Aug 13, 2008 at 6:20 pm #1230638
I'm looking for input to let me know if my gear would fit with a Golite Ion. If you see possible improvements I'm open to that too! :)Aug 13, 2008 at 7:44 pm #1447025
@back2basicsLocale: Southeast USA
I never realized the Ion was that light. My Jam2 is about a pound and a half! If pack volume is an issue, you could probably strap that sleeping pad to the outside (top or bottom? I don't see loops) and be ok at that point. The rest of the list looks like you've got it down to minor tweaks where you see fit. I'd feel a lot more comfortable with this list in the Jam2, but I've never seen an Ion's pack volume.
Why do you need a compression sack for the sleeping bag? Just stuff it in the bottom of the pack and put everything else on top.Aug 14, 2008 at 9:06 am #1447082
@maynard76Locale: New England
Its real hard to tell if that will fit in an Ion.
The only way to tell is to try. Its probably the most affordable pack out there. So its got that going for it when you want to experiment.
I have one and like it a lot but, Im planning on removing the zipper top and adding a sil nylon extension collar and a strap. That way I can strap a pad on the top if necessary.
The Ion forces you to be minimalist and pack carefully -but I kind of like that about it, at least for weekend trips.
Plus its tough as nails and real light- a rare combo.Aug 14, 2008 at 3:35 pm #1447132
How do you carry water and how much do you have with you? I like to have about 2L at a time with me. I'm curious if a 2L platypus would be compatible.Aug 14, 2008 at 4:01 pm #1447135
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@thomdarrahLocale: Southern Oregon
A ULA Relay has a main pack volume of 1,500 ci which is the same as the Ion but when you add the exterior pockets you get 2,100 total ci which provides more packing options. The Relays greater total volume via the additional exterior pockets comes with the penelty of an additional 8 oz in pack weight but this pack may be a legitimate option.Aug 14, 2008 at 4:44 pm #1447142
id like to hear back from you about your endeavors with the ION. I tried packing it with a 3 lb. base load and it fit ok with a 2L bladder, but just rode less than comfy. I was surprised to find it has no outside storage. Of course I knew this when purchased but could see a major room for improvement since my bladder alone weighs 5oz and a Aquafina bottle is .8 – just a thought. I have looked into adding some sort of mesh kangaroo pocket but reverted back to my Zpacks Blast 16 instead. I'll save the ION for day trips and bike packing. (motorcycle, that is)
still, show us what you come up with. I believe the ION to be a legitimate pack despite its minimal features.Aug 14, 2008 at 5:39 pm #1447153
@jshorttLocale: North Carolina
Don, I think you stand a good chance of making everything fit in the ion. Below is a link to a recent summer trip I made using the ion with pics of all the gear.
It was 2.5 days in length with temps day to 38 one night and I covered 40 miles. I did carry 3 liters of water for a short time), but I would not want that to be the norm (my norm is < 1 liter). I really liked the ion for this trip. Hope this link works.
Here is a detailed list of what I carried….
