Offering an unbelievable “bang for your buck,” the High Peak Adrenaline 70+10 pack is going to become a favorite for beginner backpackers and weekend adventurers, alike.
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Offering an unbelievable bang for your buck, the High Peak Adrenaline 70+10 pack is going to become a favorite for beginner backpackers and weekend adventurers, alike. Its overall size-to-weight ratio (70 liters at 5 pounds 5 ounces) is very respectable for a pack in this price range, and it also has the option of a detachable daypack lid and ice axe holders. It is water bladder compatible.

Another key feature on the Adrenaline is the rapid torso adjustment. With a flick of a lever, the Adrenaline can be fitted to a torso length of 15 to 21 inches in a matter of seconds.

The comfort level on this pack will max out between 50 and 55 pounds, but when fully loaded the Adrenaline is a bit top heavy and starts to sway if not properly packed.

1) A great price tag of $149
2) All the bells and whistles a weekend adventurer will ever need
3) The rapid torso adjustment system should make the Adrenaline a family favorite

1) Gets a bit top-heavy when fully loaded, and extends high above the head
2) It would be great to have more than one color option

Bottom Line
Overall, the High Peak Adrenaline 70+10 is going to be a top choice for backpackers on a budget, families and weekend adventures who have “on trail” and moderate distance trips in their future.

When it comes to warmth in the woods there is no greater source than down. The most prohibitive feature of this amazing insulator has always been the fact that once it gets wet it is useless. Fortunately High Peak USA has launched a line of bags that has utilized a water repellent and windproof Cire nylon.


Rating: o°F

Fill: 650 Down

Weight: 2lbs 14oz

Shell: Ripstop Nylon/Nylon

Packed size: 15.4? long 7? diameter

MSRP: $299

Although great strides have been made in synthetics and there are countless arguments for the limitations of down, namely the fact that it is useless when it gets wet. No one can argue with the fact that down has such an amazing heat retaining factor for the weight. Otherwise wouldn’t geese and ducks have evolved to use something better?

The most prohibitive feature of down for most of us has been the price, it is hard to justify the soft luxurious warmth of down when it costs more than the rest of our gear put together! I recently took the High Peak Arete 0°F down bag which is part of their lightweight Alpinismo collection out for a night to see if this bag could compete with the bigger brands when it comes to detail and quality, and I am pleased to report that it can! Although the temps stayed a few degrees above 0°F I was actually HOT in this bag. Now this is a rare thing for me as I usually sleep a bit cold. The Arete is a great little down sleeping bag that has horizontal baffles and is full of features, from the ample draft tube and collar to the roomy yet well fitting cut this bag brings to the table just about everything you would want in a great sleeping bag.

These bags are warm enough to serve as a 4 season bag and the ability to vent from the foot or head allow plenty of tweaking to regulate temperatures. Inside the bag centered on the top is a small zippered pocket to be used as a stash spot but for me anything with any weight to it was just uncomfortable. Perhaps those folks that want to stash chap stick or a handkerchief could use it but for me it was left empty.

All in all I think this is a great bag and I have to agree that it is rated appropriately. So if you are in the market for a reasonably priced down sleeping bag feel free to check out the High Peak Arete from their Alpimismo line.

The High Peak Alpinismo Cirque 20º F sleeping bag is new this spring from High Peak USA. This sleeping bag is very lightweight at 2.8 lbs. It is ideal for spring and fall camping as it has Invista Thermolite Extreme insulation, and the shell is made of mini-ripstop, water repellent, windproof Cire nylon.

High Peak was born in Germany back in 1983 and has since created a team of personnel specializing in the outdoor field that designs and supervises all products manufactured in the Far East. It is one of the leading outdoor manufacturing companies in Europe that is a huge asset to the world of camping.

High Peak’s new Alpinismo collection consists of lightweight backpacks, sleeping bags, tents and sleeping pads. High Peak is known for providing high quality products for the outdoors, but this is the first time they have presented a product that is for the outdoor enthusiast who needs lightweight gear. This is great for backpackers, hikers, and mountaineers when it comes to performance benefits.

The Alpinismo Cirque sleeping bag performed beautifully while camping in the great outdoors of Utah. Although the winter has been lingering in certain areas of Utah, Moab is a good place to get away for a spring camping trip, and the Cirque was the perfect sleeping bag to use.

The weather was a little cloudy with some rain and wind, and once nightfall hit, the temperature dropped quite a few degrees while the wind picked up. Usually I put an extra blanket inside my sleeping bag as well as one for the top of the sleeping bag to stay warm at night. This wasn’t the case with the Alpinismo Cirque.

The Cirque was extremely cozy and so inviting after a full day of hiking, biking, and climbing. It was just right for the temperature inside the tent. What made it more likeable was the fact that I could just bury my whole body, including my face, into the sleeping bag and not really hear the heavy winds that were threatening to blow my tent down at night. It wasn’t until the tent was literally on my face and bearing down on me that I realized the wind was pretty horrendous. I was really that comfortable and oblivious to the outside storm.

The Cirque comes in a small and extremely portable bag, and it’s not difficult to stuff it back in to store. Other features of the Cirque include a hood with drawstring closure and barrel lock, sew-in draft tube and collar, #5 Two-Way YKK zipper, windshield, Thermal Collar, and anti-snag zipperband. You can also zip two bags together.

The Alpinismo Cirque is a highly recommended sleeping bag for your backpacking or mountaineering adventures. It won’t weigh you down, and it’ll keep you warm and cozy during the night in the cool spring or fall air. High Peak gear can be purchased at Recreation Outlet in Salt Lake City, and Timber Wolf Sports in Kanab.

Keep an eye out for a gear review on the High Peak Alpinismo 55 Backpack.

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