Lightweight and versatile snow sports pack with nice features, but falls short in some areas.
By Will Rietveld
New for 2006, the frameless GoLite Rodeo at 1500 cubic inches (23 liters) is labeled as a winter sports pack. It has a snowboard sleeve and MP3 player holder, which makes it rock for snowboarders, but it’s versatile enough for a lot of other uses. How does the Rodeo rate as a general snow sports pack, or year-around pack?
Will Rietveld Ph.D, Senior Editor for Gear and Apparel, joined the BPL staff in April 2004. In his former career, Will was a research scientist, project manager, and R&D program administrator. Now retired, he lives in southern Colorado where he takes up a new career of backpacking year-round in the mountains and canyon country of the Southwest. During the summer months Will and his wife Janet are volunteer wilderness rangers in the Weminuche Wilderness. He has been a lightweight backpacker for 52 years and an ultralight backpacker for 13 years.
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