• Tips to keep your Gregory pack in top shape

Tips to keep your Gregory pack in top shape

Gregory backpacks are prize-fighter tough—they can withstand a real pounding (OK, so we’ve been watching The Fighter—great flick, by the way). But once packs leave the ring—or the woods in their case—they require rehab to heal properly. Between trips, follow these few steps to extend the life of your pack. Wash off the sweat and grime Salt ranks high on the list of things that can damage a pack, as it can corrode metal and break down nylon fabrics. So, use a mild soap such as Woolite (don’t use detergent), and a soft nylon brush to scrub areas soaked with sweat, such nylon webbing and surfaces that touch your torso. Also use the soft soap and brush to clean the inside of the pack and remove food, dirt and grime as well as spilled materials, such as insect repellent and stove fuel. If mildew appears, it often cannot be removed completely, but Woolite can reduce odors. Don’t wash or dry in a machine Washing machines and dryers are harmful to packs. The agitation from a machine can break down fabrics as well as foams in hip belts, shoulder straps and back panels. Also, straps can get twisted in the components of a top-loading washer.  With many clothes dryers, the heat levels are too intense and can break down fabrics and foams. Store it properly The car trunk isn’t a great storage space, especially during summer, when a filthy pack can become a Petri dish of nasty things. It’s best to put your pack in a cool, dry place, and hang it if possible. If you leave your pack on the garage floor, standing water or other liquids like engine oil could invade the pack. Also, if your pack is on the floor, mice can chew through the fabric in search of crumbs. Examine your zippers Salt and dirt not only damage pack fabrics, but they also cause zippers to fail. Between trips use mild soap and a soft nylon brush to scrub zippers and the surrounding fabric. Also, when you put gear in a pack, don’t overfill it to the point that you must force a zipper to close. This can cause the zipper closure mechanism to splay apart so that it will no longer hold the zipper together. Try to readjust your load or remove something so that it will close without force. Also, if a zipper is open partway, don’t pull on the two sides of the zipper to open it more, because this can damage the zipper teeth. Car doors and buckles—a bad combination Most of the time, pack buckles don’t fail in the field. Instead, they’re damaged before people even leave their driveway. When you put your pack in your vehicle, look for any protruding buckles before you slam the door or hatch. A car doors—not Mother Nature—is most often the culprit when a buckle is cracked. Contact Gregory for repairs If you need assistance to repair your pack, contact the Warranty Department at  Or, call the Customer Care Department at 877-477-4292 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mountain Time, Monday through Friday). Gregory should reply within 24 hours of your inquiry, except on weekends.