Mariposa 60 Lightweight Backpack

The Mariposa, our bestseller, is a tough, large volume backpack that features a removable internal frame, load lifters, and 7 built in pockets all for under 2 pounds!

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Description

Description

The Mariposa 60 liter backpack is ideal for lightweight backpacking trips where capacity is a top priority. Featuring 7 built in pockets (two are easy access side pockets) and enough space in the main pocket to fit all your gear and a bear canister when needed. The Mariposa is constructed largely of our custom 100 and 200 denier Robic nylon fabric for a sweet spot blend of toughness and weight.


Mariposa Backpack Features



  • New belt with added stiffener and stay integration for superior load transfer and comfort 

  • New unisex ergonomic belt shape

  • New larger more functional integrated hipbelt pockets 

  • Unisex ergonomic harness for both men and women 

  • The Mariposa is best with loads under 30lbs but will handle up to 35 just fine 

  • Made of our custom 100 and 200 denier Robic nylon 

  • It comes with a SitLight pad and a removable stay.  

  • The belt is sold separately to allow customers to choose the size they need 

  • OTT (Over-the-Top) closure system provides an easy secure closure 

  • Rear mesh pocket great for drying gear and other gear storage 

  • Custom air mesh fabric on shoulder straps and hipbelt for less friction and more comfort 

  • New trekking pole hardware for storing them outside the pack 

  • Right side bottle pockets accessible without taking off pack 

  • Internal hydration sleeve and drinking tube keeper loops on both shoulder straps 

  • Harness includes multiple attachment points for accessorizing 

  • Lashing loop doubles as ice axe holder 

  • Updated hipbelt includes new removable internal stay system


Frequently Asked Questions


Will a Bear Canister fit inside a Mariposa? Yes, all models of bear canisters will fit vertically in this pack! Smaller designs like the Bare Boxer and the Bear Vault 450 will fit horizontally in the main compartment.


How do I attach trekking poles or an ice axe to the backpack? We suggest using our Pole Storage Bungee and then running that through one of the many attachment loops provided on the packs exterior. This will insure secure storage.


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Additional Info

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Specs

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Size (Varies greatly depending on body type and how you wear your pack)

  • Small 13.5” (11.5" - 15.5" torso) (29 - 41 cm.) Generally fits people 5' 6" and under

  • Medium 17.5” (16" - 19" torso) (41 - 50 cm.) Generally fits people 5'5" to 5'11"

  • Large 21.5” (19.5" - 23.5" torso) (49 - 60+ cm.) Generally fits people 5'10" and up


Hip Belt Size (Sold Separately)

  • Small hip belt (24" - 34" waist) (61 - 81 cm.)

  • Medium hip belt (30" - 40" waist) (76 - 101 cm.)

  • Large hip belt (38" - 50" waist) (91.4 - 127 cm.)


Average Weight Fully Configured (pack, belt, frame, lid and pad)

  • Small : 30.7 oz / 870 g

  • Medium : 32.7 oz / 927 g

  • Large: 34.8 oz / 986 g


Average Weight Components (all weights listed are for size Medium)

  • Pack body:  19.7 oz / 560 g

  • Pack frame: 3.0 oz /  84 g

  • Sitlight pad: 2.1 oz / 60 g

  • Pack belt:   7.7 oz / 218 g

 

Average Weight Hipbelt

  • Small: 7.1 oz / 200 g
  • Medium: 7.7 oz / 218 g
  • Large: 8.4 oz / 236 g

 

Capacity (Size Medium)

  • 3487 c.i. (60 l.) total
  • 2,200 c.i. (36 l.) in main pack body to extension collar seam
  • 35 lb maximum carry capacity

 

Dimensions (Size Medium)  

  • Height 23” to the extension collar only
  • Width 11”
  • Depth 7.5"
  • Extension collar adds another 9” of height


Materials

  • 100 denier Robic High Tensil strength nylon
  • Select use of 200 denier Robic High tensil strength nylon.
  • Select use of 70 denier double-rip ripstop nylon
  • Select use of Darlington Mesh
  • Select use of Supreme Air Mesh
  • Select use of Foam

 

Reviews

Best pack ever!Review by Mike
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First of all I would like to say I do not write reviews for anything. That being said I just can't help to share my enthusiasm for this lightweight super functional pack. This is definitely by far the most comfortable pack I have ever had and even at 33 pounds the pack felt great! The configuration of the outside pack pockets are absolutely perfect. The tent pocket is just big enough for me to stuff my big Agnes 2-man tent into for those wondering about the size of the tent pocket. (Posted on 8/12/16)
A great pack for a tall guyReview by Ray in Oregon
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I've been looking all over for a pack for a tall person. I've been through many a pack but not finding the right fit. I've talked to many customer service reps and they always try to sell me on a pack beyond what their specifications list. I contact Gossamer Gear and they pointed me to the Mariposa and didn't try to recommend the others.

I was skeptical about the sit pad being used for back cushion but after two overnight hikes of 18 and 26 miles using the Mariposa I'm very pleased. My base weight is around 17 lbs. however I carried 11 lbs. of water since water was scarce in the area hiked.

I'd like to see a Gorilla pack in an XL for tall people. I really don't need the extra space.

I love the stretch large pocket on the outside. Cushioning is great.

