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R Alsborg
(FastWalker) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
GoLite ION on 02/16/2010 21:58:06 MST Print View


Hermit's Hut (yes they still have them)Sale Price: $40.96, Size: Small, Color: Green

Edited by FastWalker on 02/16/2010 22:00:42 MST.

Marek Janda
(nyxatko) - F
some more Ions here on 02/18/2010 13:26:04 MST Print View

some more Ions here

got one in red/L last week and they told me they bought some from the last batch made, so they should still have some.

shipping within europe was very low (compared to what I'm used to pay in UK shops), not sure about shipping to US.

Ross P Hemphill
(rbimli) - F

Locale: PNW
US orders on 02/18/2010 19:45:10 MST Print View

They say that they cannot ship to the US. :[

Greg Lewis
(gpl916) - F

Locale: PNW
Re: GoLite ION on 02/18/2010 19:52:19 MST Print View


I just ordered one for my son to use. Thanks for the tip.


Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: US orders on 02/18/2010 19:54:07 MST Print View


If you create a post -- say on the G Spot -- I'm sure any number of our European hikers will be glad to help you.

Javan Dempsey

Locale: The-Stateless-Society
Re: Re: US orders on 02/18/2010 21:38:15 MST Print View

Are these smalls, lady sized?

This might get me out of a MYOG project I've been putting off.

Konrad .
(Konrad1013) - MLife
nope, unisex on 02/18/2010 22:34:29 MST Print View

Javan, the ion is unisex. A small is for 15.5 to 17.5" torsos. But because there isn't a true waistbelt that sits on the user's hips, torso length isn't really determinative of fit. Lots of fudge room for these packs

Edited by Konrad1013 on 02/18/2010 22:36:08 MST.

Javan Dempsey

Locale: The-Stateless-Society
Re: nope, unisex on 02/18/2010 22:39:50 MST Print View

that clarifies things, thanks again Konrad!

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
Re Re nope unisex on 02/18/2010 22:46:01 MST Print View

I hear a lot of people say the hipbelt doesn't do anything for them on an Ion. Personally I like it for two reasons. First it keeps the pack from shifting around. Second when I pack it right it does take some of the load off my shoulders. Personally I would at least try to get one that fits but if you don't care about the hipbelt no worries. I love my Ion. If you want to increase its capacity heres a simple trick. Sew two straps onto the top of the lid. If you can't fit everything inside put your raingear or whatever in a stuff sack and strap it on top.

Edited by Cameron on 02/18/2010 22:56:35 MST.

Matt DeWitt
(tritan) - F

Locale: Midwest
holding on 02/21/2010 22:03:56 MST Print View

how much do these hold? I am looking for a small backpack for my son who is 8. I need something to hold 15lbs or so , clothes, bag, etc.

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
Re holding on 02/21/2010 22:19:48 MST Print View

Matt if you want a lightweight kid pack I think the Ion might be a good choice. As far as volume I think its around 1500 cubic inches although as I mentioned above you can modify it. For me it holds a SUL summer kit and about two days of food. When I took a little brother's friend out I let him carry it. We stuffed his clothes, a 20 degree down sleeping bag, and his waterbottles in, I carried everything else. I've hauled up to around 15 pounds in it and been fine but for a little kid I'd aim for no more than 10 just because its a minimalistic pack. Have fun taking the little guy out!

Edited by Cameron on 02/21/2010 22:22:34 MST.

Matt DeWitt
(tritan) - F

Locale: Midwest
Re: Re holding on 02/21/2010 22:25:51 MST Print View

I was just going threw golites site and looking for a pack for him. I wish there was a few outer compartments on it. I contacted golite to see what they recommend for a 8year old. We will see I am having a hard time finding lightweight packs for him they just don't say " kids" on them. I had my eye on the oprey jib but it comes in at 3lbs 3oz. hmmmm.

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
Re Re Re holding on 02/22/2010 08:07:58 MST Print View

Matt I totally agree the Ion would have been much nicer with a few pockets. There were a couple of threads here about adding pockets to Ions if you're interested in that. You could also add pouches on the hipbelt. The only other pack I know of that is this light for kids would be the MLD Burn or Prophet. Actually the REI Flash 30 might work too. I tried one on and for some reason didn't like the fit but you never know.

Dean F.
(acrosome) - MLife

Locale: Back in the Front Range
Kid's packs on 02/22/2010 08:53:05 MST Print View

nm - the Osprey stuff was already mentioned...

Edited by acrosome on 02/22/2010 08:56:26 MST.

Matt DeWitt
(tritan) - F

Locale: Midwest
Re: Re Re Re holding on 02/22/2010 10:14:15 MST Print View

Just got a reply back from golite and they state they don't make packs for kids and didn't go futher then that . What a disappointment. I was hoping for a few suggestions to look into. What is MLD? I haven't heard of them before. I will check into the flash series. If we get to camp and empty his bag there I wanted to use his pack as a daypack from camp.

Jeff K
(jeff.k) - F

Locale: New York
Re: Re: Re Re Re holding on 02/22/2010 10:17:49 MST Print View

Hi Matt,

MLD is

Greg Lewis
(gpl916) - F

Locale: PNW
Re: GoLite ION on 02/24/2010 13:17:25 MST Print View

Well, Hermit's Hut just pulled the hat trick ala Moosejaw.

I placed an order on the 16th when this post came up for an Ion, and my order was accepted and payment taken and I get a call today saying GoLite does not make these anymore and they don't have any. So they are refunding my money after holding it for two weeks.

Do these companies not get how damaging it is to their reputation when they accept an order and then can't fulfill it? And why did it take so long to notify me?


Diplomatic Mike

Locale: Under a bush in Scotland
Re : Golite Ion on 02/24/2010 13:35:38 MST Print View

If any member is having trouble getting an Ion shipped from the UK to the US, i'm willing to help out if i can.

Robert Carver
(Rcarver) - MLife

Locale: Southeast TN
GoLite ION on 02/24/2010 17:11:04 MST Print View

I live in Knoxville, TN. I was in River Sports Outfitters eariler in the week. They had two mediums in stock.
Their phone number is 865-523-0066.

Greg Lewis
(gpl916) - F

Locale: PNW
Hermits Hut on 03/05/2010 17:27:19 MST Print View

I would caution anyone doing business with this company. I still have not recieved my money back after they flubbed my order. Numerous calls to them, and they always say they will call me back but they never do.

Avoid them like the plague.