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The 2018 Gossamer Gear Gorilla
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Awards Editors' Choice Award   Top Pick Award Top Pick Award 
Price $270 List$260 List$225 List$345.00 at Backcountry$145 List
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Pros Durable, 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 constructionDurable, simple design, lots of external attachment optionsSimple design, inexpensive, durable
Cons Large capacity makes it less versatileA little small for a bear canisterRelatively heavy, delicate carbon frame rodsExpensive, lacks features, few external pocketsFoam pad falls out easily, shoulder straps lack support
Bottom Line As 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 easeDurable and simple; perfect for use in the mountainsCombines simplicity, a reasonable price tag, and a good feature set
Rating Categories Gossamer Gear Mariposa Gossamer Gear Gorilla Ultralight Adventure Equipme... 3400 Porter 55 Ultralight Adventure Equipme...
Weight To Volume Ratio (35%)
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8
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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 Gossamer Gear... Gossamer Gear... Ultralight... 3400 Porter 55 Ultralight...
Measured Weight 30.5 oz 31.5 oz 31.4 oz 31.5 oz 24 oz
Stripped Weight 30.5 oz 27.5 oz 20.4 oz 31.5 oz 23 oz
Claimed Volume 60 L 40 L 63 L 55 L 54 L
Measured Main Pack Volume 48 L 38 L 41 L 58 L 45 L
Measured Volume Total (minus hip belt and shoulder strap pockets) 64 L 53 L 48 L 58 L 53 L
Measured Volume Stripped (minus hip belt, shoulder pockets, and removable lids) 59 L 48 L 48 L 58 L 53 L
Average Weight-to-Volume Ratio (grams/Liter) 14 g/L 13.5 g/L 14.5 g/L 15.4 g/L 12.8 g/L
Carrying Comfort 15 pounds Great Great Great Great Great
Carrying Comfort 30 pounds Great Great Great Good Poor
Frame Type Foam pad/ removable stay Foam pad/removable stay Simple Frame - 1.2 oz carbon fiber / Delrin active suspension hoop Dyneema Hardline, removable aluminum stays, padded back panel Removable foam pad
Fabric 70 & 100 denier Robic nylon 70 & 100 denier robic nylon ULA 210 Robic nylon Dyneema 210 Robic nylon, 400d Robic Bottom Panel
Main Pack Pockets 4 3 3 None 3
Hip Belt Pockets 2 2 Two 2 2
Single Hip Belt Pocket Capacity 4 4 cliff bars 8 Clif Bars 2 cliff bars 2 cliff bars
Shoulder Strap Pockets No No No None No
Whistle on Sternum Strap No Yes No Yes No
Internal Hydration Sleeve Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Bag Sizes/Torso Lengths Available S, M, L S, M, L S, M, L, XL M, Tall, L S, M, L, XL
Mix and Match Hip Belt Sizes S, M, L S, M, L S, M, L, XL No S, M, L, XL
Can Easily Strip Off Frame and Hip Belt Good Good Yes No No
BearVault BV500 Compatibility Good Ok Just OK Ok Ok
Lid (aka Brain) No Yes No No No
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