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RikSak

Our Uberlight daypack / stowsack has a multitude of uses. Take one with you to basecamp, in your car or in your pocket.

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Description

Description

Originally designed by Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassador Rik Christensen, the RikSak is another dual use Ultralight product. Use it to store your extra clothes or other packables en-route to your base camp of choice then use it as a Minimalist day pack to explore the area or bag a nearby peak. It's also great to keep a RikSak in the back seat - just in case the urge to go takes you.

Additional Info

Additional Info

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Specs

Weight

  • 2.9 oz. ( 81 g.)

Size

  • 13 x 20 in. (33 x 51 cm.)
  •  900 c.i. (15 l.)

Materials

  • 30 denier 1.3 oz. per sq. yd. (44 g. per sq. m.)

       silicone-coated ripstop nylon ("silnylon")

Color

Royal Blue or Black

Reviews

A couple of flawsReview by Charles M
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I had seam failure where the shoulder straps attach to the pack. It did not seem like I was loading it particularly heavy and noticed there was only one line of stitching there as opposed to the top of the straps which are very securely stitched. Also the cut nylon edges inside the pack were not heat sealed resulting in unraveling with a lot of loose fibers coming out.
Except for the above it seems very light and useful. I reinforced the shoulder straps and melted the nylon edges so I will see how it goes.

EDIT : Did you contact Gossamer Gears customer service team and talk with them about the seam failure ? (Posted on 4/3/14)
Indispensable addition to my backpacking gearReview by Beatrice
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I have used the RikSak several times hiking the Camino de Santiago in Spain and found it very useful and comfortable. First, I checked my full size pack on the plane, so I used the RikSak as my carry-on. On the trail, I occasionally took advantage of opportunities to slack-pack, sending my big pack ahead and only carrying the RikSak for the day. Otherwise, the RikSak was useful inside my full size pack, as a stuff sack for clothes or sleeping bag. It's super light weight made it possible for me to have the luxury of a day pack, with no weight penalty. The RikSak is durable and using it as a day pack, I can comfortably carry jacket, first aid kit, extra socks, water, snacks and rain gear. I like the lightly padded wide straps of the RikSak and find them an improvement over the narrow straps on the tiny Sea to Summit pack. The RikSak's price and quality are excellent. Thanks, Gossamer Gear, for another great product! (Posted on 1/21/14)
Exactly what I needed, nicer than expectedReview by Parrotmom
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I love this - it's very well made and light. I like the waist strap and the wide, foam-lined shoulder straps make it much more comfortable than I had ever expected. It weighs a half-pound less than what I have been using as a day-pack. The hanging loop is handy. All in all, I'm delighted with this item. (Posted on 9/21/13)
Lightweight, compact, great for day hikes while BackpackingReview by Jeff
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This is a great day pack for backpacking trips for those times you get to camp and want to get out and explore. Big enough for a jacket of some type, water, and lunch and more depending on what your need. At 2.9 oz, the lightest daypack I have found.
You do have to be careful around sharp rocks, but a little tape fixes that. Have also used to hang my food in places that have the need. the Riksak and a little rope perform miracles.
This is a staple in my pack for 3 days to full week plus trips. (Posted on 9/17/13)
Great little bagReview by Chuck Nut
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Received this bag and am impressed. Very versatile little bag: have been using as a smallish bag around town, and intend to take it with me on some wider travels. Expect it to do duty as a hanging food bag as well as some-time daypack and ultralight airplane carryon bag.

The lost star for quality does not really relate to quality - which is outstanding - but I did want to knock off one star (out of 15) for the bizarrely wide shoulder straps. Build quality is fantastic, as are many elements of the design ... but the shoulder straps are much wider than for any other pack (of any size) I own, and for an ultra-light vanishing pack, I cannot imagine why.

Still highly recommend, and would pick over S2S design which has no shoulder pad padding at all. (Posted on 2/23/13)
Love it!Review by idk7
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I purchased the riksak for a trip to Peru,
and now that I'm here and using it,
I absolutely love it. It's the rainy season,
so I keep my GoLite umbrella (love that, too!)
and a few other items in the riksak and I
hardly know I'm carrying anything! I'm 60
years old, and less is better. Thanks for a
great product that makes life easier! (Posted on 12/1/12)
Excellent 3 Season Ultralight PackReview by LT Sinor
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I bought this pack to a fall overnight hike into the north Georgia mountains. I am new to ultra light camping, but managed to cram 7.5 pounds of equipment (including pack weight) into the RikSak. Pack was comfortable - no need for chest strap. Might be a little small for winter camping, but for 3-season, the RikSak is ideal if you like to go light. (Posted on 10/31/12)
Test reviewReview by Testing
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Test comment (Posted on 10/4/12)
Bulky straps detract from solid packReview by BejiingHiker
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Except for the straps this pack is well-designed and thought out. The problem is that the straps are incredibly bulky which makes this pack not convinent to take with you unless you have a lot of extra space. Specifically, a pack like the sea to summit ultralight day pack ends up taking up only abuot 1/3 - 1/2 of the space of this bag due to the bulky foam shoulder pads in this pack. This pack is more comfortable for long hikes than the sea to summit, but since you likely won't be carrying much weight in this pack anyways, I think the straps are overkill. The cinch closer is much nicer though than on the sea to summit, but this pack is also missing a simple hang loop which would be a nice addition with essentially no weight penalty. (Posted on 8/19/12)
Very handy, could use some improvementReview by Kathy
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I've had this handy bag for over a year now and it's perfect as a stuff sack and day pack from a base camp. It's very lightweight but sturdy and comfortable. My beef is with the color--black. It absorbs too much sunlight, causing contents to heat up too quickly (especially chocolate bars). Lighter color options would be nice, especially for the desert Southhwest. Maybe tan or light green.
I'd also like to see a small internal pocket for keys, and perhaps a tiny strap near the top to hang a water bladder. But overall this bag is perfect for short day hikes from a base camp. The shoulder straps are especially comfy. (Posted on 7/28/12)
Perfect piece of GearReview by Grizzle
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I use it as a stuff sack for my quilt, and as a summit/ day pack when on a side trip. Minimal weight and it holds everything I need for a short trip (food, extra layers, small medical kit, water). Very comfortable, and I love the strap slack that turns into a sternum strap. With mindful care it should last quite a while. Made in America! (Posted on 5/26/12)
Great purchaseReview by Nathaniel
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Though I've been profusely shedding weight from my backpack recently, one thing I cannot give up is a packable day pack (I know, I can hear you hyper extra ultralight fellows laughing already). I use it in camp, around camp, or of course, on day hikes. I find it indispensable, but at about 10 ounces, my REI flash 18 was just too heavy. I absolutely love the pack, and still use it around town, biking, traveling, and day hikes, but for backpacking, the riksak was an extremely cheap and easy way to shed half a pound from my pack. The riksak is very well constructed, extremely comfortable, water resistant, and suprisingly spacious! The extra thin foam in the shoulder straps is a nice touch as well as the combined chest strap and should tightening straps, a testament to gossamer gear's attention to detail and intuitive design. Also, this pack is suprisingly sturdy for its weight and materials, albeit I haven't thrown it around.

