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The 2018 Gossamer Gear Gorilla
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Awards  Editors' Choice Award   Top Pick Award 
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Pros Durable, large external pocket, roll-top closure, adjustable, compatible with bear canDurable, 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 Mesh attracts dirt and pine needles, somewhat bulkyLarge 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 This lightweight, comfortable pack has a simple, yet thoughtful design, and is a great pack for heavy loads or winter tripsAs 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 Circuit 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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Adaptability (10%)
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Durability (10%)
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Specs Circuit Gossamer Gear... Gossamer Gear... Ultralight... Ultralight...
Measured Weight 40 oz 30.5 oz 31.5 oz 31.4 oz 24 oz
Stripped Weight 37.5 oz 30.5 oz 27.5 oz 20.4 oz 23 oz
Claimed Volume 68 L 60 L 40 L 63 L 54 L
Measured Main Pack Volume 46 L 48 L 38 L 41 L 45 L
Measured Volume Total (minus hip belt and shoulder strap pockets) 64 L 64 L 53 L 48 L 53 L
Measured Volume Stripped (minus hip belt, shoulder pockets, and removable lids) 64 L 59 L 48 L 48 L 53 L
Average Weight-to-Volume Ratio (grams/Liter) 17.5 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 Great Great Great Great Poor
Frame Type Simple frame- 1.2 oz carbon fiber/delrin active suspension frame loop Foam pad/ removable stay Foam pad/removable stay Simple Frame - 1.2 oz carbon fiber / Delrin active suspension hoop Removable foam pad
Fabric ULA 210 Robic nylon 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 2 2 2 Two 2
Single Hip Belt Pocket Capacity 2 4 4 cliff bars 8 Clif Bars 2 cliff bars
Shoulder Strap Pockets No No No No No
Whistle on Sternum Strap No No Yes No No
Internal Hydration Sleeve Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bag Sizes/Torso Lengths Available S, M, L, XL S, M, L S, M, L S, M, L, XL S, M, L, XL
Mix and Match Hip Belt Sizes XS, S, M, L, XL S, M, L S, M, L S, M, L, XL S, M, L, XL
Can Easily Strip Off Frame and Hip Belt Yes Good Good Yes No
BearVault BV500 Compatibility Yes Good Ok Just OK Ok
Lid (aka Brain) No No Yes No No
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