I have no problem recommending this pack.
(Posted on 7/27/16)
Great backpack - greater giftReview by Echostephen
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Just received this backpack as a gift from my son who is an avid hiker and backpacker. He and I went to Philmont Scout Ranch in 2007 and I'm going again this year with my two youngest boys. As I need every possible advantage to keep up with the boys, this pack will help me keep up! (Posted on 7/18/16)
Excellent packReview by Jackfish
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For years I've been trying to get lighter for more comfort. I have fusions in my neck and arthritis in my lower back. I'm still relatively young, with 2 younger kids. I've been using a ULA Catalyst for years now but couldn't hike very long due to discomfort. I recently purchased this pack, (GG Mariposa 60), and it has changed everything about my hiking. My dry weight is around 18 lbs. This bag is so comfortable! I can hike for hours with it. The minute I put it on I could tell it was the perfect bag. I never thought I'd be able to hike longer distances because of my issues, but now I can. Thank you Gossamergear! You gave me more time in the woods with my kids. Can't put a price on that! Buy this bag, you won't be disappointed. (By the way, the bag I purchased was a second, for the 20% discount. I cannot figure out what is wrong with it. It seems perfect to me.) (Posted on 7/12/16)
Carries better than any other 2 lb packReview by victor
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The frame makes a big difference - it carries 20-35 lbs better than any other 2 pound pack. Backpacks need tailoring to carry well, and this one has been tweaked. At first I didn't like the top closure, but it works fine. The hip belt is comfortable, but not necessary for most people.
Only two nitpicks: the plastic loops for trekking poles aren't secure - if you put your pack down or slide down a rock, the poles will pop out eventually; the shoulder straps need a longer webbing strip. (Posted on 5/24/16)
Comfortable tough and lightReview by Anthony
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After much consideration of all my options I decided to try the Mariposa 60. For a sub 2lb ultralight framed backpack I have yet to try/see another pack that would accommodate all of my needs as well as this pack. I really enjoy the big tent pocket on the left side and find the weight of my tent balances almost perfectly with my water bottle weight on the other pocket/ side of pack. I have only used a few times since purchase but the material seems to be a lot tougher than I had anticipated, when I originally saw the Mariposa. The detachable hipbelt is nice for traveling and when I use it just as a daypack with low weight. I was initially worried about the shoulder straps being too close together, as i have a very broad shoulder/chest shape and a thick neck, but once the pack is loaded the fit is just right. Overall I'm very happy with the pack and am glad I went with the Mariposa 60. (Posted on 4/13/16)
Substandard zipperReview by gracja
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The zipper on the top is not waterproof/water resistant.
Rain gets water inside. (Posted on 4/12/16)
Perfect Fit!Review by Mia
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I started off with a Deuter, frame was too big for me. It fit. It was nice. But it just seemed too bulky for me. I researched and researched and finally came to a conclusion and bought this pack! I just received it, and it has brought the size of my weight down to the exact size of my torso! It fits me beautiful! I'm 5'6" and 130lbs. I got the medium size pack and medium hip belt. PERFECT! I'm doing 3 weeks on the Appalachian Trail soon and super excited to test him out!! 24.7lbs of total pack weight! With lots of room to spare!!! (Posted on 4/6/16)
Great for Pack OrganizationReview by Sparkle Motion
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I decided to give this pack a spin for my 2014 PCT thru hike given its size and weight for a framed pack. I ended up LOVING the organization and have adjusted my backpacking style to this pack. The external pocket system is great. I can keep my shelter on the long side sleeve and get it set up in the rain without dismantling my pack. The small high up pocket fits my stove for mid-day hot meals during quick breaks, and the water bottle pocket is perfect for two smartwater bottles and easy to reach without taking the pack off. (Posted on 3/28/16)
This pack is awesome!Review by Jon
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Over the last decade, like most folks who are looking at this type of product, I have slowly been trying to make my gear smaller and lighter. I had been very happy (and still am) with my Osprey "Kestrel". I tried a Six Moon Design "Fusion 65" with the hopes of meeting my goal. Unfortunately, while it was light enough and seemed to hold all of my gear with room to spare, there just were not enough outside pockets. Enter the Mariposa! With the lightweight materials (under 2 lbs!), this pack came in with 7 outside pockets at a really good price.
What I did not know was how strong the pockets are and the obvious forethought that had gone into them: The pockets all have grommets which form drain holes in them and the two largest pockets are made of a stretchy material which allowed me to stuff my rain soaked tent, footprint, poles and fly in and get back on the trail. Instead of having wet gear inside my pack, this simple innovation allowed me to keep the rest of my gear dry and avoid the water and mud on my shelter, until after the rain had subsided. Additionally, the side pocket (again with the stretchy material) is angled perfectly to allow access to a water bottle, instead of having to ask for assistance. It’s super easy to pull it out of the pock and slide it right back in without missing a step.
The pockets on the belt are easily accessible and large enough for most anything you will want to easily grab. Finally, it should be noted that we had constant rain for the first two 3-day treks on which I took this pack. With about 18 lbs of gear, food and water, it easily weathered the storms and the gear inside my pack remained dry, even without a pack cover. I am planning a 12 -day trek this summer in the mountains of New Mexico and expect to be carrying 25-30lbs with ease. Gossamer Gear has done an amazing job of designing this pack and has gained a very loyal customer. (Posted on 3/23/16)
Awesome!Review by Preston
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I've had the Mariposa for half a year now and I love it! It's been with me to the Tetons, the Grand Canyon, and multiple weekend hikes in the woods and it's been beautiful. Fits well and has ample amount of storage. Will be taking it on the PCT in April and I'm confident it meet all my needs and more. (Posted on 3/3/16)
Awesome Pack - no brainerReview by Dan
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For me this pack is ideal.

4 key points:
1. It is extremely light.
2. It has a good frame for your back.
3. It has a similar price to many other backpacks but you get several advantages with this one (lighter and has internal frame).
4. It is durable.

