Plus Size Backpacks for Overweight People

If you are a big person, you might want to check this selection of plus size backpacks for overweight people, all from Gregory’s celebrated series but with some added features.

As of the moment of writing this text, to the best of my knowledge, it is only Gregory from the top brands that makes special packs for overweight people. So currently they have them around 15, and this includes gender-specific packs for men and women as well as unisex packs.

These Gregory Plus Size backpacks include the following features:

  • Differently shaped and angled harness attachment to the pack.
  • Longer padding on shoulder harness straps.
  • They have also shifted hip belt pockets forward for an easy access.
  • Hip belt straps are longer to accommodate a larger body circumference.

Once more to stress that the phrase Plus Size is not about actual volume or capacity of the pack, in fact they have many small daypacks in this group. This is about apparel-type sizing, for larger bodies of the users.

You can understand this best from the picture below. It shows one of the packs from this group. On the left side you can see the shoulder strap and the hip belt from the Plus Size version. On the right are the same details from the same pack but its regular version:

Plus Size elements on the left and regular size elements on the right.
Plus Size elements on the left and regular size elements on the right.

My list of top rated Gregory Plus Size backpacks

The packs in the list below are ordered by the volume from smaller to larger, and I have chosen them from very different groups:

 

As you realize, these are three examples that include a pack for day use, a mid-size pack for overnight use, and also a large pack for longer backpacking tours.

I hope you will love the products I present below, I choose only the best that is on the market, those that I can fully recommend, and present them here in the site. Just a heads up that as an associate of Amazon and other sellers, I may earn some commission from qualifying purchases of products bought via links on this page, at no additional cost for you.


1. Gregory Mountain Products Citro 30 H2O Hydration Backpack Plus Size

Gregory Citro 30 H2O Hydration Backpack Plus Size.
Gregory Citro 30 H2O Hydration Backpack Plus Size.

This is a relatively small pack for light and fast day tours, but this is also a pack from Gregory’s Plus Size collection. Note that they also have a version for women under the name Gregory Mountain Products Juno 30 H2O Hydration Backpack Plus Size. The pack is a panel-loading type with a zipper.

The pack comes with a bonus 3D Hydro quick-drying soft-molded 3 liter reservoir that is equipped with a handle and drying hanger. For this you have a dedicated 3/4 zippered hydration sleeve with a SpeedClip hanger.

The design includes a breathable ActiveFlex shoulder harness that includes a magnetic sternum buckle and hose clip for the Drylock bite valve.

The pack is with a perimeter alloy frame and their VaporSpan ventilated suspension that includes a moisture-wicking mesh and a 3D cradle padded hip belt with large zippered pockets.

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You also have Gregory’s sunglass QuickStow system on shoulder harness, plus several pockets and attachment loops for trekking poles.

The numbers are as follows:

  • Weight: 2.19 lb (993 g).
  • Volume: 30 L (1831 in³).
  • Torso fit: 16 – 21 in (41 – 53 cm).
  • Waist fit: 41 – 60 in (104 – 152 cm).
  • Carry weight: 25 lb (11.3 kg).
  • Dimensions: 21.7 x 11.8 x 9.6 in (55 x 30 x 25 cm).

More about the series you can see in this video:

What I like:

  • Bonus reservoir included.
  • Ventilated back panel.
  • Very good hip belt.
  • Lightweight pack.

What I dislike:

  • Not adjustable torso length.
  • No rain cover.


2. Gregory Mountain Products Amber 44 Backpack Plus Size

Gregory Mountain Products Amber 44 Backpack Plus Size.
Gregory Mountain Products Amber 44 Backpack Plus Size.

So this is a pack from their Amber series for women, and they also have the corresponding Stout series for men. All of them are available in several different volumes, and also as regular as well as plus size packs.

The Amber series has been on the market for years and this is its latest update. But it also includes the features typical for Gregory’s Plus Size series. This means it is comparable to 2X-6X in apparel sizing.

It can be described as a great overnight pack and it can also be used for long day tours when you carry lots of stuff. You have what they call the VersaFit suspension and it includes an adjustable torso length.

The pack is with a classic top access where you have a collar and lid. But it also has a zippered bottom compartment. Note that it comes with a rain cover included.

As a women-specific fit, it has a padded wraparound hip belt and a perforated, breathable shoulder harness with a sternum strap equipped with an integrated safety whistle.

You have the usual pockets on the hop belt, on the sides, a lid pocket, and a front oversized stretch mesh pocket. All standard attachment options and straps are in place.

The numbers are as follows. The pack is quite light, it weighs only 2.93 lb (1.33 kg), and its volume is 44 L (2685 in³). Its recommended maximum carry weight is 45 lb (20 kg) and this is a lot for such a mid size pack.

The torso range is 14 – 19 inches (36 – 48 cm), and the hip belt range is 41 – 60 inches (104 – 152 cm). The dimensions are 25 x 12 x 10.5 inches (64 x 31 x 27 cm).

Please see more about this series in the video:

What I like:

  • Adjustable torso length.
  • Bottom compartment.
  • Lightweight.
  • Rain cover.

What I dislike:

  • A bit steep price.


3. Gregory Mountain Products Katmai 65 Plus Backpack

Gregory Mountain Products Katmai 65 Plus Backpack
Gregory Mountain Products Katmai 65 Plus Backpack.

Here you have their famous backpacking Katmai 65 pack for men, but with added extra features for larger users. This is a feature-rich pack built in the classic style with a lid and collar. But you also have a full length side-loading access zipper, plus a separate bottom compartment.

It is here because of its extra Plus Size features, so it is comparable to 2X-6X in apparel sizing, with extended length shoulder straps and hip belt straps.

The torso sizing is consistent with all other Gregory products. You have an adjustable shoulder harnesses and torso length plus a customizable hip belt fit and a 3D ComfortCradle for a body-hugging comfort.

The best part of it is its FreeFloat 360 ventilated back panel with dynamic flex panels and auto rotating shoulder straps, they move with the natural movements of your body. You have moisture wicking materials with Polygiene Stays Fresh Technology. This implies an odor control air-mesh treatment that inhibits the growth of odor causing bacteria.

This all is supported with a perimeter alloy frame and fiberglass, anti-barreling cross-stay. You have plenty of pockets and attachment options.

Internal hydration sleeve is with their SpeedClip hydration hanger that is compatible with Gregory’s 3D Hydro Trek Reservoir (not included).

They make it it two sub-sizes S/M, and M/L. The numbers for S/M are as follows. The weight is 5 lb (2.27 kg), the volume is 60 L (3661 in³), and the carry weight is 45 lb (20.4 kg).

The pack measures 28.7 x 12.6 x 17.3 inches (73 x 32 x 44 cm). The torso fit is 15 – 19 inches (38 – 48 cm), and the hip belt fits 39 – 60 inches (99 – 152 cm).

This is a pack for men, but they also have the corresponding Gregory Mountain Products Kalmia 60 Plus Backpack for women.

Please see more in this video:

What I like:

  • Great ventilation.
  • Many pockets.
  • Fully adjustable.
  • Many attachment options.

What I dislike:

  • A bit on the heavy side.
  • No rain cover.


Final thoughts

So this was my selection of plus size backpacks for overweight people and I hope you realize how nicely built all these packs are. They have all the excellent features of standard Gregory’s packs, plus the features that they added for plus-size users.

As mentioned above, these are just representatives of 15 packs that Gregory has in its Plus Size series. I have chosen three different volumes that cover a variety of outdoor activities.

For more similar stuff please check under the category Trail Gear here in the site. Thank you for reading. Let le know if you have questions, there is a comment box below.

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