User Review: GoLite Jam 50L
Source: borrowed it
Adequate pack for those who want to hike ultralight. The material is thinner than expected, but very durable. Side pocket storage for water or accessories isn't as well made as hoped. Can convert from 50L down to comfortable daypack.
- Lightweight material
- Durable, tough material
- Convertability from daypack to 50L
- Lack of side storage
- Poor outside mesh
Recently returned from a trip to Glacier. I used this pack on part of a three day two night loop. The person I borrowed this from uses it exclusively, even on longer 3-4 day hikes. He packs ultralight. I'll list what he usually puts in the bag instead of what I used on this trip. I will then tell you my experience with the fit, comfortability, etc.
By seeing the picture, it may appear a bit boxy at the top. This is the just area that expands or rolls down to convert into a daypack; a great feature. There is no real internal frame, but it is rigid. Again, think "ultralight" when seeing this design. The hip belts and shoulder straps are thinner than normal because of this, but didn't pose any problems to me.
With the three other guys I was with, I may have been packing heavier than he normally would by having about 30 lbs. in it. By no means was this putting excess stress on the pack though. I didn't have any odd pressure. Wit the sternum strap hooked, I had the usual 80% pressure on my hips and about 20% on my chest and shoulders.
My friend also uses a Platypus bladder in the side mesh pocket with the hose going up through the side. I did the same and had a 1L Nalgene on the other side, no problem. I didn't like the design of the elastic mesh and it was actually unstitched when I was wearing it.
There was also a lack of outside loops and straps to use for a sleeping pad, etc. My friend packs his Thermarest blow-up pad inside and uses his ultralight sleeping bag to pack around his solid items in his pack, really to fill in the gaps. This way he doesn't have anything strapped on the outside. This is was still no problem to have 2.5 days of food, pot, stove and one fuel canister in the pack.
Overall, the price is spot on for this pack and the people using it. It can also do well as a female pack. Lightweight, durable, and comfortable on those 2-3 day hikes.