Gregory Targhee 45 – A Solid Guide Pack
Gregory Packs offers a versatile guide pack in the Targhee 45 ($209), ideal for overnighters and longer tours. With solid stability, mountaineering functionality, and ease of access, the Targhee 45 hits all the checkboxes for a solid large-capacity alpine and skiing/splitboarding pack.
Packing the Gear
I found the Targhee 45 surprisingly easy to pack and break down pre- and post-trip. The pack held up its structure pretty well as I decided what I wanted to prioritize for access depending on the day’s objectives. The back panel access made it easy for me to pull and repack stuff during transitions throughout my tours.
Given my frustrations with a variety of helmet carry designs, the helmet carry is actually one of my favorite features on this pack. I found it easy to fit a variety of helmet shapes with the adjustable straps and cover that tucks into a zipped pocket when not in use. The adjustable helmet carry feature also allows me to load my Dyno DH plates effectively under the helmet for extra security or an extra layer for quick access.
The double ice tool carry design works well with the hook-and-loop attachments and you can add an extra layer of security with the top pocket straps on top of the shafts.
The built-in hydration tube sleeve zips easily. The built in hole provided easy access for refills and the integrated loops inside the pack helped keep the water tube out of the way.
One consideration to make is balancing the pack load so the hydration reservoir doesn’t get squished too much by the pack’s contents. This isn’t so much an issue in the winter time when insulated bottles typically go in the pack.
With a full load on, I felt “comfortable” distribution-wise as the frame held up the weight effectively with the load transfer through the hips.
During these intense moments of cardio, I didn’t feel like my back was heating up from the back panel or getting clammy at times so that worked out well in terms of dumping heat and sweat.
The reinforced bottom loops went a long ways in securing the split skis high enough not to interfere with my legs kicking into these steps when in A frame mode.
For those times when you want to have your splitboard ready at the top of a couloir, the Gregory Targhee 45 has a snowboard-carry option.
The pack weight load didn’t interfere with my wide arcing turns in fresh pow or quick slashes on sun-cupped steeps. We’ll let these turns speak for themselves.
Given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, I had to abandon the idea of doing overnighters in the backcountry this spring. However, I did play around with the packing, and it seemed to work with an ultralight set up using an extra bag squeezed between the skis on top.
Gregory Targhee 45 – A Gear Destroyer-Approved Backpack
Even though it’s not the lightest pack on the market for its volume, the Targhee 45 seems to holds up to more abuse than its counterparts with its nylon material.
Overall the Gregory Packs Targhee 45 gets a thumbs up from the Gear Destroyer for its durability, capacity, and overall functionality.
The Targhee 45 is currently comes in at MRSP $209.95 with two colors – Atlantis Blue and Sunset Orange and two sizes – medium and large.