User Review: GoLite Men's Pinnacle
Design: Top loading internal soft backpack
Size: Men's medium
Number of Pockets: two mesh pockets and main compartment
Max. Load Carried: 30lb
Height of Owner: 5'9"
Price Paid: $130
I am amazed at this lightweight yet very strong pack!
I am learning to go lightweight and this helps a lot to cut weight. I have packed it now ready for a three days hike up in high alpine. I have 21 lb now before I add water and food. I have enough space so I can even take fishing gear with me.
Design is excellent with no extra frills that you most likely won't use anyway. It sits very comfortably on my back. I am 5'9".
I will soon go out and test it in the mountains, so I will update this review later.
Update: September 10, 2007
Now the pack is tested for three days in the mountains, with approximately thirty pounds. I am very pleased with this pack. I have always used packs with much larger volume and aluminum holds in internal frame. This one has a soft cell foam to the back that is removable and the shoulder straps are sewn to the back part so it isn't possible to adjust the torso size.
I am 5'9", my torso is 17-18" the men's GoLite Pinnacle in size medium fitted me perfect. It has all the adjustments as other packs have except for the torso height.
With the pack full of hiking equipment I noticed that it tended to slide down on my hips even after I tightened the hip belt tight. This makes the weight more pronounced on the shoulders, and I had to adjust the hip belt often.
I found that if I tied my raincoat around my waist this problem was solved. The hip belt rested on the arms of the raincoat and didn't slide down.
After a while I didn't think of the pack and I could enjoy the hike much more than with other packs I owned. I could look up and enjoy the views more than with other packs.
I think the pack is very well made with strong material. It looks good and it doubles as a mattress for the lower body if you use 3/4 length sleeping pad. I had the leg-part of my sleeping bag inside the pack so that the condensation moisture from my single wall shelter didn't come in contact with my sleeping bag.
I highly recommend this pack for anyone who would like to save weight while hiking and backpacking.
My last pack weighed 6lb 8oz so I saved a lot of weight just by buying this backpack.