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rated 5 of 5 stars Back in May of 2010 was looking for a daypack and the clerk at the store told me about this pack. At the time this was a leftover from 2008 -2009. Didn't hesitate to grab this as I know a lot of people who have this brand of pack and of course the price! Pack was a Large version. The pack serves double duty as it's my padding with my 3/4 self-inflating sleeping pad, which is also part of the pack's frame! Fits great and works with all my lightweight gear as my Base is at 7 lb. Max load is… Full review

Jam 50L

rated 0.5 of 5 stars Very uncomfortable and non-lasting pack. Not worth your money! My husband and I hiked the PCT this year and we bought some gear from GoLite (nice Chrome Dome, gloves, jackets) with the main piece being my Jam 50. I liked it because of the weight (it kept my base weight very low), but it turned out to NOT be worth it at all. Even though the guy in the Fort Collins store assured us that all the gear was top quality and would last, it turned out the gear was not made to even slightly last a thru-hike. Full review

Jam 50L

rated 5 of 5 stars Solid entry into backpacking with less weight, more miles and more fun. If you're wanting to go lighter but aren't ready to commit lots of money to a specialized pack, go for this pack. Fit: 35" waist and got a large; this will put you at the end of the belt straps — lose any weight and belt won't be as tight (just a note) 19.5" back measurement (iirc); length is fine on the large Comfort: hip belt padded appropriately; no rough spots shoulder straps padded appropriately; no digging/pinching/etc… Full review

Jam 70L

rated 5 of 5 stars A very well designed, ultralight frameless pack at an affordable price. Since reducing my base load weight to under 20 pounds (including a 5 lb. CPAP), I decided to try an ultralight backpack. I have been using a Kelty Trekker 65 and a Yukon 48 for years, and never expected to find a lighter pack that was capable of handling my necessarily bulky load with the same amount of comfort. After taking the 31 oz. Jam 70 on an overnight hike, I was not disappointed in its simplicity, comfort, capacity,… Full review

Jam 35L

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The GoLite Jam 35L is a great pack for day hikes, single-night trips, and ultralight backpacking. It is simple, lightweight, and comfortable. Definitely a great purchase. There are a few negatives to the product, but the positives outweigh them by a landslide. One of my favorite things about this backpack is that it has everything you need, and nothing you don't. The only issue I really have with it is the drawstring opening to the main pocket. This opening makes the pack be more like a tube, making… Full review

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GoLite was founded in 1998 by Kim Coupounas and Demetri "Coup" Coupounas. GoLite filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October of 2014.

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GoLite Coverage in the Trailspace Blog

How Green is My Pack? Eco Index to assess outdoor gear and apparel
Survey your outdoor gear: your base layers, fleece, go-to backpack. What’s it all made of? Where did it come from? The Eco Index will assess your outdoor gear, apparel, and footwear's overall environmental impact, eventually. Read more
April 18, 2011

New Barefoot and Minimalist Trail Footwear
Barefoot and minimal footwear is growing in popularity, including among the outdoor set. Whether you’re interested in going all in (barefoot) or want to ease into the idea (minimalist or lightweight), here are the latest trail offerings for 2011. Read more
March 16, 2011

How to Recycle Old Outdoor Gear
Depending on who you're talking to, today is either America Recycles Day or Zero Waste Day. If you can't donate or pass on old backcountry gear, what are your recycling options once your gear reaches the end of its trail life? Here are a few. Read more
November 15, 2010

Outdoor Retailer: Day One Round-Up
What stood out after a full first day on the show floor? Shells from Outdoor Research, GoLite, and Rab. New GoLit packs, and sleeping bags from Sea to Summit and Sierra Designs. Read more
August 4, 2010

Gear Maker Profile: Doug Clark of GoLite Footwear
Doug Clark has ridden a rollercoaster with GoLite Footwear, standing by his brand when a corporate giant gave up on it. Now he's hoping his "upside-down" approach to shoe technology, one designed to work with the natural human gait, will provide a foothold in the highly-competitive outdoor shoe market. Read more
July 23, 2010

GoLite announces “I’m Not Trash” product take-back program
GoLite has announced "I'm Not Trash," a product take back program. GoLite will reuse, repurpose, recycle, and/or store for future recycling any GoLite apparel or equipment, regardless of its condition, that the company manufactured since its founding in 1998. Read more
February 17, 2010


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