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The 2018 Gossamer Gear Gorilla
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Awards Best Buy Award Editors' Choice Award   Top Pick Award 
Price $104.96 at Backcountry
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Pros Very light, large volume, versatile compression systemDurable, comfortable, well-designed pockets, carries light and heavy loads wellLightweight, carries light and medium loads well, adaptable, perfect feature set, more durable than mostCarries both light and heavier loads in comfort, large side pockets, very durable constructionSimple design, inexpensive, durable
Cons No frame, poor comfort for medium loadsLarge capacity makes it less versatileA little small for a bear canisterRelatively heavy, delicate carbon frame rodsFoam pad falls out easily, shoulder straps lack support
Bottom Line Lacks a frame, pockets, and a lid, but fits the bill for an extremely lightweight, simple packAs an all around great pack, it can carry large and light loads with ease, has plenty of external storage options, and is super comfortableOne of our top picks and scored highly in all metrics, it's comfortable, versatile, and has just enough featuresThis pack is a popular ultralight pack for good reason; it has plenty of outside storage, is made of durable fabrics, and carries both 15 and 30 pound loads with easeCombines simplicity, a reasonable price tag, and a good feature set
Rating Categories Granite Gear Virga 2 Gossamer Gear Mariposa Gossamer Gear Gorilla Ultralight Adventure Equipme... Ultralight Adventure Equipme...
Weight To Volume Ratio (35%)
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Comfort To Carry (25%)
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Features (20%)
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Adaptability (10%)
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Durability (10%)
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Specs Granite Gear Virga 2 Gossamer Gear... Gossamer Gear... Ultralight... Ultralight...
Measured Weight 18.5 oz 30.5 oz 31.5 oz 31.4 oz 24 oz
Stripped Weight 18.5 oz 30.5 oz 27.5 oz 20.4 oz 23 oz
Claimed Volume 50-58 L 60 L 40 L 63 L 54 L
Measured Main Pack Volume 41 L 48 L 38 L 41 L 45 L
Measured Volume Total (minus hip belt and shoulder strap pockets) 49 L 64 L 53 L 48 L 53 L
Measured Volume Stripped (minus hip belt, shoulder pockets, and removable lids) 49 L 59 L 48 L 48 L 53 L
Average Weight-to-Volume Ratio (grams/Liter) 10 g/L 14 g/L 13.5 g/L 14.5 g/L 12.8 g/L
Carrying Comfort 15 pounds Good Great Great Great Great
Carrying Comfort 30 pounds Poor Great Great Great Poor
Frame Type None (foam pad) Foam pad/ removable stay Foam pad/removable stay Simple Frame - 1.2 oz carbon fiber / Delrin active suspension hoop Removable foam pad
Fabric Cordura 70 & 100 denier Robic nylon 70 & 100 denier robic nylon ULA 210 Robic nylon 210 Robic nylon, 400d Robic Bottom Panel
Main Pack Pockets 3 4 3 3 3
Hip Belt Pockets None 2 2 Two 2
Single Hip Belt Pocket Capacity N/a 4 4 cliff bars 8 Clif Bars 2 cliff bars
Shoulder Strap Pockets No No No No No
Whistle on Sternum Strap None No Yes No No
Internal Hydration Sleeve Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bag Sizes/Torso Lengths Available Long, short, regular S, M, L S, M, L S, M, L, XL S, M, L, XL
Mix and Match Hip Belt Sizes No S, M, L S, M, L S, M, L, XL S, M, L, XL
Can Easily Strip Off Frame and Hip Belt No Good Good Yes No
BearVault BV500 Compatibility Ok Good Ok Just OK Ok
Lid (aka Brain) No No Yes No No
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