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Fierce 20/40/60°

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Excellent, versatile bag with great features. Let me start off by saying I love this bag. I've used it all the way down to the low 20s, up to 50-60, and it has always been excellent.  In case you're not familiar, this is a discontinued bag with a separate quilt layer that can be zipped on or off. The bag alone has a 40°f rating, the quilt has a 60°f rating, and combined they're rated at 20°f. Design-wise, the bag is a pretty typical mummy bag, with a hood with elastic cord, and differential… Full review

Jam 50L

rated 3 of 5 stars I have the original GoLite 50. Like all GoLite lite products they look great but have some design flaws. The 50 pack is not at all stiff, unless it is almost loaded to capacity. I improved mine by making AL stays in the back to stiffen it. Otherwise it is just an empty sack. The front pockets intrude on the interior space. Full review

Peak Pack

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Buy one (if you can). I got it used for $30. This is the pack I take with me on short hikes. It is easy to convert so I mostly use this as a daypack, would not work for longer trips but works for an overnight camping. No problem on fishing trips with the family, takes all the gear without a problem. I got it used so I have no idea how much it had been used before I got it. I only had it for a few months but I hike quite a bit so it has seen some use. It seems durable. Backing a frameless pack… Full review


rated 5 of 5 stars Superb pack for lighter warm-weather and "shoulder-season" traveling. (Not the bag I use for winter camping, when I use my 0-degree synthetic bag, which would nearly fill this pack on its own.) Just kidding about the Yak. I don't have a pet Yak. This is my favorite pack for backpacking from April through Columbus Day in southern New England. I fit everything I need — 3-season or summer sleeping bag, sleeping pad, minimal shelter, clothing needs, cooking gear, food, safety equipment and water/water… Full review

Hex 3 Shelter

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Hex (no longer available) and update ShangriLa (can still find it) is a great adaptable shelter to accommodate multiple living things (people, dogs, cats ...). Nice lightweight, adaptable shelter. Gap between silylon fly and sturdy (but not overdesigned) floor  can be adjusted to admit or reject air flow at bottom, to accommodate a variety of weather. It's durable enough to shed many weather conditions (wind to a point, rain, light snow). The floor is either a plain floor or a "bug nest," which… Full review

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GoLite was founded in 1998 by Kim Coupounas and Demetri "Coup" Coupounas. GoLite filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October of 2014.

In 2015, Demetri Coupounas acquired GoLite’s product designs and invested them into My Trail. My Trail is bringing back improved versions of the best of GoLite’s products and innovating from there to offer high performance outdoor apparel and equipment that is ultralight, ultra-durable, ultra-comfortable, and ultra-affordable.

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GoLite Coverage in the Trailspace Blog

How Green is My Pack? Eco Index to assess outdoor gear and apparel
Survey your outdoor gear: your base layers, fleece, go-to backpack. What’s it all made of? Where did it come from? The Eco Index will assess your outdoor gear, apparel, and footwear's overall environmental impact, eventually. Read more
April 18, 2011

New Barefoot and Minimalist Trail Footwear
Barefoot and minimal footwear is growing in popularity, including among the outdoor set. Whether you’re interested in going all in (barefoot) or want to ease into the idea (minimalist or lightweight), here are the latest trail offerings for 2011. Read more
March 16, 2011

How to Recycle Old Outdoor Gear
Depending on who you're talking to, today is either America Recycles Day or Zero Waste Day. If you can't donate or pass on old backcountry gear, what are your recycling options once your gear reaches the end of its trail life? Here are a few. Read more
November 15, 2010

Outdoor Retailer: Day One Round-Up
What stood out after a full first day on the show floor? Shells from Outdoor Research, GoLite, and Rab. New GoLit packs, and sleeping bags from Sea to Summit and Sierra Designs. Read more
August 4, 2010

Gear Maker Profile: Doug Clark of GoLite Footwear
Doug Clark has ridden a rollercoaster with GoLite Footwear, standing by his brand when a corporate giant gave up on it. Now he's hoping his "upside-down" approach to shoe technology, one designed to work with the natural human gait, will provide a foothold in the highly-competitive outdoor shoe market. Read more
July 23, 2010

GoLite announces “I’m Not Trash” product take-back program
GoLite has announced "I'm Not Trash," a product take back program. GoLite will reuse, repurpose, recycle, and/or store for future recycling any GoLite apparel or equipment, regardless of its condition, that the company manufactured since its founding in 1998. Read more
February 17, 2010


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