The Pursuit is the smallest of three full-suspension backpacking, trekking, and mountaineering packs in GoLite’s Venture Series. The Venture packs (Pursuit, Quest, and Odyssey) feature internal frame sheets that can accommodate 40-, 50-, and 60-pound loads and are all 3-liter hydration-compatible.
The Pursuit is designed for lightweight backpacking, alpinism, and backcountry skiing or snowboarding. It features two side hydration openings and an internal hydration sleeve; a front pocket to hold a shovel, shovel handle, skins, or probe; a removable lid with welded watertight zipper for the top pocket; the ability to carry skis, snowboards, or snowshoes using side compression straps, as well as carry skis diagonally; a frame sheet with one adjustable aluminum stay; and a shaped back panel and hip wings with padding to contour the back and hips.
backcountry skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing
available in Small and Medium
2900 cu in, compacts to 1300 cu in
2 lb 8 oz (1130 g)
available in Medium and Large
3000 cu in, compacts to 1600 cu in
2 lb 11 oz (1220 g)
Bombproof but Ultra Light. Many fine adjustments for…
Design: top-loading internal
Size: 3300 c.i.
Number of Pockets: 3
Max. Load Carried: 55 lb
Height of Owner: 6'2"
Price Paid: $54
Bombproof but Ultra Light. Many fine adjustments for that perfect fit. Welded zips and taped seams work well to keep the rain out, and snow is no threat to soaking your stowed gear. This pack does everything as advertised, and the Ice Axe loops work well on ski / trekking poles. Golite's design creates lots of options for set up without purchasing extra straps, connectors, etc.
Two minor gripes: I live in SoCal (HOT inland), and the padding doesn't have mesh so I sweat while wearing. This was not a problem outside of Flagstaff in December! I would have liked a bottom access panel for my bag, but that would've raised the weight of this baby. Not a big deal.
I am very satisfied, especially for the price paid. If I had paid close to retail then I would've given it 4.0 stars.
Update: February 23, 2010
This is a follow up to my first review. I took this pack on a weekend trip with my son, nephew, and brother in law. We had to plan for the worst given the location of the trip, so my pack was severely over-loaded. The pack is rated at 35 lb max, but I had 55 loaded up.
After 2 days of steep hiking and several other trips, there are no signs of stress on the pack. More impressively, I was not uncomfortable wearing it while hiking with all of the excessive weight. It is also a very water-resistant pack. I am compelled to upgrade its rating to 5 stars, and would've felt the same if I had paid twice as much. Go get one.
Here's what other sites are saying:
The GoLite Pursuit Pack comes in at a low three pounds to keep backpackers happy and includes the features you need to push it into winter use. Ski- and snowboard-carry options help you bring your plank(s) of choice into the backcountry, and the large front pocket doubles as a shovel pouch in the winter. In the summer this GoLite pack easily handles weekend trips-or even longer if you know how to go really light.
- Backcountry Outlet
The smallest volume pack of the Venture Series, the Pursuit is a sleek little number that is just as confident in the backwoods and slopes as it is on the rock.
The GoLite Pursuit pack is the smallest volume pack of the Venture Series, the Pursuit is a sleek little number that is just as confident in the backwoods and slopes as it is on the rock. The moldable framesheet has two adjustable aluminum stays, and the shaped back panel and padded hip belt wings contour to your back and hips for optimal comfort and support. The Pursuit also features a removable top lid, two quick-release side compression buckles with a Hypalon patch to support skis, a front pocket that holds a shovel, handle, skins and probe, and side compression straps that release and join to opposite sides to carry your winter gear. All this for under 3 lbs!
On Sale. Free Shipping. GoLite Pursuit Pack DECENT FEATURES of the GoLite Men's Pursuit Pack 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 reduces pack volume via easy to use anchor / strap system Sculpted lid with crampon lash tabs and body-side zipper access detaches to shed 90 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. Top compression strap and load lifters control and transfer weight effectively Hypalon patches integrate with compression straps for A-frame ski carry and dedicated upper and lower straps for side-hill ski carry Internal stretch woven hydration sleeve with righty and lefty hydration tube ports Adjustable sternum strap with whistle and twin ice axe lops and handle straps The SPECS Materials: 50% Recycled 210 Denier Nylon Velocity, 50% Recycle 210 Denier Nylon Double-Ripstop, High-VOID Polyester Mesh The SPECS for Medium Weight: 2 lbs 15 oz / 1330 g Volume: 3111 cubic inches / 51 L Compact Volume: 1586 cubic inches / 26 L Maximum Rec. Load: 35 lbs / 16 kg Spine Length: 17.5 - 19.5 in / 44.5 - 49.5 cm The SPECS for Large Weight: 3 lbs 5 oz / 1500 g Volume: 3294 cubic inches / 54 L Compact Volume: 1647 cubic inches / 27 L Maximum Rec. Load: 35 lbs / 16 kg Spine Length: 19.5 - 21.5 in / 49.5 - 54.5 cm