User Review: Gossamer Gear Mariposa Plus
Design: top loader
Size: 4000 cu.in.
Number of Pockets: 4
Max. Load Carried: 20 lbs so far
Height of Owner: 5'7"
Price Paid: $155
I picked this pack over a bunch of heavier models available at box stores locally, primarily because it made little sense to me to have a pack that weighed more than the things I carried in it.
So far I have used the pack as a daypack; some shock cord and it works great for this. I add a little more weight than my usual day load, preparing for backpacking with it. I expect good results judging from my day hikes so far. I put the foam inserts in the shoulder pads and hip belt, and use the included sit pad for the back padding, and it carries 20 lbs without the bruising on my hips I was experiencing with an Osprey ultralight pack.
The capacity of this pack is greater than my Osprey, and I will be using it for a backpacking trip over the 4th of July weekend with bear canister and all - I am expecting it will blow the Osprey out of the water. Already I can tell the weight is easier to shift from shoulders to hips, or hips to shoulders, or to balance between the two; something about the curvature in the Osprey pack seems to disagree with my frame. I had sore shoulders no matter what with the Osprey. The Mariposa Plus is easier to carry and bigger - also cheaper. Maybe it's made of flimsier stuff, but I'm sold.