Website Update: Sale/Trade Listings, Better Search and More

I’ve been keeping pretty busy this winter with various projects, but one I really wanted to get done was gear listings on I’m happy to say that I finally got the time to sit down and get them done…

Used Gear Listings –

Registered users are now able to create 1 item listings. You’re able to select whether you’re looking to BUY or SELL the item in the listing, and in both cases you’re able to select that you’re also open to the idea for trades. You can add photos to listings easily, as well as set a price.

My goal for this system is to be very simple, just a place for buyers/sellers to find each other and open a line of communication. There’s no payment system in place, no feedback or anything of that nature. You’re on your own. Use the same precautions you would while using any other quasi-anonymous classifieds (ahem, craigslist).

Updated Search Technology

Mostly a nerdy update, but should also help the general users who are searching for gear. The search is now filtered to only threads from within the last 6 months (to view all historical threads you may use the  brand/keyword detail pages) as well as utilizes a more modern and robust search technology…meaning, faster, more accurate results.

Where to find GoLite gear after they’ve closed their doors

I’m really no expert in the gear manufacturing business. I didn’t see the GoLite collapse coming, it seemed to me that they were doing well. If you scour the various backpacking and hiking communities you’ll find lots of people chiming in about their business tactics and what not, which may be interesting to some…but when I heard GoLite was going out of business my first thought was to where we’re going to find a Jam 50 pack when we need to introduce someone to the world of lightweight!

The good news is, in the time GoLite was in business, they sold a lot of gear. With all of their gear in circulation there’s a quite a high volume of used GoLite gear being sold on the various communities.

If you’re looking for a specific GoLite product and new to, it’s pretty simple and I’ll give you a quick how-to.

How to find GoLite gear

  • Head over to the used gear search and search for your GoLite product.
  • Take a look through the search results, each row represents a forum post on an outside community. If you click the post title you’ll be shown the original post body. If you see something here that interests you more, click the link underneath to be navigated to the forum post where you can view the updated text as well as replies.
  • If you’ve found a forum post with the item you’re looking for and it’s still for sale (some items sell within minutes of being posted, which may have something to do with automated email alerts for new posts) make sure to register an account with the forum and contact the seller. If the seller hasn’t left their contact information in the post you’ll need to send them a private message through the forum software. (This is when it’s generally a good idea to look through a users post history to try to get an idea about them.)
  • If there’s nobody currently selling the item you’re looking for consider setting up an automated email alert to be notified when someone does post the item.


If you’re really a GoLite fanatic you can see all threads that GoLite is mentioned in listed here… GoLite Tagged Posts