National Geo Adventure selects Gregory Z 55 pack among 07's best gear

In selecting Gregory’s new Z 55 backpack among the best new outdoor gear available for 2007, National Geographic Adventure this week said “the tough, top-loading Z 55 is the smartest, most versatile pack out there.”
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TEMECULA, Calif. – In selecting Gregory's new Z 55 backpack among the best new outdoor gear available for 2007, National Geographic Adventure this week said “the tough, top-loading Z 55 is the smartest, most versatile pack out there.”

The magazine announced its top picks for 2007 outdoor gear with its ‘Best of Adventure' awards, which were published in the December 2006 issue and officially announced at a ceremony today, November 14, at National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C. The Z 55 was the only multi-night backpack to win an award, which noted: “Take it for a single night or the whole Pacific Coast Trail.”

For the first time in the award's history, 45 of the country's best outdoor specialty retailers this year provided an additional layer of due diligence on the products selected for a ‘Best of Adventure' award. Following the August 2006 Outdoor Retailer show, during which manufacturers first unveiled their new 2007 products, Adventure editors solicited retailers' feedback on the most noteworthy new products they saw at the show.

A Gregory Z 55 pack was on display at today's National Geographic Adventure event. The pack also will accompany a traveling exhibition of ‘Best of Adventure 2007' gear to be displayed at upcoming National Geographic Adventure Magazine events between now and March 2007.

Available this month, the Gregory Z 55 is a major evolution of Gregory's classic Z pack, a perennial favorite of Appalachian through-hikers and light-and-fast alpinists alike. The new Z 55 features a new suspension system unveiled for 2007 by Gregory called Jet Stream, which allows air flow to reach the wearer's back while still providing effective load transfer into the pack's lumbar region, the hallmark of Gregory backpacks. That means Jet Stream promotes airflow across the back for cooling without sacrificing Gregory's famous fit and performance. The pack, a top-loader with an expandable front ‘bucket' pocket and floating lid, also uses perforated closed-cell foam padding in the harness and waist belt to wick moisture away from the wearer's body for a smoother, cooler, lighter ride. The Z 55 (3,350 cubic-inches, 3 pounds, 8 ounces) retails for $189.

For more information about Gregory packs, visit www.gregorypacks.com. For more about National Geographic Adventure, visit www.nationalgeographic.com/adventure.

About Gregory Packs

Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2007, Gregory Packs has been the longtime market leader in expedition, backpacking and day packs. Gregory has become world-renowned for setting standards for durability, comfort and performance in backpacks. In 2005 and 2006, Gregory won awards for its pack designs from such diverse media outlets as Backpacker Magazine, Consumers Digest and Alpinist Magazine. Responsible for many industry firsts in backpacking fit and design, the Gregory research and design team, headed by company founder Wayne Gregory, continues to lead the way in innovative backpack technology and performance. Based in Temecula, Calif., the company in recent years has expanded into lightweight packs, sport-specific packs, and travel, commuter and lifestyle products.

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