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Great basic lightweight pack!Review by darktoaster
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I got this on a whim a few years ago thinking it would be fun to try out using a light frameless pack from time to time. Little did I know that it would become my favorite pack and get used most of the time.

I love that it is so simple and can comfortably fit all of my gear during any season due to its large capacity. I do not use either the sternum strap or hip belt and still find it to be comfortable due to the wide shoulder straps. (Posted on 6/28/16)
Great for everything! Review by Britt Elin
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I have had this backpack for years now and used it for all kinds of trips, for example overnight hikes, day hikes (sometimes with my BASE gear) to mountain tops, mountain ski and snowboard trips and hand luggage while backpacking. It has never failed me, and when packed correctly it's more comfortable than any of my other backpacks. My boyfriend sometimes teases me for always picking my "shapeless bag" over all our other backpacks, but I love it! (Posted on 4/11/16)
Great pack if you can pack it under 35-40 LBsReview by BrRabbit
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I was able to test the pack on a 3-nights winter trip, bringing all my not so ultra-light gear with me. It packed comfortably my sleeping bag (compactor trash bag method), leaving plenty of space for other winter gear.

I really liked its mesh pockets and expanding collar.
I think it serves it's niche in the market great. (Posted on 4/1/16)
Absolutely the best on the market IMOReview by Sitabai
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I reviewed a lot of backpacks when trying to downsize for weight from my beloved Women's Gregory backpack (that is three times the weight of the G4). I'm also very price conscious, so an ounce or two additional savings for hundreds of dollars more is not worth the investment to me. The G4 hits that "sweet spot" in my opinion. I have a G4 with a green body, but it is pretty much the same weight and features of the current G4. I'm so incredibly impressed with all the designed features that are provided with this backpack, and for SUCH an incredible price. I recommend the waist belt, additional pocket that adds on to that, and the back foam. All together with these added features my G4 pack weighs an extremely reasonable 23.5 ounces. I couldn't be happier.

But weight isn't everything, and it also performs really well and is comfortable in my sub-28# start weight (total food+gear) setup. I highly recommend this pack! It also fits a bear cylinder inside, which is a must for me in the California Sierras! (Posted on 2/20/16)
price + quality + good looksReview by gotgo
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After i was able to bring by base camp weight down to 20 pounds i was immediately looking for a frameless light weight back pack, and after much much much research I decided that this was the best bag for the price, and a very good looking option at that. I live the all black look, also the pockets and flexibility of the bag is great. I got it as a gift (a planned gift :P) and have taken it all around Iceland on a 10 day trip around the entire country. (Posted on 2/12/16)
+10 years and still lovin' itReview by sweerek
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Many weekend ultralight and Boy Scout camping trips later my G4 keeping going strong after a decade, from very lightly filled for winter overnights to 50+ lbs when helping out new Scouts. (Posted on 1/2/16)
Good pack!Review by Jay
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I have the most recent model of the G4. Its a great backpack. This year it showed its true colors on the Tahoe Rim Trail. The girlfriend got super sick (throwing up ect...) and could barely walk. I ended up emptying her pack and filing the G4 with my gear and ALL her gear. It wasn't the most comfortable hauling about 45 lbs of gear. However, that goes to say that the pack is really large. So if you are looking for ultralight 3-5 day packs you probably could go smaller. Anyways, it makes for a great winter pack because big down fluffy items always like to fill up a pack. If you are an ultralight backpacker, pick this pack for winter gear! (Posted on 12/26/15)
Light, Inexpensive, Perfect.Review by Outdoor Thor
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I hike/fish/hammock camp 2-4 days every week, all year long. I've had my G4 for 3 years now, and it's the only pack I ever take. It compacts easily for my 9lb summer load, and still comfortably supports my 35lb deep winter load. The giant outside pockets make mid-hike fishing, lunches, and quick rain-gear grabs a cinch. I research my gear quite carefully, and I rely heavily on reviews. Imho, unless you only day hike or are oblivious to weight in your other gear selections, there's no reason to ever buy another pack. (Posted on 11/19/15)
A great entry level UL pack, but needs workReview by Jupiter
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This was my first ultralight frameless pack. I liked it quite a bit at the time. Soon to see its rather wide, and would catch on plants that encroached on the sides of the trail. A narrower profile would be a great change.

Not the most durable pack but for the price, but it's still a great value if you're looking into ultralight backpacking. I would worry about it lasting an entire thru hike though.

I feel for the total amount of weight this pack can handle comfortably a smaller size would be really awesome. It's really cavernous. Even when first pairing my gear down to lighter weights I had much room left inside.

I would love to see a 30-35 liter G5. I think for the truly minimalist style of this pack that would be incredibly awesome.

Overall a good pack, but maybe a bit big for what it is. For a 1lb budget pack I give it 4 stars overall. (Posted on 11/5/15)
From GoLite Jam to G4Review by mastee
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I have only done two trips with the pack and so far I really like it, I stay around 25 lbs for 2-3 day trips and the pack has some room to spare (3 season). The mesh pocket is great for wet stuff, and I got two shoulder and two hip belt pockets for quick access and organization. I recommend it. (Posted on 5/11/15)

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