When you are hiking you will wish you spent the money and got a light pack that offers good support and looks after your body.
(Posted on 2/23/16)
Elite durability and versatilityReview by Myogenesis
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The Mariposa is my first lightweight backpack and has helped me crushed 50 mile trails last season in 1 night/2 days, which I didn't expect from myself. It is extremely durable; the Robic nylon is an insane material and even if you puncture a small hole (dead fall, bushwhacking, snags, etc.) you can be confident that it won't rip further, and it is easy to repair. All parts of the backpack see use and are well thought out, it's easy to fall in love with the giant mesh front pocket while the other pockets mean you hardly need to take your pack off and can keep moving. This results in not only weight savings, but also time savings which are extremely valuable on the trail when pushing large distances. Finally, the backpack is very versatile. As I push my base weight lower and lower, the Mariposa can keep up through its removable hip belt and aluminum stay, all while still maintaining structural support with the integrated Gossamer Gear pad (I use the Nightlight tri-fold pad personally). (Posted on 2/22/16)
almost greatReview by PattiWP
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Loved the configuration of this pack - so well thought-out and convenient - best pack on the market in that regard. But I wish the pack sat on a frame that had a sturdier suspension. First, in my opinion the pack has too much volume for what it can support for long term use. I used it for 2 weeks on the AT with 28 lbs total pack weight (which didn't even fill the pack) and the suspension did not support the weight. The pack wasn't even full and it kept sagging down my back, but adding compression straps interfered with the pocket capacity. I think the waist belt wasn't sturdy enough to hold the weight up and would allow it to slide down no matter how tightly I cinched it. Also, when it sagged more weight sat on my shoulders instead of my hips, ultimately causing pain in my spine. I did not like how the shoulder straps kept sliding loose and the sternum strap kept coming unattached from the shoulder strap. I was constantly fussing and readjusting the straps, tightening the belt or reattaching the sternum strap, to the point of annoyance. I never forgot that the pack was on my back. Also, the pack had to be very, very carefully packed in order to balance the load, otherwise it would list and pull straps loose. That would even happen as I emptied my water bottles or ate lunch.

That being said, I guess I discovered that my body isn't really built for ultralight backpacking...but I would pay big money to add a little weight and see this pack attached to a frame with a little more support and sturdier suspension. I really loved how it was arranged with the pockets and keep wondering how I can take this pack and sew it onto my Gregory Deva frame for the best of both worlds! I wish GG would add a pack like that to their line-up - I'd buy it in a heartbeat! (Posted on 2/22/16)
Best pack ever owned Review by Socal hiker
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I'm slowly making the switch to backpacking on the lighter side. This pack was what I found after doing a lot of research. This thing is amazing. My base weight currently is 12.5 pounds and the packs fit is perfect. Just received it so I haven't hiked with it or used it at a heavier weight but I can't imagine exceeding 30 pounds for most of my trips and I bet it's still super comfortable.
This thing seems to be able to expand really well and fit a lot of gear.
Basically, I would reccomended this to anyone who backpacks. Super comfortable and light weight.
(Posted on 2/18/16)
Incredibly Comfortable--No More, No LessReview by Fall
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After several years and many uncomfortable miles with a 65L Osprey pack, I scoured reviews and fellow thru hiker opinions for a great lightweight, functional pack, finally deciding on the Mariposa--and I'm so, so glad I did! The pack is light weight (nearly 2 lbs less than my previous pack) but it does so without cutting the functional features you need on the trail. Loaded up the Mariposa feels sturdy, secure and incredibly comfortable, making it much easier to move and maneuver in than the Osprey (which often felt like it had a mind of its own!). Side pockets are perfect for a tent and cook system, a water bottle stash within easy reach and plenty of room in the main compartment for a Bear Vault and remaining gear. Everything is right where you need it, without excessive compartments and flashy features that don't make sense in the field. It's the perfect pack for the minimalist at heart. (Posted on 2/13/16)
Mariposa on the PCTReview by Granny Gear
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I used this pack on a thru hike of the PCT this summer. The Mariposa was used every day for 111 days. This is a very good pack. My pack weight varied from a low of about 25 lbs. to a high of about 37 lbs. (on stretches where resupply was seven days or more). My pack is still in great shape and I plan on using it again next summer to continue north on the PCT. Did about 1200 miles this year and the pack shows almost no sign of wear. The stitching where the belt attaches to the pack has stayed in tact. I have given particular attention to this area of the pack because I met another trekker on the PCT at Red's Meadow who told me he was having problems with his. Mine shows no sign of distress. The Mariposa has served me very well. It is a great place to start when trying to buy light to ultralight equipment. Carry less, enjoy more. (Posted on 12/22/15)
Fit for small, high waisted femaleReview by ColoradoJoy
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This pack did not fit my female form - ordered a medium for my size 18 torso but the shape of the stay put the pack and belt much higher than my hips to fit in the small of my back. The whole pack was then much too high and the hip belt did not wrap around my iliac crest but rode up into my waist. I have the same issues with most other packs. Returning was easy, though. Just out the shipping. I also thought the hip pockets were too small and the pack body didn't seem all that big. The compression straps seemed frail, more like ribbons and the hipbelt wasn't easy to adjust like others with a simple tug on the loose ends. I also thought the folding closure and top pocket placement a bit strange. Definitely appreciated the side pockets and being able to actually reach a secure water bottle! (Posted on 12/16/15)
Lightweight and ComfortableReview by MJCT
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I used the Mariposa on a weekend backpack trip when I switched packs with a friend who raved about it. I was carrying the Granite Gear VC60 which is a great lightweight pack. However, as a 5'6" female with a short torso, it didn't fit well.

Enter the Mariposa with it's comfortable hip belt and better sized pack - it was a small and I immediately could feel the weight shift to a more even distribution which I attributed to the padding. I loved the thick padding on the hip belt and the pockets are very useful.

