With a larger carrying capacity and a lower overall weight than our previous Editors' Choice Award winner, the Gossamer Gear Gorilla, the Mariposa was the obvious pick for this year's Editors' Choice Award. It's hard to compete with a pack that is this lightweight and comfortable and still has the ability to carry large loads. After spending lots of time in the Sierra Nevada with the both the Gossamer Gorilla and the Mariposa, we preferred the Mariposa partially because of its ability to carry a bear can easily. The Mariposa is a little larger on the bottom than the Gorilla, with all the same features as our previous favorite.
The Mariposa carries like a dream, whether it's loaded up with a few days food and supplies or half empty on the final day of a trip. Additionally, all the pockets are big enough to carry a wide range of gear, from bottles to stoves to clothing. The feature set on this pack was hard to compete with. In every metric, the Mariposa impressed, giving it the title of Editors' Choice this season.