When I think of Backpacks, I think lightweight, rugged, and easy. Ease of use is a huge priority with me. I want to unpack it with ease, and pack it with ease. Of course, weight is a huge factor also. That’s why I chose the GoLite Pinnacle Backpack for an all season Backpack. I looked for a pack that after 7 or more miles of hiking, I would forget I was carring a pack at all. Isn’t that what we ultimately wish for anyway?

Constructed of bombproof Dyneema® gridstop nylon, the Pinnacle is the ultimate large volume ultra-lite pack. Foam padding in the back and hip belt wings provides support, and Brock™ foam padding beefs up the spacer mesh shoulder straps to ensure long-lasting comfort. A large front pocket with a watertight zip and two side angled stretch mesh pockets provide easy access to stored items, and two side compression straps plus the comPACKtor system neatly decompress unused pack space for smooth hauling. What I really like about this pack is the unused pack space system. This enables me to use this as a quick long distance daypack. This comPACKtor idea is great if you need to pack for a one day, one night scenario. Undo the clips, and you are ready for a long distance hike.

GoLite Pinnacle
GoLite Pinnacle

This is an ALL season backpack, but it’s great if you are looking for a Winter Backpack that can haul all your Winter Gear, this might just be your pack. It can easily pack 30 lbs or more. I recently took this pack up to the Shenandoah National Park, and hiked up and down, through, and over some rugged terrain, and the pack wore great.

Pros: Lightweight, versitle, able to carry what I need when I need it.

Cons: The loops on the bottom should be elastic so a thermarest can set through the loops.


Large front pocket with watertight zipper
Comfortable foam back pad and hip belt wings
Space mesh shoulder straps with Brock™ foam padding
Adjustable sternum strap and webbing for hip belt
Hydration Compatible
Cord Lock to secure top closure
Two angled side mesh pockets with elastic top binding for easy access while wearing
Ice axe loops with lite-weight elastic cord and pack hook system for closure
Two side compression straps with quick release buckles
Top compression strap
ComPACKtor system
Haul Loop

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Feel free to contact me at any time. Started Backpacking in 2003 and have never looked back. My all time favorite hike was last April when I hiked the Sycamore Wilderness Canyon. No trails, no signs, just wilderness and a 3,000 foot steep drop into the Canyon. I ran out of water my third day. Why? There was no water in the Canyon. You can check out my video on the "backpacker.tv" page. Thanks for dropping by.

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