All in all it really has all the ingredients for a first-rate ultra lightweight pack and weighs so much less than comparable packs! (Posted on 11/30/15)
Bought Two MoreReview by Canyon Hiker
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I had an older Mariposa that I liked. My daughter wanted to go lightweight so I bought her the new one and then borrowed it for a solo Grand Canyon hike. After that I bought two more - one for other daughter and one for me. The pack is super comfortable and fits well and you can get a lot in it. It is sturdier than the old blue Mariposa, only a few ounces heavier and roomier. The long pocket is great. I put an extra water bottle, critter bag and an umbrella in it and could easily grab the umbrella with the pack on. I used the interior water reservoir pocket with a platypus and this was fine, but there is only one opening for the hose. Next trip I may try putting the platypus under the sit pad. I had a little problem with the chest strap - it came detached and I had to put it back on. The sit pad is easy to pull out for breaks. I put my tyvek tarp in the big back pocket which made it super easy to get out for an afternoon nap when waiting for the heat to pass. I do wish the pack came in different colors so we could tell our packs apart easier - but not black which we definitely don't want in the desert. (Posted on 11/23/15)
Great for petite thru-hikersReview by TMI
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I hiked the entire Appalachian Trail over the course of six months with this pack and it held up beautifully. I'm 5'1 and 120lbs so I went with the small. The torso length was perfect and this pack ended up being the best fit of any pack I tried (including all the non-UL packs at REI).

The side pockets are great. The large pocket fits my whole tent and the lower small pocket perfectly fits two 2L SmartWater bottles, which can be easily reached while the pack is on.

The static compression cord that comes with the pack isn't the most useful, but I used it to attach stuff to the top of my pack from time to time, like a thinlight pad in cold weather. The shock (elastic) cord I purchased separately from GG worked perfectly crisscrossed over the front pocket. Since both the front pocket and shock cord were stretchy, I was able to fit plenty of stuff in the front pocket while also strapping my Crocs to the back of the pack using the cord. Several other Mariposa owners on the AT had commented that they liked my pack's setup and asked where I had gotten the cord.

The only problem I can recall having with the pack is that the chest strap would occasionally slide free on onside or the other. Not a big deal, though. (Posted on 11/16/15)
Great for weekend or long adventures. Review by On Your Left
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The Mariposa has been my go-to for backpacking trips. The pack expands and and contracts really well, which makes it great to take on an overnight and great to take on a bigger trip.
My longest trip to date is 11 days. I used it to hike the JMT this summer. I was worried about the bear canister, but it fit perfectly in the vertical position.

After several trips, I've learned that how I pack the Mariposa is the difference between it hugging my body like a glove, and being uncomfortable. At 25lbs the Mariposa balances well between the weight applied to the shoulder straps and hip belt. When I go above 25lbs (28-35), I am adjusting the pack a lot to stay comfortable. I should mention that I'm female and on the smaller side, 5' 5" and 115lbs and use the Size Small Mariposa.

Basically, I love almost everything about this pack design. The two things I would change is the top zip pocket and the water bladder compartment.

Top Zip - I wish it was a roll top. There is a zip pocket on the top of the pack which is not very useful if what you have in the pocket weighs over a few ounces. Every time I unclipped the straps to get into the main compartment, I had to take out anything "heavy" from the top pocket so the pack doesn't slouch as I am pulling things out. That got old really quickly, so now I only use that top pocket to hold topo maps.

Water bladder compartment - is useless. It is not long enough to hold a water bladder so what happens is the top of the water bladder and hose flop over. The circumference of the pack is also on the small size. With the water bladder on the inside the space becomes quite small. I was unable to fit the bear canister in the pack with the bladder. I now opt for the water bottle (which is lighter anyway) and have not found a use for that inside pocket yet.

With that said, all of the other pockets on the pack are thoughtful and practical. Overall, the pack is really well made. It is also the only pack that has fit my body frame perfectly, so if you are a woman reading this, I highly recommend the Mariposa.

(Posted on 11/8/15)
Outstanding all around packReview by Chris
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Love this pack. Had a much heavier Osprey from when I started backpacking - switched over to this after switching to an ultralight gear setup. After doing lots of comparisons between other offerings the choice seemed simple based on price, weight, and volume. The pack carries a smaller volume reasonably well and is large enough for me to carry lots of warm clothes or gear for my wife.

The exterior pockets are incredibly useful - I use the large one for my tarp, the smallest one for my trowel and water filter, and the biggest one for train gear, bug spray, sun screen, arm warmers, etc. The water bottle pocket is super easy to reach while wearing the pack too - this let me ditch my relatively heavy bladder and still drink while I walk.

Hipbelt is comfy, pockets are big enough for a reasonably sized phone or some bars/gels/jerky.

Overall phenomenal pack - I recommend it to everyone every chance I get. (Posted on 11/7/15)
Very SatisfiedReview by l0ngterm
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I've had my Mariposa since February. I immediately took it on a 3 day AT trip in North Georgia during one of the worst snow storms of the season. That meant extra warm layers, my woobie for additional sleep comfort and extra food. The Mariposa handled the bulk and weight (probably less than 25lbs) perfectly. It was very comfortable after carrying it all day.

I especially like the net stuff pocket and the long side pocket. On another trip this Spring and Summer, I carried my Martin Backpacker guitar in the long side pocket. It fit perfectly, stayed out of the way and came thru unscathed.

