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William Puckett
(Beep) - F

Locale: Land of 11, 842 lakes
New GG Gorilla Pack on 03/05/2009 18:07:01 MST Print View

I received a new Gossamer Gear Gorilla Pack today, and I'm very pleased with what I got! It has sufficient volume for weekend+ trips (with my gear) and is small enough with compression options for "well-geared" day travel. Based on a quick examination, the construction is good with no obvious flaws. GG's service was extraordinary with shipment the same day I ordered.

Here are some photos with the pack loaded at "weekend" level gear (including food).

Side viewSide View - Gorilla Pack

Rear ViewRear View - Gorilla Pack

Detail of hip belt with accessory pocketsHip Belt Detail

Edited by Beep on 03/05/2009 18:08:20 MST.

Dan Cunningham
(mn-backpacker)

Locale: Land of 12,000 Loons
I like it! on 03/05/2009 18:12:16 MST Print View

William - it looks nice and tidy... I like it!

I see how you got it all loaded up, hydration and all. Good to know I'm not the only gear geek in MN - I get crazy looks from my wife wondering my I'm packing up all my gear in the middle of winter for no reason. :)

Also - nice house, I love the trim work.

Edited by mn-backpacker on 03/05/2009 18:14:04 MST.

William Puckett
(Beep) - F

Locale: Land of 11, 842 lakes
Re: I like it! on 03/05/2009 18:15:25 MST Print View

RE: the trim work

The roof beams were the product of 2 master carpenters and 3 days work, but they did a fantastic job in a remodel about 5 years ago.

Jeff Jeff
(TwoFortyJeff) - F
... on 03/05/2009 18:22:52 MST Print View

Do you have a photo from the front? I've only seen on GG pack in action and the shoulder straps looked really uncomfortable. Wide and thin and poorly contoured. Nice pack though.

William Puckett
(Beep) - F

Locale: Land of 11, 842 lakes
Re: View from the front on 03/05/2009 18:51:42 MST Print View

>>Do you have a photo from the front?<<

I'll try to get one posted. Already unloaded the pack, though.

The shoulder straps are wider than other pack straps, but they are designed so as to be able to use spare socks, etc. as padding. I'd say they are not a "strong" plus of the pack, but in my initial wearing they didn't feel uncomfortable or out of place. For now, I've inserted the CCF pads that come with the pack. I'm unlikely to ever go the "unused clothing as padding" option.

Oh...and FWIW, the pack is a large with large hipbelt to suit my 6'5" body.

Edited by Beep on 03/05/2009 18:53:24 MST.

Jeff Jeff
(TwoFortyJeff) - F
Re: Re: View from the front on 03/05/2009 19:10:47 MST Print View

No hurry, I won't buy buying a frameless pack until spring.
I am happy they offer a large with a small hipbelt though.

William Puckett
(Beep) - F

Locale: Land of 11, 842 lakes
Gorilla Pack - Front View on 03/05/2009 19:34:23 MST Print View

Front View

Sean Mantell
(SeanMantell) - F

Locale: SoCal
shoulder straps on 03/05/2009 19:34:37 MST Print View

I love the wide shoulder straps on GG backpacks. I think that they're more comfortable than the typical sizes.

Chris Chastain
(Thangfish) - F

Locale: S. Central NC, USA
Re: shoulder straps on 03/05/2009 19:44:34 MST Print View

> I love the wide shoulder straps on GG backpacks. I think that they're more comfortable than the typical sizes.

Absolutely!

Dale South
(dsouth) - M

Locale: Southeast
Re: Wide Shoulder Straps on 03/05/2009 20:05:10 MST Print View

I use my sleeping socks as padding in the straps of my Mariposa Plus. I find them very comfortable, even more so than with the foam padding.

Oh and I have to have a Gorilla Pack.

Joe Clement
(skinewmexico) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
New GG Gorilla Pack on 03/05/2009 20:10:58 MST Print View

I like my Mariposa, the wide straps don't bother you at all. I probably should have bought a Gorilla instead of that Exos 46. And I don't think the Gorilla is what you call a frameless pack anymore.