REI Lightweight MTS Short-Sleeve Zip-T – 5.20
North Face Cargo Hiking Shorts – 7.00
ExOfficio Boxer Briefs – 2.80
REI Merino Wool Light Hiker Socks – Low 2.25
Bandana – 1.05
Watch – 0.90
Columbia Booney Hat – 2.75
Komperdell Carbon Hiking Staff – 10.35
Camera – Olympus F-230 w/battery & card (in pocket) – 4.35
Photon Freedom on Lanyard (around neck) – 0.30
Garmen etrex Venture HC GPS (in pocket) – 5.35
Map (in pocket) – 0.75
Saloman XA 3D XRC trail runners – 30.00
Golite Ion- 9.10
Shelter/Sleeping (in pack):
Montbell Thermal Sheet – 14.30
GG 3/8" Thin Light Sleeping pad – 3/4 length (trimmed) – 3.45
Golite Poncho Tarp – 10.75
Montbell Breeze Dry Tec Bivy – 6.30
8 Ti stakes – 2.25
Spectraline (8 x 3 ft = 24 ft) – 0.65
Cooking (in pack):
Platypus 2.5 lt. Water Bottle – 1.30
ClO2 Purifications Tabs (20) – 0.45
Platypus 1 lt. bottle – 0.90
Trip Tease Cord 35' + REI Stuff Sack for Food – 1.85
Fuel Bottle (4 oz cap.) – 0.60
Everclear Bottle (3 oz cap.) – 0.40
Snowpeak Trek 450 – 2.40
Gram Weenie Stove + pan – 0.45
Camp Soap (micro-dropper) – 0.30
Mini Bic Lighter – 0.40
Foil Windscreen & Foil Lid – 0.25
GSI Collapsible Spoon – 0.30
Extra Cloths (in pack):
Golite Wisp Windshirt – 2.85
Mont-Bell UL Down Jacket – 6.90
REI Merino Wool Light Hiker Socks – Low – 2.20
Misc. in Ziplock (in pack):
Keychain Thermometer/Compass – 0.30
Cell Phone – 3.30
Book – The 2 oz Backpacker – 2.40
Microlight – 0.30
Saline – microbottle – 0.40
Sunscreen – microbottle – 0.45
Deet – microbottle – 0.55
Pen w/duct tape & needle -0.30
Denta burst brushes x 4 – 0.10
Floss – 0.20
Contact Case – 0.50
Pills (4 Imodium, 4 Benadryl, 8 pseudo fed, 16 ibuprofen) – 0.40
Extra Contacts – 0.50
Gauze Pads – 0.05
Match Book – 0.15
Swiss Army Knife Classic – 0.75
Ziplock Bag – 0.25
Consumables (in pack):
Total Food (2+ days) – 40.00
Fuel – 4 oz (4 cooks) – 4.00
Water – 1lt – 32.00
Total Base Weight Oz 79.25 (4.95 lbs)
Total Carried Pack Wgt 155.25 (9.70 lbs)
Total Weight (skin out) 228.30 (14.27 lbs)Aug 15, 2008 at 4:03 pm #1447257
so I took an hour today and made a no-see-um pocket for the back of the pack- gave it enough capacity to hold a 2L platy and a windshirt etc…
Im hoping this helps, I cut the hourglass shape to contour the pack exactly, then I took the seam(s) apart from the inside-out and sewed this into the seams. I think it should hold well enough. Must be gentle w/ it but thats not unusual to any of us, right?!Aug 15, 2008 at 4:24 pm #1447258
Michael, very nice. I assume you sewed the seam back together by hand? If not, how do you line the pack up to sew on a regular machine?Is there enough slack in the material to lay it flat when its inside out? Thanks – DMAug 15, 2008 at 4:57 pm #1447261
yes, the seam can be sewn back together on a machine if you dont get too close to the top or bottom (where the hip belt attaches) Hopefully the pics show about the size of mesh needed for the job- above the hip belt a ways will allow you to use a machine. You'll also notice there is a 3/4 expandable seam on the bottom to help swallow gear… but if you do this you might make a few of these and add elastic at the top. Not needed, but would be nice. I dont have any elastic lying around.
it turns out, Im bringing my fly fishing gear tomorrow so there is only room enough for a 1L platy. Good thing there is a creek 1/2 mile from the t.h.
here it is, fully loaded for one night-and with a bridge hammock and a 10×10 tarp to boot! MikeAug 20, 2008 at 4:07 pm #1447894
My new Ion arrived! (Thanks Brad!). Obviously, the first thing I did was try out the new piece of gear. Here's the photo journal and my thoughts.
First & most importantly – everything fits!
I tried the hydration pack next to my back which just wasn't comfortable. After moving it to the back of the pack it was comfy and the pack was still adequately balanced. My sleeping bag and the water were ganging up on the bottom of the pack, though. You can see the unsightly bulge in the photo below.
Moving my gear to the bottom and my sleeping bag to the top remedied this and the pack shouldered more comforatably as well. It also eliminates the risk of the bladder leaking and soaking my down sleeping bag.
Unloading the pack… sleeping bag on top.
Gear under the sleeping bag, Thermarest PL3 deflated and rolled as a frame, hydration pack in the far back outside of the Thermarest.
Finally, pack fit and gear photos.
