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Women's Gregory Jade 28 pack -what do you think?

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I am beginning my first Camino Aug 4 and am shopping for packs. Has anyone tried the women's Jade 28 liter Gregory pack?

Do you think 28 liters is a good size?

It's supposed to be very comfortable and seems to have some great features, plus I can get it at REI.

THANKS!
 
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Although I have a 36L pack, I have been thinking about changing to a 28L since I could easily fit what I carry in the smaller model. Comfort is the key factor. If it fits you well, it’ll be a good choice. Just be very selective in what you bring. To walk far, travel light!
 

Albertagirl

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When you say that you can get the pack at REI, do you mean that you can buy it in person in an REI store? That could be important for you. You are about to walk the Frances in hot weather (August). You can take to the store everything that you think you will need on your camino to see if it will fit in the pack. A staff member should be able to assist you in packing, then in fitting the pack on you. If it is too heavy or the gear won't all fit: don't worry. Just ask the staff member if he or she is familiar with the Camino Frances, an 800 km (500 mile) walk across Spain, which you are doing in August. Or what long-distance walking experience he or she has. If you are content with the reply, ask for help in deciding what you can leave behind, or if necessary, replace with something cooler or lighter. I have used a Gregory pack on all my walks and have recently bought a new women's Jade 38 l. pack. But I always walk in the fall, this year until late November. If I layer it all, I hope that my clothing will keep me warm and I won't get too much snow along the route. My sleeping bag is fairly light, but I can wear warm clothing inside if I need to. You might be able to manage with a light-weight bag liner. The really vital question is how comfortable the pack feels on you, when properly fitted. There is one brand of packs which is so uncomfortable for me that I cannot wear it at all. I won't say which, but a comfortable pack is very important for a long camino walk. Only footwear is more so.
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When you say that you can get the pack at REI, do you mean that you can buy it in person in an REI store? That could be important for you. You are about to walk the Frances in hot weather (August). You can take to the store everything that you think you will need on your camino to see if it will fit in the pack. A staff member should be able to assist you in packing, then in fitting the pack on you. If it is too heavy or the gear won't all fit: don't worry. Just ask the staff member if he or she is familiar with the Camino Frances, an 800 km (500 mile) walk across Spain, which you are doing in August. Or what long-distance walking experience he or she has. If you are content with the reply, ask for help in deciding what you can leave behind, or if necessary, replace with something cooler or lighter. I have used a Gregory pack on all my walks and have recently bought a new women's Jade 38 l. pack. But I always walk in the fall, this year until late November. If I layer it all, I hope that my clothing will keep me warm and I won't get too much snow along the route. My sleeping bag is fairly light, but I can wear warm clothing inside if I need to. You might be able to manage with a light-weight bag liner. The really vital question is how comfortable the pack feels on you, when properly fitted. There is one brand of packs which is so uncomfortable for me that I cannot wear it at all. I won't say which, but a comfortable pack is very important for a long camino walk. Only footwear is more so.
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This is really helpful! Thanks.
 

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I am beginning my first Camino Aug 4 and am shopping for packs. Has anyone tried the women's Jade 28 liter Gregory pack?

Do you think 28 liters is a good size?

It's supposed to be very comfortable and seems to have some great features, plus I can get it at REI.

THANKS!
YES! I bought the Gregory 28 liter I went to REI tried on a few different packs liked the Gregory then the associate fit it to me Perfect! Next spring will be its 3rd Camino!!
 
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I'll throw my 2 cents in. I haven't tried this specific backpack, but I did carry a 32 liter backpack on one Camino. Everything fit in very well, but there really wasn't any extra space, and it was a little like putting a puzzle together every morning. For me, 35-36 liters works better, but I know people who are very happy with their smaller packs.
BTW, I don't carry a ton in my backpack, usually about 6.5 kg.
 

Faye Walker

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I'll throw my 2 cents in. I haven't tried this specific backpack, but I did carry a 32 liter backpack on one Camino. Everything fit in very well, but there really wasn't any extra space, and it was a little like putting a puzzle together every morning. For me, 35-36 liters works better, but I know people who are very happy with their smaller packs.
BTW, I don't carry a ton in my backpack, usually about 6.5 kg.
Yeah… same.

