In 1977, Gregory founder Wayne Gregory started designing and building backpacks based on one simple, but groundbreaking philosophy: a properly designed pack is not carried, but worn. "Like a shoe," Wayne would say; his logic being if so much time and care was taken to optimize comfort by properly sizing people for their shoes, why wasn’t the same being done for packs?
Armed with this thought, Wayne set out to create a more comfortable pack and design a product that, in his own words, "must maintain its comfort and stability while effectively transferring the weight of the pack onto the hips." It was a statement that dawned a long standing obsession with fit, and the belief that when a pack fits correctly, its more comfortable; its load working with the body’s movements, instead of against them.
Over the next 30 years, this quest for the perfect fit put Gregory at the forefront of innovative design. Out of necessity, Wayne pioneered new technologies and concepts that were pivotal in making Gregory backpacks the most comfortable on the market. And it's these innovations and industry firsts that still set Gregory apart today. At the heart of the company, and every pack Gregory makes, is a dedication to comfort and fit that’s apparent from the first moment you try one on, "or wear one," as Wayne likes to say.
It's an obsession we’re proud of, and it’s all due to the humble beginnings of one visionary.
And his dirty shoes.