User Review: Gossamer Gear Mariposa Plus
Price Paid: $150
In his review Jeff Spindler states:
"But there was a quality problem with my new Mariposa Plus. The right side of the Mariposa Plus hip belt began ripping out where it attaches to the pack body. The layers of fabric in the belt are sewn into the seam of the packsack. (The hip belt doesn't go all the way around your back.)"
That makes me wonder if he even owns one of these packs! The hip belt for this and most other Gossamer Gear packs is interchangeable and actually passes through the pack body. One can order a large pack with a large belt and hike off a few pounds along the PCT and change the large belt for a medium belt. The belt is not sown into the seam of the packsack at all - in fact, it velcros to the body of the pack.
That having been said, I've recently made the decision to attempt to lower my pack weight and this pack goes a long way towards that effort. I've found it to be very comfortable with the wide shoulder straps spreading the load. It carries everything I need for a multiple day trip and nothing that I don't.
I'm working towards the 10 to 12 pound base weights so common to through hikers not because I intend to do a through hike but because I'm getting along in years and 40 - 50 pound packs take all the pleasure out of backpacking.
I don't miss the load adjusters of my heavier packs and again wonder, based on his comments if Mr. Spindler actually owns one of these packs. The loads I'm carrying (15- 18 pounds) ride easily in this pack.