An excellent, multifunction pack that I will enjoy for years.

Thanks!
(Posted on 5/3/12)
Excellent for super ultralight backpacking and travelReview by ManiacJWJ
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Because of recent back surgery, I carry most of my gear in a lumbar pack. All my bulky light items (<3 lbs) including my sleeping bag, GG Sleeping pad, my silk liners and my tent go in the RikSak.

I also used the RikSak to carry my iPad and other light items when I was traveling in Europe for 3 weeks on business.

It handled both with ease and comfort. See www.hikingfreedom.com (Posted on 5/2/12)
Excellent bagReview by Gadget
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I have owned the RikSak for approximately 3 months now, and have put it through several day hikes and overnight "death marches". The simple design works very well, and the wide shoulder straps add noticeable comfort versus competitors products; when looking at the value of this high quality piece of gear versus say a cuben fiber sack of the same volume, the RikSak offers virtually the same weight for a fraction of the price, and, with a little care, will last several years. (Posted on 3/31/12)
Good stuff (sack)!Review by JerryW
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I really like this unique bag. The material and stitching are a bit delicate so you do have to look after it, but provided you do it should last OK.. recommended!
I was not sure if it would be comfortable without any adjustments whatsoever (eg sternum strap) but in practice it has been just fine. (Posted on 3/24/12)
Awesome!Review by Mud
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Took this little thing out for a hike last week, I absolutely love it! So light it's ridiculous. Loaded it up with an Arc'teryx Theta AR, trail mix, beef jerky, donuts, Fleece, 32 oz water bottle, small first aid kit, and leather gloves. Even with it stuffed, the pack still felt super comfortable, I feel it has to do a lot with the width of the shoulder straps.

My only complaint would have to be with the material, it scuffs easy. But if you take care of it, I think this would last a long time.

Thanks for making awesome gear Gossamer, I'll be returning for more in the future! (Posted on 1/31/12)
own three and i want more!Review by mrksky
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Bought three last spring and it is always my first go to pack. From over nights and airplane carry ons.... Now they have them in black! I guess I need one more! The cargo to weight ratio is the best you'll find (Posted on 1/19/12)
Perfect for what it was intendedReview by WOU42
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This pack is perfectly simple. As others mentioned, I use it as a stuff sack for my sleeping bag when I hike. I then have a daypack to take the essentials when I wander. I couldn't be happier withnthis pack! (Posted on 1/6/12)
Great pack for emergencies.Review by Bubba Nicholson
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If you've ever needed a basket on your road bike, stuff this little beauty into your tool bag under your seat. (Posted on 9/13/11)
Love the packReview by Wou42
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I've been using the Riksak for over a month and love it. I use it as a stuff sack for my sleeping bag when I hike so I always have a great little daypack with me when I venture out. I don't hike without it anymore! (Posted on 6/10/11)
Great idea - light and comfortableReview by HoosierHiker
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A functional day pack for little more weight than a stuff sack. Used it for day hiking from a base camp with water, lunch, jacket, etc. Very light and straps are comfortable. (Posted on 6/7/11)
Glad I bought it.Review by Wasatch Jack
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Contents of pack: ultralight primaloft pullover, light gore-tex shell, ball cap, beenie, headlamp, tiny roll duct tape, 1.5 liter bottle of water, 2 granola bars. No problem, comfortable fit, very very light. Seems designed and well stitched, but time will tell. Sil-nylon is what it is, so I can't complain - but imagine how much cooler it would be if it was a more durable material. Something still light, perhaps dyneema (but then you're talking a lot more than $30). My only real complaint is the lack of a small internal pocket, perhaps up near the closure. You know, something for keys or phone. But hey, I'm very happy with the pack. Great pack for the weight and the price. Beautiful in its simplicity. (Posted on 6/3/11)

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