For kicks, I sought to figure out if I could get my stuff in my 26L Talon (Osprey) for my 17 days on the CP.

The answer was that I could — even with a down quilt in there… BUT: I could not access the stuff on the bottom easily, could not just reach in and grab something, because very inch was stuffed. The pack looked as they look in the ads when they are fully stuffed To show all the panels and seams.

So I took my usual 36 L Kyte and was able to stick my Landry in the bottom section, away from the clean things, use the side zipper to reach for stuff at the bottom if I had need, keep my epi-pen and asthma meds in the top pocket, my toiletries in the interior top… etc etc.

My 26 L day-bag really isn’t meant for a thru-hike, even if I can *stuff* it full.
 

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I carried this pack on my first camino and loved it. It has changed a bit and I wasn't as fond of the changes and have since changed. If they have made the waist strap wide again then that would be great. It went from over two inches to one inch, but that is a personal preference Also it used o have a zipper pocket on the back and I believe now it is a stuff pocket. Anyway...the pack itself it very comfortable and the trampoline back is great.
 

RJM

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My last Camino was two weeks on the Portugues and two weeks on the Frances (July-August). I carried a Deuter 32L speedlite. It worked great for me. Great pack. I'm a big guy, bigger clothing but I had no problem. Mind you there was no spare room, but I did not need any. It was warm and dry 90% of the trip. I had the bare minimum of gear.
 
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If you like the pack but want a little more room, there is a 38 liter version.
 
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YES! I bought the Gregory 28 liter I went to REI tried on a few different packs liked the Gregory then the associate fit it to me Perfect! Next spring will be its 3rd Camino!!
Thank you!
If you like the pack but want a little more room, there is a 38 liter version.
YES I just saw that, and it doesn't weigh much more. I will go into the store and try them all on.
 

Esperanza

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Just a heads up … they may not have them on hand in the store, especially in the smaller locations. What you can do is pick out a couple of packs that you’re interested in online, have them sent to the store without any shipping charges, go to the store, consult with a salesperson and get fitted, and then make your final choice.

As for bringing all your stuff you want to take with you to the store, as a former REI employee, I would really discourage that. It isn’t necessary. Tell them how much weight you want to carry and they can load it in the pack and you’ll get a feel for it, or they will tell you if the amount you want to carry isn’t going to work for a particular pack. If you end up with too much bulk to fit in your pack, you will just need to carry less. At some point, whether due to weight or bulk, it always comes down to tough choices of what to bring and what to leave anyway.

I also wouldn’t really expect REI salespeople to be familiar with the Camino. Some will be or may have heard of it, but by no means all of them.
 

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Tell them how much weight you want to carry and they can load it in the pack and you’ll get a feel for it,
This has never worked for me. Outdoor store staff put a couple of heavy weights in awkward shapes into the pack. The weights do not at all feel like gear packed in a bag. I guess that this speeds things up for the staff, but it doesn't teach the potential buyer what that pack would feel like with the desired amount of gear in it. And whether their personal gear would fit in it. And of course, no one really wants to carry weight, they want to carry stuff: the particular stuff that they want/need to take with them. Will it fit in the bag and be comfortable?
 

Esperanza

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This has never worked for me. Outdoor store staff put a couple of heavy weights in awkward shapes into the pack. The weights do not at all feel like gear packed in a bag. I guess that this speeds things up for the staff, but it doesn't teach the potential buyer what that pack would feel like with the desired amount of gear in it. And whether their personal gear would fit in it.
No, I wouldn’t expect that to work in any old outdoor store, but even 35+ years ago when I worked at REI, they had special kind of heavy, squishy pillows in different sizes to load in packs that gave a very good approximation of what a pack with gear in it would feel like. Someone qualified to help people select a pack would understand that a couple of dumbbells or a bag of sand or something isn’t going to give the same feeling. And they would understand that you load a pack with the weight distributed differently for different types of use anyhow, so they would need to be able to replicate that.

