Gossamer Gear Mariposa - 46/67 litre ultra lightweight rucksack
"By the way - most brilliant pack design Ive ever seen. I now have 3 friends with these packs!"
- Doug Johnson, Section Editor | BackpackingLight
"As I mentioned before, this pack was the single best pack I have ever used on a long hike to date in terms of simplicity, weight, functionality, and most importantly . . . Comfort! What a great pack! I couldn't have picked a better pack to hike the 2,500-mile CDT with."
- Lawton Grinter | Long Distance Hiker
The ultra lightwieght Mariposa builds on the popular features of the stalwart G4 backpack, effectively incorporating the "dual use" technique of ultra lightweight backpacking. Your sleeping pad (NightLight, Z-Lite/Z-Rest, Thermarest® 3/4 length, or other 20"-wide pad) becomes part of the pack frame by inserting into the back of the pack. This way it can be extracted during rest stops to sit/lay on without unpacking your pack.
To make things even more lightweight, the shoulder straps and waist belt are designed to accept unused articles of clothing as padding. Foam inserts are included if you are disinclined to use sleeping socks, gloves etc as your padding. The left side mesh pocket is deep enough to swallow a 3-litre bottle.
The Mariposa adds a host of new features in a new trim silhouette, including hollow, aluminum-tipped, carbon fibre pack stays for real load transfer (removable for lighter loads), unique asymmetric side pocket design (right hand pocket is accessible while wearing the pack), dual function removable adjustable sternum strap/emergency whistle, and hydration bladder pocket with ports on each side. Cushy wicking fabric on the shoulder straps and waist belt prevent slipping, and the 3-dimensional weave aids in quicker drying. Multiple pockets help you organize your load.
Tons of strategically placed lashing loops enable you to easily adapt the pockets to carry longer items by lashing them to the sides. The unique "Y" top lash strap allows for a more stable 3-point connection to secure items such as rolled sleeping pads, with still only one buckle to operate. The sturdy shock cord compression lacing allows you to reduce the pack volume so it still carries the load tightly for shorter trips.
Many of the features are removable, so you don't need to carry the weight if you don't require that feature for a particular trip. You can configure the basic pack, with sternum strap and carbon fibre stays, for under one pound. You'll love the attention to detail such as the angle on the bottom right pocket to make it more accessible, the use of "V" lash loops to spread the loads over a wider area and for ease of use, and the lining of the shoulder strap and waist belt with silnylon against the wicking fabric, for easier insertion of socks, etc, and to help prevent those socks from getting soggy from sweat.
Carbon fiber stays (removable) for load transfer
Uses sleeping pad as additional frame click here
Shoulder straps and waist belts designed to accept unused clothing as padding
Includes removable foam inserts for shoulder straps and waist belts
Large capacity mesh side pocket (left side)
Side mesh pocket accessible without taking off pack (right side)
Small map/permit/sundries pocket (right side)
Rear mesh pocket for drying gear "Y-strap" closure to protect gear in inclement weather, attach bulky items to top
Removable, adjustable sternum strap with integrated whistle buckle
Hydration bladder pocket with dual drinking tube ports
Shock cord compression lacing (removable)
3-D wicking fabric on shoulder straps and waist belt
Haul loop for picking up pack
Multiple lashing loops
Ice axe loop
Weight: 14.6oz/415g - 17.2 oz/490g. depending on features installed
Foam shoulder strap pads add 0.2 oz/5.5g. each
Foam waist belt pads add 0.15 oz/4.25g. each
Removable sternum strap adds 0.6 oz/17g.
Compression lacing adds 0.5 oz/14g.
Carbon fiber stays add 0.4 oz/11.3g. each
2,900 c.i / 46 litres. (medium) 4,200 c.i / 67 litres. including 800 c.i /13 litres. extension collar, 500 c.i / 8 litre. pockets
40 denier 1.3 oz. silicone-impregnated ripstop nylon ("silnylon")
Selected use of 210 denier 4 oz. urethane-coated nylon double wall ripstop
1 Small Torso Length Available