I have been pretty busy this weekend, Saturday spent helping out at our Parish Plan Open Day ( I am on the Steering Committee) and Sunday morning in the gym and swimming in the pool afterwards with my wife and eldest son. So no real chance to test out the comfort and ease of packing of My Golite Pinnacle. This was not going to be any sort of exhaustive test, I am hoping to get away for a backpacking trip shortly. I took a quick trip to the Lincolnshire Wolds about 3 miles from where I live after packing the Pinnacle with the sort of gear I will be taking this winter. The weight of the pack and gear with 1 litre of water weighed 8.5 kg. I would need to take probably another 1 kg of food and gear for a 2-3 day trip, so weight will be around 9.5kg.
The pack felt lightweight and no real difference to my OMM Jirishanca which I use for my summer backpacks. After walking a short distance, it became clear that packing of the pack is important as the pack has no frame. There was nothing sticking into my back. However the back area of the pack was not straight and had a few kinks in it. I took the Pinnacle off, straighten the back area out and putting it back on it felt more comfortable. The hip belt was fine, but I do need to cut down the strap length as they were far too long. I have a 32-33 inch (81-83 cm) waist and if I was much smaller in the waist, I don’t think the hip belt would fit very well. The shoulder straps seemed fine and so did the Sternum belt. I only walked for a couple of hours, over fairly gentle terrain.
I walked to the highest point in the Wolds at Normanby Top a mere 168 metres ( 551 feet). The Wolds are never going to give a real test , but a fine example of Ridgeway walking in an AONB ( Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) covering 560 square kilometres. My initial thoughts are positive, but carefully packing will be required and I will need to practice this. More on this after my next backpacking trip.
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