Gregory Zulu 40 Review

By Richard Corrigan •  3 min read

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With enough room to carry all your essentials for an overnight hike, the Zulu 40 from Gregory Mountain Products is a perfect pack for weekend warriors. It’s also an excellent choice for winter day hikes, and offers a lot of cool features that make it a fun and versatile hiking backpack


Specs and Stats

With a capacity of 40L, the Gregory Zulu 40 is just the right size for an overnight weekend hike. The pack itself weighs 2 lb 14 oz, and is rated to hold 35 lb of gear. It’s an internal frame backpack with an alloy frame, die-cut shoulder harness, sternum strap and adjustable hip-belt. The main body of the pack is made of 210-denier nylon. 

One of the things I really like about the Zulu 40 is the U-zip main compartment, which allows easy access to its contents. You don’t have to set the back down and completely remove the top pocket to access the main compartment. 

It also has numerous additional internal and external compartments and pockets, plus key clip, sunglasses storage and adjustable loops for external gear attachment. There’s a lot to explore in this pack! The Zulu is hydration bladder compatible, and comes with a rain cover that zips into its own pocket. 

Pros of the Gregory Zulu 40

Cons of the Gregory Zulu 40

Gregory Zulu 40: Final Thoughts

The Gregory Zulu 40 is an excellent overnight pack. It also works well for day hikers who like to pack a little on the heavier side. If you plan to be out on the trail longer than one night—two nights at most—you may want to upgrade to A 55L pack. However, but the Zulu 40 is an excellent choice for a night in the woods. 

Richard Corrigan

Richard Corrigan has been writing about outdoor adventures, gear and travel for more than 10 years. His work has been featured by USA Today,, Next Luxury, and Gone Outdoors. He lives in Upstate New York, and If he isn't at his writing desk, you can probably find him out in the woods somewhere.

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