1/3 of a Jam (this one’s for you, Eric)
With huge photos for maximized investigative ease.
Eric was disappointed to learn, back in July, that I was using a commercial pack for the Classic. He surely knows that the mind, once enlightened, can never rest. And he is thus not surprised by the developments detailed herein.
I really like a lot about the Jam. The harness system fits me perfectly (belt and strap dimensions and placement), and the material is quite tough. Other things (too short torso length even in a L, fat butt, poor water resistance of the fabric) were not so good, and were over a few evenings this week fixed.
I also like the thick, thick 3D mesh on the backpanel. It actually dries your back a bit, and more importantly keeps the tailbone and lower vertebrae from being chaffed. I shortened the straps a bit, but made a point to copy the angle and spacing exactly.
Volume was moved up, and overall volume increased a wee bit. I replaced the 1.5″ waist belt with a 3/4″, which is an experiment. A 1.5″ buckle digs into my gut when biking.
I saved the back pocket, and used the stock Dyneema Gridstop to create my trademark wraparoud pocket. You can put stuff behind the back pocket, too, and the rear compression strap can go over the pocket complex, rather than under, if needed.
The rest of the daisy chains, etc are what has become my standard feature set. Not shown here is the bitchin pink silnylon sleeve for the top drawcord. Slick, waterproof sil is great for that application.
Plenty of space for everything to drain.
Perfect fit. The new weight is, remarkably, 31 oz. A hair lighter than the old one.
I hope to see Golite using some VX-21 in the future. While it lacks in abrasion resistance, the actual waterproofness is just fantastic for rugged outdoor pursuits. Especially packrafting.
If I’ve left anything out, ask away.
BTW: I’m selling my Lenz. For real this time. I’ll give a discount to any reader that wants it.