Why We Chose The Gregory Arrio 30: Superb comfort, intuitive organisation, hydration reservoir compatible
Gregory have optimised their simple design philosophy to produce an all-round gem of a backpack, with all the features you need for day on the trails. If you’re familiar with that horrid chill you get on the summit when the cold wind bites your sweat-soaked back as soon as your remove your pack, you’ll love the Arrio’s FreeSpan ventilated back panel. The suspended open-air mesh keeps you cool throughout the day, making sweaty back scenarios far less likely. Meanwhile, there are all kinds of clever storage solutions and the pack is compatible with Gregory’s patented QuickDry 3D Hydro Reservoir System.
Who Is the Gregory Arrio 30 For
This is the perfect pack for days spent hopping from cove to cove along the coast or peak-bagging in the mountains. Its streamlined form, zippered stash pockets and hydration system make it ideal for fast and light adventures. This is further enhanced by the fact it weighs in at just 850g, making it a pack you could use for a spot of trail running. It’s comfortable and aesthetically pleasing to such a degree that you might even find yourself choosing it for the commute.
One of the Arrio’s main selling points is Gregory’s FreeSpan ventilated back panel, which maximises airflow and works in conjunction with a moisture wicking mesh. This, coupled with the perforated foam of its breathable shoulder harness and its integrated shoulder straps, mean that the Arrio sits so beautifully on your back, you might forget its even there.
“The ventilated back panel, in particular, is just the right angle to allow airflow and provide enough support.”
Your hydration needs are taken care of with a purpose-built sleeve, routing system and clip for Gregory’s 3D Hydro Trek Reservoir, which can be purchased separately. Elsewhere, useful features abound, such an integrated safety whistle in the sternum strap and its front bungee system. It also boasts a fitted rain cover for when the heavens open.
The Arrio’s intuitive organisation is a real plus, with quick-access pockets on the top and to the side that are zipped up with best-in-class ComfortGrip pulls. You’ve also got a side stretch mesh pocket, perfect for a flask or a first aid kit. It’s worth noting that there are no ice axe attachments here, for those with winter walking in mind.