Quickly becoming a staff favorite the Type 2 utility has a place in just about every category we can think of. Elite ultralighters will backpack out of this while the rest of us may use it as a summit pack, a day pack, or perhaps a traveler.
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- Tough Pack That Does It AllReview by Dan
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In the height of summer, I've even used this pack for a 3-day backpacking trip. It was loaded to the gills with my hammock, quilt, tarp, and other gear (maybe 15lbs with food and water), but it was still comfortable to carry all day.
This pack is the perfect size to have tons of uses. Travel, commuting, the gym, day hikes, backpacking... It's pretty versatile.
The Robic nylon fabric is very tough. I took a few tumbles onto rocks while wearing this pack. I'm also not shy about dropping the pack on the ground or squeezing through tight spaces. The pack still doesn't have a scratch on it.
The shoulder harness is very comfortable, although I don't think it would be great with heavier loads. This being a small-volume pack, that should be a non-issue. The rib strap is a nice touch, and I prefer it over the sternum strap most of the time.
The daisy chain and ice axe loops are features that I have little use for personally, but I'm sure many people may need those options. Both of these are bright purple, which gives this grey pack the perfect amount of color. I think they look really sharp.
All in all, I like this pack a lot and hope to get a lot more use out of it. (Posted on 9/26/14)
- Ultimate multifunctional packReview by Allison
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The Robic fabric on the body of the pack has a slick feel to it. It's tough and is made to shed water. The material feels really durable but surprisingly light.
My favorite part of this pack is all the compartments. It's really easy to stay organized. You can even store a laptop in this pack for commuting!
I've been using a bladder a lot in the warmer months so I am glad to have two integrated hydration hose ports. The shoulder straps have been designed to be breathable and are very comfortable. If you prefer water bottles, there are two large mesh side pockets are the perfect size for water bottles. The mesh has been redesigned to have more stretch and seems much tougher than the mesh used on older Gossamer Gear packs.
Many UL packs don't come with large hipbelt pockets, but the Type 2 does. It's nice to have snacks and my camera within reach. The hip belt is removable as well.
There is a Daisy Chain and an Ice Axe Loop. This will extend my pack us into winter when I know I won't need to store snowshoes as I can carry an ice axe and use the Daisy Chain strap my crampons to the outside of the pack. I may be able to come up with a system to strap my snowshoes on. I haven't thought that far into winter hiking yet. The material is much more puncture resistant so I may give that a try.
The Type 2 is actually more than I expected from a daypack. Like all Gossamer Gear packs, it's really well designed to be UL but still provide all the features you would need in a day pack. (Posted on 9/22/14)