Gregory’s Targhee Backpack did not win the Outside Magazine Gear of the Year award for 2009/2010 because it sucks. It won that prestigious award because it is a well built pack with some dope features and it is just the right size for a daypack. Oh yeah, it also comes in some pretty rad colors too.
My buddy at Gregory got me a great deal on a Targhee two winters back and I have been rocking it hard in the mountains since then. It fits all you need for a day of touring: shovel, probe, extra layer, water, food, tylenol…ect. It also allows for a number of different ski/snowboard carrying configurations. I go with the A-frame and it works really well. The waist and chest straps do a good job of evening out the loads, while the numerous straps allow you to externally carry just about anything you can think of that weighs less that 30lbs.
The Targhee also works great as a summer daypack. If you are hiking or just riding your bike around town you can fit everything you need for a day of fun. I like how the water bladder holder doubles as a laptop sleeve. The only downside to the Targhee is the flimsy easy to break zipper handles. I have broken 3 in two years. It is nothing a little duct tape can’t fix though. I recommend a buy and hold strategy.