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Dan Magdoff
(highsierraguy) - F

Locale: Northern California
Torso length and sizing for GoLite packs on 03/30/2014 01:44:25 MDT Print View

Hey all

I am looking to buy a GoLite pack and am trying to figure out the sizing. it looks like there is very minimal difference between the torso length for a medium and a large. It seems the major difference between medium and large is the hipbelt...is this correct?
My torso length measures 19.5'' and my waist is 33". Would a size medium be the best fit for me?

Thanks
Dan

todd harper
(funnymoney) - MLife

Locale: Sunshine State
Re: Torso length and sizing for GoLite packs on 03/30/2014 06:25:03 MDT Print View

Hi Dan,

If Golite packs' sizing hasn't changed in the last 3 yrs, then yes, the Medium is the way to go for you. I have a 21" torso and the Large fits with the belt on the crest of my hips.

Todd

Dan Magdoff
(highsierraguy) - F

Locale: Northern California
torso length on 03/30/2014 06:38:11 MDT Print View

Todd

But according to the sizing chart on their website, a person with a 21" torso could use a large or a medium. What is your waist size?

Michael K
(chinookhead) - F - M
sizes for golite quest on 03/30/2014 08:01:01 MDT Print View

On all of the pack sizes on the Quests the torso lengths are the same and equally adjustable. The only difference are the hipbelt sizes.

Edited by chinookhead on 03/30/2014 10:27:00 MDT.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Re: Torso length and sizing for GoLite packs on 03/30/2014 09:34:43 MDT Print View

I have an 18.5" measurement and much prefer the Large. You will always get significant torso collapse with a frameless pack so keep that in mind.

todd harper
(funnymoney) - MLife

Locale: Sunshine State
Re: torso length on 03/30/2014 12:46:50 MDT Print View

I'm a 34" but it would fit me if I was skinnier, too.

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
Re: Torso length and sizing for GoLite packs on 03/30/2014 14:39:38 MDT Print View

Dan, I'd get a large. In fact, unless cost is a major factor I'd get another pack.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Re: Re: Torso length and sizing for GoLite packs on 03/30/2014 14:44:37 MDT Print View

"Dan, I'd get a large. In fact, unless cost is a major factor I'd get another pack."

Indeed.

todd harper
(funnymoney) - MLife

Locale: Sunshine State
Re: Torso length and sizing for GoLite packs on 03/30/2014 15:09:45 MDT Print View

Yeah,

The only Golite I really like is my modded Ion.

Dan Magdoff
(highsierraguy) - F

Locale: Northern California
another pack? on 03/30/2014 17:30:05 MDT Print View

Why do you guys recommend another pack?

Michael K
(chinookhead) - F - M
belt issue for me on 03/30/2014 17:58:35 MDT Print View

I love the design of the pack bag and organization is great. I also think the hoop going directly on the side of the belt and spreading the weight is innovative. However, I think they were too weight conscious with the belt. The belt's height is very small and has little padding. I think that the short height, even compared to UL packs, like ULA's and Granite Gear packs are what caused it to slip at bigger weights for me and the belt material is not robust enough to carry the loads for which it is recommended. I imagine that the belt may work out for others carrying lighter loads and who have more meat on their hips and not skinny framed like me.

Dan Magdoff
(highsierraguy) - F

Locale: Northern California
ideas? on 03/30/2014 18:07:19 MDT Print View

So what would you all recommend? I am looking fora pack for longer trips 6-15 days. I want to have it framed, and it needs to carry 40-45lbs. What do you all think?

Dan

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Re: ideas? on 03/30/2014 18:22:32 MDT Print View

Dan, definitely at those weights I would avoid a frameless pack. Given the volume and load requirement, I might look at the new Paradox Packs Unaweep. External framed and from all accounts an extremely comfortable pack at heavier weights. More expensive than the Golite, of course. Or head to www.Mchalepacks.com for a full custom load hauler.

Myles Booth
(mbooth0007) - F
i agree on 03/30/2014 18:29:22 MDT Print View

I have to agree, with those weights, a frameless pack will leave you miserable. I have a jam 70, and have had it up to 35lbs, and found it fairly uncomfortable. Also, for me, the packs seem to fit a bit small. Dont get me wrong though, for the money, i love this pack for loads closer to 30lbs.

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
Don't on 03/30/2014 18:55:06 MDT Print View

For 40-45 pounds you need a real frame don't even consider the Jam.

I'd suggest the Exped Lighting. It comes in a 45 and a 60 liter version. Its normally pretty pricey ($250) but I saw some as low as $129 on sales (apparently they are about to release an updated version)

The only other Ultra Light pack that will carry 40-45 pounds would be one of the larger packs by HMG. Also pricey ($280ish)

If you're on a budget there are cheaper packs out there but they will be heavier. However I would MUCH rather used a comfortable 4-5 pound pack with big loads then a 2 pound Jam.

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
Re: ideas? on 03/30/2014 19:56:22 MDT Print View

Paradox is certainly worth looking at. Their belt is by far the best I've used, and the load adapting frame works well. Available as big as you'd like. I haven't seen a Unaweep in person yet, but the concept is pretty unbeatable for expedition ultralight. I built myself a bag along the Unaweep concept, with the Paradox frame and belt integrated into it, and used it for a week in the Grand Canyon recently. 40 pounds was no problem.

A ULA Catalyst would get the job done weight-wise, but might be a bit small for two weeks.

More readily available packs like the Granite Gear Blaze or Leopard come to mind as well.

Edit: Given the presumptive weight, I assume you're looking at the Quest, rather than the Jam (which I and others first thought of). I haven't seen any reliable reports of the most recent version, but the older version was certainly well regarded. Chris Townsend did a favorable review here quite a few years ago.

Edited by DaveC on 03/30/2014 20:00:25 MDT.

Dan Magdoff
(highsierraguy) - F

Locale: Northern California
pack on 03/30/2014 20:06:19 MDT Print View

I am not looking at the Jam. I am looking at the Quest which has a frame, and its listed at carrying up to 50lbs. Is there a reason to steer away from the Quest? At $120 it seems like a great pack for a great price!

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
Re pack on 03/30/2014 20:20:41 MDT Print View

Okay the Quest makes more sense. I looked at a Quest very briefly in an REI once but didn't do much with it. Golite packs tend to be decent quality so I think it would be a good deal for the money IF it fits right. If you can try it on at an REI that would be ideal. If not order one from a place that takes returns.

Dan Magdoff
(highsierraguy) - F

Locale: Northern California
Trying on packs on 03/30/2014 20:33:15 MDT Print View

Unfortunitely, I dont live ANYWHERE close to an REI (4-5 hours away). SO anything I get, I am buying online...

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Re: Trying on packs on 03/30/2014 20:43:22 MDT Print View

Sorry Dan. I too was speaking of the Jam.

No experience with the Quest.