User Review: REI Pinnacle 50 Pack
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $159
Great for the price!
- front pocket keeps shape when rest of pack is compressed
- great fit for difficult to fit person
- side zip
- super durable
- front pocket zipper strength
Disclaimer: I only took this pack on one trip and then returned it because the front zipper broke.
I bought this pack because, well, honestly, it is one of the only ones I have found that fits me. I have the conflicting issues of having too broad of shoulders for a woman's pack to fit me right (the straps almost always cut into my neck) but of being just slightly too short in the torso for a men's small sized pack. In comes the Pinnacle unisex! It fit the best of any pack I've ever tried.
I would have simply exchanged this pack for another just like it except that I did want a pack that was a little bigger (I ended-up getting the REI Passage 65—a unisex youth pack).
This pack is definitely a 50 L pack—there's no cramming in anything since the material is so durable and strong, there's no give. The main problem with the pack was that the front zipper broke on my first trip out with it. I have read that the same thing has happened to other people, so this is probably a design flaw in the new pack. I am sure that REI will fix it pronto, but for now I'll try the youth pack and see. It doesn't fit as well, but it also might not leave me on the top of a mountain without a sizable portion of pack space.
Overall I'd definitely purchase this pack again and will if the one I have now doesn't work out. The best things about the pack are its durability and comfort.