I think most of the staff at REI would be happy to take the time with people, but sometimes a store can be very busy, crowded or cramped. If you showed up with a mountain of your personal gear, it could be really inconvenient for a lot of reasons. And unnecessary. It just isn’t something that I would encourage people to do. You could probably use some of the items in the store, too, if you really wanted.

Anyhow, I think brooklynpoet understands that either size of this pack is suitable for the Camino. One would require tight packing and the other would be a bit roomier, but both would accommodate what most people bring on their trip. It’s really just personal preference.
 

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My 5’ tall wife successfully walked for 46 days on a Camino (and then 40 more days traveling Europe) with just the Jade 28. Utilizing packing cubes, it had enough room for her needs.
 
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No, I wouldn’t expect that to work in any old outdoor store, but even 35+ years ago when I worked at REI, they had special kind of heavy, squishy pillows in different sizes to load in packs that gave a very good approximation of what a pack with gear in it would feel like. Someone qualified to help people select a pack would understand that a couple of dumbbells or a bag of sand or something isn’t going to give the same feeling. And they would understand that you load a pack with the weight distributed differently for different types of use anyhow, so they would need to be able to replicate that.

I think most of the staff at REI would be happy to take the time with people, but sometimes a store can be very busy, crowded or cramped. If you showed up with a mountain of your personal gear, it could be really inconvenient for a lot of reasons. And unnecessary. It just isn’t something that I would encourage people to do. You could probably use some of the items in the store, too, if you really wanted.

Anyhow, I think brooklynpoet understands that either size of this pack is suitable for the Camino. One would require tight packing and the other would be a bit roomier, but both would accommodate what most people bring on their trip. It’s really just personal preference.
Yes, it seems though that 28 is the minimum and many people go a little bigger. It seems that 38L is also a reasonable size for the Camino. It's an odd market for packs, because real daypacks are usually smaller, unless it's wintery mountain weather, and backpackers packs need to be bigger.
Thank you Esperanza!
 

antepacem

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2019
Curious to know where you landed! I have a Gregory Jade 38, and it's the ideal size for a Camino. Like others have said, the 28 is doable (especially if you're small and your clothes are too; I used one for my first camino), but it takes so much time to tetris it all in there that it's just irritating. I have tons of room in the 38 for days I want to bring a few more snacks, or when I need warmer gear (spring/fall thru-hikes, etc.). I think the 38 is more versatile and it only weighs .28 lbs more than the 28.
 
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I believe the Jade 28L is the same as the Jade 30L.
Seems I had that conversation with the salesperson at one time.
Anyway, mine is a 28-30L and I love it.
Plenty of room if you pack light.
My last trip I had it down to 13 pounds and it was a breeze to carry.
I pack my gear into smaller featherweight bags then into the Jade.
So for instance, pants and shirts in one, socks/underwear in one, bath/laundry stuff in one.
Then it's easy to pack/unpack in my opinion.
 

JanelMcB

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I am beginning my first Camino Aug 4 and am shopping for packs. Has anyone tried the women's Jade 28 liter Gregory pack?

Do you think 28 liters is a good size?

It's supposed to be very comfortable and seems to have some great features, plus I can get it at REI.

THANKS!
I looked at this pack. Nice but I decided against it. Went with Osprey Women's Lumina 60 Pack. Extremely lightweight. I wore a lightweight vest over my T shirt. Anything that might have gone into the belt pockets of a pack went into any one of the many pockets on my vest, which had at least a dozen pockets on it. I found the Lumina pack to be very comfortable. Available at REI back in 2018.
 

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I downsized from a women's Osprey Sirrus 36L to a women's Osprey Tempest 30L and I may never go back! The latter is so much lighter and fits like a glove. I've used it on my last 2 Caminos (just a few weeks ago on the Salvador and Primitivo) and love how compact it is. The former is also a great pack but I try to keep the weight down to about 5 kilos not including food or water and this is no problem with this pack.

In the end it's all about fit, regardless off the capacity.
 
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I am beginning my first Camino Aug 4 and am shopping for packs. Has anyone tried the women's Jade 28 liter Gregory pack?

Do you think 28 liters is a good size?

It's supposed to be very comfortable and seems to have some great features, plus I can get it at REI.

