Do you still long for the old days when Golite made a backpack that had mesh pockets? Those were the days of the Golite Trek, a multi-day backpack with an internal volume of just under 3950 cubic inches with a 700 cubic inch extension collar.
Weighing just under 30 oz. (in a size small), this pack was state-of-the-art ten years ago and used to be my main backpack. I liked it so much, I own a second one in mint condition, still wrapped in the manufacturer’s original packaging.
This pack is a gear guzzler and has a huge single compartment that swallowed gear. There is a large mesh pocket at the rear of the pack for storing wet clothes or gear that you want to access quickly, in addition to mesh pockets on either side for water bottles. Two sets of compressions straps on the sides of the pack can be used to reduce volume and a tool loop and daisy chain provide the ability to attach additional gear, such as an ice axe.
The Trek is rated to hold 30 lbs, and therefore it’s rather light on shoulder strap and hip belt padding, which I rather like. The shoulder pads are fixed to the back of the pack and non-adjustable, but the Trek comes with load lifter straps for a personalized fit. A sternum strap is also included.
The back of the pack has a built-in foam pad that is sewn in and cannot be removed. It feels very much like the foam pad in the currently available Golite Pinnacle backpack.
The Trek comes with a floating Silnylon extension collar which can be removed but provides excellent storage for maps, food, and other small stuff that you want to keep handy. The extension collar has two pockets: an internal mesh pocket and a top pocket that is easily accessible when you take the pack off.
The body of the pack is made from Dyneema gridstop, a fabric still common today, and the bottom is made using 420 denier Cordura for better durability.
The small size is rated for torso’s 15 1/2″ – 17 1/2″. List price for this pack when Golite still manufactured it was about $120. If you need a higher volume pack and can find one used, you should grab it. Golite doesn’t exist anymore, but the Trek is still a fun pack to use if you can find one.
Disclosure: The author owns this product and purchased it using their own funds.