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Backpacker Magazine – 2010 Editors' Choice/Gear Guide

Editors' Choice Green Award 2010: GoLite Tier 1 Recycled Fabric

An entire line of packs and bags goes eco-friendly.

by: BACKPACKER Editors

GoLite Tier 1 Recycled Fabric (Steve Howe)
GoLite Tier 1 Recycled Fabric (Steve Howe)

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Recycled fabrics are not new to the outdoor industry—Patagonia and Polartec and others have been using them, often in large volume—but GoLite is walking the talk in a whole new way. For 2010, the company is manufacturing nearly all of its packs and bags (and some apparel) from recycled nylon or polyester, reducing the carbon footprint of key fabrics by up to 70 percent. GoLite expects to realize a 30-percent decrease in the company’s total impact. Best of all, based on our testing, you’ll see no drop-off in performance. That’s because GoLite is using chemically—rather than mechanically—recycled synthetics.

Translation: Waste material is reduced to its basic molecular components through a process called depolymerization before being reprocessed into new fabrics. The result: recycled nylon and polyester—known as Tier 1—that performs like the virgin stuff and, significantly, can be recycled indefinitely in a closed-loop system. All packs (except two H2GO models), sleeping bags, and four jackets, including the Badlands Trinity three-layer shell, are now made with Tier 1 recycled fabrics.

We took one of the new Odyssey packs ($200; 3 lbs. 8 oz.), a perennial staff favorite for its low weight and comfortable suspension, and banged it around Utah and Switzerland. If there’s a difference between the recycled fabric and the virgin nylon used in pervious years, we couldn’t tell. golite.com

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brian
Dec 12, 2010

ive overloaded this pack and hiked all around the sierras 9000ft+ for days at a time and have never had a problem with the hip belt 34" waist or the padding, for 3lbs 8oz this pack carries weight very well.

vin fichter
Jun 08, 2010

The Reviews I have read, which convinced me not to buy one, about the Golite Odyssey backpack criticize it for having an inadequate hip belt - too flimsy (nylon), insufficient padding, and too short to adequately cover around the hips of anyone with a waist more than 32" (mine is 37"). Translation: it does a poor job of carrying the load of the backpack on the hips - too much is on the shoulders. Why is your recommendation missing this important information? Email: fichlaw@earthlink.net.

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