THANKS!
I love Gregory. Had mine with me on the Primitivo. It is the best in my opinion. 26 is pretty small you might need a 30 something. But the main thing is the actual size, meaning the measuremeant from the neck to the pelvis in the back. Otherwise, no matter what a wonderful backpack it will not feel wonderful. Just saying that size is different from capacity
 

Albertagirl

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That is the interesting part of this conversation: the 28 l. pack is possible, as is the 38 l. And it is challenging, or maybe impossible, to pick all the appropriate gear for a camino the first time that you walk one. I bought a new sleeping bag for my first camino: it was heavier, and warmer, than I needed. I bought another new one for my second camino, and it has lasted me since. But, for what most people would choose for a first camino, it is possible that the Gregory Jade 28 is a marginal size: good for some, impossible for others. The best way to prepare for walking a camino is to go to a weekend workshop, where experienced walkers will show you what they take and answer any questions. But if this is not available in your area, or has been stopped during the pandemic, pilgrims will have to find other ways to prepare. The outdoor stores are a major resource. If you have one in your neighbourhood which permits return if what you buy there does not work out, you might purchase a smaller pack and take it home to try to fit everything into it. There are basic requirements: a change of clothes, for example, maybe two changes of socks. Some sort of bedding if you are planning on staying in albergues, a lot of other things that you will find on lists on the forum, personal items, like medication. If you want to travel light, you may want to eliminate a lot of items which have been part of your everyday life forever. If you want to sleep in albergues, you may add an eye mask and ear plugs to your list. A few things are essential, many are optional. If you want to carry a 28 l. pack, you may need to choose carefully and eliminate the optional.
 

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I am beginning my first Camino Aug 4 and am shopping for packs. Has anyone tried the women's Jade 28 liter Gregory pack?

Do you think 28 liters is a good size?

It's supposed to be very comfortable and seems to have some great features, plus I can get it at REI.

THANKS!
I love my Gregory 38 l which has served me well on several caminos. I don't carry a lot and it is never stuffed full but I love having a little extra room which makes it easier to find stuff when you need it and also gives enough space to carry extra food on those unpredictable days! As others have said it is a very individual decision but I can truly say that after the first couple of days on any walk I'm scarcely aware I have a pack on my back. It is that comfortable!
 

ksam

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I think doing as some have already advised you, is the way to go! Get your gear. Be very very selective. Then put it into thin lightweight stuff sacks (I usually have three as AnnieSantiago does) THEN...got to REI and see what pack is the smallest you can use. However do keep in mind the idea of having a few extra bits of space for, say lunch or snacks? Its also nice to not have to completely unpack when you want something, which I've seen other doing along the way. Im currently using and Osprey Talon 33. IT works for me and I'm not a tiny woman as some are. I'm (or was :-o!!) 5' 8" and wear a size 14....so theres a good amount of fabric required to cover me :). This pack currently works for me!

All of that taken into account...a larger pack doesn't mean you have to fill it!! I did my first three walks with a HUGE pack (Osprey ATMOS 65!) and I still brought it in at about 8k. And it was easy as pie to rummage around in since it was essentially half empty.

Good luck and happy shopping!
 

Esperanza

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I am 5’9” have been on the CF twice with a 24 liter Deuter. I made it work, but it’s too small and I wouldn’t recommend it. That’s why I opened this thread; I am looking for a new pack!

I believe the Jade 28L is the same as the Jade 30L.
Seems I had that conversation with the salesperson at one time.
Anyway, mine is a 28-30L and I love it.
The Jade 28 and 38 packs each come in two sizes with slightly different capacities. This is for the current model of the Jade 28 (it may have been different when you bought your pack):

Technical specs​

Best UseHiking
Bag StyleBackpack
Frame TypeInternal Frame
Gear Capacity (L)S/M: 28 liters
XS/S: 26 liters

I think it is also important to note that capacity measurements are not really very accurate. I remember reading an article some time ago in Outside magazine where they had used a uniform system to measure capacity of a dozen or so different packs and compared their results to the manufacturers’ reported capacities, and they were all over the place. There was some consistency within a manufacturer‘s line, but even that was not always the case.

