GoLite Gear

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Super lightweight backpacking stuff

Inspired by Ray Jardine, this backpacking supplier makes commercial versions of his ultralight designs for tarps, backpacks, sleeping bags, etc. and now is prospering from equipping the various “Eco-challenge” type racers plus lazy people like me. Though I had no use for the Jardine approach to sleeping bags (top layer only; I’m happier with a North Face Cat’s Meow), all the other products I’ve tried (see below) have been exceptional.

10/21/03 -- Stewart Brand

(The only product Stewart recommended in 2003, which is still available, is the umbrella. Needless to say, GoLite stocks newer -- presumably improved -- versions. If you have any experience with other products from GoLite, please let us know. — editors)