I'd wholeheartedly recommend the Mariposa to anyone. (Posted on 11/6/15)
So Glad I Have this Pack!Review by Korrin
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This was my first lightweight backpack, and I was nervous at first about comfort and size. However, as soon as I put the pack on, my fears vanished! It was surprisingly comfortable, and held everything I needed in a nice, compact way. Some of my friends with the same pack chose to remove the foam backing since it made them too hot, but I enjoyed the extra warmth it gave me on cold mornings, and it also doubled as a nice sitting pad. I've taken this pack on two trips now—one in Montana and one in West Virginia—and both trips ended up with prolonged, unexpected bushwhacking. I can't imagine having to have done all of that with my older, heavier pack. This made maneuvering through brush easy and its light weight helped me keep more of the energy I needed to push through and have the adventure of a lifetime! Highly recommend this pack to anyone looking to get outdoors more. One thing to be mindful of are the chest straps. They're removable, and I found mine loosening up from time to time as if it was going to fall off—not something I'd want to lose, so just something to keep an eye on while you're out there! (Posted on 11/5/15)
The Mariposa PackReview by Darren
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I love this pack and it will be going with me on my 2017 AT thru hike. I have logged roughly 500 miles on it so far and it looks brand new. There are only a couple things I would do differently with this pack. The first to add a suspension system to keep the pack off your back and for greater cooling. The second would be to offer a cuben version for ultralighters, so this pack could weigh the least possible. So except for those two this is the best pack that I have tried so far. If it had both of those suggestions, I would have bought it sooner. (Posted on 11/5/15)
Light and surprisingly durableReview by Jzu
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I bought this pack early in 2014. I have hiked approximately 3000 miles over 170 days, including the Continental Divide Trail. It still has many more miles and days in it. The Mariposa looks somewhat flimsy, but it is very durable. I tend not to treat my backpack that well; but is still fully intact without any tears or ripped seams. I was not using the supplied frame and it can be a bit tricky to organize your belongings such that the pack does not slump. I use the tent to stabilize the pack. With that it is very comfortable. Be sure to select the right size of hipbelt. In my case I chose medium which was fine at the beginning of the hike, but was too large towards the end of the CDT. However by that time my shoulders were used to the strain.
After rain the Mariposa dries quickly. I used the liners from Gossamer Gear and they protected the content well. They rip quite easily though. I was able to patch them with Duct tape during the CDT and the liner held for the entire hike.
If and when I need another pack I probably will get another Mariposa. However, I fully expect that this one will last another 2000 - 3000 miles. (Posted on 11/5/15)
Love it - got one for my wife tooReview by Eric
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I thought there'd be compromises going to a lightweight pack but this is just as usable as my Gregory Baltoro. Except it's light enough that I don't bother to take it off for quick stops. Initially, I was worried about the description that says it's best under 30 lbs, but I've loaded it up with nearly 40 pounds and the pack managed it fine. I can see references in other reviews of people going well over that. It's definitely a fantastic pack that just happens to be super light!

It's loaded with clever and convenient details. The tent quiver is a fantastic feature, as are all of the stash areas. The back mesh for drying damp clothes is brilliant. I'm a huge fan of it and on the second day of our test hike with it, then bought a second one so my wife and I each have one.

Nuances: The hipbelt sizing is a little weird. Where the hip belt sits I have a 36" waist and my wife 28". Sizing chart says that's medium for me and small for her (which we got). The small has about a half inch of padding past the points of her hips so I wouldn't suggest it for someone with a 30"+ waist. That said, the medium fits her great (it wouldn't work for someone much smaller though). Medium is perfect for me.

Service and delivery were fantastic! (Posted on 11/5/15)
My Go-To PackReview by Cowpie
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I'm old and have hiked for around 45 years. I started doing trail angel work on the PCT and would try on all the packs that came into camp. I truly enjoyed the fit of the Mariposa the greatest. I ordered my own. My base weight is approximately 12 lbs and I rarely exceed 4 nights without resupply, so I typically have a pack weight of around 20 lbs. I know I could switch to the Gorilla, but you never know when you need to slip in a bear bag.
Anyhow..... I find the fit perfect and the option of hipbelt sizes a bonus. I'm a skinny runt with a size 29 waist. The small belt works fine. I like a pack that rides low on my hips to prevent my upper hip bones from rubbing raw. I definitely would recommend this pack to all thru-hikers and weekend overnighters.
I will say that you must cut the sharp corners off any freeze dried bags if you plan to carry them in the large outer mesh pocket. My first day with the pack I tore a small hole in the mesh from the sharp rigid corners of a Mountain House meal.
It would also be nice to have a small internal pocket to store ones ID, car keys, money, etc. I'm always nervous of accidentally pulling gear out and losing such important items. I ended up stitching an internal pocket myself and love it. It's only 6"x 6" with a zipper. (Posted on 11/5/15)
A pleasure Review by eponymous
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My daughter and I hiked from Steven's pass to Stehekin this summer. Our Mariposa packs gave us no problems and were a pleasure to wear. I would appreciate, however, a page of suggestions on how to strap trekking poles to the pack and how to best use the misc. extra ties and loops. (Posted on 11/5/15)
Overall great pack!Review by Deborah
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I bough my first Mariposa in 2009 and have enjoyed all the upgrades when I purchased my second one in 2013.
Love the belt pockets and OTT/shock cord system, big improvement over original.
The Sitlight pad is still too flimsy and compresses to where there is no cushion. I cut a ridge rest pad and find it assists with keeping shape of the pack, ventilation of back, and I would love to have the bottoms (or all) of all the exterior pockets reinforced (or sturdier material) as I've had to patch small tears/wears frequently.
I have recommended it to many. Very comfortable, great pack! (Posted on 11/5/15)
Great for the DesertReview by Sirena
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I have used both the previous model and the current Mariposa and it is an ideal pack for desert hiking. Backpacking in Arizona, no matter how low I get my baseweight, I always have to carry a lot of water and this pack carries it comfortably.

I used the previous model of Mariposa on my 2014 Arizona Trail thru-hike and it performed well in the rocky and spiny terrain. I really like the shoulder straps on the newer model, it improves an already great pack. (Posted on 10/27/15)
Super ComfortableReview by thedancingwind
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This backpack feels light as a feather, and is super comfortable to wear. My previous backpack was 9oz heavier, and it's amazing how big of a difference shedding those 9oz can make! This pack is also very thoughtfully designed, with plenty of exterior pockets to stash things in. So far I have been able to use this pack to carry up to a week's worth of gear and food without overloading. And I have worn it on some crazy-long days in pretty intense heat and stayed comfortable in it the whole time. Some lightweight packs don't have enough padding in the collarbone area to keep me from getting sore there after just one day of backpacking, but I'm happy to report that this pack keeps me from getting any sore spots at all. I wear it without the foam pad because I find it more comfortable that way, and removing the foam pad allows for more air circulation on my back. I will definitely be using this as my go-to backpack for years to come! (Posted on 10/13/15)
My First Lightweight Backpack!Review by Alyx
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I just returned from a 3-day ladies-only backpacking trip with the Mariposa 60, and though I'm just starting to dive into the ultralight world, I'm a convert for life! At 6 feet tall and 145 lbs., the medium pack and waist belt fit perfectly. I cut about 10 pounds compared to my last trip with another pack. With food and water, it weighed about 26 pounds. The outer pockets offer convenient access for snacks and small gear. The hip pockets are spacious enough to fit sunscreen, lipbalm and other essentials. My tent fit nicely in the larger side pocket. The foam pad on the backside of the pack can be removed and used as a pillow or sitting cushion. Some of the ladies in my group removed the foam before the trip, but I appreciated the extra comfort. Overall, I'm very happy with this pack! (Posted on 9/17/15)
Perfect pack for this woman!Review by Bluebird
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I just took my Mariposa 60 out for its first 3-day trip on the Foothills Trail. I can't say enough good things about this pack. I have owned the original Mariposa for years and it never disappointed but this new pack is amazing!