William Puckett
(Beep) - F

Locale: Land of 11, 842 lakes
Re: New GG Gorilla Pack on 03/05/2009 20:20:11 MST Print View

>>And I don't think the Gorilla is what you call a frameless pack anymore.<<

I agree...and that's why I selected it. The stays seem to work well in transferring the load to the hip belt (preliminary opinion subject to change after extended use and all-day wearing of a loaded pack!!). I was strongly considering the ULA Ohm as my other choice, but the sexy curves of the Gorilla were more seductive than the Ohm's utilitarian straight line stays. Both companies seem to do first rate work, though, so it'd be hard to make a bad choice.

Jed Augustine
(jaugusti) - F

Locale: Appalachians/Rockies
Wide straps and short folks on 03/05/2009 20:32:01 MST Print View

Hey y'all-

Have smaller fellas tried out the Gorilla/GG shoulder traps? I wonder if there is a size/satisfaction correlation going on here, as, atleast from the avatars, mostly taller gentleman have weighed in at this point. Please correct me if I am wrong.

Thanks,

Jed

Dale South
(dsouth) - M

Locale: Southeast
RE:Wide straps and short folks on 03/05/2009 21:11:42 MST Print View

Hey Jed, I'm only 5' 8".

Dale

Christopher Graf
(cgraf) - M

Locale: So Cal
Gorilla on 03/06/2009 18:35:22 MST Print View

I'm 5'4" w/ a 17" torso so I ordered a medium size Gorilla. Initially it seemed as if the shoulder straps were too wide as they rubbed my neck however the pack was simply too big/torso wise. When the hip was placed in the right position, the shoulder straps did not cup/mold to my shoulders creating approximately a 2" gap between the top back region of my shoulders and the shoulder straps. I'm waiting for the small to arrive - should be here in a few days. I also talked to Grant about this and he suggested using pipe foam insulation (can get it at Home Depot or Lowes) which decreases the width of the straps by increasing the straps thickness.
I'm hoping the small will fit perfectly as I like the nice neat lines this pack has and do believe the curved aluminum stays will transfer weight well and provide a comfortable ride.

William Puckett
(Beep) - F

Locale: Land of 11, 842 lakes
GG Gorilla Shoulder Straps on 03/06/2009 18:56:09 MST Print View

A little bird has told me that a future production run of the Gorilla will include narrower shoulder straps as an option.

For now, my position is that the existing width works well, so my "issue" is that the wider strap is different than what I'm accustomed to. Fashion rears its head in ultrapacking, ziphiking, faststriding, lighthauling...er, whatever?

Edited by Beep on 03/06/2009 18:57:16 MST.

Jed Augustine
(jaugusti) - F

Locale: Appalachians/Rockies
Re: Gorilla on 03/06/2009 19:36:25 MST Print View

Dale and Chris- thanks for the info!

Michael Fogarty
(mfog1) - MLife

Locale: Midwest
Hip-belt size? on 03/25/2009 19:22:18 MDT Print View

Hi William,

What is your waist size and what size hip-belt do you have on the Gorilla?

I'm have a 35-36" waist/pant size and ordered the medium hip-belt, as they show the medium to top out at 35"-36", and the large starts at 36" and tops out at 42"

I guess, I can always send the medium hip-belt back and get the large, should the medium be too small?

Edited by mfog1 on 03/25/2009 19:24:28 MDT.

William Puckett
(Beep) - F

Locale: Land of 11, 842 lakes
Re: Hip-belt size? on 03/25/2009 19:29:57 MDT Print View

>>What is your waist size and what size hip-belt do you have on the Gorilla?<<

I have a 37 inch waist. The Large hip belt fits me just fine! If I were you, I'd try the medium first.

Edited by Beep on 03/25/2009 19:30:49 MDT.

Michael Fogarty
(mfog1) - MLife

Locale: Midwest
Thanks on 03/25/2009 19:45:08 MDT Print View

William,
Thanks for the advice. This is what I thought too. I had an older model Mariposa with a large belt and it came close to maxing out at the buckles.
Also, it makes a big difference as to how thick a pad, you put into the back panel sleeve. A thicker pad takes-up more of the hip-belt, and a thinner pad less.
Another nice improvement are the interchangeable hip-belts, where as before, they were sewn onto the packs.