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Excellently Light, Well Made, and Comfortable Review by Bobby_D
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I purchased this pack for a short backpacking trip in Boulder, CO and was glad I did. Previously I used traditional backpacks, but, when I decided to try out something lighter, I was recommended GG.

I am 6' 2'', but with a long, skinny torso, so fit can be an issue. Happy to report the small Gorilla with a small hipbelt fits like a dream, no awkward straps or looseness. When filled with around 23 lbs of gear it still felt comfortable.

The simplicity of the pockets, being primarily one large inner and one large mesh area, makes it much less of a hassle. I can decide how I want to pack it without being limited by excessive organizational pockets.

The build quality appears top notch, with no (as of yet) tears, scratches, or worn seems. Couldn't ask for better quality.

For the price, I doubt you could find a more awesomely light, well designed pack. Highly recommended. (Posted on 3/29/14)
Excellent Review by Horny Toad/Ryan PCT 2013
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Hiked the PCT in 2013. Would use the gorilla again any time. Worked perfectly for PCT. My girlfriend who hiked with me had a ULA but wished she had a GG gorilla in the end. Use the torso pad for backpack padding and sleeping mattress. The best light weight combo I have seen so far...unless you go with a smaller bag like the Kumo (no hip belt, no stay, etc.). NOTE : The Kumo comes with a webbing belt - GG also carries a webbing belt with pockets for the Kumo that can be purchased as an add on. (Posted on 1/1/14)
I can tell a LOT of thought went into this. Exactly what I wanted in a pack. Review by nwbackpacker
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For 10+ years, I've been backpacking with my wife regularly in the pacific northwest mostly on 2-3 day trips, 14-30 miles. After camping with some friends obsessed with UL backpacking, I started to rethink a few items, backpack was one of them. Previously I had an Osprey Atmos which was pretty good but just too much in many regards. After REI graciously took my return, I was greenlit to try the Gorilla 2012. I'm 5'10", 140 lbs with a 30" waist so I ordered the Gorilla 2012 Large pack and Small hipbelt which fits me perfectly. After 5 trips, I feel like I can give a review.

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The specs I wanted (in order of importance) in a new pack were:
1. comfortable with ~21lbs
2. lightweight
3. durable
4. lid/top pocket
5. side pockets
6. quick stash for the ever changing need for swapping layers.
7. pockets on the hipbelt
8. hydration sleeve

While the above may look like the spec sheet, the last item is missing. Oh well, it's pretty close and a diy solution using a clip and a dry sack works. Plus, they provided holes for the drinking tube so it's not like this was ignored, I'm sure it's just part of a 'less is more' philosophy.

To begin, I love the way this thing carries; it's almost like part of your body. I feel nimble with it on which can be extremely important at times. I can definitely attest that at 23 lbs and under, it rides like a dream. At 17 lbs, I feel downright guilty. Makes for much better descents.

Storage is fantastic. Hipbelt pockets hold aquamira bottles, energy bars/chews, some jerky...they're really a nice size and the zipper action is smooth. The back mesh pocket is also a treat. It's transitional storage for items that get swapped a lot. My hat, gaitors, button up shirt and long sleeved smartwool shirt frequently go on/off depending on temperature, wind, exposure to sun, rate of gain and this pocket is great for storing these items. Note that I wouldn't use it for anything with substantial weight or sharp items. It's also good for wet socks or my tyvec tent footprint after it's been used. The top lid exists which is a victory in and of itself. I don't get why you wouldn't want one especially the way this one allows for a good degree of floating with various sized loads in conjunction with the way the straps work. This is where I keep a lot of small items:headlamp, contact supplies, key, wallet contents, pack towel, more snacks. With it all being zipped up, I can trust I won't lose anything. The side pockets are also quite good and I use for an empty Nalgene, trekking poles & small fuel bottle. Again, the bulk here is appreciated as when the seasons change, I think more layers will need to be stored here. As far as the main compartment, it's pretty straightforward but I like how it's more wide than deep thus keeping the load close to your body. The closures are quick to operate and work fantastic.

I could go on but in summary I also really like:
- modular design philosophy
- wide shoulder straps
- hipbelt straps allow you to pull thru items in back of the pocket, like a wet bandana
- dyneema really strong/light
- strategically durable at key parts, lighter in less key areas (no need for giant buckles/straps in most places)
- details on shoulder straps: nylon for hydration tube, whistle, lash points etc
- lashing on side of pack
- sit pad, SWEET! (never had one of these)

Happy trails! (Posted on 8/31/13)
Versatility at its finest! Review by CenAZwalker
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This is a great pack, durable, versatile and the fit is right on. Here is a more in depth review.

http://cenazwalker.wordpress.com/2013/07/23/2012-gossamer-gear-gorilla/

(Posted on 8/21/13)
Fantastic Review by Idaho Jerry
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Steve in CT and I have similar taste. I purchased the Mariposa to replace a Osprey Exos which I really love. I received it last week and spent the first overnighter in Oregon's Wallowa Mountains. I have been sketical of lightweight packs due to years of proproganda from other vendors. I carried 24 pounds up 3200 feet with no adverse effects. I could easily carry more (or less).

