Women's Gregory 16L Maya Running Backpack

Category: Running Backpacks
Recommended for: women who want a well-fitting, comfortable backpack with plenty of space for all the essentials.

Pros

  • Designed to fit a woman’s body
  • Fully adjustable
  • Plenty of pockets
  • Space for a water bladder
  • Durable but light

Cons

  • Not waterproof

This has been my running backpack for over a year now and I’m really pleased with it. I’ve had a lot of other rucksacks previously and none suited me as well as this one. Because I’m short, unisex rucksacks are too long in the body: the shoulder straps sit too high off my shoulders so the rucksack bounces around when I’m running – rubbing my neck raw.

The Maya is designed for a woman’s body so the hip strap is in the right place for my hips. You can adjust the length of the shoulder straps so it fits flush to the body and you can move the chest strap up and down until you find a really comfortable position – above or below the bust. The back, shoulder and hip straps are padded which means sharp things inside don’t dig into me. Because it fits so snugly to the body and doesn’t move when I’m running after a while I barely notice it’s there.

I used it a lot in the summer and it was a lot less sweaty in the back than other rucksacks I’ve had thanks to the aero mesh back panels.

There are lots of pockets so it’s easy to find things inside – a large main pocket and a smaller one behind with an elasticated mesh organizer where I keep my mobile phone and other bits. I keep my keys in one of the two small zip pockets on the hip strap and my oyster card in the other.

I had the 12 litre Navarino before and sometimes struggled to fit everything I needed in so I really appreciate the extra space in this one. Sometimes I need to carry an A4 folder which didn’t fit in the Navarino but fits in this one. I use this it a lot for running home from work. It’s big enough for my wallet, kindle, umbrella, snacks and all the other gunk I can’t live without. In the summer I can even get a change of clothes and a pair of flip flops in there. In the spring or autumn if I get too hot running in my wind jacket I can take it off and stuff it in the outside pocket at the front – which you can unzip to make bigger if necessary. The side pockets are perfect for a bottle of water, you can strap it in firmly and it’s easy to access as well.

It’s been used a lot in the last year and it’s lasted really well – the zips and materials are still in good condition – and it’s been stuffed to capacity on many an occasion.

The only downside is I have to carry a plastic bag with me to put my phone and other water-vulnerable things in in case of a downpour.

Verdict

The Maya is a really useful, hard-wearing backpack for the woman who wants a snug, fitted, stable carrier with plenty of space and compartments.

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