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There are tons of things on this bag and I know I missed some. I feel like I covered the main features though. The original video was 18 mins long and so I cut it down significantly, sorry if it’s a little choppy. Let me know if you have any questions. I’ll be going to Oregon – Alaska – British Colombia – Washington – Argentina – and beyond with this baby and I’ll be blogging about it at http://veranosyviajes.wordpress.com/
UPDATE: Since posting this video, I’ve beent to all of the above places and more and couldn’t be happier with the Gregory Deva 70. Here are a few things that I’ve discovered since last summer.
Brain/Lumbar Pack – During my Christmas break, I went on a backpacking trip in El Chalten, Patagonia with a friend who owns the Osprey Ariel 75. Naturally, I was comparing my pack to hers throughout the trip as the Ariel was my second choice. We took a day hike to Chorrillo del Salto and opted to use our lumbar packs. It was the first time that I used mine and I absolutely fell in love with it. Once again, those two pockets come in handy, especially for organizing, and it has a great design. I was able to fit tons of stuff in there and had no problems whatsoever throughout the day. On the other hand, my friend had trouble with hers. The brain on the Ariel only has one pocket and so she was constantly fishing around in the one to find something. Both of us wore the packs slung across our backs like a one-shoulder bag and while mine felt like it was hugging my back (even with my Nalgene in it), hers bulged out awkwardly and she was constantly readjusting the straps and shifting the weight.
Adjustment Straps – I’ll be honest: the only ones I really use are the ones that adjust the brain. The rest haven’t been of much use to me as of yet. They just make a little extra work for strapping everything down in the airport.
Front Pocket – The front pocket can hold way more than I thought and has come in handy when I need to store something really quickly.
Side Mesh Pockets – My Nalgene fits perfectly in the water bottle mesh pocket which is super handy when trekking. I generally store my rain cover in the other pocket.
Hydration System – This is possibly the one dissapointment I have with this bag. The Deva has a pocket along it’s spine where you can slip a bladder as well as hydration ports on either side of the pack and hooks on the shoulder straps to hold the tube. Great. I started out my first day backpacking using this system and was disappointed. The pressure from the weight of the contents of my pack was so much that the tube was constantly dripping on me. To this end, I do feel like I was misusing the system. I’m sure it wouldn’t have dripped if I had less weight . I ended up not using it after that day, which was a bit of a disappoinment as it is very nice to have while hiking.