Feb 16, 2010 at 8:58 pm #1255374
Hermit's Hut (yes they still have them)Sale Price: $40.96, Size: Small, Color: GreenFeb 18, 2010 at 12:26 pm #1575394
got one in red/L last week and they told me they bought some from the last batch made, so they should still have some.
shipping within europe was very low (compared to what I'm used to pay in UK shops), not sure about shipping to US.Feb 18, 2010 at 6:45 pm #1575552
Ross P HemphillMember
They say that they cannot ship to the US. :[Feb 18, 2010 at 6:52 pm #1575556
I just ordered one for my son to use. Thanks for the tip.
GregFeb 18, 2010 at 6:54 pm #1575558
Ben 2 WorldBPL Member
@ben2worldLocale: So Cal
If you create a post — say on the G Spot — I'm sure any number of our European hikers will be glad to help you.Feb 18, 2010 at 8:38 pm #1575620
Are these smalls, lady sized?
This might get me out of a MYOG project I've been putting off.Feb 18, 2010 at 9:34 pm #1575675
Konrad .BPL Member
Javan, the ion is unisex. A small is for 15.5 to 17.5" torsos. But because there isn't a true waistbelt that sits on the user's hips, torso length isn't really determinative of fit. Lots of fudge room for these packsFeb 18, 2010 at 9:39 pm #1575677
that clarifies things, thanks again Konrad!Feb 18, 2010 at 9:46 pm #1575679
I hear a lot of people say the hipbelt doesn't do anything for them on an Ion. Personally I like it for two reasons. First it keeps the pack from shifting around. Second when I pack it right it does take some of the load off my shoulders. Personally I would at least try to get one that fits but if you don't care about the hipbelt no worries. I love my Ion. If you want to increase its capacity heres a simple trick. Sew two straps onto the top of the lid. If you can't fit everything inside put your raingear or whatever in a stuff sack and strap it on top.Feb 21, 2010 at 9:03 pm #1576910
how much do these hold? I am looking for a small backpack for my son who is 8. I need something to hold 15lbs or so , clothes, bag, etc.Feb 21, 2010 at 9:19 pm #1576920
Matt if you want a lightweight kid pack I think the Ion might be a good choice. As far as volume I think its around 1500 cubic inches although as I mentioned above you can modify it. For me it holds a SUL summer kit and about two days of food. When I took a little brother's friend out I let him carry it. We stuffed his clothes, a 20 degree down sleeping bag, and his waterbottles in, I carried everything else. I've hauled up to around 15 pounds in it and been fine but for a little kid I'd aim for no more than 10 just because its a minimalistic pack. Have fun taking the little guy out!Feb 21, 2010 at 9:25 pm #1576926
I was just going threw golites site and looking for a pack for him. I wish there was a few outer compartments on it. I contacted golite to see what they recommend for a 8year old. We will see I am having a hard time finding lightweight packs for him they just don't say " kids" on them. I had my eye on the oprey jib but it comes in at 3lbs 3oz. hmmmm.Feb 22, 2010 at 7:07 am #1576999
Matt I totally agree the Ion would have been much nicer with a few pockets. There were a couple of threads here about adding pockets to Ions if you're interested in that. You could also add pouches on the hipbelt. The only other pack I know of that is this light for kids would be the MLD Burn or Prophet. Actually the REI Flash 30 might work too. I tried one on and for some reason didn't like the fit but you never know.Feb 22, 2010 at 7:53 am #1577008
Dean F.BPL Member
@acrosomeLocale: Back in the Front Range
nm – the Osprey stuff was already mentioned…Feb 22, 2010 at 9:14 am #1577050
Just got a reply back from golite and they state they don't make packs for kids and didn't go futher then that . What a disappointment. I was hoping for a few suggestions to look into. What is MLD? I haven't heard of them before. I will check into the flash series. If we get to camp and empty his bag there I wanted to use his pack as a daypack from camp.Feb 22, 2010 at 9:17 am #1577052Feb 24, 2010 at 12:17 pm #1578079
Well, Hermit's Hut just pulled the hat trick ala Moosejaw.
I placed an order on the 16th when this post came up for an Ion, and my order was accepted and payment taken and I get a call today saying GoLite does not make these anymore and they don't have any. So they are refunding my money after holding it for two weeks.
Do these companies not get how damaging it is to their reputation when they accept an order and then can't fulfill it? And why did it take so long to notify me?
GregFeb 24, 2010 at 12:35 pm #1578085
@mikefaedundeeLocale: Under a bush in Scotland
If any member is having trouble getting an Ion shipped from the UK to the US, i'm willing to help out if i can.Feb 24, 2010 at 4:11 pm #1578176
Robert CarverBPL Member
@rcarverLocale: Southeast TN
I live in Knoxville, TN. I was in River Sports Outfitters eariler in the week. They had two mediums in stock.
Their phone number is 865-523-0066.Mar 5, 2010 at 4:27 pm #1582536
I would caution anyone doing business with this company. I still have not recieved my money back after they flubbed my order. Numerous calls to them, and they always say they will call me back but they never do.
Avoid them like the plague.
glMar 5, 2010 at 4:43 pm #1582549
Sorry about your situation. I've had good experience dealing with Hermits Hut (purchased 3 Western Mountaineering Bags at different times) without incident there customer service people were helpful and merchandise was delivered in a timely manner
RogerMar 5, 2010 at 5:04 pm #1582564
Maybe I am just the odd one out.
I am sure I will get my money back, but they don't seem to take it seriously.
It's just a matter of principle to me that if you make a mistake, you do whatever it takes to correct it right away. The answer- it's in accounting, is simply not good enough. At least call me back when you say you will.
GregMar 5, 2010 at 5:11 pm #1582569
You have to look at it like this they’re in the business to make money not tick off customers… where’s the profit in that?
Hope things get straightened out soonMar 5, 2010 at 6:33 pm #1582598
From reports I decided to hold off from buying from them .The REI flash looks about the same size and has a water port so this might work for the little guy as a ultralight pack. :-)Mar 5, 2010 at 9:03 pm #1582662
Rod LawlorBPL Member
You might like to check out some of the Vaude packs.
Look at the Rock Ultralight Comfort 25. 25 litres, 1lb (450g) Top opening with a cover, not a zip, compression cords, a lid pocket and two side mesh pockets. It has a rigid,removable back panel.
The Ultra Hiker 30 is just a little heavier, 650g, but bigger 30litres, with a trampoline back,
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