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The 2018 Gossamer Gear Gorilla
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Awards Top Pick Award Editors' Choice Award   Top Pick Award 
Price $145 List$270 List$260 List$225 List$345.00 at Backcountry
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Pros Simple design, inexpensive, durableDurable, 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 options
Cons Foam pad falls out easily, shoulder straps lack supportLarge capacity makes it less versatileA little small for a bear canisterRelatively heavy, delicate carbon frame rodsExpensive, lacks features, few external pockets
Bottom Line Combines simplicity, a reasonable price tag, and a good feature setAs 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 mountains
Rating Categories Ultralight Adventure Equipme... Gossamer Gear Mariposa Gossamer Gear Gorilla Ultralight Adventure Equipme... 3400 Porter 55
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 Ultralight... Gossamer Gear... Gossamer Gear... Ultralight... 3400 Porter 55
Measured Weight 24 oz 30.5 oz 31.5 oz 31.4 oz 31.5 oz
Stripped Weight 23 oz 30.5 oz 27.5 oz 20.4 oz 31.5 oz
Claimed Volume 54 L 60 L 40 L 63 L 55 L
Measured Main Pack Volume 45 L 48 L 38 L 41 L 58 L
Measured Volume Total (minus hip belt and shoulder strap pockets) 53 L 64 L 53 L 48 L 58 L
Measured Volume Stripped (minus hip belt, shoulder pockets, and removable lids) 53 L 59 L 48 L 48 L 58 L
Average Weight-to-Volume Ratio (grams/Liter) 12.8 g/L 14 g/L 13.5 g/L 14.5 g/L 15.4 g/L
Carrying Comfort 15 pounds Great Great Great Great Great
Carrying Comfort 30 pounds Poor Great Great Great Good
Frame Type Removable foam pad 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
Fabric 210 Robic nylon, 400d Robic Bottom Panel 70 & 100 denier Robic nylon 70 & 100 denier robic nylon ULA 210 Robic nylon Dyneema
Main Pack Pockets 3 4 3 3 None
Hip Belt Pockets 2 2 2 Two 2
Single Hip Belt Pocket Capacity 2 cliff bars 4 4 cliff bars 8 Clif Bars 2 cliff bars
Shoulder Strap Pockets No No No No None
Whistle on Sternum Strap No No Yes No Yes
Internal Hydration Sleeve Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Bag Sizes/Torso Lengths Available S, M, L, XL S, M, L S, M, L S, M, L, XL M, Tall, L
Mix and Match Hip Belt Sizes S, M, L, XL S, M, L S, M, L S, M, L, XL No
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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