Design: Top Loading
Size: 3200 cu in (+ or -)
Max. Load Carried: 17 pounds
Height of Owner: 6' 0"
Price Paid: About $75 or so on EBay
My son and I started backpacking, and I bought a nice Kelty backpack. It could hold a lot, so I put a lot in it. Darn near killed myself on a couple of 1 nighters. Started reading up on backpacking and was very interested in going light. But how would I ever survive without that extra pair of jeans, and light, medium, and heavyweight shirts, and 2 types of fleece, etc.
I found this bag used on eBay for about half the price of a new one. Figured I'd give it a shot. Did a one nighter without all the extra stuff, and all I could say to my son was, "This is the best thing ever".
This bag doesn't have all the bells and whistles that the Kelty did, but I realized that I didn't need them in the first place. If I had to say anything negative at all, it would be that I miss being able to get to the bottom of the bag from the outside, but I've learned to live with that.
If you want to backpack, but don't enjoy it that much because of your pack weight, get this bag, or one of the others in this line. There's always a few at a good price on eBay (unless you just have to have a new one).
Bottom line - Get one of these bags which will help you cut back and be more weight conscious. You may not become an Ultralight purist (I'm not), but the lower weight will help you enjoy the experience that much more, which will help you get out more which is the point.
One of the best packs I've ever owned. It is very light at 2lb 10oz and not very bulky.
Despite having only 3000 cu in capacity seems to pack much more. It is very comfortable and the load distributes very well. Shoulder straps are thin but very comfortable and not causing my shoulders to scream enough. I typically will carry up 20 lb and 4 days 3 nights trip.
Fabric seems to be waterproof or at least water repellant and nothing got wet inside in a drizzle.
I personally do not like hydration systems. I think they are useless features but this pack has hydration sleeve if anybody cares. Bungee cords allow to clip on additional gear.
I also like streamline shape of this pack so I don't have to worry about going through narrow spaces and ripping the pack.
The only gripe I have is that small top packet zipper came partially unglued but this is a minor complaint.
Overall love it.
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The Lite-Speed is the largest of three fast-and-light packs in GoLite’s Adrenaline Series (not just light, fast and light). The Adrenaline packs (Rush, VO24, and Lite-Speed) are designed for performance during fast-and-light sports like adventure racing and ultra-marathons, but with broad functionality. All are 3-liter hydration-compatible.
The Lite-Speed is designed for expedition adventure racing, fast packing, lightweight backpacking, and adventure travel. It features an adjustable webbing hip belt, two bellowed mesh pockets with zipper closures, adjustable load lifter straps, tow loop, top zippered security compartment, two side compression straps, whistle on the adjustable sternum strap, rear bungee cord web with cord lock and hook to secure and attach gear, large front mesh pocket, haul loop, two side mesh pockets, and a large front mesh pocket, frame sheet with one adjustable aluminum stay.
The Lite-Speed uses GoLite’s ComPacktor system, which lets you reduce the pack’s volume through two fixed compression anchor clips that convert a multi-day pack into a day-tripper.
Here's what other sites are saying:
With upgraded suspension, access and materials the new Go Lite Lite-Speed pack ups the ante even more over its Backpacker Magazine award winning predecessor. PRODUCT FEATURES: Intended Use: lightweight backpacking, adventure and expedition adventure racing Size-specific anatomically molded hip-belt with quick-access zippered stretch pockets High-void meshes on back panel and shoulder harness move moisture quickly and promote rapid drying S-contoured back panel with HDPE frame sheet and 2 aluminum stays mimic shape of the spine and are customizable for a dialed-in fit Proprietary ComPACKtor system converts capacity incredibly efficiently Large front pocket for organization Sculpted lid with body-side zipper access detaches to shed grams Two side stretch pockets hold 1L bottles + trekking poles Side compression straps with quick release buckles convert to front attachment system for sleeping pads, snowboards, snowshoes, etc. Load lifters control and transfer weight effectively Internal stretch woven hydration sleeve with righty and lefty hydration tube ports Adjustable sternum strap with whistle 2 lbs. 10 oz. | 1.22 kg Volume - 2135 in3 | 35 liters Materials - Tier 1 Recycled 210 Denier Nylon Velocity ; Tier 1 Recycled 210 Denier Nylon Double Ripstop
- Appalachian Outdoors
On Sale. Free Shipping. GoLite Lite-Speed Pack DECENT FEATURES of the GoLite Men's Lite-Speed Pack Size-specific anatomically molded hip-belt with quick-access zippered stretchpockets High-void meshes on back panel and shoulder harness move moisture quickly andpromote rapid drying S-contoured back panel with HDPE frame sheet and 2 aluminum stays mimic shape of the spine and are customizable for a dialed-in fit Proprietary compacktor system converts capacity incredibly efficiently Large front pocket for organization Sculpted lid with body-side zipper access detaches to shed grams Two side stretch pockets hold 1l bottles + trekking poles Side compression straps with quick release buckles convert to front attachment system for sleeping pads, snowboards, snowshoes, etc. Load lifters control and transfer weight effectively Internal stretch woven hydration sleeve with righty and lefty hydration tube ports Adjustable sternum strap with whistle The SPECS Materials: Tier 1 recycled 210 denier nylon velocity, Tier 1 recycled 210 denier nylon double ripstop, High-void polyester mesh The SPECS for Medium Weight: 2 lbs 10 oz / 1190 g Volume: 2135 cubic inches / 35 L Compact Volume: 976 cubic inches / 16 L Maximum Rec. Load: 30 lbs / 14 kg Spine Length: 17.5-19.5 in. / 44.5-49.5 cm The SPECS for Large Weight: 2 lbs 12 oz / 1250 g Volume: 976 cubic inches / 16 L Compact Volume: 10373 / 17 L Maximum Rec. Load: 30 lbs / 14 kg Spine Length: 19.5-21.5 in. / 49.5-54.5 cm
Go Lite's previous generation Lite-Speed was lauded as "Most Versatile" pack by Outside magazine and Backpacker magazine, and the new Lite-Speed ups the ante with upgraded suspension, access and materials.
With awards from Outside magazine and Backpacker magazine, and the new GoLite Lite Men's Litespeed Pack is even more impressive with an upgraded suspension, access and materials.
- Altrec Outdoors