While it was relatively easy to find light tents, packs and sleeping bags, it was more difficult to find lightweight versions of items that go into a backpack - flashlights, cooking gear, fishing poles, and other accessories. GoFASTandLIGHT.com is dedicated to finding and offering items that are lightweight, do double duty (ex: LED equipped Baseball caps as headlamps), or are technological leaders in their category. Our focus is on items that go in, on, or around your backpack, tent, and sleeping bag. We also strive to lighten your load, while not lightening your wallet. We try to find items that are low cost. Anyone can offer an expensive $50 lightweight titanium cutlery set, but if a $4 plastic SPORK is just as light - why not go that way? Additionally, we strive to be GREEN. We use recyclable cardboard and newspaper to pack and ship items.. For you, ordering online is a very green way to shop. Your car stays parked and the delivery of your purchase is done efficiently by the carriers. We also offer GREEN items, such as Biodegradable Fishing Line (we were first to offer it online), biodegradable fish bait, wood stoves, and other items that promise to keep the environment we love, clean. We try to treat every customer as a friend. If you have a problem with one of our products, email or call us - we want to help. Our store is online, as you see it here. We have stock on the shelves for 98% of the items. We also USE the items that we sell. They are in our OWN backpacks. So we know they are good. Technical Stuff (for our geek friends) - Our website is on a Dell Quad Processor Server with 2GB of RAM and a RAID Disk Array. Bandwidth is provided by a T3 connection (45Mbit - over 30 times the speed of DSL) so it is FAST to make your shopping easy. It is also in a locked cage at a biometric access controlled datacenter. We use encryption algorithms to protect your personal information and are PCI compliant. The website undergoes a weekly 3rd party audit to make sure there are no security holes, and we systematically apply updates and patches applied to keep it secure. We do encrypted daily differential backups & weekly full backups stored securely offsite. Power to our server and hosting site is redundant with emergency generators and enough diesel to run them for days. All this assures a RELIABLE, FAST, SAFE Internet Commerce environment for you.
GoFASTandLIGHT.com was founded after the owner suffered two broken vertebrae in a 1999 mountain biking accident. After rehabilitation, he tried to go backpacking and discovered that while he felt 99% recovered, his back could not support as much weight. So began the quest for lightweight backpacking gear.
Shop with confidence. We use SSL Encryption to safeguard your data over the Internet, during chats and in our store. Our systems are repeatedly scanned by Control Scan - ensuring that our systems are secure. Our web server is in a secure data center, in a locked cage, with biometrically controlled and video monitored access. Software and hardware updates, fixes are patches are continuously reviewed and applied so that we can be PCI Compliant. We respect your privacy and will not sell any of your personal information. We only send our monthly email newsletter with your permission.
The goFASTandLIGHT warehouse is located in San Rafael, California. We intentionally located next to a major Post Office which helps us ship orders all day long. Afternoon orders as late as 3:30PM are packed, and taken directly to the Post Office loading dock just 100 feet from our front door.
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San Rafael is in Marin County, North of San Francisco Bay. Going North from our office you can find some great year round backpacking, hiking and camping areas - the Marin Hills, Point Reyes National Seashore, Mayacmas Mountains, Mendocino Range, and the little explored Lost Coast of the King Range. We are also about 150 Miles west of the Sierra Nevada Mountains which serve as our Summer testing grounds. The famous Pacific Crest Trail cuts right through these testing grounds.