Which Backpack is Right For You?

Deciding on the best Gossamer Gear ultralight backpack for your time outdoors can be a tough decision. When purchasing a new pack, think about the types of trips you will be taking. Whether it’s high mileage multi-day trips, weekend warrior style outings, or a pack for day hiking, you will need an ultralight backpack that can adequately hold your gear with the key features that match your style of hiking. Choose between packs like the award-winning high volume Mariposa, the fan favorite Gorilla, or the ultralighter’s dream: the Kumo, by learning the elements of each pack and key features that set them apart. After taking a look at the different packs and their feature sets below, you will know which pack is right for you.

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Mariposa Blueprint

MARIPOSA 60L

The Mariposa 60 Backpack is the perfect option for anyone transitioning to ultralight backpacking. It has a capacity of 60 liters and can swallow all the gear you need including a bear canister. This pack has 7 external pockets that offer a wide range of storage solutions including an external tent sleeve, large mesh pocket for wet clothing, and roomy hip belt pockets for your phone or snacks. The Mariposa is made of a durable custom Robic fabric for those who are tough on their gear. This large volume pack is also an option for winter hikers who have more gear to carry on those sub zero nights, as well as family campers when you need to carry extra stuff for the kids. The Mariposa does best with weights under 30 pounds, but can handle up to 35 pounds just fine.

  • A medium sized pack with medium hip belt weighs just 30.5 ounces (under 2 pounds!)
  • Unisex ergonomic shoulder straps and hip belts with ample padding for optimal comfort
  • Three pack sizes: Small, Medium, and Large, which accommodate torso lengths of 11.5″ to 23.5″
  • Three hip belt sizes which accommodate waist circumferences of 24” to 50”
  • Features an internal frame which connects to the hip belt for maximum weight transfer

“I was a little nervous about ditching my bigger (heavier) name-brand pack for this one. I took the Mariposa out on a few overnighters to get a feel for it and experiment with loading-it all worked well! It held everything I needed and organization was easy. Then I took it out for three weeks on the John Muir Trail…WOW! The heaviest the pack ever was, with seven days of food and one liter of water, was 30 pounds. Even at this weight the suspension system kept me comfortable on the rocks and over passes. And it only got better as the pack got lighter. I passed many PCTers with Mariposa packs (of all generations) and they all had great things to say about it too. It’s a little dirtier now but it held up great. Thanks.”  -John

 


 

 

SILVERBACK 55L

If hack-ability is your jam, this is your pack. The Silverback 55 is a customizable mid-size pack that features our new removable internal polycarbonate frame, 4 built-in pockets, removable top lid, roll top, and full side compression. The Silverback is a tough, water repelling load hauler with outstanding weight transfer. With no exposed mesh and our proprietary Robic fabric combined with an Extreema grid, this pack is perfect for bushwhacking off-trail hikes, multi-day trips, and everything in between.

  • A medium sized pack with medium hip belt weighs 43.4 ounces (pack, belt, frame, lid and pad)
  • 40 lb recommended maximum carry capacity, 35 lbs for comfort
  • Waterproof zippers & a DWR coated fabric for those wet days on trail
  • Removable lid, hip belt, frame, and buckles for loads of customization options
  • Check out the Silverback review on SectionHiker

“If you’ve been looking for a multi-day or thru-hiking backpack with the features and carry that make Gossamer Gear packs so desirable, but have held back because you prefer a pack with roll top or a top lid, the new Silverback 55 should be on your short list. While the Silverback isn’t the lightest weight ultralight-style backpack available today, it’s hard to beat the polish and ease of using a Gossamer Gear backpack.” - Philip Werner

 


 

Gorilla Blueprint

GORILLA 40L ULTRALIGHT PACK

The Gorilla 40 Ultralight Backpack has many of the same great features as the Mariposa, but has some very significant differences. The Gorilla Ultralight Backpack is a versatile mid-size pack ideal for 2-7 day adventures for someone that has already transitioned to an ultralight setup. It is configured to keep all your large gear items inside the main pocket allowing for a really comfortable carry. A size medium has a total volume of 40 liters and the webbing straps can be used to compress your pack when not carrying a full load. Winner of Outdoor Gear Lab’s Editor’s Choice award for best mid-volume light backpack, its versatility, durability and comfort make it the best weekend companion you’ll ever have.

  • Unisex ergonomic shoulder straps and hip belts with ample padding for optimal comfort
  • Three pack sizes: Small, Medium, and Large, which accommodate torso lengths of 11.5″ to 23.5″
  • Three hip belt sizes which accommodate waist circumferences of 24” to 50”
  • Features an internal frame which connects to the hip belt for maximum weight transfer
  • Quick-release side compression buckles to hold your trekking poles (link) or umbrella (link) securely.

I love this pack. It is light, comfortable, holds everything I need it to and compresses down when I’m headed into town. I’ve loaded it with climbing gear for an overnight mountaineering trip as well as a 4 day trek on the PCT. I’ve also used it as a day pack when I needed bulkier layers. The accessible hipbelt and side pockets make my “snackpacking” strategy possible (I eat while walking). The removable frame is also nice for when I am carrying varying loads. The most versatile pack I own.”  -Heather

 


KUMO 36L SUPERLIGHT PACK

The Kumo 36 Superlight Pack is the perfect pack for day hikes, weekend adventures, and thru-hikers who crush it in the minimalism department. A frameless pack that utilizes our removable fast belt (link), the Kumo can carry up to 25 lbs exceedingly well. The rear mesh pocket is slanted to provide access without taking the pack off, and features two side water bottle pockets and side compression webbing for a variety of storage options. While the Kumo is a frameless pack, it can be paired with our airflow sitlight pad (link) for a little extra support and increased ventilation when hiking in hot weather. Any hiker who wants more of an experience with less luggage will love the Kumo 36.

