User Review: GoLite Jam 50L
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $99
Lightweight, durable pack with a good carry-capacity. Ample padding on the back makes it a comfortable carry even for overnight loads.
- Comfortable to carry
- Drawstring on main pocket tricky to use
- Second pocket could be better
The Jam is my first foray into UL, frameless bags, and I've been impressed so far. First of all I found the bag to be very durable, having made it through a couple of short trips that involved "wading" through brush-pine and low-hanging spruce branches.
It's also surprisingly comfortable to carry, but takes a bit of micro-managing to get the straps adjusted to the right fit. I've carried up to 25lbs, including snowshoes strapped to the back on a (mild) winter overnighter without any stability issues. I'm also impressed by the overall capacity and have used it as a travel bag as well. In warmer weather, I've done a three-day hike and still had room to spare.
My issues with the pack are minor at this point, but I find the drawstring on the main pack a bit tricky to open. Since there's no lid on the pack, I'm guessing it was designed so gear doesn't come tumbling out. Also, the secondary pocket is a little difficult to get gear in and out of if the main pack is full. On more rigid packs this usually isn't a problem, but this comes with the tradeoff for weight.
I'm quite pleased with this pack so far—the weight savings and durability, not to mention the price, really make this a solid pack.