Welcome to another installment of Gear Spotlight from FREESKIER. Here, we provide a close-up look at the gear and accessories that everyone should know about. The goal? To point you towards the best brands and products on Earth so you can trust your equipment whole-heartedly and have as much fun in the mountains as possible. Read up on Gregory’s Drift 14 backpack, below, then visit us again tomorrow for more awesome gear coverage.
Longer days on the bike or hiking trail require not only greater preparation but also increased supplies. From snacks to tools to extra clothing, it’s essential to be sufficiently geared up and the Drift 14 is an excellent pack for the job.
On a recent trip to the Monarch Crest Trail just outside Salida, CO, this pack proved its worthiness from the get-go. Before setting off, the vertically-adjustable hip belt allows you to dial in the fit just how you like it and once underway the “foam-matrix” back panel provides some much needed evaporative cooling when you’re grinding away on the pedals or the bootpack.
The two main compartments provide ample storage for the aforementioned supplies but the nicer storage features include a padded pocket for valuables and a convenient, removable tool pouch for when things don’t go just right. Finally, a 3L reservoir hangs conveniently on a hook in it’s own compartment behind the back panel, keeping you hydrated from start to finish.