Over at Gossamer Gear, we’ve been getting pretty giddy about the updates we’ve been making to two of our beloved daypacks—the Minimalist 24 and the Vagabond. After lots of of nerding out together over fabrics, function, and flair, we’re finally ready to loop you into all of the fun!
Both of these daypacks are great for their versatility in use. Warning: You may quickly find yourself bringing these daypacks with you everywhere—the trail, the metro, the farmer’s market, your first date with that person you met at the farmer’s market who complimented your incredibly fly daypack (definitely a keeper, btw!), the art gallery, the beach, Capitol Hill to fight for public lands, your favorite watering hole; the list goes on.
Anyway, we hope you’ll enjoy these new daypacks as much as we do. Now for the good stuff!
Let’s start with the specs on this one:
- Capacity: 21-liter main compartment; 24-liter total when including pockets
- Two side mesh bottle pockets accessible without taking off pack
- Slant top mesh big back pocket for easy access
- Weight: 11.6 ounces / 328 grams
- Size: 18.5 x 10.75 inches / 50.8 x 10 x 28 centimeters
This daypack is designed with:
- A unisex ergonomic harness;
- Rib strap for a secure fit to your body;
- Vertically adjustable sternum strap system;
- Built-in foam back pad; and
- Air-mesh shoulder straps for less friction and more cushion.
What this all means: The Minimalist offers an awesome space/weight ratio without compromising comfort or durability.
What’s new, you ask? Well, we’ve updated the fabrics and materials on this one to make it even lighter, and switched up the colors to add a little more pizzazz (while not straying too far from our signature color palette, of course!). We’ve also added a removable side compression cord.
The Minimalist fits most tablets and laptops, and comes with an internal zippered stash pocket and hydration loop, so…
Recommended use: Take this daypack for an epic trail run that ends at your favorite coffee shop. Spend the evening there typing up beautiful love sonnets about the Minimalist. Make sure to tag @gossamergear in your Instagram poem shares!
This daypack holds a special place in many of our hearts. We once even used it to find one another through the crowds at Outdoor Retailer.
Here’s just a little of why we love it so much:
- Secure zippered top closure
- Dual tote handles
- Ergonomic straps and back panel
- Micro daisy chain lash points
- Large front stretch mesh pocket
- Inner secure stash pocket
- Hydration sleeve that doubles as a laptop sleeve, as it’s raised off the bottom of the pack
All of this comes with the following specs:
- Capacity: 23-liter main compartment
- Weight: 16.5 ounces / 467 grams
- Size: 18.5 x 10.75 inches
What this all means: The Vagabond can hack it on the trail, but is sleek and functional enough for urban and office environments.
What’s new, you ask? To start, we’ve added an outer zippered pocket with a key and pen holder, as well as shoulder strap pockets—more places to stash your essential doo-dads. We also listened to our community’s feedback and shortened the tote handles. And, similar to the Minimalist, we gave this daypack a fresh new spin on Gossamer Gear’s color palette to create a polished look you can pull into your day job with after that sunrise hike.
Bonus! We also updated the fabric on the Vagabond, and this is where things get pretty nerdy. The Vagabond is now made with a 70d robic nylon and black 210d extreema grid. The grid is 3x thicker than the main and will catch most of the abrasion, essentially allowing a light material to perform like a much heavier fabric. This is the first ever commercial use of black extreema, or ultra high molecular weight polyethylene, which is several times stronger by weight than kevlar or steel.
With all of this in mind…
Recommended use: Take this daypack on quick epic adventures (or use it to turn your work trips into epic adventures). It fits perfectly under an airplane seat and will be ready to morph from meeting to mountain whenever you are.
Thanks for letting us get a little geeky over daypacks with you. We hope you’ll grab one, let us know what you think about the updates, and make sure to share all of the adventures you take it on through social media. Make sure to tag @gossamergear, and happy trails to you!