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Kevin Harper
(kevinharper2) - F

Locale: Southwest
Golite Jam Pad Support on 10/19/2011 23:52:22 MDT Print View

Just picked up a new Jam and had a question about the included pad that is in the sleeve for support. Can I remove it and just use my Ridgerest which I bring anyway? I don't know if I will lose any support by removing it? I was thinking of putting the Ridgerest in a big circle and filling the pack up in the middle, will this work?

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
Leave it on 10/20/2011 06:20:11 MDT Print View

I would leave the pad in. It used to be very common to take them out to save a few ounces but according to recent test they do imprve the carrying ablitity. Rolling your sleeping bad up works but according to the same tests it works best to fold your pad up against the back.

Here There
(cowexnihilo) - MLife
Re: Golite Jam Pad Support on 10/20/2011 07:30:24 MDT Print View

Give it a shot! If it works for the load you carry, then you found an easy way to save an ounce or two, if not, you can add it back for the next trip.

-David

Jack G
(NomadJack) - F

Locale: Midwest
Golite Jam Pad Support on 10/20/2011 07:40:30 MDT Print View

If you're asking about removing the sleeve itself, I did and regretted it after. It doesn't save much weight. Also, if you ever want to use the pack for travel (where you are not taking the ridgerest) you'll be glad you have it.

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
pad sleeve on 10/20/2011 08:24:19 MDT Print View

A full pad sleeve with a tight fitting pad definitely enhances load carry.

Here There
(cowexnihilo) - MLife
Re: pad sleeve on 10/20/2011 08:34:24 MDT Print View

"A full pad sleeve with a tight fitting pad definitely enhances load carry."

I agree completely, but depending on the weight and composition of the load the added enhancement over a Ridgerest may not be needed, hence my suggestion to Kevin to give it a shot and see if it works for him.

-David

Hiking Malto
(gg-man) - F
Ditch the Pad on 10/20/2011 09:25:46 MDT Print View

I have had several Jams and the pad not required. I had great luck with a Ridgerest in two configurations. First is folded flat. Second is scoring it into a U shape. I would do the first if I were to carry a Jam again and keep my quilt loose to make sure you fill out your pack. If your base weight is in the 12lb range this works well.

Joe Clement
(skinewmexico) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
Golite Jam Pad Support on 10/20/2011 09:55:34 MDT Print View

I replaced mine with a pad cut from a blue CCF pad, and that helped. Cutting a piece of coroplast to fit in with the pad helps a lot. But if you can replace it with the ridgerest, that would be the way to go. Never tried it myself.

Kevin Harper
(kevinharper2) - F

Locale: Southwest
Pad on 10/20/2011 10:42:49 MDT Print View

No, I wouldn't cut the sleeve out. Sometimes I use my Exped UL7 and I will leave the pad in but when I take the Ridgerest I was thinking I could take it out and put the Ridgerest in a circular shape around the inside of the pack for support. My base weight is right around 10 lbs.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Golite Jam Pad Support on 10/20/2011 11:48:01 MDT Print View

I would buy a pack that works. Why dump money into a design that needs adaptation (and is still a load of compromises)? There are plenty of UL pack makers out there who have good designs that will incorporate your sleeping pad or have some sort of weight transfer frame sheet, stays or frame that will do the trick-- without being chopped up. If want the weight savings of a frameless pack, you might as well get one that is actually UL and well designed.

I'm of the mind that you get a truly ultralight pack and learn how to pack it properly-- and live with the compromises-- or get a framed pack that will deliver good weigh transfer without doing a Houdini trick to get it loaded. These in-between designs with added padding, pockets, straps and weight are just a waste of time and effort. GoLite started by making very Spartan and truly UL packs and kept adding padding, compression straps, pockets, and heavier fabric. I assume that was to appease the mass market retailers. The cottage makers still rule the nest on the UL packs. If you can access the article at http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/frameless_backpacks_sotm_part1_2011.html it will help you sort it out.

I got tired of the fiddling and my pack loading being dictated by creating weight transfer rather than convenient access to gear on the trail and balance. Droopy packs and stuff poking me in the back didn't cut it for me. I went to an actual framed pack (Osprey Exos) that I can load any way I like and get true weight transfer and a stable comfortable load.

Tohru Ohnuki
(erdferkel) - F

Locale: S. California
Re: Golite Jam Pad Support on 10/20/2011 13:36:21 MDT Print View

You can remove it and try doing the 'sleeping pad unrolled inside the pack trick.' But I leave mine in since i use a GG thinlite pad with a torsolite and when it's a bit cold under the legs the 1/4" foam in the pack is a good supplement. The real trick to that pack (and other frameless packs) is to pack it so that it supports itself. I use two silnylon drybags to hold the sleeping bag and warm clothes, both stuffed vertically in the bottom.

