Gregory Proxy travel backpack

The Gregory Proxy 45 is the perfect weekender bag for adventurers! Small enough to be worn comfortably as a backpack while fully loaded, yet roomy enough to stash enough gear and clothing for a long weekend, the Proxy 45 has become my new companion for short trips. It’s just over three pounds, and has a sleek and simple profile that appeals to me.

You get so many bells and whistles with this travel backpack. My favorites include an ActiveShield compartment that keeps dirty or wet clothing and gear separate from your clean stuff; wide compression panels that cover gear and zippers up for security (you just fold them back when you need to access your stuff); a stowable harness stored inside a dedicated sleeve for air travel; a cargo control hip belt so the load is evenly distributed on your back (removable for checking at the airport); and a generous zippered front compartment with a padded laptop sleeve and office organization section. You can access this section with ease, making it perfect for storing all that stuff you need on the plane. Just grab your ear buds, Kindle, laptop, etc before storing your backpack in the overhead compartment.

The zippers are lockable, and the back panel of the pack is what you’d expect from an expert in making backpacks…you can wear this pack for a long time before discomforts sets in. You get women’s specific geometry in the harness and hip belt, and there’s an exterior top pocket that’s quick access, for your wallet or phone. There are also dual interior zippered mesh organizer pockets, so you can skip bringing along extra packing cubes.

The Proxy 45 is $145 on the Gregory website, but if you need a larger option, there’s also a Proxy 65 for $169.

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Amy Whitley is a freelance creative and travel writer and founding editor of the family travel website Pit Stops for Kids. An avid lover of the outdoors, Amy makes her home in Southern Oregon, where she, her husband, and three school-aged children spend much of their time backpacking, camping, skiing, and hiking. When not exploring her own backyard, Amy and her family hit the road for travel reviews of resorts, tour operations, and hotels across the country and abroad. Follow Amy Whitley on Twitter and Facebook.

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