Further to my post on Thoughts on Winter Gear Part 3 in which I discussed my ideas in relation to backpacks I was looking to purchase for winter use.
Well after a good amount of thought and reading of fellow bloggers reviews and comments, I plumped for the Golite Pinnacle. There was a particularly good review from Hendrik and a good review from Chris Townsend in the TGO (I think) which finally convinced me. However thanks to everyone who commented and offered good advice. I ordered the Pinnacle from Backpacking Light and it came today, super fast service – thank you Rose.
Picking up the pack, it seemed so light for the size,( 935g) and is lighter than my OMM Jirishanca, but has twice the volume at 72 litres. The use of Dyneema fabric (withTier 1 recycled nylon), thinner straps and buckles, a roll top closure and general simple design account for the weight saving on such as large pack.
I set about putting my winter gear in, the pack swallowing up the kit with loads to spare. I could get my tent, pole and pegs, Montane Atomic Jacket and Rain pants, Montane LiteSpeed wind shirt and Extremities Gloves just in the front pocket, with some room to spare!
Through careful selection, most of my gear is pretty lightweight, but some is a bit bulky, generally this would mean a big and heavy rucksack, but its not a problem with the Pinnacle, there is so much room.
Total weight including the Pinnacle without food and the extra foam mat to supplement my Prolite mat is around 8 kg in weight. I have taken into account the extra 1 kg that I will probably need for a winter tent in that figure. Putting on the Pinnacle is easy, and the pack felt surprisingly light and comfortable. All the straps are (particularly the hip belt) long, but once I have got the right set up, I can cut the excess off. The Red colour combined with the grey (grease- Golite call it) is pleasing and makes a change for me after a series of greys, blacks and dark greens. I had a good walk around up and down our field and on this very short test, it seemed comfortable and stable.
Trekking poles are easy to stow in the very large side pockets and the roll top closure, I think it going to be a much simpler method than the more traditionally pack lid.
Are there any issues so far? – As with any frameless pack, packing is important, to insure that items don’t bulge or stick in your back, I need to make sure I get the packing sequence in right order and it should be fine.
I will post up a closer look at the Pinnacle shortly
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