LTR - GoLite Odyssey - Chuck Carnes
- LTR - GoLite Odyssey - Chuck Carnes
O D Y S S E Y
P A C K
Initial Report: February 13, 2007
Field Report: June 28, 2007
Long Term Report: July 24, 2007
I have used the GoLite Odyssey on two trips since my
Field Report. These were day hikes and I used it as
such with the Compactor System. One was to Paris
Mountain State Park which was a 3.8 mile (6.1 km) loop
at elevations ranging from 1,200 ft (366 m) to 1,500
ft (457 m). The weather was very cloudy and the
temperatures stayed at around 80 F (26 C). I did
experience a rain shower for about 30 minutes and I
did not have a cover for the pack. I had packed the
Odyssey with some food and some cloths and still had
plenty of room left. The Compactor System basically
closes of the bottom 1/3 of the pack and allows the
user to still use the front pockets and top loading
area. The pack weight ended up being just under 25 lb
(11 kg), which truly felt like I did not have anything
in the pack. I think because I had most of the gear
spread out amongst the two front pockets, the top
pocket and the main compartment that the weight was
distributed very well. Although I would not
necessarily use this pack as a day hike pack, it could
be used as such if the user decides to day hike after
backpacking to a designated area; this would keep from
having to carry a small day pack. All of my gear was
very easy to get to when I stopped for breaks. It was
easy just to sling it on my back and buckle the waist
belt and most of the time I kept the belt very lose.
As I mentioned, I did experience a rain shower during
this trip so this gave me a chance to see how well the
polyurethane-coated and DWR-treated material held up
to the rain. It did a wonderful job keeping the rain
from soaking into the material and letting water enter
in. The rain beaded up on the fabric and just rolled
off. I was very surprised to find the inside of the
pack very dry while the outside of the material was
damp but not soaked through. This gave me assurance to
know that I wouldn't necessarily need a rain cover for
the pack unless I just wanted to keep it from getting
dirty. Now what would be the fun in that?
The GoLite Odyssey went with me to Old Mkushi Village
in Zambia, Africa. On this trip I only used it to
carry my gear about .25 mile (.40 km) to the area that
we were camping. I did not have to hike an extended
length that would give me the opportunity to actually
backpack with it. I put all of my gear that I needed
for the 4 nights in the Odyssey and it handled it
well, as to be expected. I still packed it as if I was
carrying it on a multi mile (kilometer) hike just to
get the feel of packing it and unpacking it. I still
like the many options I have for organizing my gear.
It was very helpful and easy to sort out my stuff once
I got to the site and started setting up. camp.
In these past four months with using the GoLite
Odyssey I have been very pleased with it's
performance. It has everything I like in a big pack
without the extra weight. I am very happy to be able
to pack a few extra fun things that I would normally
leave behind because of the extra weight but with the
Odyssey, I can pack it and it handles it well. I can't
say that it would be comfortable over 50 lb (22 kg)
and decidedly so since GoLite did not design it to be.
At 45 lb (20 kg) it was comfortable, but I feel like
it couldn't handle much more and still be in the
comfort zone with the capacity to weight ratio. I will
continue to use this pack as my multi night pack and
when I need to carry a lot of gear in it.
* Very large capacity
* Lots of nice features
* Very comfortable
* The pockets on the waist belt
DIS - LIKES
* Watertight zippers are a little tough to zip and
* The lid is a little difficult to adjust and remove
This concludes my Long Term Report. Thank you GoLite
and BackpackGearTest.org for this great opportunity.
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> such with the Compactor System. One was to Paris#Comment: I find it helpful to have the state (or country, if
> Mountain State Park which was a 3.8 mile (6.1 km) loop
necessary) included so that I, as a reader, get a better picture of
where the testing is taking place. Your choice.
> Odyssey with some food and some cloths and still had#EDIT: change "cloths" to "clothes"
> The GoLite Odyssey went with me to Old Mkushi Village#Comment: WOW!
> in Zambia, Africa. On this trip I only used it to
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