The Drift 6 from Gregory Packs is your standard everyday go-to pack. At 5 liters, it’s large enough to pack your camera, a few snacks and an extra pair of gloves, but can’t quite stuff them all in your pockets.
The bag features three internal zippered compartments—the hydration compartment, the main compartment with three mesh storage pockets and included removable tool pouch, as well as one smaller compartment for a wallet or phone. The pack also features a convenient front stuff pocket for stashing gear as you start to shed layers.
The foam back panel and shoulder straps were comfortable, and although I wouldn’t say that it resulted in a sweat-free back, it was better than some other packs I have used in the past. To ensure you get the most comfortable fit, the Drift 6 also implements Gregory’s Shift RS (Ride Stability) system. You know how you can adjust the chest strap up and down to find the perfect pack placement? Well, with the Shift RS, you can do that with the waist strap as well.
Although the pack’s nylon shell does not state that it is water resistant, after spending four hours in a rain/snow mix, all my contents inside the pack remained dry. Speaking of, I was able to easily pack an extra set of winter gloves, wool base layer, tools, pump, camera and food all inside the pack, with some extra trailside beverage room to spare.
My favorite aspect of the Drift 6 pack is the included 3D HYDRO reservoir. The 3 liter reservoir includes an integrated quick-dry hanger, a unique design that has an integrated handle and retains the reservoir’s ‘“full” shape while drying to eliminate bacteria growth. The reservoir can be easily inserted and removed without having to rummage through the rest of the bag’s contents, which is great for quick refills at endurance races or being lazy and not unloading your entire pack for the next day’s ride.
Weight: 1.4 lbs.
Size: 17.5” x 8.75” x 5”
5 L bag with 3 L hydration
This review originally appeared in Dirt Rag 197. Subscribe now to never miss an issue and while you’re at it, sign up for our email newsletter to get fresh content delivered to your inbox every Tuesday!