Gossamer Gear G4

Specs

Weight 15.0 - 16.6 oz (425 - 471 g)
Capacity 3,100 ci body (50 l body), 4,600 ci max (75 l max)
Recommended maximum load 25 lbs (11 kg)

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Manufacturer's Description

The G4 Ultralight pack is one of the "granddaddies" of the ultralight packs. First sold in 1999, the free downloadable instructions have been used by hundreds of do-it-yourselfers, making it the all time most-requested pattern from Quest Outfitters.

The G4 is designed to effectively incorporate the "dual use" technique of ultralight backpacking. Your sleeping pad (NightLight torso, Z-Lite/Z-Rest, Thermarest 3/4 length, or other 20"-wide pad) becomes 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. The shoulder straps and hip 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.

Use for general lightweight backpacking with total loads of 25 lbs (11 kg) or less.

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Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

The G4(TM) Ultralight Backpack is one of the "granddaddies" of ultralight packs. First designed in 1998, the free downloadable instructions have been used by hundreds of do-it-yourselfers, making it the all time most-requested pattern from Quest Outfitters. The pack features a detachable hip belt to better fit more folks and to increase the carrying capacity of the G4(TM) without adding weight. The G4(TM) is designed to effectively incorporate the "dual use" technique of ultralight backpacking. Your sleeping pad becomes the pack frame by inserting into the back of the pack. ( We recommend the Nightlight Torso ) This way it can be extracted during rest stops to sit/lay on without unpacking your pack. The bottom of the pack "flares" out to provide more area for your sleeping bag to minimize loss of loft from overstuffing. The HUGE side pockets will hold, as an example, two 2-liter soda bottles on EACH side! A generous mesh pocket on the back of the pack gives you a place to put sodden items where they won't dampen the other contents of your pack. Multiple lashing straps allow you to hang socks out to dry or secure loose or wet items onto the outside of the pack. A top lashing strap helps secure a rolled sleeping pad or similar gear to the top of the pack. Most common bear canisters will fit in the pack horizontally.This pack is recommended for loads of 30 pounds or less. Extra-large capacity mesh side pockets Rear mesh pocket great for drying gear and other gear storage Expanded sleeping bag storage area for use with large fill sleeping bags Detachable hip belt system with 3 different hip belt sizes Plenty of sewn-in loops, shock cord and cord locks for many compression options Pad holder pockets uses pad as additional frame Removable foam inserts for hip belts Hip belts accept unused clothing as padding Sternum strap with integrated whistle buckle is adjustable and removable Grosgrain drinking tube keeper loop are on shoulder straps Drinking tube ports are in side panels Haul loop is incorporated for picking up pack Center lashing loop doubles as ice axe holder

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