User Review: Gossamer Gear Mariposa Plus
Design: Top loading, internal frame.
Size: BIG! 59L
Number of Pockets: 4 outside
Max. Load Carried: 25-30lbs.
Height of Owner: 5' 11"
Price Paid: $180
This one is a FIVE! No doubt.
The fabric, netting, stitching, hipbelt, and shoulder straps are all of superb quality. I have the 2009 model with the curved one piece aluminum stay, and it carries 20lbs. with just as much ease and even more comfort than my fully framed Osprey Kestrel 38. For its weight, this pack is HUGE, and I could do a winter weekender with the amount of space provided, easily.
I love how wide the shoulder straps are on the Gossamer Gear packs, it shows very clearly that those designing the products are also using them. By distributing the load (as admittedly light as it is) over a wider area on the shoulders, the straps really bring something to the table!
I have a singular gripe, and it doesn't effect the score, it is as follows:
The pack doesn't have any hipbelt pockets. This does not effect the score, because they are available from Gossamer Gear, while it stinks that they cost extra, I understand that not every customer wants them, and since I am so happy with the quality of their gear, I will pay for them happily.