The Backpack Light 50L replaced the GoLite Jam 50L.
2 lb 1.5 oz
|Max Suggested Load||
My Trail Co. has redesigned the Jam series backpack…
Source: received for testing via the Trailspace Review Corps (Sample provided by My Trail Co for testing and review)
My Trail Co. has redesigned the Jam series backpack from the GoLite days, with improvements to its lightweight and frameless design. This water-resistant backpack is designed for backpackers where low pack weight is a priority.
- Excellent price point to consumer
- Streamlined design
- Highly water resistant
- Easy access water bottle pockets
- Great hip belt pockets
- Overload potential
- Hip belt waist can max out
- Limited load lifter function
- Poor back ventilation
- Lighter options in its class
When it comes to finding the right backpack, it appears there is never an easy choice with all of the available options in today's market. In 2016, GoLite had successfully ‘reloaded’ as My Trail Co, basing their operations out of Denver, Colorado. My Trail Co has resurrected several of the best and most popular products, and is slowly growing from its streamlined product range. One of GoLite’s most popular products, the Jam 50, is now known as the Backpack Light 50 L.
- Volume: 50 Liters
- Weight: 2 lb 2 oz
- Load Range: Up to 40 lbs
- Frame Type: Flexible Frame Sheet Only (Removable)
- Fabric: DWR coated Dyneema Threaded Nylon (PU Coated Interior)
- Hydration Reservoir Compatible: Yes
- Included Rain Cover: No
Fit, Comfort, Ride, and Capacity
The My Trail Co Backpack Light 50 L is overall a very comfortable backpack. That being said, the maximum capacity can easily overload the wearer. Although the pack is specified to have a range up to 40 pounds, a weekend winter trip through the Appalachian Trail’s Rollercoaster in Virginia proved this to be very inaccurate.
A total pack weight of approximately 25 lbs was found to leave sore shoulders. Having happily worn this backpack in warmer weather from 8-14 lbs a dozen times, it wasn’t just the backpack. On a 19th backpacking trip in 2017, it also wasn’t the wearer. Note: the pack tested was a size L (19.5-21.5" torso, 33-56" hip) on a 5'10" 155 lb tester with a 21" torso.
The question of comfort then, is either the nature of a frameless pack, or poorly designed strap load lifters with thin straps. Quite simply, a flexible composite frame sheet cannot remain rigid enough to provide the necessary geometry for conventional load lifter design. Professional opinion on maximum comfortable capacity: 20 lbs.
Another Note Regarding Fit: It is not possible to modify, or use the hip belt for a waist below 32". This limits fit for the tall, slim folk.
This backpack will hold A LOT of gear, including a bear canister. Restraint is necessary to keep this pack comfortable!
The front pocket for this pack can hold quite a bit of gear, but it is difficult to get items in and out of the pack if your pack is loaded, and relatively full.
Organization, Accessibility, and Features
Simplicity is evident when looking at the Backpack Light 50 L. Although easy to overlook, there are several features that make this 2-lb pack luxe.
MyTrailCo’s ComPaktor system is a welcome feature, allowing the wearer to hem the bottom of the pack in, assisting with a more comfortable ride when carrying less gear.
Easy access water bottle pockets are not always "easy" to find in a backpack... Finding a friend on the trail to get your water isn’t necessary with My Trail Co.
The stretch mesh pockets performed very well, with no sign of wear during testing.
The hip belt pockets are another big plus for this pack. Easy to zip and unzip one handed, stretchy, and a second flat interior pocket inside the pocket. Note: these pockets are mesh, with cordura above the zipper—not water resistant!
Detachable side compression straps.
The elastic clips and ice axe retention loops will hold trekking poles or an umbrella.
The pack has hydration access ports on both sides.
Construction & Durability
This pack has shown very little to no wear during testing. The dyneema robic fabric is tough, and highly water resistant.
One area of long-term concern are the buckles used with this backpack. It feels as though there is just a bit too much flex to the plastic.
This backpack has been tested from late summer to late autumn in the Mid-Atlantic region of the USA for over 200 miles on the trail. Temperatures have ranged from over 90°F down to approximately 25°F.