Forming part of Gregory’s All Mountain series, the Savant 48 is designed for overnight trips, trekking and general mountain use. The back system is a moulded panel with a mesh covering to allow some airflow across the back, and it is arguably the most comfortable back system here. On the back it feels stable too, although it does not provide the freedom of movement experienced by the higher-priced mountaineering rucksacks. Unlike many sacks here you get a lot of packing options, as there is top and front access to the main compartment, which is useful for stashing waterproofs at the base of the pack but outside a rucksack liner for example. There is also a front stash pocket that is large enough for waterproofs, and there is a rain cover stored here too. The mesh wand pockets feel more durable than some options and are also quite deep, which is useful. The lid is particularly interesting as it has a zipped top pocket with a rollover closure to improve water repellency. The Gregory Savant 48 is heavier than most other equivalent rucksacks at 1540g, but has a lot of superior features for the hill and mountain traveller, and the price is very good for what you get.
Capacity 48 litres
External zipped pockets 2
Wand pocket yes
Compression straps yes
Men’s back lengths S, M, L
Women’s back lengths XS, S, M (Sage 45)
The Gregory Savant 48 is a well-priced sack with lots of good features for the hill and mountain walker, but other sacks are lighter and better suited to pure mountaineering.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine October 2012