GoLite Ultra Series Backpacks (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)

GoLite's new backpack lineup for 2007 expands on the success of the Jam with new designs, colors, and smarter feature sets.

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by Will Rietveld | 2006-08-10 03:00:00-06

GoLite has re-designed their entire backpack line for 2007. Say bye-bye to the Infinity, Perspective, Speed, Race, Trek, Gust, and their brethren. Also going is GoLite's SilLite fabric, which did not have enough abrasion resistance.

I would have to say that GoLite's present pack line is a conglomeration of hits and misses. The Infinity and Jam were hits, but many of the others did not fare as well. GoLite's goal with their new packs is to make them light AND durable, and to get the details right in terms of features and comfort. I am personally very impressed with the new packs; they incorporate a lot of nice improvements with little or no weight gain - exactly what I would like to see.

The new lineup will consist of nine packs in three groups. The Ultra group (presented here) is their very lightest packs; the Adrenaline group is adventure racing packs, and the Venture group is full-featured internal frame packs. All of their new packs are lighter than most of the competition, and all but one (the Ion) is available in both men's and women's specific versions.

GoLites New Backpack Lineup for 2007: Ultra Series (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006) - 1
The diminutive Ion at 9 ounces and 1,500 cubic inches can be used as a SuperUltraLight backpack. This minimalist pack has a water-resistant top zipper access, spacer mesh shoulder straps, sternum strap, and webbing hipstrap. There are no outside pockets, but it does have a hydration tube opening. MSRP will be $50.

GoLites New Backpack Lineup for 2007: Ultra Series (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006) - 2
The most significant pack in the Ultra group is the Jam2, which as the name implies is a re-design of the Jam pack. The Jam has shrunk slightly from 3,200 to 3,000 cubic inches (size M) and has lost 2 ounces of weight (now 19 ounces). The shoulder straps are more comfortable spacer mesh and Brock foam, the side pockets are now angled for easier access and made of a stretch mesh, and the frontpanel access zipper is water-resistant. It has a drawcord and top strap closure system. Besides these bigger changes, many details of the Jam2 have been improved. MSRP is $100.

GoLites New Backpack Lineup for 2007: Ultra Series (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006) - 3
The new Pinnacle pack at 4,000 cubic inches and 23 ounces is simply a larger version of the Jam2. MSRP is $130.

GoLites New Backpack Lineup for 2007: Ultra Series (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006) - 4
A clever feature of the new Jam2 and Pinnacle packs is their ComPacktor system, which is a simple clip and loop on the bottom of the pack that works with the side compression straps to reduce pack volume as much as two-thirds.

Here is the upshot of the new GoLite Ultra packs, as I see it right now. The Ion is elegant in its simplicity, but lacks functionality compared to lighter SUL packs from Fanatic Fringe, Gossamer Gear, and Mountain Laurel Designs. It’s simple, durable, and probably comfortable, but the total lack of outside pockets really limits it. There's not even a place to put a water bottle! The Jam2 is the standout. At 3,000 cubic inches, it hits a sweet spot for ultralight backpacking, and lots of improvements make a great pack even better. The Pinnacle is basically a better Gust. The volume and weight are similar to the old Gust, and the details from the Jam give it a nicer feature set.


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"GoLite Ultra Series Backpacks (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)," by Will Rietveld. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
http://backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/golite_ultra_packs_orsm06.html, 2006-08-10 03:00:00-06.

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Ryan Jordan
(ryan) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Greater Yellowstone
GoLite's New Backpack Lineup for 2007: Ultra Series (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006) on 08/11/2006 02:22:47 MDT Print View

Companion forum thread to:

GoLite's New Backpack Lineup for 2007: Ultra Series (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)

Edited by ryan on 08/11/2006 02:31:51 MDT.

Dan Chrisman
(danchrisman) - F
History repeats itself on 08/11/2006 12:16:06 MDT Print View

Intrigued to see a return to packs like my Gust (durable, higher capacity, fewer compartments, low weight). Features very similar to what I have read of others modifying their Gust packs (of which I have shamelessly incorporated). As a Scout Leader, my large Gust has served me well over 3-4 years of 1-3 night, 5-30 mile outings. At 50, the approach toward very lightweight, including these packs (and this web site) have kept me in the game.

William Webber
(micwebbpl) - F
I'm Glad I Heard About These Before Buying... on 08/11/2006 12:20:43 MDT Print View

Great value and features. Ryan, tell us more! I know there will be other goodies at the show, but these three Go-Lite packs look VERY interesting. So feel free - heh heh - to expand this article.

Christopher Plesko
(Pivvay) - F

Locale: Rocky Mountains
Durable and light (Ion) on 08/13/2006 18:29:19 MDT Print View

Light and durable interest me. Especially since one crash on my bike could shred a silnylon pack. The Ion is interesting to me for my shorter trips. It's the closest production pack to what I'm designing for myself. Nice to see the weight they've achieved with the sternum and waist belt straps which are essential to me. I'll probably buy one just to play with the size further. A g6 is too big for my really short solo trips although much better for trips with my wife where more comfort items make the trip.

Greyson Howard
(Greyhound)

Locale: Sierra Nevada
2007 info on 08/19/2006 15:25:53 MDT Print View

Any word on when info will be available for Golite's 2007 lineup?

Christopher Plesko
(Pivvay) - F

Locale: Rocky Mountains
GoLite 2007 on 08/27/2006 22:03:47 MDT Print View

I sent them an email asking about it. We'll see what they say. I'm close to boulder and would love to see/buy an Ion to play with. My REI Flash UL is okay but not *quite* big enough for more than a couple days.

