We received a release from GG not too long ago. The headline was (and we’re quoting here),
Grey Ghost Gypsy Pack in Full Production, Awes Everyone Who Carries It
How do you not want to know more? Sure it sounds like an Onion or Duffelblog intro at first, but then you actually read about it and think…Well, I’ll be dipped in shit. Maybe it is really awesome.
Okay, you might not think that, but we did. Anyway, rather than rewrite a whole new damn press release we’re just gonna quote GGG.
The Gypsy isn’t so much the Throwback’s older brother as it is its big city cousin. It’s a radical departure from what you’ve come to expect from GGG and is imminently suitable for low-pro work (as you can see in the images). It’s a bag for the traveler or daily commuter who requires all the hoplogical features you have come to expect from us without any of the “Hey, yo, we got a badass over here!” look you get from rack upon rack of MOLLE/PALS.
Not that we don’t like a nice rack.
The flat top design of the Gypsy echoes what you’ll see carried by bicyclists and 2-wheeled couriers, and we’ve intentionally used the waxed canvas for the exterior to give it a casual but dignified urban look. We just made sure it has all the interior geometry necessary to carry and access the tools you might need to kill some asshole if things go pear-shaped (or if you’re caught up in some sort of disaster).
Please do not be frightened by the name. This is not a pack built for (or designed by) those shady vagabonds your Grandma warned you about. No one is going to kidnap you and sell you to the circus.
Dimensions are generous and pleasing without being too big (that’s what she said). It’s 19 in. tall, 16 in. wide, and 4.5 in. deep. This gives the bag a volume of 1368 cubic inches.
The top flap of the bag includes a zippered pocket on either side, each lined with soft material to protect Eye Pro, your phone or even your jewelry. On the lower left side of the flap there appears the leather GG skull accent you know you love and adore. The flap is held down by two adjustable 1 inch side release buckles.
Below the flap is a pocket that has a top cover secured with hook and loop material and two water resistant zippers that allows the pocket to be opened like a gate. On the front are two zippered mesh pockets properly sized to carry various small items sized between a bottle of pain reliever, a phone charger or brass knuckles. Further inside are stretch mesh pockets that vary in size to accommodate pens, flashlights, pistol mags or that extra battery for your laptop.
The front of the pouch has a Hypalon patch with slots cut in it so you add a light or an extra pouch. Under the flap are two rows of PALS webbing with 7 channels to allow you to expand the capacity of the pack by adding pouches to it. There is a zippered pouch just above the PALS webbing, 12 inches long and 8 inches deep. This will carry a notebook, a blowout kit and night vision goggles. Very roomy. The main compartment is 17 in. tall, 4 in. deep and 15 in. wide. That’s 1020 cubic inches, which is damn near enough to carry a midget stripper. You can access this area (or let her out) with vertical zippers along each side of the back panel. There’s also a large loop panel sewn to the inside of the back panel to affix holsters and hook-and-loop pouches, as well as another zippered pouch made of stretch mesh (it’s big enough to carry a MacBook Air).
Speaking of the back panel, it’s padded and uses air mesh that is quilted to improve wearer comfort and circulation. No one likes a sweaty back. The pack straps are in a yoke configuration and are adjustable for a wide array of body types (and feature a carrying handle).
Finally, each side of the pack has a cleverly disguised water bottle pocket and has a cover flap that protects the vertical zipper that expands the pocket when lowered. Plus, it looks badass. Welcome to the gypsy.
Sounds good eh? As long as it doesn’t smell like the old military cots (or Big Joe’s underwear) we’re in.