Gregory backpacks are designed with hand crafted prototypes in the headquarters of Salt Lake City, Utah. With cutting edge technology combined with innovative frame solutions, it is no wonder why Gregory have developed prominent cult following from long distance backpackers and hikers across the globe.
“There to build packs that you trust.”
Wane Gregory found the company of the same name in 1977, however the foundations of the iconic brand can be traced back to the humble origins of a Boy Scout project. Wane designed his first backpack at the youthful age of 14. With a natural attention to detail and an interest in frame innovation his interest in pack design grew.
In 1970 Wayne started his own company producing external frame backpacks the staple design at the time. However, due to technical limitations of the technology at the time, Wayne became increasingly dissatisfied with the products. He actively dissolved the company in 1973 and began working as a freelance designer for larger outdoor brands, developing design knowledge, biding his time until technology had advanced to his expectations.
With development of the internal frame pack design technology and manufacturing had caught up with Wayne's vision. Consequently Gregory packs were founded by Wayne in 1977 in San Diego.
The fundamental philosophy that a pack should be worn, not carried, Gregory packs aimed to be as comfortable as possible with a nuanced fit similar to that of a walking boot. Since its founding in 1977 Gregory has continued to maintain a focus on creating an optimized fit, in order to promote comfort.
Gregory was the first manufacturer to produce packs in multiple frame, harness and waist belt sizes. This allowed for a tailored fit optimizing comfort. They were the first to design a waist belt that could be adjusted to accommodate different hip sizes, paving the way for modern pack designs. At the forefront of pack innovation Gregory material advancements include developing the new bar-tack stitch for improved strength and bonding between webbing and ergonomic back panels.
Gregory expanded throughout the 70’s and 80’s where industry leading gear was developed alongside pack innovations. During the 80’s the company launched their revolutionary 22 layer composite granite frame, 50% lighter than standard aluminum. A prominent achievement of the company was their 1999 contract to supply the United States Special Forces with 120 Ib capacity backpacks.
Continuing their commitment to quality, comfort, durability and tailored fit Gregory have become a prominent leader of the outdoor industry. Specifically designed packs aim to fill the void in a range of disciplines. As a company they continue to innovate some of the most trusted packets across all market categories.
Allowing the trail, the mountain and the bedrock to inspire every aspect of what they do Gregory Packs allow you to carry your required gear in comfort.
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