Christopher Plesko
(Pivvay) - F

Locale: Rocky Mountains
Re: 2007 info on 08/28/2006 12:29:42 MDT Print View

The new GoLite stuff is apparently not available until February.

The large torso (Ion) will be available for 19.5 - 21.5 inch spine. The size large will have about a 1700 cubic inch volume.

Sounds great for $50. Too bad it's 6 months away :(

Greyson Howard
(Greyhound)

Locale: Sierra Nevada
RE: info on 08/30/2006 21:53:51 MDT Print View

where did you guys get the dimensions and dates? Inquiring minds want to know (more).

Christopher Plesko
(Pivvay) - F

Locale: Rocky Mountains
Re: RE: info on 08/30/2006 23:02:48 MDT Print View

I emailed GoLite directly and they were actually pretty prompt about replying.

John Rowling II
(jrowling) - F

Locale: Great Lakes Area
Golite Pinnacle on 08/31/2006 06:33:44 MDT Print View

Does anyone know how much weight the Golite Pinnacle is rated to carry?

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: UL 1500ci/25L pack on 09/09/2006 21:47:08 MDT Print View

"My REI Flash UL is okay but not *quite* big enough for more than a couple days."

Check out the Vaude Rock Ultralight 25. I've never been happier with a pack. http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/vaude_rock_ultralight_25_gg.html?print=1

Edited by dwambaugh on 09/09/2006 21:47:58 MDT.

Greyson Howard
(Greyhound)

Locale: Sierra Nevada
Jam Volume? on 11/19/2006 00:12:33 MST Print View

The caption states that the Jam volume went from 3,200 to 3,000, but the golite website and other sources list the old one at 2,300, meaning 3,000 is a relativly substantial growth. Am I reading something wrong?

D T
(dealtoyo) - F

Locale: Mt Hood
Re: Jam Volume? on 11/19/2006 01:43:54 MST Print View

The volume is a total of all pockets and extension collar. 2300 main pack, 450 extension collar, 200 large pocket, and 125 for each mesh pocket. This is for a large.

John Davis
(JNDavis) - F

Locale: Isle of Man
GoLite's New Backpack Lineup for 2007: Ultra Series (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006) on 11/20/2006 13:49:42 MST Print View

My old Jam has given great service (and been unmarked by falls from mountain bikes). It has some wear and tear damage and it leaks but is still a useful pack. The big surprise is coming too view it as too large. I would never have guessed that my weekend gear would disappear into the bottom of a 3200 ci pack - whatever that is in litres! Backpacking sure has changed. Anyway, I welcome the shrinkage and that little clip system. The new colours look tolerable, but not great.

paul johnson
(pj) - F

Locale: LazyBoy in my Den - miss the forest
Re: GoLite's New Backpack Lineup for 2007: Ultra Series (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006) on 11/20/2006 14:03:10 MST Print View

>>"a 3200 ci pack - whatever that is in litres!"

about 52 or 53 liters (or litres for our friends across the pond) i would guess.


i'm with you on the colors, though you might have been kind in using the word "tolerable". hope they have some other color choices - i always liked the current black and moss colors (though that "Incredible Hulk" green was hideous and they had the nerve to call it "Forest" - all i know is if i was ever in the tropics and saw a leaf that color, i would steer clear since it would probably be poisonous or cause a bad rash. It's definitely the Incredible Hulk's color though if he ever decides to go L/UL).

Edited by pj on 11/20/2006 14:06:57 MST.

John Davis
(JNDavis) - F

Locale: Isle of Man
GoLite's New Backpack Lineup for 2007: Ultra Series (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006 on 11/20/2006 14:29:38 MST Print View

Thanks, pj. That's a lot of litres, when you include the pockets. No wonder it swallows my kit.

I'm just trying to remember the colour of young taro leaves. Cooking them was an interesting experience. (Neutralize the unpleasant chemicals with vinegar, for those who want to give it a try. Peeling the leaf stalks used to turn my thumb brown.)

Jim Colten
(jcolten) - M

Locale: MN
Re: GoLite's New Backpack Lineup for 2007: Ultra Series (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006) on 11/20/2006 14:41:29 MST Print View

3200 ci pack - whatever that is in litres!

I usually bristle when I read responses that just say "google it" but having only recently learned of the "google calculuator" I can resist ...

Entering:
3200 cubic inches in liters
their search box yields
3 200 (cubic inches) = 52.4386048 liters

which BTW, is also
10638.961 US teaspoons
or
0.548696845 cubic cubits

paul johnson
(pj) - F

Locale: LazyBoy in my Den - miss the forest
Re: Re: GoLite's New Backpack Lineup for 2007: Ultra Series (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006) on 11/20/2006 14:45:29 MST Print View

Jim,

how do you access this Google calculator?

i just usually divide the in^3 by 61 to get a quick mental approximation. that calculator could come in handy for those conversion i don't know.

many thanks,
pj

Siegmund Beimfohr
(SigBeimfohr) - M
Conversion Calculator on 11/20/2006 15:04:11 MST Print View

I downloaded a free stand-alone (no installation) conversion program called CONVERT.EXE available from

http://joshmadison.net/software/convert/

Handles many categories of unit conversions and also provides for user-defined custom conversions. Excellent.

Daniel Goldenberg
(dag4643) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwet
Re: Re: Re: GoLite's New Backpack Lineup for 2007: Ultra Series (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006) on 11/20/2006 15:13:05 MST Print View

Paul,

just type in what you want in the google search window, for example "7 grams in oz" to convert 7 grams to oz.

You can also type stuff in like "2+2" and lots of other stuff, like converting currency umong others.

Another neat item: Type in a tracking number (does not matter if it is USPS, UPS, Fedex, etc) into the search window and it takes you to the tracking page.