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Mariposa (Robic) 2016

Our Price:  £199.99(Inc. 20% VAT)Earn 199 Loyalty Points

Product Code:  UC169
Brand:  Gossamer Gear

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The Mariposa is the bestseller from Gossamer Gear. A tough, large volume backpack that features a removable internal frame, load lifters, and 7 built in pockets all for under 2 pounds!

The Mariposa 60 litre backpack is ideal for lightweight backpacking trips where capacity is a top priority. Featuring 7 built in pockets (two are easy access side pockets) and enough space in the main pocket to fit all your gear and a bear canister when needed. The Mariposa is constructed largely of our custom 100 and 200 denier Robic nylon fabric for a sweet spot blend of toughness and weight.

Updates in a nutshell

  • 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 new SitLight pad is slightly denser and thinner than the previous model
  • Please note the 'old' hipbelt will not fit this model. However the 'new' hipbelt will fit the previous model.
  • 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

Mariposa 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 hipbelt pockets
  • Unisex ergonomic harness for both men and women
  • The Mariposa is best with loads under 30lbs but will handle up to 35 just fine
  • Made of our 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
  • OTT (Over-the-Top) closure system provides an easy secure closure
  • Rear mesh pocket great for drying gear and other gear storage
  • Custom air mesh fabric on shoulder straps and hipbelt for less friction and more comfort
  • New trekking pole hardware for storing them outside the pack
  • Right side bottle pockets accessible without taking off pack
  • Internal hydration sleeve and drinking tube keeper loops on both shoulder straps
  • Harness includes multiple attachment points for accessorising
  • Lashing loop doubles as ice axe holder


  • Small (11.5" - 15.5" torso) (29 - 41 cm.) Generally fits people up to 5' 6"
  • Medium (16" - 19" torso) (41 - 48 cm.) Generally fits people 5' 5" to 5' 11"
  • Large (19.5" - 23.5" torso) (49 - 60+ cm.) Generally fits people 5' 10" and up

Hipbelt Size (Sold Separately)

  • Small (24" - 34" waist) (64 - 81 cm.)
  • Medium (30" - 40" waist) (76 - 101 cm.)
  • Large (38" - 50" waist) (91.4 - 127 cm.)
  • X-Large (44"-60") (107 - 152 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 and pad)

  • Small: 22.7 oz / 644 g
  • Medium: 29.1 oz / 825 g
  • Large: 29.6 oz / 839 g
  • X-Large: 32.8 oz / 929 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)

  • 3487 c.i. (60 l.) total
  • 2,200 c.i. (36 l.) in main pack body to extension collar seam
  • 35 lb maximum carry capacity

Dimensions (Size Medium)  

  • Height 23” to the extension collar only
  • Width 11”
  • Depth 7.5"
  • Extension collar adds another 9” of height


  • 100 denier Robic High Tensil strength nylon
  • Select use of 200 denier Robic High tensil strength nylon.
  • Select use of 70 denier double-rip ripstop nylon
  • Select use of Darlington Mesh
  • Select use of Supreme Air Mesh
  • Select use of Foam


Average Rating (3 Reviews):  
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Mariposa 60L
Monday, 17 October 2016  | 

Well made,nice features.Lid closure could be better.Lack of side compression straps let it down.Appears comfy enough when loaded.Yet to try it out so time will tell.

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Please see the blue tabs on the side of the pack, which enable you own compression sytem to be used. Either cord or shock cord, depending on your needs.

Mariposa 2016
Tuesday, 24 May 2016  | 

Both the rucksack and hip belt arrived at the stated time. The items were very well packaged.
Fitting the hip belt and rucksack stay was very fiddly as I couldn't find the video.
I was impressed by how light and comfortable it seems when test loaded.

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Such a practical pack
Wednesday, 18 May 2016  | 

I received my Mariposa backpack yesterday. I love it! It's just a pity that shipping is only UK-oriented and I had to resort to some organisational acrobatics to get this pack in Malta. With the help of the vid I added the belt to the pack and inserted the frame ( bit of a hit and miss at first with finding the right way to insert it). I love the seat that comes with it and the possibility to tuck my sleeping pad behind it ( I'll probably ditch the frame at some point). Two minor things: the build-in whistle seems to have been removed from the 2016 version (I would have gladly paid the extra 5 bucks) and according to the vid, there was supposed to be extra rope in the zip pocket . On the upside: I did get a packet of Skittles inserted in the package, so daughter was happy. All in all: this must be the most practical backpack for long haul trekking and I cannot wait to try it out.

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Hi Johanna, along with no whistle in the 2016 version there is no longer shock cord supplied either, sorry!

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