Mariposa Ultralight Backpack
- Product Review (submitted on August 24, 2013):
- Just completed the John Muir Trail with my wife and 2 kids (7&9). I needed a pack that could haul extra gear if needed and the mariposa rose to the top of the list. I knew I'd have to shoulder some of my kids things if the going got rough and also heavy food loads for the second half (southbound) out of Muir Trail Ranch. I carried 16 person days of food along with shelter for 4, stove, water treatment, camera, fishing gear, personal clothing, my kids rain gear etc. I left MTR with 37 pounds in my pack. I should note that I used the new Air Beam back pad. When the load got heavy, I was glad I did. While I was carrying more than I wanted, my legs soon got used to it. The comfort of the pack was never in question though. I missed having accessible pockets on both sides but soon enjoyed the massive amount of space the long side pocket afforded: fuel bottles at the bottom, food bag for the day next, and windshirt/bandana/sunglasses/hat at the top. The lid proved useful for small bagged items: first aid, trail wallet etc. I used front pockets on the shoulder straps for extra close at hand items: camera, snacks, mixed drinks, and 1 hip pockets for things that rarely came out: insect repellent, head net, headlamps and the other for hard candy and snacks. A bear can fits nicely vertically and the mariposa leaves plenty of room for stuffing smaller items around it to get a nice even load. Great pack for larger loads and even heavier loads for a short period of time. Well done AwesomerGear!