Since being founded in 1998, corporate responsibility has been an important part of the GoLite company. They have the goal of eliminating their carbon footprint a little more each year.
Go Lite is doing this by slowly making the switch to Environmentally Preferred Materials (EPMs) in its products. They are used in about 70% of their 2010 and have the goal of 100% by 2015.
Part of what they are doing is replacing the virgin materials with 50% Tier 1 recycled nylon, which is what was used to make the Backcountry Ultra Lite Jam.
I used this pack during a two-week backpacking trip through Costa Rica. The look of the bag was stylish and I was able to fit one large stuff sack, two medium sized ones and still had some room leftover in it.
The pack weighed about 30lbs and fit comfortably. My one negative comment is that there is no cover over the top part of the bag. It just closes with a draw string. A top compartment would’ve made this bag that much better.
That is my only gripe about the bag. Otherwise, it was a comfortable fit and had plenty of space.