||The G4 54 liter backpack is one of the "granddaddies" of ultralight packs. First designed in 1998, the rucksack style pack was crafted with the winter camper in mind with features for the cold weather hiker. The unique pack shape minimizes loss of loft in your sleeping bag, the massive side pockets can hold two 2-liter bottles on each side for proper hydration, and the generous mesh pocket on the back of the pack separates your wet clothing from your dry gear.
- Recommended for loads of 30 pounds or less
- Rear mesh pocket great for drying gear and other gear storage
- Detachable hipbelt system with 3 different hipbelt sizes
- Plenty of sewn-in loops, shock cord and cord locks for many compression options
- Pad holder pockets uses pad as additional frame
- Grosgrain drinking tube keeper loop are on both shoulder straps
- Drinking tube ports are in side panels
- Center lashing loop doubles as ice axe holder
- Most common bear canisters will fit in the pack horizontally
Frequently Asked Questions
Will my Bear Canister fit into the G4? Yes, all sizes of canisters fit vertically inside the backpack! Smaller designs like the Bare Boxer and the Bear Vault 450 fit horizontally in the main body of the pack.
Why is the base of the pack so large? We designed the G4 to minimize the compression of your sleeping bag. This is for comfort, stability and allowing for greater warmth at night.
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- Small: 16 oz. (454 g.)
- Medium: 16.5 oz. (468 g.)
- Large: 17 oz. (482 g.)
- 3220 c.i. ( 54 l.) total
- 2420 c.i. (39.65 l.) in main pack body to extension collar seam
- 800 c.i. (13 l.) in all pockets combined
- 30 lb. maximum carry capacity
- Small (13" - 16" torso) (33 - 41 cm.) Generally fits people 4' 11" to 5' 4"
- Medium (16" - 19" torso) (41 - 48 cm.) Generally fits people 5'4" to 5'9"
- Large (19" - 22" torso) (48 - 56 cm.) Generally fits people 5'9" to 6'2"
- 70 denier 2.2 oz. per sq. yd. (74.7 g. per sq. m.) urethane-coated ripstop nylon
- Selected use of 210 denier 4 oz. per sq. yd. (135.7 g. per sq. m.) urethane-coated double wall ripstop nylon
- All pockets now made with 5 oz. power mesh
Dimensions (size medium – small is 2 inches shorter and large is 2” taller)
- Height 22”
- Width 11”
- Depth 8“
- Extension collar adds another 10” in height
- Small hipbelt (25" - 30" waist) (64 - 76 cm.) 3.7 oz. (102 g.) (Small)
- Medium hipbelt (30" - 35" waist) (76 - 89 cm.) 3.9 oz. (108 g.) (Medium)
- Large hipbelt (35" - 42" waist) (89 - 107 cm.) 4.1 oz. (113 g.) (Large)
+10 years and still lovin' itReview by sweerek
Many weekend ultralight and Boy Scout camping trips later my G4 keeping going strong after a decade, from very lightly filled for winter overnights to 50+ lbs when helping out new Scouts. (Posted on 1/2/16)
Good pack!Review by Jay
I have the most recent model of the G4. Its a great backpack. This year it showed its true colors on the Tahoe Rim Trail. The girlfriend got super sick (throwing up ect...) and could barely walk. I ended up emptying her pack and filing the G4 with my gear and ALL her gear. It wasn't the most comfortable hauling about 45 lbs of gear. However, that goes to say that the pack is really large. So if you are looking for ultralight 3-5 day packs you probably could go smaller. Anyways, it makes for a great winter pack because big down fluffy items always like to fill up a pack. If you are an ultralight backpacker, pick this pack for winter gear! (Posted on 12/26/15)
Light, Inexpensive, Perfect.Review by Outdoor Thor
I hike/fish/hammock camp 2-4 days every week, all year long. I've had my G4 for 3 years now, and it's the only pack I ever take. It compacts easily for my 9lb summer load, and still comfortably supports my 35lb deep winter load. The giant outside pockets make mid-hike fishing, lunches, and quick rain-gear grabs a cinch. I research my gear quite carefully, and I rely heavily on reviews. Imho, unless you only day hike or are oblivious to weight in your other gear selections, there's no reason to ever buy another pack. (Posted on 11/19/15)
A great entry level UL pack, but needs workReview by Jupiter
This was my first ultralight frameless pack. I liked it quite a bit at the time. Soon to see its rather wide, and would catch on plants that encroached on the sides of the trail. A narrower profile would be a great change.
Not the most durable pack but for the price, but it's still a great value if you're looking into ultralight backpacking. I would worry about it lasting an entire thru hike though.