I plan on making a few modifications:
* Mesh pockets on the sides
* Bungee for wet gear on the rear
* Noseeum pocket in the lid (license, $$, key, first aid)
* Hydration pack pocket or maybe just hang loops on the inside.
Thoughts? Recommendations?Aug 25, 2008 at 1:41 pm #1448484
Thanks for the photos. Received my Ion on Friday and have been playing with it as well. Taking some getting used to. I have been toying with the platypus inside but I agree that it didn't feel best against my back (plus I fear body heat transfer through the pack to the bladder warming my water). I put it against my back but inside my rolled sleep pad and that worked pretty well.
I noted you deflate your pad. I had mine inflated figuring it would provide more rigidity. I'll have to try it deflated. Though, there's not much to mine to begin with (http://www.pacoutdoor.com/2008/index.cfm?action=product&productID=87&groupID=27&familyID=1).
I like your ideas about the attachments and the other photos in the thread with the mesh pocket for a bladder. I normally carry my keys/ID/$ on my person though in case I get separated from my pack (more than one bear has stolen packs in GSMNP over the past couple years) – wanna be able to get home if my pack is gone. If I get gone, well, I guess I won't need my keys…..
Thanks for posting this and I'd be very interested in seeing any handy sewing work you do and how you did it.
Btw, I'm in Wilmington, NC. Have a buddy in Camden, SC, I visit on occasion when I'm headed to GSMNP. I'll be going right by you this Friday as I'm taking a newbie on an overnighter in Ceasars Head SP.
ErikAug 25, 2008 at 2:10 pm #1448492
I posted my mods in the Make Your Own Gear forum. Here's a link:Aug 26, 2008 at 6:13 am #1448573
Thanks for the PM and the link to the other thread. That looks great! I'm going to have to consider those as they will be very handy. Well done! Btw, did you do it yourself or have it done?Aug 26, 2008 at 6:14 am #1448577
I can take credit for all of the work – even the hole in the pack. :)Aug 26, 2008 at 7:48 am #1448586
Nicely done…..Aug 26, 2008 at 9:08 am #1448593
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Don I took your photos of mods as a guide and added that cord to the pack, it works good. Also, the mesh pocket from the Jam2 (similar to the mesh in above pic but durable, and stretchy) was added to the Ion and it holds a bunch of stuff. The lid pocket looks cool, I might try that too. Thanks again for the images. Mike
the mesh and loops were sewn into the channel
now Im off to make a shoulder pocket for my mp3Aug 31, 2008 at 6:51 pm #1449441
Mike, I did a short hike this weekend with the Ion. I'm very happy with the comfort. I took a look at the OR drypack series at the outfitter on the way. Good ideas in their packs but generally uncomfortable compared to the Ion in my opinion. I think I'll tear mine down and add the back pouch like you did this winter and sew on some side pockets too. This will give me enough for the winter trips I take here in SC (around 32*).
I'd like to see the Ipod update when you do that. I don't carry a music player but a shoulder strap pocket for small stuff is an interesting idea.
How did you keep the mesh pocket and the grosgrain tabs lined up when re-sewing the inner seam? I'm pretty new to sewing so that question probably is as basic as it sounds to you.
Thanks!Sep 17, 2008 at 5:00 pm #1451446
Don, sorry for the late reply. I did sandwich the black mesh in between the 2 layers of dyneema and kept an eye on it to sew it straight. Of course, you will have to sew a few inches at a time, re-align and keep going. Where the factory stitching was removed, there will be small holes that you can use as a guide. The tabs were aligned using a small sharpie-made mark that was to be hidden by the stock seam ribbon (black, hides the stitching on the dyneema)
Id love to see some side bottle pockets on yours. seems like a great idea. I dont have a camera save for a cell phone model so i dont have any updated pics on anything new… but I'll try to get the ION out for a late summer hang and give y'all a gear list of what I packed. It should be sub 4.Mar 6, 2009 at 4:17 pm #1483424
@iwillchopyouhotmail-comLocale: Lake Tahoe
I really like the mod that Michael did, however I don't know where I can obtain stretchy mesh. I've checked thru-hiker.com, but it doesn't seem they sell anything like that. Any ideas?
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