Rating: 5 / 5
I've put about 1000 miles on this pack, and so far it has easily displaced my GoLite Jam as my go-to pack. And I really love my Jam.
I had the new Miniposa mailed to me in the middle of a long hike, so I never took the time to weigh it, but it feels like it's on-spec, and GG is pretty reliable for weight. I've been using it with all the features: shoulder & waist pads, carbon fiber stays, and bungee cord. I've never been over ~25lbs with it yet, but it has been wonderfully comfortable the whole time.
The right bottom pocket is large enough to fit my 1.8L Platy w/o removing the pack, which is perfect. (It's one of my fundamental requirements for a pack, I love the bottle so much.) I've really grown fond of the convenience of the large mesh pockets so I rarely have to open the main sack.
No durability or stitching issues yet. Everything looked and felt solid and professional when I opened the box. I trust the workmanship and my ability to care for it. The wrap-around mesh pockets and pad sleeves certainly make it easier to protect the silnylon.
Two small quibbles:
-The elastic on the long, deep side pocket is too tight. The opening is considerably more narrow than the girth of the pocket itself, and it's kind of a pain to get things in and out. I'd be willing to pay a few tenths of an ounce for a larger opening with a ULA-style drawcord to cinch it tight. With a pocket that deep, there's not really a need to keep the opening so small.
-I often like to do some running when I'm out hiking, just to mix things up. Unlike the GoLite Jam, the Miniposa doesn't "stick" well when I jog. This is entirely expected b/c of the design & usage of pad sleeves and stays (which I love too much to give up), but it is one downside to be aware of.
Awesome pack. I'll use this one until it dies. My GoLite Jam is now a second-stringer.