I feel for the total amount of weight this pack can handle comfortably a smaller size would be really awesome. It's really cavernous. Even when first pairing my gear down to lighter weights I had much room left inside.
I would love to see a 30-35 liter G5. I think for the truly minimalist style of this pack that would be incredibly awesome.
Overall a good pack, but maybe a bit big for what it is. For a 1lb budget pack I give it 4 stars overall. (Posted on 11/5/15)
From GoLite Jam to G4Review by mastee
I have only done two trips with the pack and so far I really like it, I stay around 25 lbs for 2-3 day trips and the pack has some room to spare (3 season). The mesh pocket is great for wet stuff, and I got two shoulder and two hip belt pockets for quick access and organization. I recommend it. (Posted on 5/11/15)
Wow!Review by Unbreakable
Fast shipping! Fast delivery! and a awesome pack! Really looking forward to thru hiking the PCT with this pack. (Posted on 3/27/15)
Surprisingly comfortable, great backpack.Review by Brett P
I've stuffed up my G4 and taken it on a few day hikes and overnights in perpetration for my next long trip. It is really comfortable. I use gossamer gears sleeping pad as a frame and it sits well on my hips. With the hip belt, sleeping pad and sternum strap, a lot of weight is taken off my shoulders. Normally I would wish for a couple extra features, but this backpack is just as simple as can be, and works perfectly. I am happy with the weight of this pack. With the gossamer gear sleeping pad it really brings my pack weight down. Definitely a pack worth looking into if the minimalistic design works for you! (Posted on 3/26/15)
Love my G4Review by Tim Hafner
The G4 is the best piece of gear I own -- period! (Posted on 2/13/15)
A new old friendReview by Granite
I just received my new G4 in black and its perfect. Its going to replace my DIY pack I made 20 years ago. Thanks for the simple, useful design.
I've only used it for hauling items home from the library an grocery store, but have plans later this winter for a ski trip to the BWCA and a spring thru hike of the superior hiking trail. (Posted on 12/22/14)
New Black G4 vs older G4's?Review by Darryl
I just received my all black G4. I have 2 others (dk green) that I bought within the last 4 years that I just love. I also own 2 of the older & lighter Mariposas. Black looks really cool but I noticed that this newer pack does not have the Velcro shoulder straps that allows the user to add more padding like my other G4s. Not so sure I want to take this newer pack on a trip now as I am a older guy and do like the option of adding additional padding. (Bubble wrap). I also don't see the "made in USA" tag as on my other G4 packs so maybe the manufacturer has changed. Still a very good pack and the value is great but maybe no longer a tremendous value without having the ability to add padding and maybe not made in the USA?. (Posted on 11/28/14)
Best backpack for a small kidReview by Kai
My 71 lb 12 year old son is determined to through hike the John Muir Trail this summer and while he has lots of experience backpacking since he was 5 this involves a long carry between supply. His old pack just can't cut it. Since I am a happy user of the Mariposa I started looking for a small high capacity pack for him at Gossamer. At first it looked hopeless to fit his 13 inch torso (barely) and 23 inch waist but with some thought we tried the G4. What a great choice. Using the sit pad and lightly inflate his ground pad the small waist strap closes just fine. Took it out for a pretty rugged 20 mile overnight outing and the pack worked great. The hike involved trail, cross country and a couple of miles through a major burn out with lots of burned down trees to scramble over our under. Nothing ripped and pack was really stable. He loves the pack. If you have kids who are hard to fit and need capacity this it the pack for them. (Posted on 4/13/14)
Awesome pack that I am proud to ownReview by Mayday
Love love love this pack. It is light but still roomy and durable. My son also enjoys it. We have the medium and we are 5' 7" with 34" waists and the size we purchased is right on the money. I will buy another soon, (Posted on 3/25/14)
The "standard"; can't go wrong with this one but there's a few downsidesReview by Gideon
Firs off, I'm an ultralight hiker; the GG Murmur is my main 3 season pack but I needed a winter pack that was still an ultralight pack. The G4 fits this bill and it's a simple, straightforward workhorse. You can't go wrong with this pack, however...
There are a few minor issues I have with this pack.
First of all there's no place inside the pack to secure a small stowage sack; no little loop or place to clip to. Secondly, the shoulder strap's are a bit too short. When stuffed with quilts for hammock camping I was at the full length of the shoulder straps. It's a bit different how they go to the outside bottom edge. So when the pack is full it makes it too tight/short. Weird how there's a buckle and clip on the ends of the two shoulder straps; seem odd and almost as a means of keeping the straps from pulling through the buckle. I'm a short guy using the medium size and have to figure out how to mod the shoulder straps so they're long enough when I'm wearing my winter gear.