The pack is very comfortable, easy to put on and rides well. The hip belt casued no pains. I have already learned the proper areas for my gear.

As a Texas citizen living abroad, I am proud to purchase from a home grown company. Thank you for your product. (Posted on 8/2/13)
A great pack from a great company. Review by Steve from CT
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I purchased this pack to replace an Osprey Exos I really love. In my quest to reduce weight and still have comfort, the Gorilla is the perfect fit in both categories. First off, the pack is made in the USA and the quality definitely shows. It has all of the features I need without going overboard. Until purchasing this pack, I never realized I don't need many large exterior pockets.

Pockets: The mesh pocket on the outside is ample for my necessary, easily accessible items: 1st aid, tp, rain gear, food. It works well to dry gear too. The pocket on the top is great for other daily items I may need without going too large. The side pockets are easily accessible while walking and removing/replacing 1 liter Gatorade bottles. Hip belt pockets have plenty of room for a camera/cell phone, a granola bar, hand-san and water tabs.

Should straps: Comfortable and the sternum strap has an integrated whistle. The shoulder straps tended to loosen up often, that's my only complaint.

Pack: Reinforced seams, durable material, sized to accommodate gear but also small enough to help hikers remove unnecessary items. Folding top-lid shed water nicely and they did a nice job integrating a zipped pocket instead of a removable top lid. Many ways to reconfigure the compression straps to accommodate outside gear. I configured them to store my Z-Lite as close to my pack as possible. They also keep tents and gear in place to dry them as I walk. I'd like to see a set of load lifters, but not a necessity or deal-breaker when considering this pack.

Versatility: I have used it from overnights to week + trips. I long expeditions on the AT, I pack as a thru-hiker and it has accommodated my gear. Has a removable internal frame for light hikes. Sit pad accessible and I use it often. No longer need to unclip/unstrap my Z-Lite when stopping for lunch if I want.

Overall it is a very nice pack and they have great customer service. For the price, there aren't too many companies that can give you a sub-2 pound pack with these features in this price range. I have purchased other gear from them before and I will continue to be a loyal customer. I believe if you try out their gear, you will be a loyal customer too. (Posted on 5/8/13)
Top Shelf Review by Pmaxspa
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Just got back from my first hike (about 25 miles) with the new Gorilla. Gotta say there were no disappointments. Super durable and totally functional across the board. Great features from the mesh pocket on the front to the side pockets, as well as the ability to strap down gear as needed with the side cords. Very comfortable hip strap. The hip strap's zippered gear pockets are a great feautre--they hold more than you might think. My friends kept ribbing me about how small the Gorilla looked but at 21 pounds (all in) and superior comfort on my back I could care less. Great pack. So glad I purchased! (Posted on 5/3/13)
Excellent All Around Pack! Review by MtnManMike
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I just received my Gorilla last week, and wasted no time getting it on the trail. For some background, I have been lightening my load in incremental steps over the last six months, and was waiting for the Gorilla to become available. My last pack was a Gregory Z55, which has proven to be a comfortable workhorse, and a pretty hard act to follow from that perspective. It's only drawback is the 4.5 lb empty weight...Ughhhh! After loading my hammock, underquilt, and gear into the Gorilla, I held both packs, one in each hand. The Gorilla weighed about the same loaded, as the Gregory empty! Very nice! Now for the trail. My first hike was a twelve miler with a 3000 ft climb in the first six miles. The Gorilla performed flawlessly. The hip belt was surprisingly comfy. The belt pockets hold faaar more than the little ones on the Gregory too. The one area of weakness (I have a home modification for that) is the lack of load straps behind the shoulders. I took some lightweight strap material, and ran it from the upper eyelet on the shoulder strap, through the waterhose entry points atop the pack, around the frame, and back out onto an adjusting buckle. This gives about 1" of adjustment, pulling the pack closer to your shoulders. I also added some shock cord outside the pack, forming a Z across the mesh pocket for easy access to gloves, arm warmers, or anything else I need to access during my treks. I like the attachment points on the pack, and will politely ask for even more. It could use a couple on the bottom for lashing pads, and pulling in the bag when smaller loads are carried. Speaking of smaller loads, the removable hip belt can be used as a day hike/ peak bag by adding on a large hip belt pocket across the back. I ran into a fellow on the trail who lamented that he purchased an UL pack that fell apart in short order, and that I should be wary of "Going Light" with UL gear. The Gorilla feels like a far heavier pack from a toughness standpoint. Other packs I have looked at seemed too flimsy for me. The Gorilla is not flimsy. The materials used, and the quality of workmanship are both excellent! I expect many years of service from this beast! So there you have it. Ultralight, customizable, convertible, and tough! My new go-to bag! Glad to have this monkey on my back! (Posted on 3/29/13)

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