GoLite Jam 2 Ultra-Lite Backpack - Fantastic! Never go back to the bulky, heavy packs. This pack rocks, though you have to be into the ultra-lite approach to make it work as a true hiking pack. But I also use it for day hikes--at 22 oz., it's lighter than my other dayhike packs.

I caught the ultra-lite bug while reading Ray Jardine's Beyond Backpacking, which is infused with the ultra-lite philosophy Jardine preaches. Indeed, hiking the "Ray Way" has become something of a religion among ultra-lite purists. I just think the guy makes sense. Why lug 50 pounds of redundant gear on a hike and make yourself miserable? When done right, traveling lighter is safer and more enjoyable. Amen.

At 22 oz., this pack is truly ultra-lite, but also amazingly strong. I like having the zippered front pocket for snacks, etc. And the two side pockets hold water bottles at an accessible angle, though the pack does also have a hydration sleeve that will accommodate about 3 liters (bladder NOT included). The GoLite Jam 2 has few other frills, which keeps it light, light light, but here's a list.

  • 3-liter hydration compatibility (bladder NOT included)
  • front pocket with watertight zipper
  • light-weight hip belt - ultra-lite purists don't use this, but I like the option
  • foam back pad - removable
  • top extension collar for larger loads
  • cord lock to secure the top
  • top compression strap
  • two angled side mesh pockets - for water bottles
  • sternum strap - I don't use this so I've taken it off
  • ice ax loops - attach misc. gear
  • side compression straps
  • haul loop
  • "GoLite’s ComPacktor system" - bottom anchor clips convert the multi-day pack into a day-tripper; I use this feature a lot. Distributes the load better, keeping it closer to the body.

The GoLite Jam 2 backpack is a wonderfully versatile pack. I use it for just about every outing, short or long. Highly recommended.

NOTE - Though I'm a small guy, I bought the large size. The small was just toooo small.

Jam 2 Ultra-Lite Backpack
Beyond Backpacking: Ray Jardines Guide to Lightweight Hiking

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