I am wondering if there are any packs around similar in weight/volume to the Golite Ion? The original MSRP of $50 is also a very attractive feature of the Ion.
Gossamer Gear Murmur?
zpack zero in dyneema?
MLD Burn is a little similar
Lowe Alpine Illusionhttp://www.lowealpine-usa.com/index.php?nav=24&search=cat&Category=Hiking&docp=16_981
Cilogear and MontBell make some in the 20L range. The REI Zip travel pack is another 20l bag that has water bottle pockets and is only $30. At least with the bottle pockets you can squeak a little more space from the pack bag.But there aren't many simple 25 liter packs out there. I'd like to see GoLite revive the Ion with mesh side and front pockets.
Maybe I should be a little more specific. Any packs in the 1500-1600 cubic inch range that are around 8-10 ounces? AND under $100?
Thar's a feller over on the Gear Swap forum with a right nice Ion if'n you like green :)http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=37726
Maybe this will help you:http://www.exped.com/exped/web/exped_homepage_na.nsf/0/8F0C2146FA7F5A63C125767E00705EF5?opendocumentThis is the same weight category as Ion but waterproof.The measured weight is 295 grams, or 250g without belt and chest strap.
there is an Ion pack on ebay right nowhttp://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=320596907525&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT
there are also some ions available at german outdoor shops
MLD newt $69.
Ron just posted this in gear deals and my immediate thought was that it's a better and lighter golite ion. All the capacity and simplicity of the Ion, with a shock cord upgrade and no stupid waterproof zipper or zipper flap to deal with. Better shoulder harness padding too. Best part...it's available without having to get into a bid war on ebay
Edited by Konrad1013 on 10/04/2010 13:19:51 MDT.
Like an Ion but much better, with MLD quality, better closure, bungee system. If you can fit your stuff into 1500, and don't mind the lack of exterior water bottle holders, this is a great pack, it seems.
The newt looks perfect. I think I found my next pack. Thanks guys.
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