REI Pinnacle 50 Backpack

Nov 1, 2011
Outside Magazine
REI Pinnacle 50

REI Pinnacle 50 Backpack    Photo: Courtesy of REI

THE SELL: Four-season workhorse. THE TEST: Fully loaded, the 50-liter Pinnacle possessed all the features of a deluxe summer pack: side-zip access, cush padding, burly framesheet, and durable fabric. But it also satisfied our minimalists. During a two-day assault on Mount Baker, after hauling an oversize load to base camp without a whimper, we stripped off the hipbelt, top pocket, several straps, and the framesheet for the summit push, easily trimming almost two pounds. Skis carry A-frame in a snap, and while it’s possible to affix a snowboard vertically, you’ll need extra straps. THE VERDICT: Tricked out and fully convertible, the Pinnacle might just be the only midsize pack you need. 4.1 lbs

Comfort: 5
Interior Access: 4
Ease of Use: 4

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