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Pinnacle 40 Pack
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Pinnacle 40 Pack

Pinnacle 40 Pack

Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: Pinnacle 40 Pack

Manufacturer: REI

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Page By: treeswing

Created/Edited: Mar 23, 2010 / Mar 23, 2010

Object ID: 6965

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Product Description

With aspirations of backcountry cragging and skiing, the REI Pinnacle 40 backpack handles multiple activities and a mass of gear.


Along with the HDPE (high-density polyethylene) framesheet, 2 aluminum stays provide support; all can be removed to reduce pack weight
Fixed suspension system offers low weight and low complexity
Floating top lid pocket lets pack hold more gear, and detaches so you can stash some essentials to bring into tent or lower pack weight on ascent
2 loading options: top-loading and side zippered access give multiple points of access to contents
Curved, padded shoulder straps with sternum strap and load-lifter straps, and the precurved padded hipbelt distribute pack weight evenly
Twin ice axe holsters feature spike sleeves that are designed to allow you to release tools without removing pack
Dual daisy chains and lash points give you the option to strap on bulky gear like snowshoes and crampons
Over-the-top compression strap helps pull the load in closer to your back and provides an attachment point for bulky items such as climbing ropes
Dedicated ski slots combined with side compression straps let you strap on skis in A-frame style
Hydration-compatible design features a reservoir pocket, and two drink tube exit ports for on-the-go hydration (reservoir sold separately)
Zippered pocket on waistbelt is a handy place for frequently accessed items such as lip balm or snacks; other side has a tool loop
Constructed of 630-denier nylon oxford, offering high abrasion resistance with low weight; polyurethane coating for weather resistance


Specifications based on size Medium. Specifications for Large torso / waist and hips / base volume / weight are as follows:
Large: 18-20 in. / 34-40 in. / 2,685 cu. in. (44 liters) / 3 lbs. 7 oz. (1.56 kg.)

Gender Men's
Frame type Internal
Approximate volume 2,441 cubic inches
Approximate volume - metric 40 liters
Dimensions Unavailable
Average weight 3 lbs. 5 oz.
Average weight - metric 1.5 kilograms
Adjustable torso No
Fits torso 17 - 19 inches
Fits waist/hips 31 - 37 inches
Material(s) Ripstop/oxford nylon
Frame material HDPE/aluminum
Number of stays 2
Number of pockets 3 + main compartment
Hydration compatible Yes
Access / Loading Top/side
Sleeping bag compartment No



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treeswingTesting underway

Voted 4/5

Since it's a new pack for me, I'm provisionally giving it 4 stars until I determine it's durability. So far the versatility and attachment points are very useful.
Posted Mar 23, 2010 8:58 pm

DrGranola2011 50L

Hasn't voted

Recently got a hold of the updated version of this pack as a replacement for an REI Talus 50. It's pretty similar in design and so far has yet to disappoint. The side buckles carry my snowshoes well. This is used for up to a 3 day ascent if keeping the load lite. I've hauled up to about 40lbs (as test) and I would say that's about the maximum load this pack can handle until it gets really uncomfortable. 30lbs carries really nice! The only two downers are; 1) There is no good way to carry a snowboard. 2) The top lid has a zipper underneath it that can open from the inside and outside (bottom). It tends to slide open when looking for contents in the pocket, which if not careful, could result objects falling out.

Posted Apr 7, 2012 1:00 pm

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