The specs from the manufacturer are going to give you a rough idea but not much more.
 
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Everyone has such great information about their packs. As others have said I too went with the Jade 38L as it will fit in the overhead compartment of an airplane as my carry on. I too will not fill it but the space is there when I need it for a hike requiring more stuff. It will easily hold the 13-14 lbs of stuff I plan to carry on the Camino.Buen Camino!
 
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Curious to know where you landed! I have a Gregory Jade 38, and it's the ideal size for a Camino. Like others have said, the 28 is doable (especially if you're small and your clothes are too; I used one for my first camino), but it takes so much time to tetris it all in there that it's just irritating. I have tons of room in the 38 for days I want to bring a few more snacks, or when I need warmer gear (spring/fall thru-hikes, etc.). I think the 38 is more versatile and it only weighs .28 lbs more than the 28.
I got the 38! It fit better, more weight on my hips, plus it is not much more wight for a lot more space. Im on the subway home from REI, where i spent 3 hours. They were great and fitted the pack to me, put in 16 pounds in these pillows they have, and i walked around for a while. Thank you to everyone who chimed in on this!
 

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I am beginning my first Camino Aug 4 and am shopping for packs. Has anyone tried the women's Jade 28 liter Gregory pack?

Do you think 28 liters is a good size?

It's supposed to be very comfortable and seems to have some great features, plus I can get it at REI.

THANKS!
I took a Kathmandu 28 litre. It was ok but next time I would try about a 32 litre. I had to tie my sleeping bag to the outside and would prefer to have shoved it inside. BTW I am 5'2" and slim so struggle with anything much bigger.
 

davebugg

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I am beginning my first Camino Aug 4 and am shopping for packs. Has anyone tried the women's Jade 28 liter Gregory pack?

Do you think 28 liters is a good size?

It's supposed to be very comfortable and seems to have some great features, plus I can get it at REI.

THANKS!

The Jade is an excellent backpack. But how it FEELS and fits on you will determine if it is a good match. The 28 L size is fine, IF all of your clothing and gear fit into the main bag and the external pockets AND you have some room left over. If you are 'relaxed' about packing a backpack instead of form fitting things in a precise manner each and every day, than I would look at the 33 L.

If you think I can be of help, feel free to contact me via Private Messaging.
 

davebugg

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I am 5’9” have been on the CF twice with a 24 liter Deuter. I made it work, but it’s too small and I wouldn’t recommend it. That’s why I opened this thread; I am looking for a new pack!


The Jade 28 and 38 packs each come in two sizes with slightly different capacities. This is for the current model of the Jade 28 (it may have been different when you bought your pack):

Technical specs​

Best UseHiking
Bag StyleBackpack
Frame TypeInternal Frame
Gear Capacity (L)S/M: 28 liters
XS/S: 26 liters

I think it is also important to note that capacity measurements are not really very accurate. I remember reading an article some time ago in Outside magazine where they had used a uniform system to measure capacity of a dozen or so different packs and compared their results to the manufacturers’ reported capacities, and they were all over the place. There was some consistency within a manufacturer‘s line, but even that was not always the case.

The specs from the manufacturer are going to give you a rough idea but not much more.

As far as capacity measurement related to the main backpack compartment is concerned, you are correct.

Perhaps my comments will make sense and clarify a few points. But first, this Note of bias: To be upfront and honest, I do not like or trust Outside Magazine as an evaluator of equipment. Nor do I like Backpacker Magazine (which is owned by Outside Magazine) in that role.

Both have useful articles, provide neat looks at gear and clothing, and make for an enjoyable read; but I have issues with their system for obtaining and qualifying their reviews, along with questions about the influence that manufacturers might have on those reviews because of the ad revenue which the magazines depend on.

Check the stated capacity volume to include all pockets, not just the main compartment.

Manufacturers capacity measurements are more accurate than what Outside Magazine claims. What Outside magazine did was to use a measurement standard that is no longer valid and has been changed to fit the way modern backpackers ACTUALLY use the space in their backpacks.

