User Review: GoLite Men's Pinnacle
Price Paid: $175
This is a great pack. Yes, it does weigh more than my GoLite Gust or Six Moon Sarlite (Also excellent packs) but the extra features and load capacity are worth the extra ounces. Especially when hiking cross country and peak bagging.
My men's medium easily swallows my bear canister as well as enough gear for short winter trips and summer trips up to nine nights. The outside pocket is large and handy, the hip belt pockets hold my lunch, snacks, deet & GPS.
My solo base weight is 17 pounds, plus 1.5 pounds per day of food and 2 liters of water. This pack is very comfortable when loaded to no more than 35 pounds. It follows the curve of my spine and the nicely padded hip belt rides high on my sits bones. The ice axe loops and retainer clips work well and the large side pockets & compression straps handle my trekking poles when scrambling.
Like all light packs, the Pinnacle is a delicate relative to say a Osprey Ether 60. Care is needed in talus and brush (don't even think about butt sliding) and I always carry heavy thread, needle & ripstop patches for trail repairs.
My only complaint is that the buckle over the top of the bag is weak and it tends to pop open at the worst moments like when talus hopping -- don't carry anything under the top strap.
Finally, I love that the volume can be quickly reduced, turning it into a great daypack. This pack rocks!