User Review: GoLite Jam 70L
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $119.99
An extremely solid and reliable, lightweight, multi-day backpack. Well-designed and comfortable.
- Reliable materials
I like the no-frills design: a large, capacious bucket with an additional front pocket, and two more pockets on the belt that accommodate my glasses and camera; two more unzippered side pockets hold Nalgenes easily. The fastex closures and nylon compression straps work well: easy to pack, open, close, and adjust. The dyneema fabric is claimed to be the strongest available.
I'm often probably packing more than the rated 30 lbs., and the pack has remained comfortable and doesn't shift around. Since it's designed for ultralight hiking, it's nearly frameless, and correct packing is essential. You should reinforce the bag's shape by inserting a rolled foam sleeping pad vertically into the bucket, then spread it out to form a tube inside the bag, within which you'll pack your gear, the heaviest items at the bottom, to create a column.
I actually leave my pad slid inside my bivy sack, and use it to form the tube, which adds another layer of waterproofing. Packing in this manner distributes and cushions the weight. I can say that the Jam 70L is more comfortable than other bags I've used that cost three times as much.
There are no D-rings and few places to lash gear onto the outside of the pack. I attached two carabiner-like clips to the cloth guides for the load-lifter straps, and they work quite well for trekking poles or other gear I need easy access to.
Great pack, great company; would buy again from them.