|Description||The Gorilla is a versatile mid-size pack with 4 built in pockets, side compression webbing, and a rugged exterior. Whether your weekend plans include a trek in dense forests or a ramble on high alpine ridges, the Gorilla Ultralight Backpack has the options you need, without weighing you down.
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Dimensions (Size Medium)
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- First steps toward ULReview by Jordan
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I was worried about sacrificing comfort when searching for a pack that would lower base weight. The lower weight of the pack and my decision to forgo some gear in order to reduce weight made comfort a non-issue.
I put my gear to the test on a regular basis and took this pack on a month of hiking and motorcycling around Wyoming and Montana. It did well ask things considered, but after one season there is some noticeable cosmetic wear. Given my experience with the Gorilla, I plan to purchase my next pack from Gossamer Gear. (Posted on 2/25/15)
- LOVE LOVE LOVEReview by Heather
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- Great for my bulkier cold-weather gearReview by Dan Bortz
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The new Robic Nylon material (which I've experienced previously with the Type 2 Utility Pack) is really tough. I tend to be really tough on packs, but my Gorilla still looks brand new. The fabric is also fairly water resistant, allowing only minimal water penetration after hiking in rain, sleet, and snow. Did I mention that this stuff looks really slick, too?
The new compression straps and lid straps are all an improvement over the old system of cords and cord locks. I'm guessing this system comes with a minor weight penalty, but the improved functionality is well worth it. The trekking pole holders are also a nice touch. As someone who goes for long periods of time without using his poles, it's nice to have a convenient way to secure them to my pack.
Once I installed the aluminum stay correctly (after an uncomfortable, obscenity-laden 22-mile day), the new Gorilla was super comfortable. To be 100% fair, the backwards stay was completely my own fault. When installed properly, it contoured my back nicely and did a fine job of transferring the pack's weight down to my hips. The new shoulder harness (softer, more breathable padding and a more ergonomic shape) and hip belt are both better than their predecessors and work together to create a very comfortable carry. The addition of a "rib strap" was a nice touch to the harness, as I like using it on my QuikSak, Type 2, and Minimalist, but there wasn't enough slack in the shoulder harness for me to make use of it on the Gorilla. I have very broad shoulders and chest, so I believe the problem lies more with my body shape than with the pack (most backpacking gear tends to fit me strangely).
There are several external pockets (laid out similarly to the previous Gorilla). The mesh used for the back pocket seems durable, and is a nice upgrade over the previously used material. I found it easy to get my water bottles in and out of the bottle pockets while hiking (a HUGE deal to me). The hip belt pockets fit my Otterbox-encased iPhone 5S snugly, but they may be a bit too small for the iPhone 6 or many of the larger Android phones. The other hip belt pocket was perfect for maps and a few snacks. The lid pocket is perfect for a few quick-access items, like my Sawyer Mini filter and my headlamp.
The new Gorilla is both aesthetically and functionally better than its predecessor and is well worth the upgrade. (Posted on 11/27/14)
- Ideal 3 season multi day pack.Review by Martin Rye
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With its Dialled-in fit, and varied sizes I had no trouble matching the long size with a medium hipbelt to my 6’2″ frame.
The new shoulder straps are part of the new unisex harness and are by far the best shoulder straps of any version of the Gorilla packs I have used. The shoulder straps are down from 4in wide to 2.5; but thicker and more rounded and more comfortable. Ergonomic designed. I found the comfort notable and improved in use.
Shoulder straps are often overlooked in backpack construction design. It is essential shoulder straps are comfy and aid in effective load transfer and comfort, and the new Gorillas shoulder straps are very comfortable. Now unisex in design the Gorilla is open to so many more people to try and use.
The U frame internal stays supports the loads. While out testing the pack I carried extra kit than I would normally take to see how it coped, and never had any issues carrying the load and was able to hike over very rocky mountain terrain with ease and the stability as the Gorilla was tight to my back with a good centre of gravity from its small compact size.
The the 3rd generation pack has the new Robic material for its construction. It’s a nylon material with a high tensile strength. It’s supposed to be more puncture and abrasion resistant. As it’s 100% nylon and not a mix, this material is claimed to be superior and longer lasting. I so far i'm impressed how this material has not suffered any abrasion - nor shows any signs of damage.
With side compression straps as standard you can tension the pack and reduce volume for a tight, stable carry.
As with past versions of the Gorilla the lid has a pocket and rolls over to close. The closure is improved and you can over-extend the lid. The new side-mounted straps make the lid way better and there are other improved features, like the trekking pole D rings to help stow your poles easier.
But the big points are that integration of the hip-belt, and the vastly improved shoulder straps. The Gorilla uses a Thinlight sit pad that is removable. This sits over the hip-belt which is now thicker and wider, locking it in, which improves lumbar comfort, and the pad is held in place by Power Mesh, which aids in wicking and comfort.
On a recent 3-day hike in the English Lake District I used this pack over some hard mountain terrain, I was impressed with the comfort and stability. What you need from a pack. The big rear pocket again has been improved and there are, if needed, lots of attachment points. Built in hipbelt pockets, big, easy to access on the move side pockets all make for a ideal backpacker’s designed pack.
Comparing the Gorilla to other UL packs it is a fantastic light, and robust pack. Its low weight and ability to carry kit with so much comfort and stability make it a stand out from the crowd pack in the Ultralight market. (Posted on 9/22/14)