by Ryan Jordan | 2005-01-30 03:00:00-07
GoLite introduces a few new products for Fall/Winter 2005 that should pique the interest of a few of our readers:
Specs: Polartec Powershield Micro 4.9 oz/yd2 fabric; 10-in side seam zippers and elasticized waist; front fly zip/snap closure; articulated seat and knees. Weight: 13 oz (Men's L).
Comments: GoLite's Propel tights (Powershield front, Powerstretch back) don't quite cut it for serious backcountry use (great for cycling or running, however). The more relaxed fit of the all-Powershield Interia pants should be more conducive to backcountry overnight activities such as snowshoe camping or ski mountaineering. I'm looking forward to these - they could very well replace my 18 oz Arc'Teryx Gamma MX pants.
Wisp HP Stretch is GoLite's response for a lightweight windproof stretch fabric. Used in the 8-oz (Men's L) Stratus Jacket (hood, handwarmer pockets, full zip) and the 7-oz (Men's L) Nitro Jacket (no hood, handwarmer pockets, full zip), these Wisp HP Stretch garments are simply constructed affairs offering a little more robustness than the featherlite Wisp HP (non stretch) garments (3-5 oz) they complement.
SPECS: Gore-Tex PacLite; stretch underarm and side panels; full front zip; 2 handwarmer pockets; fixed hanging rear mesh vent; fleece lined chin guard; no hood.
COMMENTS: I love full zip, simple, hoodless rain shells (they mate perfectly with a wide brimmed rain hat), but unfortunately, you have historically had to go to bike apparel manufacturers to find them. GoLite gets into the mix with the Escape, and this one looks like a reasonable option - if it fits well of course. My gripe: the "reflective heat transfer logo" on the front - these things ruin flash photographs and make you NOT want to wear them for photos, or at least say the Pledge of Allegiance when the camera fires.
SPECS: 15d Gore-Tex PacLite; full front zip; stand up collar; drop tail; fleece chin guard; 2 rear mesh core vents; zippered rear pocket. Weight: 7 oz (Men's L).
COMMENTS: Even better, the Rage comes in at a scant 7 oz, packs down smaller, and looks great on paper. The downsides for a backpacker: very trim fit (size up), reflective this and that everywhere that make flash pictures look like you're at a New Orleans nightclub, and a zipper in the lower back that doesn't mate well with a backpacker's ruck.
"New GoLite Gear and Apparel First Look (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2005)," by Ryan Jordan. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
http://backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/golite_new_apparel_outdoor_retailer_winter_market_2005.html, 2005-01-30 03:00:00-07.