Gregory Packs Introduces New Plus-Sized Backpacking Lineup for Spring 2021
The backpacking industry has long been criticized for its lack of suitable gear choices for the plus-size hiking community. In an effort to address this shortcoming, Gregory Packs has announced the release of a plus-sized backpacking line set to hit shelves in the spring of 2021. This marks the first ever plus-sized backpacking line and a major step toward inclusivity in the outdoor community.
New Line Details
Specific features of Gregory’s new line include wider shoulder harness angles, extended shoulder harness lengths, and a larger hip belt fit. Twenty new packs will be released across four categories—hiking, backpacking, hydration, and lifestyle—with each category offering a unique set of features and colorways. If this already expansive line does well, Lindsay Malone, marketing manager at Gregory Packs, foresees the development of additional varieties down the road, including ultralight, alpine, and mountaineering packs.
Jenny Bruso and Unlikely Hikers
The new Gregory Packs line is created in partnership with Jenny Bruso from Unlikely Hikers, “a diverse, anti-racist, body-liberating outdoor community featuring the underrepresented outdoorsperson.” Bruso has drawn upon her personal experience to help Gregory Packs create and execute its vision. She is a longtime hiker who has personally tested the packs in the new line and has provided product feedback.
This new line of packs has already received an outpouring of positive feedback. Malone expressed pride in Gregory Packs for using its creativity to help people and to offer a positive project during a challenging time.
The Future of Outdoor Gear
With any luck, additional outdoor brands will follow Gregory’s lead and offer more inclusive backpacking and camping gear options. Many hiking shoes now come in wide sizes, and hopefully someday soon brands will offer more plus-sized sleeping bags, pads, and apparel options. Everyone should be able to find a pack perfect for their body and comfort, and thanks to Gregory Packs, plus-size hikers are one step closer.
Photos courtesy of Jenny Bruso and Will Saunders.
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