Please be cautious about posting third party comments about this situation. These kinds of things can get inflamed and unnecessarily out of control very quickly and damage reputations improperly because the gossip (whether truth or fiction) become some sense of reality in peoples' minds.
Rather than posting information on Internet forums, I suggest that if this really is a concern to you, then contact GoLite directly about it and see what they have to say. They deserve that, whether Ray's comments are truth or fiction.
In spite of "rules" or lack thereof elsewhere on the Internet, slanderous gossip will not be tolerated here.
When Ray posted his comments, I investigated the story, interviewed GoLite and others, and decided against publishing any commentary about it. It simply wasn't worth it and the "story" really turned out to be a non-story.
We owe a lot to Ray, Coup, and GoLite, for publicizing the ultralight movement in a way that has been positive for all of us. I wish them all the best of luck in the future, and expect that they will contribute in a positive manner to helping people lighten their packs.
Jacob and others: In the interest of being fair to all parties involved rather than making judgments based on a single post by Ray Jardine, or even gossip that might appear in other Internet forums (or our own, for that matter), I would encourage you to contact GoLite directly so you can get their side of the story before making further judgments.
My recommendation is that you give GoLite's CEO, Kim, a phone call to discuss the situation, or drop her an email via the GoLite website.
If you find in your further research on the topic that you’d like to add additional comments to the forum, please feel free to do so.