Backpackers used to stuff everything into a main compartment and only use the limited exterior pockets for small ancillary items, like snacks. Modern backpackers have chosen to shift access to their gear and clothing between the main bag and the exterior pockets. Tents, sleeping bags, socks for changing during the day, shorts to change into from pants, poncho or rain jackets, cooking gear, etc, get placed so that the main bag doesn't have to be opened and the contents sifted through in order to get to items that the backpacker decides he needs as he is walking or wanting to pitch camp.

Thus, exterior pockets on backpacking packs designed for standard multi-day/week loads, are much bigger and are in greater number than on old style backpacks, thus providing more useful organization and access. The same holds true with a lot of 'stupid-light' backpacks as well.

Manufacturers found that a lot of backpackers were actually measuring and counting the number of outside pockets, and selecting backpacks with smaller main bag capacities but with large capacity pockets.

While a few manufacturers will state the capacity as a measurement of the main bag (old standard), most manufacturers will measure the capacities of ALL pockets (main outside pocket, side pockets, map pockets on the lid, hipbelt pockets, etc.) and add the figures together to come up with a total capacity.

When I have measured the total capacities of the bags I have tested, I compare what I measure to that which the manufacturer claims. While there are differences found, they are fairly insignificant and many times be accounted for by the difference in how one individual worker stitches together a backpack from a fellow worker.

Anyways, maybe the above will clarify the issue.
 
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This has never worked for me. Outdoor store staff put a couple of heavy weights in awkward shapes into the pack. The weights do not at all feel like gear packed in a bag. I guess that this speeds things up for the staff, but it doesn't teach the potential buyer what that pack would feel like with the desired amount of gear in it. And whether their personal gear would fit in it. And of course, no one really wants to carry weight, they want to carry stuff: the particular stuff that they want/need to take with them. Will it fit in the bag and be comfortable?
Whilst I agree about the shape and spread of the weight being natural with your own gear trial , I personally would not want to buy a new pack that had had someone else's gear in it ..think lurking bed bugs for example. I would hope the stores would not allow that!
 

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I currently have a 30 litre pack and I find it just a fraction too small to fit everything. It is a pain to be surgically precise getting everything in. Probably OK for summer, but I tend to walk in the early spring or late autumn. So I'm looking at a slightly larger pack for my next camino. My preferred brand does not have anything that I find comfortable that is the right size. Adventure awaits!
 

IngridF

Intrepid Peregrina
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2012, 2015 ,2017, 2019
I am beginning my first Camino Aug 4 and am shopping for packs. Has anyone tried the women's Jade 28 liter Gregory pack?

Do you think 28 liters is a good size?

It's supposed to be very comfortable and seems to have some great features, plus I can get it at REI.

THANKS!
4 Caminos for me so far ( each time I spend 90 days in Spain/Portugal,) . Worked for me and still in great shape, ready for the next one.
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Beverly Ann

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Year of past OR future Camino
2017
I am beginning my first Camino Aug 4 and am shopping for packs. Has anyone tried the women's Jade 28 liter Gregory pack?

Do you think 28 liters is a good size?

It's supposed to be very comfortable and seems to have some great features, plus I can get it at REI.

THANKS!
I am beginning my first Camino Aug 4 and am shopping for packs. Has anyone tried the women's Jade 28 liter Gregory pack?

Do you think 28 liters is a good size?

It's supposed to be very comfortable and seems to have some great features, plus I can get it at REI.

THANKS!
I purchased my women's Gregory Jade 28L backpack for my 2017 Camino Frances pilgrimage. The staff at REI were knowledgeable and helped to guide me to what I can only describe as the perfect backpack for me. After trying several other backpacks...the size, comfort and utility of the 28L Gregory has proven it to be the right choice. Absolutely zero regrets selecting this backpack for the incredible journey that is the Camino de Santiago. It will accompany me on Chemin de Saint-Jacques Le Puy-en-Velay to the Pyrenees in 2023! Blessing and Buen Camino! Bev
 
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Frances (July 2020)
Great! I ended up choosing the Gregory Jade in a slightly larger size because it hit my hips at a better place, and I thought the extra room would be useful. I've been training with it and its going really well. I never thought I could carry a pack, but a good pack is much easier to carry! thanks.
 
