Back in Pack with the Gregory Pace 3 H2O

I’m a big outdoor enthusiast so, not surprisingly, I own a lot of gear. While I do have my favorite go-to brands, I also happen to enjoy trying out newer-to-me brands. Enter: Gregory. Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, Gregory packs have been designed to meet the demands of life’s adventures with cutting-edge technology and forward-thinking backpack solutions. The company has been around since 1977, and even today, they continue to be a trusted, world leading outdoor company.

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I was fortunate enough to get my hands on the women’s Gregory Pace 3 Liter H20 pack. With a 4-day trip to Bend, OR planned, I just knew this was the perfect opportunity to take the pack out for a spin. I did a short hike at Smith Rock and the Pace 3 H20 pack was exactly what I needed.


The women’s Pace 3 Liter H20 pack comes in 2 colors: Black Ice and Mineral Yellow; I received the latter. I’m a creature of habit and tend to always go for muted colors, but I was so stoked to get the Mineral Yellow, which is a bit of a mustard yellow. I don’t really pay attention to trending colors, but in my opinion, mustard yellow is so hot right now.


The Pace 3 H20 has an incredibly slim, lightweight design with a perforated, breathable shoulder harness and integrated magnetic sternum strap buckle to quickly attach and detach the reservoir bite valve. The pack includes a soft-molded, 3D 2 Liter Hydro Reservoir with a molded spine handle and EasyGrip fill port, making for incredibly easy and convenient refilling.

The integrated hydration compartment combines a vapor-barrier liner with additional insulation layers which ensures that water stays cold for up to 4 hours. There’s a smaller zippered pocket at the top of the pack – just perfect for a small snack – with an integrated key clip. The pack also includes a 3D dual-layer foam backpanel, which is constructed to provide space for airflow.


I’m a very small framed human, but I felt like the pack fit me extremely well. I was able to move the strap across the sternum down a bit further for a more comfortable fit. I appreciated the adjustable hip belt (which is also removable), as I felt it gave the pack an even more secure fit. I really like that the pack still had a very slim and lightweight feel to it, even after adding water to the reservoir. While I didn’t have the reservoir filled completely, I don’t foresee having any issues with the pack being weighed down or having any of the straps rubbing or chafing.


I’m a big fan of the Pace 3 H20 pack and feel it’s the perfect size for a short hike or even a short bike ride. I love how lightweight it is; to be honest, it didn’t even feel like I was wearing a pack. I think my only wish would be for one additional zippered pocket in case I wanted to stow away a thin windbreaker or gloves. Overall though, I’m looking forward to using this pack more often. I will definitely consider Gregory in the future if I’m ever needing a new pack or bag.

Gregory Pace 3 H20 Pack $99.95


  • External Material 100% Nylon
  • Fits Torso 16″ – 21″
  • Fits Hips / Waist Up to 48″
  • Weight 1.08 lbs.
  • Max Carry Weight 10 lbs.
  • Packed Dimensions 17 x 2 x 9
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Thank you to Gregory for providing us with a sample pack. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.

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