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Marmot Pinnacle Review

Marmot Pinnacle Sleeping Bag
Price:  $349 List
Pros:  Very warm, inexpensive.
Cons:  Heavy! Moderate quality fabrics = high material weight = reduced warmth to weight ratio.
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Manufacturer:   Marmot

Our Verdict

Marmot Discontinued the Pinnacle September 2015

The Pinnacle is a warm, comfortable, and fully featured sleeping bag made with 800-fill down. The bag is warmer than most three-season bags (the category encompasses both fifteen and twenty-degree bags) Unfortunately, however, its heavy and bulky and not warm for its weight.



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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Chris McNamara and Max Neale

Last Updated:
Thursday
November 15, 2012

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The Marmot Pinnacle 15 is a comfortable, warm, and fully featured sleeping bag. Its stuffed with 800-fill down and has several nice amenities such as a pocket that stuffs into the draft tube, and a thick and burly neck baffle. The Pinnacle is warmer than the Mountain Hardwear Phantom 15 and Marmot Helium 15, but colder than the Marmot Plasma 15, and ten degree bags such as the Western Mountaineering Versalite, Feathered Friends Lark and Valandre Bloody Mary. The Pinnacle, however, is considerably cheaper than these other bags.

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The Pinnacle may be warm and loaded with features, but its also disappointingly heavy and bulky. The bag checks in at 40 ounces, which is close to twice the weight of the lightest full zip three-season bag (Feathered Friends Hummingbird, 25 ounces). The Pinnacle does offer a lot of warmth for the price. Consider the bag if youre on a budget and care more about warmth than weight and compressibility.

Note that this review has been updated multiple times as we've tested more bags over the past few years. The comment below references a previous version of the review that compared this bag to a smaller set of bags.

Chris McNamara and Max Neale

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Summary of All Ratings

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100% of 2 reviewers recommend it
 
Rating Distribution
3 Total Ratings
5 star: 33%  (1)
4 star: 33%  (1)
3 star: 33%  (1)
2 star: 0%  (0)
1 star: 0%  (0)
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   Jul 4, 2015 - 04:57am
siltsunrise · Other · Germany

Super bag. Ja, a little heavy, but bomber for many years.



Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

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   Apr 28, 2011 - 05:50am
Spindrift · Climber · Redmond, OR

I don't get your review at all. You gave the Pinnacle a 9 out of 10 for warmth and the MHW Phantom 15 a 10 out of 10. The Pinnacle has a higher fill weight and is EN Certified 5 degrees warmer than the Phantom 15.

I get that you guys don't like the Pinnacle because of the weight but it seams odd that you wouldn't at least mention that its probably the warmest of all the bags you tested with the highest fill weight and EN certification. In fact, only Marmot and MHW are EN certified where as Montbell, FF, and WM are not.

I have a Pinnacle, Helium, older FF bag, and other older bags from Sierra Designs. You certainly give up some weight savings with the Pinnacle but it is a lot more rugged than the ultralights tested. I've got the little patch stickers on all of my bags except the Pinnacle. I use the Pinnacle down to 0 degrees in the Sierras and Cascades.



Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.


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