The Gregory Packs Maya range is the female specific active trail series, we have the 10-litre pack designed for demanding aerobic activities particularly trail running, mountain biking and fast packing. We took this opportunity to travel to the crag in a variety of ways as well as cross training activities. If your packing light this is an ideal bag for you!
Comfort & Fit
Being female specific, the Maya has narrow shoulder straps to keep the pack secure without chaffing on the neck. The vented rear mesh panel and straps reduce the build up of those dreaded sticky sweat patches. Gregory’s BioSync Suspension at the shoulders and hip attachments to the main pack (strong stretchy strips, image below) allow the bag to stay snug against your body whilst not restricting movement. This combined with the hip and chest strap provides a very comfortable and good fit even when moving at top speed.
Build Quality & Durability
The materials Gregory have used are water resistant and durable. All the fixings, zips and adjusters are strong, simple and well built. This bag will stick by you scraping through the crag jungle or sliding sideways down that horrid technical trail and probably in a better condition than you will. It’s worth noting the Maya is not waterproof and will require a separate rain cover for heavy or persistent rain.
Although simple and light (0.5kg), the Maya 10 it is packed full of features… pardon the pun! In addition to the BioSync Suspension and ventilation panels already mentioned, it has a low profile lash point (perfect for a safety light or hanging shoes from). The pack is hydration compatible with external access and strap tube clip, but only for smaller bladders (I would say 1.5-liter max). The pack also includes a nice secure sunglass loop for the trusted shades in addition to internal, hip and side compartments that we will go into next.
The Maya 10 has one access point to the main compartment at the top with a double zip running two thirds the way down the side of the pack, which is more than adequate for this size pack. Unless you have a pretty selfless bunch of mates who love nothing more than hiking your rope, quick draws and lunch up the mountain this bag is probably too small for a day pack.
You can just about fit a bladder, harness, shoes, belay, and a few snacks. This bag is however great for active pursuits, training (running and cycling) or if you want to take a drink, snack and waterproof up a multi-pitch. They have also included an additional compartment at the top of the bag, which in itself features a zipped mesh organiser pocket with key leash. Ideal for stashing keys, cash and phone securely, but without having to start digging in the main compartment, avoiding that kit explosion trying to find that small essential, which has borrowed to the dark depths of your pack.
Both quick-access hip belt pockets are handy for those critical oat bars or energy gels especially when endurance training. Gregory have incorporated a stretch front pocket with bungee closure, I would not recommend this for valuables, but it’s pretty good for stashing your soft-shell or waterproof so it is accessible externally high up on the crag. Unlike the larger packs the front pocket is not expanding so you cannot fit your lid in it. The pack has two external elasticated side pockets which although would be perfect for a water bottle can only accommodate smaller bottles (500ml max) securely.
The Gregory Maya 10 is a great option for fast and light travel demanding more than just a hydration pack. It is a versatile training aid for those ultra trail runs, changeable weather days, or just out and about on your bike. Crag wise it could be used to get those bare essentials (shells/snacks/drink) up a multipitch but without gear loops its not climbing specific. However if you are looking for an all round light pack that’s more than just a bladder for those active pursuits then the Maya 10 is a comfortable and worthy competitor.