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Gear Review: Golite Pinnacle

Wednesday, February 8, 2012
What can comfortably fit two bottles of wine, a couple pounds of cheese, a baguette and a blanket?

The Golite Pinnacle backpack of course.

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The Pinnacle can also fit a down jacket, a rain jacket, three liters of water, a bathing suit, a headlamp, a small first-aid kit and the above items. This 72 liter pack is versatile with a roll top closure which, allows for great compression with lighter, smaller loads and also the capacity to carry everything necessary for a multi-day trip. The Pinnacle weighs in at an astonishingly low two pounds due to its frame-less design and lightweight Tier 1 Recycled 210 Denier Nylon Gridstop + Dyneema¨ (translation: a very strong and durable material).

My favorite features include two side stretch pockets that can easily accommodate multiple water bottles and hip-belt pockets that allow easy access to cameras and smartphones so you can check-in to Gertrude's Nose on FourSquare.

The Pinnacle is built for abuse and I've treated my Pinnacle to everything from the Long Trail in Vermont to baggage handlers at JFK to countless day hikes. My Pinnacle may not have the same vibrant look as when I first bought it, but interwoven with the smell and the dirt are memories of each trek and accomplishment I've had with it strapped to my back.

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Submitted by Discover Outdoors guide and gear aficionado (pictured above) Pete Relyea.

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