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Jkathleen

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Year of past OR future Camino
2021
Just a heads up … they may not have them on hand in the store, especially in the smaller locations. What you can do is pick out a couple of packs that you’re interested in online, have them sent to the store without any shipping charges, go to the store, consult with a salesperson and get fitted, and then make your final choice.

As for bringing all your stuff you want to take with you to the store, as a former REI employee, I would really discourage that. It isn’t necessary. Tell them how much weight you want to carry and they can load it in the pack and you’ll get a feel for it, or they will tell you if the amount you want to carry isn’t going to work for a particular pack. If you end up with too much bulk to fit in your pack, you will just need to carry less. At some point, whether due to weight or bulk, it always comes down to tough choices of what to bring and what to leave anyway.

I also wouldn’t really expect REI salespeople to be familiar with the Camino. Some will be or may have heard of it, but by no means all wha

Just a heads up … they may not have them on hand in the store, especially in the smaller locations. What you can do is pick out a couple of packs that you’re interested in online, have them sent to the store without any shipping charges, go to the store, consult with a salesperson and get fitted, and then make your final choice.

As for bringing all your stuff you want to take with you to the store, as a former REI employee, I would really discourage that. It isn’t necessary. Tell them how much weight you want to carry and they can load it in the pack and you’ll get a feel for it, or they will tell you if the amount you want to carry isn’t going to work for a particular pack. If you end up with too much bulk to fit in your pack, you will just need to carry less. At some point, whether due to weight or bulk, it always comes down to tough choices of what to bring and what to leave anyway.

I also wouldn’t really expect REI salespeople to be familiar with the Camino. Some will be or may have heard of it, but by no means all of them.
What's the best way to have items shipped to the store to try on? I am looking at 3-4 possibilities but they are not currently in stock at my local REI. Should I call the store or go online?
 

trecile

Camino Addict
Year of past OR future Camino
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
What's the best way to have items shipped to the store to try on? I am looking at 3-4 possibilities but they are not currently in stock at my local REI. Should I call the store or go online?
I would have things delivered to my house and try them on at home. If you spend a minimum (I think $50) shipping is free. You can then return what you don't want to the store.
 

Jkathleen

New Member
Year of past OR future Camino
2021
I would have things delivered to my house and try them on at home. If you spend a minimum (I think $50) shipping is free. You can then return what you don't want to the store.
I was hoping to avoid putting down over $500 in credit to try three packs out but my local REI says they won't have packs moved into their inventory to try out. Total bummer.
 

Esperanza

New Member
Year of past OR future Camino
2022
What's the best way to have items shipped to the store to try on? I am looking at 3-4 possibilities but they are not currently in stock at my local REI. Should I call the store or go online?
I would just go online. You could also have them shipped to your home, but I think it would be good to have a REI person fit you in the pack(s) and put weight in them. For me, it would be more convenient to not have to bring them to the store, but just pick them up at customer service, try them out in the store, and return what you don’t want immediately. However, I am sure either way would work.

As for having to put them on your credit card, l don’t see a way around that, other than narrowing your choices down to fewer and maybe time the purchase and return(s) so that it all happens within a billing cycle before you have to pay your bill.

You could also check when exactly your card is charged for the purchase. It may not be until you pick them up. I don’t remember how they do that, so I’m not sure.
 

Smallest_Sparrow

Life is rarely what you expect or believe it to be
Year of past OR future Camino
2012: most of some, all of a few, a bit of others
As said hundreds of times, best one is what feels good on you, take your gear, fill packs in store, walk around. What I’m not sure has been said here (may have missed it) is smaller packs may not have the same support frame as larger ones. Lots of ppl here are advocates of tiny day packs, but even if you’re not putting much inside how it feels at the end of the day carried on thinner straps/padding vs larger (with maybe more of a skeleton that keeps it away from your back) may make a difference in comfort. If you buy at REI they’ve got a great return policy so even if you try it fully packed in the store, be sure to try it at home fully packed on a long walk. Nothing requires you to fill it if you go with a slightly larger size based on how comfortable it is on you
 
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