By: Ludovica Sacco
By: Ludovica Sacco
Again this year, we were greeted by ISPO with lots of news on many topics such as new materials and technologies, market direction, sustainable and social engagement. Standing out among the booths we visited there was Gregory, the company from the Wasatch Mountains that makes backpacks for hiking, skiing, snowboarding and MTB.
Among the new packs that Gregory presented for F23W24, we selected two to delve into and tell about: Verte and Alpaca.
Those who followed our Instagram Stories during ISPO were able to see a small preview of this ski and snowboard backpack, punctually told by Jannik Jauer, Gregory Europe product manager. First of all, the Verte comes in three sizes, namely 12L, 18L and 24L, a great choice to meet the needs of every skier.
Among the main features, it has the Cloud Control flexible waistband that helps support while descending. The elasticized webbing stretches, allowing smooth movements but still maintaining a slight tension toward the body to provide more support. It also features a quick-access side pocket in addition to ski, snowboard and snowshoe holders. Another point of interest is the padded front panel to protect gear and the gusseted opening that simplifies access to the interior.
40L, 60L and 100L duffle bag, capacious enough to carry everything you need for any adventure yet lightweight and comfortable for even the longest trips. It is lined with water-repellent TPU and recycled ripstop polyester that maximizes durability and strength. It also features an expandable zippered pocket to better organize the interior, such as separating clean from dirty garments, or boot from gear.
Best features include a bottom with an additional layer of abrasion-resistant foam, T-Grip zipper pulls, and a padded cover with a fiberglass reinforcement rod. One new feature we find very interesting is the way it is packaged: it is a packing cube, which is also convenient for storing the duffel bag itself. In this way, nothing is wasted because the cube can be conveniently reused. In making this product, Gregory also had a closer eye on the carbon footprint, in this case reduced by 56%.