User Review: GoLite Jam 50L
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $89.99
For cutting pack weight, this is a wonderful choice. To make the transition to this pack, you already need to have your pack weight down to 30lb or under or you will run the risk of damaging the pack more quickly. Fits well and durable for its construction.
- Ventilation for straps/back
Although this is a frame less pack, it comes with a small compartment along the spine of the pack with a plate that gives it some rigidity. I have found that the frame less aspect of the pack is a blessing, because I am able to take my closed-cell foam sleeping pad, fold it down, and it fits perfectly as a comfortable option for back support. The downside to this option is that it removes a decent portion of the total pack volume available for your other items.
Even so, the pack capacity is perfect for my current setup. With tent, sleeping bag, pad, cooking items, clothing, food, and water, I fill the pack evenly to the top of the shoulder straps, and the pack folds down to compress the unneeded room in the top of the pack.
The pockets on the waist strap and the sides of the pack are great for carrying quickly-accessible water pouches and items you may want on a frequent basis like small snacks, camera, and chapstick/sunscreen.
With only one zipping entrance to the large and small compartments of this pack, it was at first a little more difficult to get to the items I needed, but after trial and error and learning to fill this pack correctly, I never want to go back to a more traditional pack.
The pack has options for compressing down unused space, and can convert to a ~30L pack quite easily.
The straps are all adjustable and comfortable. I spent 90 miles last week wearing this pack and only noticed slight rubbing on my right hip due to some snow getting the strap wet from going down a snow chute.
So far the pack shows no signs of wear, and I greatly recommend it for cutting down weight and moving into ultralight packing if that is what you are interested in.