Before going into details I have to admit that I used a different hipbelt. I fell in love with the Elemental Horizons Hip Belt with a four point adjustment system that was too comfy to pass up so I married it to the Mariposa and it was the perfect pair. The owner of EH custom made the belt for me to match the Velcro of the Mariposa (and removed the support straps...didn't need them).

I am a 5'6 woman with a 18" torso 30.5" hip. My pack is a M and the hipbelt that I ordered the pack with was a S. It was too small (cushion didn't wrap all the way around my hip bones) so I sent it back. Hence the EH belt instead. The M GG hip belt would have been fine I am sure.

First off, my total weight with food and a full 3L platypus was 21 lbs. The pack rode comfortably without any wobble, rubbing or shift.

Here is how I packed it:
Main compartment: sleeping bag, tent, clothes bag, cup, sleeping pad (rolled and fit in cup), and food. 3L Platy in sleeve with hose coming out of port. It was hard but not impossible to get my hose through the port because I use a bite valve cover. BTW...the thumb loop is a great spot to hold your valve...I had it run down the shoulder strap and then "Ued" it up to fit inside the loop. Very convenient. I had plenty of room in the main for the times I need winter wear.

Long Side Pocket: Tyvek ground sheet, tent poles and stakes. I used the extra cord and cincher that comes with the pack to cinch it down.

Main Pocket: raincoat, visor and small pack towel (used it for wet fly on the last day due to dew.)

Small Bottom Side Pocket: ditty bag with first aid, personal and extra stuff

Small Top Side Pocket: trash compactor bag for rain.

Top Lid: book, phone, cards and cash

Hip belt pocket (with EH hip belt): energy bar, lip balm, map

The pack held up awesomely. Although I don't sling my pack around, I didn't have any problems with fabric rips. The Sit Light Pad was easy to get in and out, served me well at lunch and dinner, and was super comfortable on my back. My hiking buddy was impressed and kept commenting on how compact the whole pack looked and was thinking about the Mariposa for her next pack as well.

You will not go wrong with this pack! Gossamer Gear did it right and I would put this up against any other lightweight backpack on the market. (Posted on 9/17/15)
A+ performance in the high countryReview by Steve
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Just back from my first extended trip. Half the trip was above treeline, off-trail scrambling including plenty of loose rock fields.
Pack fit like a glove and was very comfortable - I was carrying some extra gear for my son and a lot of food - trail weight was generally 33-36lbs. A lot more than I would like to carry, but this pack made it feel like less, and the solid fit when traversing rock slides was a difference-maker.
Without question, best pack I have ever owned.
If only carrying 20-25lbs, I might leave home the AL stay and save a few more ounces, but I was glad to have it given the load I was carrying.
I got the large with a medium belt; I am 6' & 170# with a 32-33" waist, 41" chest. Slightly longer than average torso for my height...hope that helps someone sizing their Mariposa.
The only thing I would have changed would be having the hip belt pockets (which are really quite small) be slightly larger...an extra 25% would be perfect.
Cheers. (Posted on 9/5/15)
Great pack!Review by Porrick
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Dragged my Mariposa Plus through many multi-day workup hikes in MD, VA, and WV and then out to Philmont Scout Reservation in New Mexico with my son's troop for 90+ mile trek. The pack easily swallowed my minimal base gear, 4 liters of water, and 6-8 meals of ridiculously heavy Philmont-issued food with room to spare. I really like the external pockets -- especially the long one for my tent. The pack held up beautifully and kept my post-rotator cuff surgery shoulder happy for 13 days in the backcountry. Very, very happy with this pack and am looking at a Gorilla 40 for shorter (and lighter) trips. Thanks GG!! (Posted on 8/21/15)
The pack that can handle miles of talus!Review by Princess of Darkness
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I recently hiked the Sierra High Route along with a few other friends and I was the only one carrying the Mariposa (everyone else had the Gorilla or the Kumo). The Mariposa seemed to carry the bear can better as well as my bulkier load (I carry more clothes than others). The pack also did QUITE well on the granite talus, most other folks ended the trip with a lot of pack abrasion and a few holes in some cases.

Although the Mariposa is bigger, it was definitely a winner for such rugged terrain and oh so comfortable!!! (Posted on 7/26/15)
Great Pack for Gear Intensive TripsReview by Anish
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I use a Mariposa for my glacier climbs and extended technical trips. It easily accommodates large quantities of/high volume gear. My most recent trip with it was summiting Mount Rainier where it worked perfectly. (Posted on 7/22/15)
Great First Lightweight Pack!Review by John
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I was a little nervous about ditching my bigger (heavier) name-brand pack for this one, mostly because of the recommended weight limit. I've never been able to pack that light! But I forced myself to get used to it.
I took the Mariposa out on a few overnighters to get a feel for it and experiment with loading...it all worked well! It held everything I needed and organization was easy.
Then I took it out for three weeks on the John Muir Trail...WOW! The heaviest the pack ever was, with seven days of food and one liter of water, was 30 pounds. Even at this weight the suspension system kept me comfortable on the rocks and over passes. And it only got better as the pack got lighter.
I passed many PCTers with Mariposa packs (of all generations) and they all had great things to say about it too.
It's a little dirtier now but it held up great. Thanks. (Posted on 7/10/15)
Perfect multi-use light packReview by kzh
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We have used this pack on several long-distance canoe trips, a rim-to-rim grand canyon hike, and a backpack train trip in Europe. Four users that range from 100 lbs 5'2" to 180 lbs 5'11".

