Hey everyone, I definitely feel the NEED to make this post. I was in Texas during the last week and contacted Gossamer Gear to see if I could stop by their Austin HQ and see what they had to offer. For background, I've been looking at the Gossamer Gear Gorilla and Mariposa Plus and the ULA Ohm.
So I e-mailed Grant at Gossamer Gear and was told that I could stop by on my way from Dallas to San Antonio to check out their goods. The house they operate out of was very easy to find on the southwest side of Austin. When I got there Mike was the guy who greeted me at the door and showed me the packs. I ended up buying the Gorilla, which by my scale, with the sitlight pad, came out to 24.2oz.
I must say that I am very impressed by the service offered by Gossamer Gear. The guys there really know their stuff (including where to find some awesome tacos for lunch).
Since I live in Atlanta, I disassembled my duffel bag with all my clothes and laptop and everything and tossed it all in the Gorilla for the flight home. The total weight of everything including the pack came out to 18lbs 2.7oz (measured when I got home). The pack carried admirably and is well suited to airline travel. It fit perfectly in the overhead bin. The width of the shoulder straps is a concern to me, but I will with-hold my judgment on that until I carry it for more than a couple miles.
All in all, I am very impressed with the customer service, craftsmanship, and general awesomeness of this small company.