GoLite Quest 80L Pack
I used the 80 litre version on a 600-mile, 2.5-month…
Source: bought it new
I used the 80 litre version on a 600-mile, 2.5-month hike in Idaho last year.
- Great weight for the carry comfort
- Easy to replace belt padding when it flattens out.
- Padding on hip belt flattened out after a few weeks, can easily be removed and replaced.
- Lower part of shoulder straps abraid the hip belt where it contacts, needs to be reinforced with a bit of duct tape, compeed etc.
- Side pockets will not last
This is a big pack for the weight. The simple big bag swallows stuff like a whale. The suspension system works better than any pack I have ever used. Been backpacking for 30 years+ often for months at a time so I know a revolutionary design in packs when I carry one. With 18 kilos the carry was comfortable, with 20 to 24 kilos I used a tump line to spread the load.
The hip belt is not wide, this helps to focus the weight on a narrow area which stops it from slipping but it allso means a heavy load can produce sore spots on the hips. I countered this by puting a little padding under the belt where it hurt, a wadge of toilet paper worked ok sometimes with 20 kilos+ I needed to wrap my fleece around my waist.
After a few weeks the padding in the belt flattened out and became inefective, the padding was easily removed, it is held in placed by a velcro tab. A pair of socks inserted into the belt worked ok but something more sensible like a strip of sleeping pad foam would work well. The forward facing pockets worked well untill they shredded, these need to be re inforced if you want to keep them.
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