GoLite Peak Backpack

If you’re all about shedding pounds and possibly shedding comfort, the GoLite Peak pack is up your alley. The company, which lives up to its name, produced a 1-pound, 11-ounce pack (for the medium-sized version). Depending on the size of pack you choose to match your torso length, the Peak will hold up to 36, 38 or 40 liters of gear. That’s perfect for a weekend trip.


GoLite Peak backpack

With a handful of zippered pockets, water bottle and trekking pole pockets, ice axe loops and a hydration bladder sleeve, the pack is like many others on the market. But its minimalist attitude sets it apart. The Peak includes GoLite’s Convertabelt detachable hip belt that helps cut weight by using only the waist strap for minimalist support and stability. Even the back pad is removable. The Peak, which comes in blue/gray, black/gray and green/gray, will be available in February 2010 for $125. http://www.golite.com

—Ryan Dionne

Posted by steve - 08/13/2009 02:52 PM

This is just a Golite JAM is it not? I used one to thru the AT 2008 and it is FAR more than just a weekend pack and if packed properly is VERY comfortable

Posted by David - 08/14/2009 01:30 PM

It looks like the next version of the Jam. I would agree with Steve that this pack is much more capable than the reviewer implies. I would be curious if the side compression straps have been modified to allow them to attach across the back, that is one of my few complaints with the current Jam. The detachable waistbelt seems like it could be an unnecessary complexity.

Posted by Redroach - 08/17/2009 05:27 PM

The Peak is the big brother to the Jam2. I think the peak hits in at about 4,000 cubic inches and replaces the older Gust.

Posted by steve - 08/17/2009 07:07 PM

No…“big brother” to the Jam would be the Pinnacle,,unless Golite’s just gonna rename these and call ‘em new!

Posted by Doug - 08/21/2009 11:30 AM

You all are CLOSE. This pack is in the same lineup as the Jam (no longer the Jam2 in’10) and the Pinnacle but is smaller than both.

In Mens sizing, the Pinnacle is 72 or 76L, the Jam is 51 or 54L, and the Peak apparently is 36-40L.

The Pinnacle replaced the Gust a few years back.

Posted by Someguy - 11/10/2009 12:23 PM

Too bad they discontinued the Golite Ion. It was a very sexy and simple backpack. Also cheap!

Posted by Scott - 11/12/2009 08:19 AM

The weight of the Jam for trips when you don’t need 50L. And if you don’t want to wait until Feb 10 you can get it at REI today (I think they got an exclusive deal for a few months).

Posted by Jenny - 12/13/2009 02:04 PM

No more Golite Ion!? Ion is the sexiest pack there is. I love its simplicity and price. If only they’d have made an Ion that is just slightly larger than the current one, it would be a winner.

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