bag straps into a waist strap for the daypack.
- The pockets on the hip belt is ideal for storing quick-access pieces of gear. You can also fit a rain cover in here, which is convenient in the event of unexpected downpours.
- The outside zipper compartment near the top lid is big enough to carry your yoga mat and sandals! You don't those items to take up space in the main compartment.
- The top lid compartment has three zippered pockets, which are big enough to hold a fleece jacket, raincoat, hat, and a few extra pieces of gear.
- This bag has trekking pole loops on the exterior, which is great for hanging other pieces of gear on too if you don't use trekking poles.
On the Trail
The Deva 60 boasts a lot of features and pockets, and that's something you can verify by the pack's weight. We were able to fit all our standard gear into this pack, but the challenge was in finding the best pockets for every piece of gear.
The suspension is great out on the trail, and you can really feel that it has been designed for the shape of a woman's body. The daypack with its extra pockets also works well as an internal sleeve to hold your water reservoir.
Having the top pocket divided down the middle with zippers on each side makes it easier to separate and locate your items.
The water bottle stow pocket is perfect for a one-liter water bottle, and the angle and location of the pocket make it easy to grab your bottle and stay hydrated on the go. The only issue we have with this pocket is that your bottle can (and probably will) slip out of the pocket if you lean over to pick something up from the ground. This is one of those exterior pockets that can actually be put to better use.
We like how the variety of compressions straps make it easy to adjust the pack load and they also serve as available loops for carrying smaller items like your camping sandals outside the pack.
All in all, this 4 lbs, full-featured pack comes with a lot of cleverly thought-out features and pockets that are very useful for organizing your gear for day hikes and multi-day excursions alike. We like the fact that it comes with a raincover included, and obviously finding a pack that's women's specific isn't something we see every day, so it's great! Some of these features make the bag heavier than it needs to be, but the variety of options (aside from the main pack) does give you more use and space for when you need it most.
From what we've read on other user reviews, we're not far off with our findings and think that this model performs very well out in the real world when you take its purchase price and specs into consideration.
The Deva 60 comes with compression straps that help keep everything snug and inplace. You can actually fit more gear into this 60L bag than a standard 65L bag, thanks to the compression straps. The wide strap across the top of the pack securely keeps everything inside, even during airport handling!
If you're not sure about your torso size, go ahead and make use of the Gregory Fitting Guide. If you're very short, the Extra Small is the obvious choice. If you're tall, get the Medium. And If you're somewhere in between those two, the Small should be fine!
Pro tip: The small straps between your shoulder and pack are called "load lifters." Tighten them gently and keep the shoulder straps slightly loose to ensure the load won't only sit on your hips. If you want to shift some of the weight to your shoulders, loosen the load lifters and tighten the shoulder straps.
Considering the Deva 60's weight and sturdy suspension design, it's the perfect backpacking solution for shorter distance trips with mid-to-heavy-weight loads.
Like all Gregory's female-specific backpacks, the Deva was designed and tested by women to ensure the shoulder harnesses are contoured to fit the female figure. The hip belt panels were also built to adjust and fit a woman's hip angles.
Weighing in at 4 lbs, this internal frame backpack has been designed to carry loads up to 50 pounds in comfort without straining your back. Ideal for extended backpacking trips and multi-day adventures, the pack is loaded with cool features and can easily be adjusted for different uses.
This bag offers plenty of space to pack everything you could need, and it's also one of the most luxurious women's backpacks out there.
Boasting a wealth of access points, an innovative suspension system to support your back, and an array of trail-worthy features, there's a very good reason why the Gregory pack is an award-winning backpack.
You can really see how much time and thought went into the Deva 60's design. The harness system is comparable to that found on the Osprey AG bags, and the materials used to manufacture the Deva means that your bag will probably last forever.
This isn't a budget bag by a long shot, but if you need something that's going to provide you with optimal comfort and packability (not to mention a stylish finish), the Deva 60 women's might well be the best investment you ever make.
Gregory caters to size small through to medium size, which means you'll definitely find a Deva that fits your specific frame.
- 1 Gregory Deva 60 Women's Backpack TL:DR Review
- 2 Overview
- 3 Getting Started
- 4 On the Trail
- 5 Other Stuff
- 6 Summary