Kevin Harper
(kevinharper2) - F

Locale: Southwest
Re: Re: Golite Jam Pad Support on 10/21/2011 00:59:38 MDT Print View

You seem to know it all, I will be sure to send you a PM when ever I have a question. I have used and own many types of packs. The Golite fits me perfect and is the most comfortable pack I own. If you read my post I am going to be using the Ridgerest next week and was wondering if I could simply take out the foam pad with this set up. You sound like a bitter old man.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Re: Re: Golite Jam Pad Support on 10/21/2011 01:56:02 MDT Print View

Whoah there Sonny, I just gave my opinion. I've owned a Jam (and several other GoLite packs) and didn't care for it. It fit just fine, but the suspension sucked, ego my little rant. I haven't looked at the new ones, but if you can remove the pad non-destructively, what is all the drama about? Pull the thing out and try it with the RidgeRest. I'm sure several folded layers of RidgeRest will give you a stiffer column than the single foam pad.

The caveat is that the RidgeRest won't be captive in a pocket where it picks up weight off the shoulder strap connection and transfers it down to the waist belt, although a single layer of CCF foam isn't going to transfer much weigh before drooping. Careful loading is the trick. A stiffer frame sheet or stays would be the real answer.

No need to get personal or defensive when you get free advice that isn't derogatory towards you. If you don't like my advice, don't follow it! It's a forum, where people *discuss* things. My HUMBLE opinion is that frameless packs suck big time :) Best of luck with your experiments!

Don Selesky
(backslacker) - M
Re: Golite Jam Pad Support on 10/21/2011 09:02:45 MDT Print View

I'll go the other way and suggest trying to *add* a section of Ridgerest/Zrest pad cut to the same dimensions as the stock pad. Using both pads seemed to firm up the support in my Pinnacle pack and made it carry the load better. Oh, and I kept the stock pad against my back.

Yes, that adds a few ounces, so if you don't need to, don't do it, but if you have to carry weight anywhere even close to its supposed capacity of the pack it makes it much more comfortable.

Kevin Harper
(kevinharper2) - F

Locale: Southwest
Re: Re: Golite Jam Pad Support on 10/21/2011 10:35:07 MDT Print View

Thanks for all the advice, it actually works great for me with the stock pad but I will give it a shot with the Ridgerest next weekend in the Canyon. With my base weight right at 10 lbs I doubt if I notice a difference either way.

Kevin Harper
(kevinharper2) - F

Locale: Southwest
Re: Re: Golite Jam Pad Support on 10/21/2011 10:46:53 MDT Print View

Read your response again, I was simply asking about removing a piece of foam or not? And yes, I was asking for free advice, just not your opinion on why I bought the wrong pack. Keep on topic and to the point.

"I would buy a pack that works. Why dump money into a design that needs adaptation (and is still a load of compromises)? There are plenty of UL pack makers out there who have good designs that will incorporate your sleeping pad or have some sort of weight transfer frame sheet, stays or frame that will do the trick-- without being chopped up. If want the weight savings of a frameless pack, you might as well get one that is actually UL and well designed."

I didn't ask you for the opinion above, I personally think this pack is a perfect balance for me. I guess I wasn't thinking how it would fit you when I bought the pack. I am sorry to all of the other posters but this guy struck a nerve, this is the main reason why I started coming over to this board from Backpacker.com. I don't want to be preached to and told I bought the wrong pack.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Re: Re: Golite Jam Pad Support on 10/21/2011 10:54:18 MDT Print View

Kevin harped, "I didn't ask you for the opinion above, I personally think this pack is a perfect balance for me. I guess I wasn't thinking how it would fit you when I bought the pack. I am sorry to all of the other posters but this guy struck a nerve, this is the main reason why I started coming over to this board from Backpacker.com"

Wow, that's quite an attitude. I have the perfect match for your attitude and your pack padding issues:
Adult diaper

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Re: Re: Re: Re: Golite Jam Pad Support on 10/21/2011 11:01:19 MDT Print View

I love it! Multi-use gear!

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Golite Jam Pad Support on 10/21/2011 11:04:29 MDT Print View

In this case, it could double as a balaclava.

Kevin Harper
(kevinharper2) - F

Locale: Southwest
Re: Re: Re: Re: Golite Jam Pad Support on 10/21/2011 11:23:01 MDT Print View

Dale, you even give advice on your PDF gear list, you don't get it do you! And quit posting pictures of gear you use to avoid getting out of your bag at nights!

All fun aside, you do seem to know quite a bit so I do apologize. I just bought the pack and am very happy with it. Seemed like you were telling me that I wasted my money on it.