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Lightrek 4

rated 5 of 5 stars Light, strong, and useful. My first pair of trekking poles lost the ability to lock—they were twist locking poles from a major manufacturer. Calling or emailing the company for help went nowhere. I couldn't find a number or email address anywhere. My second pair were the Lightrek 4s, not a casual purchase. They are expensive and don't go on sale. But, I've had them for a long time, and I'm still using them. Why use trekking poles? For one, they take 6 lbs of weight off your joints per step when… Full review

Spinnaker G-Storage Sacks

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Lightweight organization. Ah the glamorous world of stuff sacks... Picked these up on the clearance section of Gossamer Gear's website on a whim while I was buying a Thinlight 1/8 pad.  I bought all three, though there are now only two varieties on the site, the G-Ditty, which is a small, zippered pouch that I'm using as a ridge line organizer for a Dutchware 11ft Single, and the G-Flat, which I'm currently using for food storage. The G-Stow, which has a rounded bottom and which I use for clothes,… Full review


rated 4.5 of 5 stars Super value, multiple uses, and good organization. 40 liter pack for 3/4 of a pound. This is a lightweight rucksack that is advertised as a day/climbing pack. It weighs in at just under 12 ounces and with exterior pockets is a 40 liter pack. I picked it up on clearance in July 2015 on a whim from Gossamer Gear. It was and is very inexpensive.   This backpack pleases me very much due to its simplicity, light weight, and ability to fulfill several rolls. I've used it as a daypack, an overnight pack… Full review

Mariposa Ultralight

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Overall this is a really enjoyable ultralight backpack. It's light and one of the most roomy backpacks on the market. I can easily squeeze more gear than I can carry into the main compartment. I'm about a 150 pound guy and the medium pack fits me quite nicely and comfortable to about 40 lbs. My girlfriend is a petite 105 and the pack is even comfortable to her and manageable with a 25-lb load. The more weight you load in, the more it tends to tug on your shoulders, but if you pack light you won't… Full review

Mariposa Ultralight

rated 5 of 5 stars Semi-ultralight pack with lots of pockets. First, I'm not going to give you the specs. If you're interested in the pack you probably know all that. Thus my story. Long long ago in a far off national park I had my ass leveled backpacking. I had been packing with some guys on our level southern trails and was carrying over 50 lbs for a weekend, not a problem. You ask why the weight? 8 lb packs, 8 lb tents, propane stoves, you get the picture. Then we hit the mountains, what hell it was. I'm sure some… Full review

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Read Trailspace's profile of Glen Van Peski, the founder of Gossamer Gear.

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Gear Maker Profile: Glen Van Peski of Gossamer Gear
Glen Van Peski, the founder of Gossamer Gear, first backpacked and sewed his own outdoor gear as a kid. But it was a 70-pound load on a Sierra backpacking trip with his son's Scout troop that got him designing ultralight packs. Read more
September 10, 2009


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