The Gregory Packs Miwok is a trail daypack with a 24 litre capacity designed for multi-sports use. Naturally we stuffed it with climbing gear and took it cragging in southern Spain to see how well it hiked and performed as a climbing daypack. It turned out it was pretty good, here’s why…
Comfort & Fit
With wide padded straps and an ergonomic design, the Miwok is certainly on the comfy end of the backpack scale. When adjusted correctly the pack sits well and the weight distribution is very even through the shoulder straps and waist band. The shoulder straps feature a curve that stop them digging into your neck and contour under the arms, overall the pack is very comfortable.
The material and build quality is generally good on the Miwok, the stitching feels solid and the pack appears well put together. All the straps and buckles are up for the job and it doesn’t appear that Gregory have cut any corners.
The Miwok is pretty tough and has stood up to the abuse we have dealt it so far. The materials used on the pack appear fairly heavy duty without causing too much of a weight penalty. The zippers aren’t massively chunky, but have not failed yet but this might be an area where the pack could wear in the long term.
This daypack has a nice array of features, starting at the top of the pack – Gregory have included a small internal pocket (big enough for items such as a guidebook and soreen banana loaf) which has an other internal pocket within it (like inception, but with pockets) handy for keeping mobiles or valuables out of harms way but still easily accessible.
The pack also features a vented rear mesh panel, hip pockets (on the waist belt), a zippered and elasticated helmet storage area (very handy) and expanding side pouches for bottles. The Miwok is also hydration compatible and has all sorts of little handy attachment points (such as sunglasses holder).
The main large compartment is easily accessible and can be unzipped almost all the way down. The 24 litre capacity is just about enough for a days cragging but we’d reccommend going a size up to the Miwok 34 if you’re taking a rope, gear, shoes, food & drink etc. on your own (we split our gear across 2 packs so the 24 was fine).
The Gregory Miwok 24 is a good all-round daypack for trail and active use. It was surprisingly good at cragging although a specialist pack would be advisable especially for harsh weather conditions (as the pack is not waterproof), but for good weather hiking in non-alpine environments the Miwok is an very good consideration for anyone looking for a comfortable and basic daypack.