It is extremely light and comfortable. It has put up with the abuse of airlines and in-and-out portages with no damage. The four different-sized mesh outer pockets are fabulous, allowing you to load what you need where you want it (and we love the easy-access SitPad in the frame). There is just enough space in the hip belt pockets for small camera, sunscreen, and a granola bar.

We were able to quickly adjust the size for the different users. We got a medium, along with both small and medium belts. There was no "useless" slack in the straps, which helps both with pack weight and with airline travel (no tangles).

The only thing we didn't like was the way the pocket on the lid works -- if there's anything in it, you can't easily access the main body.

At 9" x 12", the hydration pocket is ideally sized for the Camelbak 100oz mil spec antidote short hydration pack. (Posted on 7/6/15)
Might be the best pack on the marketReview by Kyle M. from Austin
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Purchased the new Mariposa for a trip to the Olympic Peninsula at the recommendation of a friend. 8 days in the backcountry and literally could not be happier with this pack. Quality, construction and finish is excellent. Outside storage is the best I've seen. In the front mesh pocket, I had water shoes, rain jacket, teeshirt, jet boil, full 3L platypus and still had room to spare. Stored a large exped blowup pad and a fleece in the tall side pocket. Lower side pocket is perfect for large water bottle, and easy to access while pack is being worn. Inside I was able to fit a 2 person tent and large Bearvault side by side. Shoulder strap material is amazingly comfortable and breathed very well. Excellent hip belt. No hot spots on hip bones like other packs I've had.

Started trip at around 43 lbs and the pack carried it very well. First Gossamer pack, but definitely not the last. I am a fan for life.

Keep up the great work!

Kyle M.
Austin, TX (Posted on 6/15/15)
An absolute JOY!Review by Hiken' in AZ
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Update: Since my first overnighter with the pack, I have taken it for 5 days on the AZT. Started on day one just shy of 33 pounds. Pack became a little lighter as I finished, but because I consistently carried 3 liters of H2O, it was only the food consumed that lightened the load. Even on day five, I was feeling great with this pack! No sore shoulders, no comfort issues at all. I even remarked to my hiking buddy that I just couldn't believe how great this pack felt on day 5! Pack shows no sign of wear. Love the large pockets as they made it very easy to stash hat / jacket as needed, or pull them back out when it cooled down. Ran into some rain. Only put on poncho when it really came down, but for the times that the pack was unprotected, no water seeped in. Could not be happier! (Posted on 4/26/15)
My first taste of GossamergearReview by munro277
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Over the many years I've been backpacking I've owned 6 backpacks. I can honestly say this is the best backpack of them all. I've been using this pack since February and was surprised at how comfortable it is to carry.

I have been a big fan of hipbelt pockets for a while and was pleasantly surprised by these ones as they are a really good size. I like how both pockets can be opened while on the move.

Another good feature of this backpack is the construction. It is very easy to pack. I have had a difficult time getting my sleeping bag pushed to the bottom of other packs such as an Osprey pack I had owned because its design. The Mariposa has ample room in the main compartment for all your dry gear and food. I also can fit my dog's food and other gear.

My favorite feature of this pack is the number and variety of external pockets. There is one deep pocket on the side that will fit nearly all good packable shelters. The other side has two pockets. One I use to carry my pegs, water, and filter. I use the other to carry microspikes, snacks for the day, plus extra gloves. Backpacking in the UK, it is important to have easy access to these items as you are often hiking in poor weather.

On the rear of the pack is a huge mesh pocket which seems to be able to swallow so much gear. It really is amazing how much it will hold. It's a great place to dry off your shelter while on the move as well.

The only changes I'd like to see is a hook or hoop inside to fasten my car keys to and a bit more material in the top side of the lid pocket so that it's easier to get dirt and other debris out of the lid pocket. Both of these are minor details. All in all a comfortable and well designed backpack. (Posted on 4/25/15)
LOVE the pack!Review by Hiken' in AZ
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This is my 3rd ultra light pack. I've tried REI Flash and Golite Jam = both were uncomfortable. Took the Mariposa out on first backpack with 25.6 lbs and can not believe how well it handled the load. This pack was as comfortable as my Gregory Deva, which I absolutely love (except for the weight). I had my BA Ethel, BA Seedhouse SL1, Thermarest pad, stove / fuel, water filter, down jacket and pants, wind jacket, poncho/tarp, 2 days of food, 2 Lt H2O, toiletries, change of socks, SPOT, phone/camera, map bag and still had room for more if needed. Everything fit inside the pack. The weight did not sag on my behind or pull on my shoulders as I have experienced with the other ultra light bags that I've tried. I did switch to the ULA hip belt simply because I like the larger pockets. Could not be happier with the pack. (Posted on 2/24/15)
Mostly happyReview by Walk the World for Love
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I have used this pack now for about 5000kms (purchased early 2013). Overall I'm really happy with this pack, I wasn't sure it would hold up with my weight (sometimes a little over the recommended) and the treatment it gets, but it has so far. A couple of problems though...the shoulder padding where I pick my pack up has split right through, creating a gap in the strap. This is not an issue with performance or comfort, just one of quality and durability of the foam that was used. Also, one of the eyelets that enclose the cord for the lid straps popped and rendered the lid with only one functioning closure. Another negative...the zippers on the belt pockets of both sides have torn away from the stitching so I cannot open the zip fully and there is a hole in the pockets . This may have been caused by excess weight in the pockets but it happened very early on and I would've expected better quality. Gossamer Gear now have a new generation of this pack and these issues may have been addressed with their latest model???
A design feature I would've preferred is for the zip in the lid to either close toward the head or be at the back of the pack rather than at the side. As it is I cannot access this pocket on the move and I'd really like to be able to do that. NOTE FROM GOSSAMER GEAR : The shoulder strap is not to be used to pick up the pack when fully loaded - Use the attached haul loop. The pack being reviewed is a 4th generation pack, and several of the above mentioned issues have been resolved with the making of the 5th gen. Mariposa - Thank you for your comments (Posted on 2/23/15)
Great Transition to UL PackReview by BeeKeeper
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This is my second Mariposa (4th and now 5th generation). Previously I had an adjustable off-the shelf big-box manufacturer pack, as well as a competitor UL pack. However, after receiving my GG Mariposa, I sold the competitor pack, and never looked back. The small fits my 16.5" torso just about perfect. The 5th generation shoulder harness is very comfy for my small frame. Hip belt and pockets are also a great fit. I have a severe sway back and having an adjustable stay has made a huge difference for me in pack fit and carry.

