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Gorilla (Robic) (Inc Brain)

Gorilla (Robic) (Inc Brain)
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Our Price:  £194.99(Inc. 20% VAT)Earn 194 Loyalty Points

Product Code:  UC166
Brand:  Gossamer Gear

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The Gorilla is the go-to pack for the lightweight hiker or weekend warrior. Its versatility, comfort, and fit will keep you reaching for it on your next adventure.

The Gorilla 40 (Brain) litre is a versatile mid-size pack with an removable internal frame, 4 built in pockets, side compression webbing, and a rugged exterior.
Whether your weekend plans include a trek in dense forests or a ramble on high alpine ridges, the Gorilla Ultralight Backpack has the options you need, without weighing you down.

Updates in a nutshell - Brain version

  • New removable top lid
  • New central exit port for hydration
  • The aluminium stay now exits at the base of the pack and locates into two slots on the hip belt, offering a better weight transfer to the hips
  • The shoulder harness slider, has been updated to prevent slippage
  • The foam pad is slightly denser and thinner than the previous model
  • The ‘old’ hip belt will not work with this model, however the ‘new’ hip belt works with the previous version
  • The compression cord and sliders are no longer supplied
  • The chest brace no longer has a whistle built in
  • The 'unused' clips at the end of the shoulder harness are no longer supplied
  • There are 3 attachment tabs at the top of the hydration pocket instead of the previous 1
  • The various small compression tabs around the pack are no longer reflective

Gorilla Backpack Features

  • New (optional) belt with added stiffener and stay integration for superior load transfer and comfort
  • New (optional) unisex ergonomic belt shape with larger more functional integrated hip belt pockets
  • Unisex ergonomic harness for both men and women
  • Recommended for loads of 30 pounds or less
  • Made with GG custom 100 and 200 denier Robic nylon
  • It comes with a SitLight pad and a removable stay
  • The (optional) belt is sold separately to allow customers to choose the size they need
  • Two side mesh bottle pockets accessible without taking off pack
  • Air-mesh fabric on shoulder straps and hipbelt for less friction, more cushion and more comfort OTT (Over-the-Top) closure system provides an easy secure closure
  • Rear mesh pocket great for drying gear and other gear storage
  • New trekking pole hardware for storing them outside the pack
  • Internal hydration sleeve and drinking tube keeper loops on both shoulder straps
  • Side lash loop for ice axe

Size (Updated)

  • Medium (17.5" - 19" torso) (41 - 50 cm.) Generally fits people 5'5" to 5'10"
  • Large (19.5" - 23.5" torso) (49 - 60+ cm.) Generally fits people 5'11" and up

Hip Belt Size (Sold Separately)

  • Small hip belt (24" - 32" waist) (61 - 81 cm.)
  • Medium hip belt (30" - 40" waist) (76 - 101 cm.)
  • Large hip belt (38" - 50" waist) (91.4 - 127 cm.)

NB: Please see the new video which will show the easiest way to fit the stay into the hipbelt. A little patience may be required.

Average Weight (pack, stay, lid, belt and pad)

  • Medium : 33.6 oz / 954 g
  • Large: 35.7 oz / 1012 g

Average Weight Hipbelt

  • Small: 5.6 oz / 159 g
  • Medium: 6.3 oz / 178 g
  • Large: 7.0 oz / 198 g
  • X-Large: 7.5 oz / 213 g

Capacity (Size Medium)

  • 2,354 c.i. (40 l.) total
  • 1,760 c.i. (28.84 l.) in main pack body to extension collar seam
  • 30 lb maximum carry capacity

Dimensions (Size Medium)

  • Height 23” to the extension collar only
  • Width 11”
  • Depth 6”
  • Extension collar adds another 9” of height


  • Custom 100 denier Robic ripstop nylon
  • Select use of 200 denier Robic nylon for reinforcement.
  • Select use of 70 denier silicone coated ripstop (silnylon)
  • Air mesh fabric for harness lining
  • Power mesh fabric pad holder
  • Custom stretch mesh fabric for big back pocket
Average Rating (2 Reviews):  
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Monday, 20 March 2017  | 

This backpack will replace my 20 year old Vaude rucksack. I can't believe how light the Gorilla is. I've only been for a few jaunts in Germany's Black Forest so far, but I'm very impressed.

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Gorilla (Robic) 2016
Monday, 11 July 2016  | 

Very lightweight and simple but has got what is needed. Had problems fitting the frame but backpackinglight explained it over the phone. Looking forward to using it a lot more!

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