I love my Gossamer Gear Gorilla backpack for a weekend or an extended backpack. My Gorilla has hitched a ride happily on my back for over 1,000 miles.
- Comfortable for the big mile days with an egg crate foam pad
- Supportive for when you have to carry extra water or multiple days of food
- Extra attention to detail in design: water bottle pockets, big mesh pocket to quickly stuff extra gear and clothes, big hip belt pockets to stash camera, iPhone, snacks and sunscreen, top zipper for maps, first-aid, or food.
If you are looking for a larger volume pack or would like a pack that fits a bear canister easily, check out the Mariposa model. My husband Dan loves this pack and used it on Scotland’s Great Outdoors Challenge 2014. Or perhaps you are looking for a small daypack for work, running, or a replacement for a purse, then check out the Quiksak. Wired used this little gem on our Death Valley adventures.
What’s on my wish list? The Type 2 Utility Backpack (I hear this back is awesome for day-hiking) and the Quiksak.
Check out my gear list for spring, summer, and fall backpacking. The list is packed with awesome gift ideas for the outdoor enthusiast.