  • Weighs 21 oz (pack, fast belt, sit pad, and compression cords)
  • Dual stretchy shoulder strap pockets for easy access to your phone or snacks
  • Ergonomic (Men's and Women's) shoulder strap system matching the award winning Mariposa and Gorilla.
  • Dual hydration ports and internal tabs for a hydration bladder
  • Detachable fast belt with pockets and two webbing loop heights to adjust fit
  • One size: fits torso lengths of 16″-24″. Generally fits people 5'4"-6'4"

“I’d been carrying a daypack for my shorter hikes from a leading brand and besides being heavy even empty, that pack barely fit the 10 essentials in it, much less the extra gear I need for my winter hiking needs, etc. I was amazed by the Gossamer Gear Kumo 36 from the moment I took it out of the box. It felt like tissue paper weight in my hands! I stuffed it for a Winter day hike in the Cascades the next weekend (along with a GG pack liner I’d bought) and it was the BEST THING EVER! I barely felt any weight at all from my pack hiking, still had plenty of room even with all my winter gear in it, and it was soooooo comfy on my back, shoulders, etc. I can’t recommend this pack enough! Thank you for making my hiking experience SO much better, Gossamer Gear!” - Claudia

 


CAMO KUMO 36L

The same Kumo design you love in our custom 100D Robic Jacquard camo super tough fabric with two sizing options, and updated waterproof zippers.

  • The Camo Kumo is offered in both a small and medium size accommodating torso lengths from 11.5” to 24”
  • Dual stretchy shoulder strap pockets for easy access to your phone or snacks
  • Ergonomic (Men's and Women's) shoulder strap system matching the award winning Mariposa and Gorilla.
  • Dual hydration ports and internal tabs for a hydration bladder
  • Detachable fast belt with pockets and two webbing loop heights to adjust fit
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    Murmur Blueprint

    MURMUR 36L HYPERLIGHT PACK

    The Murmur Hyperlight Pack was designed by founder and “guru of lightness” Glen Van Peski for those carrying a base weight of 5 pounds or less. The Murmur weighs 13.1 ounces with the included removable fast belt and sitlight pad. It weighs a mere 8.5 ounces once you remove the sitlight pad and fast belt.

    The Murmur does not lack prominent Gossamer Gear features including side water bottle pockets, a large mesh pocket for wet clothing, and trekking pole holders. The main compartment can close two ways: roll top for a more streamlined shape or you can clip the buckle together in a ‘dry bag’ style to use the extension collar.

    This pack is intended for experienced ultralight backpackers. To keep this pack as light as possible, 30D Robic nylon is used for the main body and 70D Robic nylon for the bottom and select areas for some added durability. This pack should be used only on developed trails to avoid ripping the fabric on brushy trail. If you can weigh in your gear at around 15 pounds including food and water, this is your pack.  If you're not sure if it’s the right pack for you, it probably isn’t.

    • Weighs a mere 13.1 oz with the fast belt and sitlight pad included.
    • Frameless design with a removable/adjustable sternum strap.
    • Stretchy back panels hold included sit pad, or a thin sleeping pad, saving inside pack space, and allowing pad to be pulled out during rest breaks.
    • Unisex (Men's and Women's) shoulder straps and waist belt constructed with low profile, but super comfortable, highly breathable wall mesh.
    • One size: fits torso lengths of 16″-24″. Generally fits people 5'4"-6'4"

    “I have some frameless ultralight backpacks that are made of Cuben fiber, but despite being technically strong, they feel very vulnerable. The Murmur is super light, but doesn’t feel at all flimsy. It looks good and seems to be incredibly tough. My dog took a liking to it at one point and even her big clumsy paws and claws didn’t damage it.” -Brian

     


    RANGER 35L

    The Ranger 35 is a versatile panel loader that is big enough for any adventure on or off the trail. Our large signature mesh pocket, water bottle pockets, and ample side compression make this pack perfect for hiking, while the secure zippered main compartment opens wide, allowing packing for those trips abroad to be an absolute breeze. With plenty of tie-on points and organization just where you need it, this pack is ideal for ski touring, winter hikes, hut-to-hut trips, and international travel.

    • Secure zippered main opening with easy access small item pockets
    • Removable lightweight PC frame
    • Fixed airflow belt with pockets
    • Tough & durable Robic fabrics
    • Meets international carry-on size requirements
    • One Size (16" - 24" torso) Generally fits people 5'4" - 6'4"

     


    LONESTAR 30L

    The Lonestar 30 is a surprisingly generous 30 liter daypack that is ready to hit the trail, rock or snow. A convenient top lid, minimal internal frame, spacious main compartment, innovative & easy to access hydration carry, ample side compression, side storage pockets, and plenty of tie-on points, make this bag great for any all-day adventure you throw at it. The Lonestar 30 is an amazing choice for rugged peak bagging adventures, alpine climbs, and day hikes of any type.

    • Drawstring main opening
    • Removable internal stay system & removable hip belt
    • Convenient top lid (brain) pocket
    • Tough & durable Robic fabrics for off-trail pursuits
    • Trekking pole & ice axe loops
    • One Size (16" - 24" torso) Generally fits people 5'4" - 6'4"

     

    Now that you know which backpack is right for you, make sure to get the right fit. Take less. Do more.