User Review: Gossamer Gear Mariposa Plus
Design: Top Loader
Size: Large - 3,000-4,000 CI
Number of Pockets: 4
Max. Load Carried: 26 pounds
Height of Owner: 6' 3
Price Paid: $150
A few years ago I thought I had taken my last backpack trip. A 50 pound pack was not fun anymore and admittedly I am a little older. However, I really enjoy backpacking so began researching ultra light backpacking and the type of gear which was available. I purchased GG's Mariposa Plus and have been on 3 backpacking trips with it including a section hike on the AT.
Pack weight is critical to keep it under 30 pounds and even better if you keep it under 25 pounds which I have been able to do. I love the mesh nets on the outside and the ability to store a water bottle within easy reach. I recently purchased the hip belt pockets but, have not yet had the opportunity to use them yet. My intent for buying them is not to carry more stuff but, make some of the stuff I carry more accessible such as my camera, snacks, lib balm, etc.
You do have to baby this pack as opposed to my old 6 pound when empty Mountainsmith pack, it cannot be roughed up. I have experienced a very small tear in the upper part of the pack which I have repaired and part of the netting came loose from the sewn seam on the water pocket side. I need to find a way to repair that.
I used the foam inserts in the hip portion and use my spare hiking socks in the shoulder straps. I use part of a Z-Rest pad as my backpad. It has held up very well, is light, and great to pull out on rest stops for something comfy to sit on.
Overall I am totally pleased with this pack and get lots of great comments from other hikers who can't believe my pack weight is so low. When they pick up the pack they become believers however.