Gregory Miwok 24 Review
Cons: One size only, water bottle pockets are hard to access
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|Pros||Comfortable, useful hipbelt storage, form fitting, versatile||Comfortable and stable, intuitive and functional design, modular set-up, utilizes recycled materials||Tons of features, fully adjustable, comfortable, well ventilated, separate hydration compartment||Lightweight, only includes essential features, comfortable suspension for the weight||Simple, lightweight, versatile|
|Cons||One size only, water bottle pockets are hard to access||Non-adjustable frame, large size for minimalist outings||Runs small, side mesh pockets are debatably small||Uncomfortable with heavy loads, lacks durability||A little small, lacks high-end features|
|Bottom Line||A simple, versatile, hiking focussed daypack that comfortably carries all of your essentials||Top comfort and stability make this pack the right fit for hauling your gear on any outdoor excursion||This pack offers a time tested versatile design that is ready for any adventure||This pack is an excellent value, providing all-around performance for light and fast activities at a bargain price||A simple and lightweight hiking backpack that serves a dual purpose with a laptop sleeve|
|Rating Categories||Gregory Miwok 24||REI Co-op Traverse 32||Osprey Talon 22||REI Co-op Flash 22||Osprey Daylite Plus|
|Ease of Use (15%)|
|Specs||Gregory Miwok 24||REI Co-op Traverse 32||Osprey Talon 22||REI Co-op Flash 22||Osprey Daylite Plus|
|Volume||24 L||32 L||22 L||22 L||20 L|
|Measured Weight||29.6 oz||41.0 oz||30.7 oz||14.0 oz||20.6 oz|
|Back Construction||Mesh back panel||Contured, foam pad||Vented, contoured||Removable foam pad||Mesh over vented foam|
|Hydration Compatibility||Internal hydration sleeve, hook and loop attachment point, holds up to 3L||Internal hydration sleeve, hook and loop attachment point||Externally accessed sleeve, holds up to 3L, bladder not included||Internal hydration sleeve||Internally accessed sleeve, holds up to 3L, bladder not included|
|Hip Belt||Padded with pockets||1 3/8" webbing, countoured padding, ventilated outer layer||Broad, padded, with pockets||Broad, not padded.||3/4" webbing, removable|
|Number of pockets||7||7||10||5||6|
|Description of Pockets||1 main compartment, 2 mesh side bottle pouches, 2 oversized hipbelt pockets, an exterior elastic mesh, and 2 organization pockets (one soft lined).||1 main combo top-loader/side panel zip, 1 internal mesh w/ overlap closure (inside of lid), 1 external zip on top of lid, 2 mesh side bottle w/ button closure/expansion, 2 oversized hipbelt zip||1 main compartment zippered, 1 stretchy mesh shoulder strap pouch, 2 waist zippered, 2 side stretchy mesh, 1 back stretchy mesh, 1 top zippered, 1 open hydration reservoir pocket behind back panel, 1 internal mesh compartment zipper||1 main compartment, 2 mesh side bottle pouches, 1 side zippered pocket, 1 top pouch||2 stretchy mesh side, 1 interior padded laptop sleeve, 1 back zippered with internal mesh dividers and key clip, 1 back expandable waterbottle, 1 back zippered.|
|Outside Carry Options||Trekking pole lash points, elastic ice axe attachment, hidden compression straps||Trekking pole lash points, ice axe attachments, daisy chains,attachment loops, compression straps||Bungee helmet tab, blinker light patch, ice axe loop and bungee holder, front-side pole carry bungee loops||Tool loop and bungee holder||Side compression strap|
|Other Notable Features||Sunglasses shoulder quickstow, soft storage pouch||Steel frame w/ 1 internal stay, hydration tube holder on shoulder strap, included rain cover, water bottle pockets angled forward to allow on the go access||Blinker patch, front-side pole carry loops||Removeable foam back panel doubles as sit pad, removeable sternum, removeable Packmod bungee||Compatible as an attachment to other Osprey packs|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Gregory created a solid midweight contender for the daypack category, capable of holding its own with our best-in-class award winners. The Miwok 24 offers a mid-level range weight-to-volume ratio, a comfortable minimal suspension system, and enough features to satisfy your needs without being an overwhelming amount.
Daypacks by design don't carry heavy loads. Despite this fact, Gregory's Miwok 24 has a mesh and foam suspension style keeping weight to a minimum while providing adequate comfort for decent loads. The mesh and foam design brings the pack slightly off the back of the user, increasing the breathability of the pack and while maintaining comfortable support. The foam itself is cut with ridges that provide relief for common pressure points like the spine. While there isn't as much ventilation as a full mesh suspension style back panel, the comfort and ventilation outperform other models with similar weight and size.
For having a rather robust feature set, the Miwok stays at a rather humble weight for the class. At under two pounds (29.6 ounces), the pack is in the mid-range for its weight-to-volume ratio. Although it's a bit too large for the fast and light crown, it performs well for its weight range and is ideal for most normal hikers. It is actually a bit lighter than other higher-rated packs in the same size range.
The Miwok 24 is a fairly simple pack that is versatile enough for various uses, though it has some features specifically tailored to hiking. The pack features compression straps, an ice axe strap and loop, hip belt pockets, a sunglasses holder, and a reflector tab for a bike light. The pack remains flexible enough to comfortably be used for cycling, hiking, and scrambling. The pack doesn't have as many external pockets and attachment points like some other packs, but the features it does have are well executed and lend themselves well to multiple disciplines. The narrower profile doesn't hinder its range of motion either. The lack of an included rain cover and average wet weather performance leaves room for some improvement.
Ease of Use
Gregory struck a good balance between features and simplicity. The Miwok 24 has only the necessary features and straps to get the job done. When not in use, they stay well hidden and out of the way. The hip belts, in particular, are a wonderful feature on a pack of this size. They are large enough to fit the essentials without being overwhelming or awkward. Big plastic zipper pulls, and orange lined interior makes opening and finding items in any compartment a breeze. The small organization compartment is even lined with a soft fabric to help protect sensitive items.
With the typical quality that we've experienced with other Gergory products, we didn't have any durability concerns with the Miwok 24 during our testing. The back panel and mesh pockets are tight weaves and thicker material that are not likely to snag on branches or tear from being dragged. The water-resistant nature of the pack leaves a bit to be desired, though. Without a rain cover, the pack did well, showing minimal signs of water inside. However, some soaking through of the fabric was noticed and a little bleeding through the zipper. Marginal, but still not waterproof. We would recommend a rain cover or individual protection for sensitive items inside the pack.
The Gregory Miwok 24 offers solid value as a well-versed daypack. It is competitively priced and has a solid range of features across the board. If your goal is to find a daypack that you can take on or off the trail without breaking the budget, this is a solid contender. If you have more specific needs for a more technical pack, we would recommend looking elsewhere. While it does have some useful features, it is still a fairly simple backpack.
The Miwok 24 pack is a jack of all trades pack but master of none. It is best as a hiking or commuting pack, and there are still enough features, capacity, and comfort to work well no matter the activity.
— Jacob Clark
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