I love the large side pocket for storing my tent and ground sheet. The mesh outer pocket is great for carrying camp shoes or other items needed for same day. I don't use a stuff sack for my down sleeping bag and there is plenty of room for leaving it unfurled. Although it is rated to carry 30-35lbs, I most often carry around 18-22lbs.

This pack washes well. I just remove the stay and waist belt and throw it in my washing machine then hang to dry. It looks new after a good year of use, my gen 4 also looks new after 2 years of use. (Posted on 2/11/15)
AwesomeReview by Pipes
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First thing I notice when opening the box.... WOW this bag is much more durable and built much better than I expected it to be considering it's weight. Normally there's a trade off in quality/durability when you want something this light. Not the case here.

Second, Although I am 6' tall my back measures just small enough to fit a med. That doesn't bother me because I like the little bit lighter weight and to wear my pack fairly high on my back. Although the pack is VERY comfy the shoulder straps are extended as long as possible in order for me to wear it. I am thick in the chest, ribs, and shoulders so that doesn't help but maybe a little more room to adjust the shoulder straps would be nice... after all they do include a clip so you can clip the excess strap material together so a little more length wouldn't really get in the way... plus trimming excess strap material is easy if it is in the way but adding is impossible. If I were any bigger this bag wouldn't work for me because the straps are just that short.

All in all I love this bag. It's insanely comfy when you use a sleeping pad as your back rest but also keep in mind if you sweat your sleeping pad will get wet and you must dry it before you sleep on it. The pockets are huge and the mesh is MUCH stronger than one would expect. Besides the short shoulder straps (for my big frame) I have nothing to complain about. Easily the best bag I've worn.

I'm 6' 215lbs I bought this bag with my own money and was not asked to do a review. This was done simply to help others make informed decisions. I have one trip on this bag so far but will be doing many more. I will continue to update my review if anything changes. NOTE FROM GOSSAMER GEAR : It is Very possible this customer would be better suited in a Large Mariposa at 6' tall. (Posted on 1/20/15)
Great UpgradesReview by Jen A
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I started out with the original Mariposa and recently upgraded to this latest version. It keeps all the wonderful features that attracted me to the Mariposa in the first place (long side pocket and general comfort), but adds some great new improvements. First and foremost is the extra padding on the shoulder straps, which adds to the overall comfort of the pack. The straps also are narrower. All in all, the Mariposa is a great pack for people looking for a versatile and sturdy option. I love it! (Posted on 11/4/14)
Awesome Backpack!!!Review by HB Hiker (Youtube)
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I have been very pleased with this model backpack. I started out with the original Mariposa Plus back in 2010, and upgraded in 2012 to that years version. The color and features have changed since then but from what I see its for the best. I've been on week long adventures with this pack and really pushed its limits. It has been with me on the top of Whitney, bushwhacking my way through the Sisquoc river and it even held my snowshoes while hiking in the winter. The pack has defiantly proved it self worthy. My load, depending on the trip, is about 25 to 30 pounds but I'm pretty sure I've maxed it out a couple of times. Still going strong! The new features since I bought my last Mariposa are very cool. The ice pick and trekking pole holders are a useful addition. I would recommend anybody that wants a comfortable light weight backpack to look no further! Gossamer Gear is quality, enough said! Thank you for providing me with a great backpack that holds up to my abuse. (Posted on 10/20/14)
Love My First MariposaReview by Thistle
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I received this pack recently for my birthday. (Of course I did the hard work of researching it and picking it out!) I absolutely love it! It is only the 2nd pack I've owned, but I don't think I'll need any other pack for quite a while. I love the large main compartment. I managed to get my 20 degree top quilt, my 0 degree bottom quilt,clothes and food for a couple of days, hygiene items, and quite a few misc. items and had room for quite a bit more if needed. My hammock fit nicely in the large side pocket, along with my stakes. The 2 pockets on the other side-The bottom pocket: My 1 liter Smartwater bottle and my Platypus gravity works filter system. (Waterbottle easily reachable without removing the pack! The top pocket held: my cook kit and fuel bottle. The very roomy back pocket held all the rest! From my tarp to my repair kit, first aid kit, pack cover, rain coat, seat pad (homemade), flip flops, rain pants and various other items! The pockets on the belt are roomy and held snacks, a camera, insect repellant, my buck knife, lip balm, and a small tin of altoids! I am a" wanna be light" backpacker, not an ultra light one. I have been working on lightening my load, and getting this pack saved me about 3 pounds. I am aware of some other gear upgrades that I am willing to make that will ultimately save me about 5 more pounds. My perfect pack will weigh between 19-23 pounds with food and water included. right now I'm at about 26. Thanks to the Mariposa, I am well on the way to my goal! Even at 26lbs, I get a pretty comfy carry! Can't wait to see what it's like at a lower weight. (Posted on 10/4/14)

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