Jun 5, 2007 at 9:02 pm #1223544
@bugbombLocale: South Texas
Companion forum thread to:Jun 6, 2007 at 2:19 am #1391341
Interesting … on GoLite's website the VO24 clearly has bottle-sized side pockets … was the pack tested a pre-production version?Jun 6, 2007 at 5:09 am #1391347
@williwabbitLocale: Southwest Colorado
Hi DW. You're very observant. I checked with GoLite on the side pocket height when I was writing the review. They said the photo makes them look taller than they are. The photos and specs in my review are correct; the side pockets are short and do not hold a water bottle very well. The VO24 works best with a hydration system. Cheers, Will.Jun 6, 2007 at 6:11 am #1391349
I own this pack and use it only for day hikes. So far, I have been very pleased with it. It has a good suspension system and I really like the two hip belt pockets. Since I don't carry bottles on days hikes, the issue with the pockets has not been a problem for meJun 6, 2007 at 8:55 am #1391370
@sarbarLocale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Question then, what the heck would you use the side pockets for? I have a pack that has the same dumb style of pockets (just not stretchy though) and it is useless! Being so shallow it seems almost anything would fall out?Jun 6, 2007 at 9:01 am #1391371
Sarah: I don't use the side pockets because thay are too small and I'm afraid anything I place in them will fall out.Jun 6, 2007 at 11:29 am #1391383
From the pic it looks like the side pockets will hold the water bottle if the compression strap is used to secure the upper bottle.Jun 7, 2007 at 4:37 am #1391473
Thanks for the review, Will. Interesting to see that GoLite made a change in the side pockets from this pack's predecessor, the 24. See this catalog picture that shows much taller pockets. Although, they really only work with bicycle bottles. I've tried a 1L platy and found it's just not a fit.
PhilJun 7, 2007 at 9:42 am #1391507
Comparing GoLite's photo (left) to yours — the side pocket and the lower side compression strap both look completely different! I read your post above that GoLite's photo just "makes the pocket look taller" — but again, the two really look totally different. Can you elaborate more on this please?Jun 7, 2007 at 10:21 am #1391508
I agree with Ben. GoLite's picture shows the top of side pocket nearly as high as the back pocket. In' Will's picture the side pocket is about 1/3 the height of the back pocket.Jun 7, 2007 at 10:41 am #1391510
Ben, it looks like maybe they were forced to shorten the pocket after adding the compression strap.Jun 7, 2007 at 11:49 am #1391518
That may well be… I just have a lingering doubt that current model has changed from the one that Will reviewed.Jun 7, 2007 at 12:00 pm #1391520
@dangLocale: Pacific Northwet
I saw one of these at REI last night. It has the shorter pocket like in Will's picture, not the one on Golite's website. The picture on Golite's website must be some pre-production model.Jun 7, 2007 at 1:08 pm #1391536
I measured the side pockets. Each one is about 3 1/2 inches deep.Jun 7, 2007 at 1:15 pm #1391539
If true, then GoLite needs to change its photo! How long has it been since the website update? A few months now, right?
If Golite had posted a wrong price (say, too low) — you can bet they'll fix it overnight — at the latest!!!Jun 7, 2007 at 2:25 pm #1391551
"Ben, it looks like maybe they were forced to shorten the pocket after adding the compression strap."
It's not clear from the photo above, but the compressions strap is actually under the extended pocket in the photo on GoLite's website.
And the side pocket doesn't just "look" shorter – it's clearly about a third the height.Jun 8, 2007 at 8:08 pm #1391719
Same Pack. Different Confusion. Just how much of a difference does the spacer mesh on the back panel make? I have used my GoLite Gust for 4-5 years on 1-3 day backpacking trips (3-25 miles)and have often experienced a damp pack on my back.
DACJan 3, 2009 at 7:18 am #1467709
Richard L HalbertParticipant
I recently purchased this pack, on sale at REI. I needed a pack with lots of external pockets and this fits the bill. The side pockets are about 5 inches deep. I checked my collection of water bottles and picked a 20 oz bottle with a short, fat profile. It fits nicely in the pocket. I sewed velcro (hook and loop) across the top of the other side pocket and will use it to store gear. I'll carry a 1 or 2 L. Platypus bottle in the hydration pocket to replenish the 20 oz bottle as needed. I also sewed velcro across the large external front pocket so that it will not fill with snow or other debris. With these modifications, I'm really pleased with the pack.
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