The Gregory Miwok 22 hugs the back comfortably, which makes it ideal for fast movement when biking or running, but it is also great when hillwalking and scrambling. The back system is unique in that some tendon-like webbing straps connect the shoulder straps and hipbelt to the body of the sack, and it is these that allow the body-hugging fit. Body contact areas are also covered in mesh to allow a little more comfort than a plainer back system, so it feels less clammy than some lighter packs. The body is a single compartment with a ziparound opening, rather than a lid, but you do also get a long side zip entry as well, which allows a hydration pack to be easily accessed without the need to open the main zip and remove gear. There are two main pockets on the outside of the pack, plus hipbelt pockets, so you can easily stow smaller items outside the main compartment. The front stash pocket can be extended with zipped baffles that make it ideal for waterproofs. To stabilise the load you get conventional compression straps plus a rather good internal compression system that is operated by pulling on a pair of external drawcords, and the result is a very stable load. The Gregory Miwok 22 is not the lightest sack at this capacity, but for stability and freedom of movement it is superb.
Capacity 22 litres
Internal compartments 1
External zipped pockets 4
Wand pockets yes
Hydration pocket yes
Men’s/unisex back sizes one size
Women’s back size no
The Gregory Miwok 22 is a body-hugging pack that is very stable and comfortable, making it ideal for fast-moving activities as well as day hikes, but others are lighter.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine August 2013