Gorilla Ultralight Backpack
- Product Review (submitted on May 8, 2013):
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.