User Review: Marmot Men's Pinnacle
Price Paid: $280
When my previous bag, a moderately priced store brand synthetic, had its zipper break at the same time that the fill lost most of its loft, I decided to move up to down.
I do a lot of camping while motorcycle touring and, while weight is not especially critical, the volume of one's kit must be rigorously minimized if the bike is not to become unroadworthy, or even unrideable. So in my case the pack size of the Pinnacle, only slightly larger than a football, was what got me past its--for me--fairly steep retail price.
I have now used it more than three years--somewhere between 150 and 200 nights--and am glad I got it; I've become truly fond of it. The Pinnacle strikes a good balance between being somewhat usable in hot weather and warm enough when the temperature plunges. With a Thermarest underneath and wearing a suit of thermal underwear, I have zipped up and stayed comfortable in nights in the very low twenties. And I am an extremely cold sleeper.
Only a few picky things keep me from giving it five stars: the occasional errant quill of goose down works its way out of the nylon lining; it might be only my prodigious finger skills, but I can quite easily get the zipper snagged in the lining if I am not careful and deliberate.
Basically, as the reviewers uniformly note, it's a great bag.