Light in weight. Light on the wallet. Heavy in Quality.
I bought my Mariposa in January of 2018. I have since trekked more than 2,500 miles with it. To start from the top, I was looking for a light weight alternative to the many roll top packs that populate our trails today. The Mariposa opens to a large Seabag style pack like a roll top pack but uses a buckle at the opening to close the top, you then fold over whatever material you haven’t filled and two more buckles (that are visible in the picture shown) are used to secure the flap and cinch it tight, meaning you can use as much or as little on the storage space as you’d like (roll top packs have this same capability). The Mariposa has a large stuff pouch on its left side large enough for most shelters (I keep hammock, tarp, and stake bag and also my tent when used in this pocket) making for easy access when arriving at camp. The right side of the pack has two stuff pouches, both large enough to hold up to a 1.5L water bottle and other gear you may need on the fly (bug spray etc). The large mesh pouch on the back became one of my favorite features, I have stuffed this pouch with an unbelieveable amount of gear and food and wet clothes on many occasions and have yet to find its limit, the only hole it has gotten was from being handled by baggage personnel at the airport. The shoulder straps and load lifters are adjustable in a multitude of ways and you withe some experimentation I believe almost any hiker would find their sweet spot of comfortability. The hip belt on this pack is one of the best I’ve used, two large pockets are great for holding phones and snacks (even together in the same pocket) and in over 2,500 miles and I have never dealt with pack rash with this secure belt except on extremely high mileage days in soaking wet conditions. This pack stays tight to the back and distributes weight very comfortably. The foam pad that touches your back while mounted is meant to be removed as a sit pad and I love that functionality, the frame as well is also removable. There is an internal pouch that is used to store a water bladder, it works well but it is certainly cumbersome to try to reinstall a full bladder if your bag is packed ( I don’t know of any pack that would have a solution for this. All in all I rate the Mariposa 10/10, as long as Gossamer Gear is making this product, I will own one.