Gregory Targhee 32
Size Tested: Medium
Stated Torso Range (Medium): 46-51 cm / 18-20 in
Volume: 32 Liters
Stated Weight (size Medium): 1700 grams / 3 lbs 10 oz
Blister’s Measured Weight (size Medium): 1720 grams
- Stowable mesh helmet holder
- A-frame and stowable diagonal ski carry straps
- Dual stowable aluminum toggle ice axe retainers
- Stowable vertical snowboard / snowshoe carry straps
- Full-length back panel main compartment access
- Perimeter-wire-reinforced VertFlex suspension
- Dedicated avalanche safety pocket
- Oversized top accessory and goggle pocket
- Tubular gear loop, ice clipper slots and zippered accessory pocket on hipbelt
- Internal security pocket
- Hydration sleeve with insulated shoulder harness hose cover
- Dual-layer HD nylon bottom panel
- Winter- and glove-friendly materials and hardware
Reviewer: 5’10”, ~180 lbs
Torso Length: 52 cm
Test Locations: Canterbury club fields and backcountry, NZ; northern New Mexico backcountry
Days Used: ~30
It’s a bit surprising to me how many mediocre ski-specific backpacks I’ve come across in the past five years. On the face of it, it just doesn’t seem like it ought to be difficult to design a pack that carries loads comfortably; is laid out well; stows avy equipment well; has easy-to-access pockets with easy-to-use zippers; has a good helmet holder; and a solid ski carry that can accommodate wider skis.
I’ve used various packs from Black Diamond, Dakine, and Arva, and most of those packs did some of these things very well, but none of them offered all of these things, or did all of these things well.
But I’ve finally found a favorite ski pack, and it’s called the Gregory Targhee 32.
So far, I have zero complaints about the Targhee 32. It is probably the most comfortable pack I have ever worn, its pockets, zippers, and overall layout hasn’t caused a moment of frustration, and the A-frame ski carry is great. With about 30 days touring in this pack, I’ve yet to find a reason to grumble, and mostly I just find myself telling everyone how much I like it.
So if you’re looking for a comfortable, roomy daypack for ski touring, and you aren’t looking for an airbag / avy bag pack or an Avalung, I can highly recommend the Targhee 32.
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One thing to note: my torso length measured just outside of Gregory’s stated range for a size Medium: 46-51 cm. (I measure at ~52 cm.) I initially was going to go with a size Large, but was advised that very few people fit a Large. Anyway, I’d still advise you to consult Gregory’s fitting guide and go from there, but if you are on the fence between sizes, you might do well to go with the smaller size rather than size up. The Medium fits me extremely well, and I have never wished I went with a Large.
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