GoLite Tumalo Jacket Mod

Recently I purchased the GoLite Tumalo Pertex 2.5L Storm Jacket to replace another heavier rain jacket. (See review here.) I am really happy with everything about the jacket other than the foam cord locks that GoLite chose to use to cinch the hood closed. In my opinion, the foam pieces would not have held up at all if they were cinched down more than a few times, and simply would have fell apart. I understand that GoLite was trying to keep the overall weight of the jacket down, but this was a little over the line (again, this is only my opinion). So, I decided to change the foam pieces out with some light-weight line locks. The picture below shows the foam pieces I removed and one of the line locks that I replaced them with.

Swapping the foam piece was quite simple. I popped the top off of the plastic tab at the end of the cord, then untied the knot and pulled the rest of the plastic tab off. Next I pulled the cord out of the holes it was ran through so that I could pull the foam piece off. Then I simply put the line lock in place and re-threaded the cord back through the small holes and re-assembled the plastic tab at the end. Wa-lah!

Now the hood can be cinched down much more securely than previously and I don’t have to worry about the cinch tearing up when I am in the field and I need to rely on it. And as far as weight, there is no change that I can detect. Two of the line locks do not even weigh 1 gram on my scale… Now I am much happier with my jacket!

About Stick

My blog is essentially a record of my hiking career. Through it, I, and others, can see how I have evolved from a heavy weight backpacker, to a smarter, more efficient, lightweight backpacker. Through the use of video, still photos, and of course writing, one can see my progression, as well as check out some of the places I hike, and not to mention some cool, lightweight gear options. For me, my blog is a journal, but for others, I hope that it is an interactive learning tool to aid them in their own progression towards lightweight backpacking.
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2 Responses to GoLite Tumalo Jacket Mod

  1. Willem says:

    What are the pockets like when you are carrying a backpack, are they covered by the belt?


    • Stick says:


      Sorry it took me so long to get back to you. The pockets are mostly covered by the hipbelts on my packs when wearing the jacket. I could probably wiggle into one and retrieve something if I needed too, but it would not be suitable to stuff my hands in. Of course though, I don’t typically hike with my hands in my pockets.Also, I am not so sure that I would be happy with a jacket that had pockets up high enough to not be under a hipbelt. I am imagining that it would be somewhat unnatural feeling with my hands at that height inside the pockets…although I do not know this for fact…I could be way wrong…

      Anyway, hope that this helps.



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