Finally, I hate the separate waist belt pockets. The move too much and fall towards the buckle; go with out them or figure out a way of securing them to the waist belt so they don't move.
So, all in all a decent pack but I think there are much better ones out there!
SIDE NOTE FROM GG STAFF : A velcro tab is located on the hip belt pockets that attaches into the the velcro on the belt - if attached the pocket will not slide (Posted on 2/9/14)
awesome packReview by RobD
I've owned my G4 for well over 10 years and it's never let me down. It's been to the top of Kilimanjaro and 3 weeks trekking in Africa, trekking through Alaska, as well as many many backpacking trips. I've over loaded it too many times and not one ripped thread. (Posted on 12/14/13)
G4 pack FTW!Review by Frank Patriot
The G4 was my first ultralight pack. I switched from a 65L Sierra Designs pack to the G4, which saved me around 3lbs just on the weight of the pack itself. I was amazed that I could fit all the gear into the G4 that I could fit into the big huge SD pack. I really like the big mesh pockets that wrap around it. There is no top lid, so I really have to take care in closing the roll top correctly. You definitely want to grab a pair of GG pack liners to use, to keep your gear dry. There are small loops on the back for looping the shock cord that is included, which is so handy to have in case you want to stuff a piece of clothing in there and let it dry out as you hike. I wasn't sure how I'd like the frameless construction, but if your gear weight is reasonable, it's just fine. I cut a section of my Thermarest RidgeRest foam pad off to use as a camp seat and also, it fits inside a dedicated mesh sleeve to give the pack some shape. If you remove your sleeping bag from the stuff sack and just cram it down into your pack, it will give it some shape, too (again, use a pack liner). Also, I kinda missed all the little hip belt pockets that were on my SD pack, but fortunately, Gossamer Gear sells some hip and shoulder strap pockets that you can use to pimp out your pack. I grabbed one to keep my Sawyer min filter, headlamp and a snack into. I love my G4, and recommend it to everyone I know who doesn't have one. (Posted on 12/11/13)
Thru-hiked the AT with itReview by Overhill
Great value and quality. Stuffed it, fell on it, dragged it through the White mountains. It's not designed to last forever. Will buy another just like it for the PCT. (Posted on 10/21/13)
The BestReview by Sierra Pete
Bought this on sale some time ago. I was looking for the lightest pack that I could use for a week long trip in the Sierras. The G4 worked perfectly. I was a bit concerned about how comfortable it would be and how well it would transfer the load to my legs (vs. my shoulders), but it was as comfortable as any backpack I've used. I was also concerned about durability, but after my trip I realized that I'd much rather have a light pack than one that lasts for 20 years, and I had no problems with rips in the light fabric or even the exterior mesh. It's a great pack. (Posted on 10/3/13)
A great packReview by OldScoutmaster
I originally purchased a G4 in 2002 to give to my son for Christmas in preparation for our trip the following summer to Philmont Boy Scout Ranch. I liked it so well I purchased one for myself. It's been on three 10-day hikes through Philmont along with many other trips. It's light weight, well made, but you can't abuse it by sliding it along sharp rocks, sitting it against a thorn bush, etc. I've carried up to 45 lbs in it with no problem. I'd get another one. (Posted on 8/30/13)
Best Pack Ever!!!!!Review by DEW
This has been my go to pack for ever! It has gone threw countless bushwacks to bag summits & hauled up walls and takes a lickin and keeps on tickin!
Excellent pack for a great price!
My wife even rocks one (Posted on 8/21/13)
This pack is the best bang for buck among ultralightsReview by Joe F
I did a ton of research before I bought this pack. I was looking for the cheapest option that was also ultralight. This pack delivered on both of those scores admirably. I was worried that it wouldn't be durable, but so far it has held up well. It's not the most durable pack in the world, but you can't expect an ultralight pack to be super-industrial-heavy-duty. But, I've been very happy with its durability. No rips or cuts at all so far, even on the net pouch which I thought surely would rip when I stuffed Mountain Home freeze dried pouches down in there with their sharp corners. (Posted on 7/2/13)
Very functional pack,and comfortableReview by Cragdwella
I have used this pack on several dayhikes and a few overnight trips in the mountains of New Hampshire and Massachusetts. It is without a doubt the most comfortable pack I have ever used ! My load outs are usually 14-18 lbs. The simple ,no nonsense design is just wonderfull.I also ordered a size medium hip belt pocket that is awesome. (Posted on 12/3/12)
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