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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I recently had the great fortune of spending three nights backpacking in the Smoky Mountains with my husband. I brought along my new High Peak Luna 65 + 10 backpack for the trip. The Luna 65 + 10 markd my first experience with a pack designed specifically for a woman’s body. Like all backpacks, it took some adjusting to get the perfect fit, but once I did during the first mile, it was very comfortable for our 20+ miles of hiking.

The pack is large enough to carry all the supplies and food you need for a multi-day trip while managing to keep the overall weight of your load low by weighing in at 5.85 pounds including rain fly. Compared to our other internal frame packs, it is much lighter and more comfortable. It has a detachable pack that can be worn around your waist as a fanny pack for day trips or side excursions. The Luna 65 + 10 also supports most hydration systems. The best feature of the pack is the easy to access main compartment. There is a pull away section on the front of the pack that allows you to easily access anything that is stored in the main compartment without stopping to unpack the entire pack from the top.

For safety the Luna 65 + 10 has a safety whistle attached to the chest strap and a blaze orange rain fly to attract attention, if need be. Luckily, I did not have to rely on either rescue feature during our trip, but I felt better knowing they were available. Even when we had an overnight torrential rain storm that drenched everything, including our packs, the Luna 65 + 10 showed its superiority to my husband’s pack by not absorbing nearly as much rain, i.e., water weight as his more dated pack. If you are like me and accustomed to hiking with a unisex or man’s backpack, suggest to your family that they surprise you with a Luna 65 + 10 for Mother’s Day. You will not only look quite fashionable with your pretty new pack, your shoulders and back will be able to tell the difference when you hit the trail with this pack designed with the contours of a women’s body in mind. The High Peak Luna 65 + 10 retails for $179.00, a great price for such a superior back pack.

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Three hours before I was scheduled to leave on a camping trip for the weekend the High Peak Adrenaline 70 + 10 showed up on my doorstep. Even though this trip was not a backpacking trip, I wanted to see how all my gear fit into the pack. When I go on non-backpacking camping trips, I tend to pack a lot more gear then I would for a backpacking trip so this trip was going to be a true test for the backpack. I always lay all my gear out on my bed then start from the bottom of my pack and move up. I first stuffed my sleeping bag in the bottom compartment of the pack. It easily fit in there with room to spare so I stuffed two camping pillows in there with my sleeping bag. I attached my sleeping pad to the outside of the pack with the straps. There are two sections on the outside straps so there is room for a sleeping pad and a tent if you need the room on the inside main compartment. I chose to put my tent in the main compartment, which has access from the front or the top, standing up vertical on one side then proceeded to stuff all my clothes (I put all my clothes in gallon size Ziploc bags to compress them and to keep dry in case of rain) on the other side of the bag. All my clothes for three days fit easily in the main compartment with the tent with room to spare. I also had room to put my cooking / eating ware inside the main compartment. There is a sleeve inside the main compartment for a hydration bladder with a hole at the top for the water tube to come out. I did not even use the two side pockets called bellow pockets on the outside of the main compartment. The bellow pockets lay flat unless in use where they would then expand out. They are approximately 12 inches long by 8 inches wide and can expand out about 6 inches. You could put your stove, fuel, food and water purifying system in the side pockets. The side (bellow) pockets open and close with an easy sliding zipper. On top of the pack there is an expandable, detachable top lid. It has two compartments. The larger of the two appears to be waterproof and is expandable. I was able to put a lot of miscellaneous stuff up there. You can easily access this compartment so it is good to keep nutrition, electronics, maps, rain cover (the rain cover comes with the pack and fits nicely over the pack and cinches tight around it), keys , etc up there. It easily detaches from the main pack by a single snap and can be worn as a fanny pack. On the front of the pack, there is a large front pocket that does not zip or close but can be cinched tight by the pull of a strap. Outside the pocket is what I call the spider bungee. I usually put my rain gear in there so I can get to it quickly when the rain sneaks up on me. There are ice axe holders next to the front pocket that I used to hold my trekking poles when I am not using them. On each side at the bottom are holders for Nalgene type water bottles that I could easily grab while I wore the pack. There are also several places on the inside and out to attach carabineers for hanging extras. Once you get everything in the pack, it all can be easily compressed with the two side compression straps. I am sure I have missed some of the features and will find them the more I use the pack and will report them to you as I find them.

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High Peak offers a winter sleeping bag that keeps you as warm and dry as an expedition bag, but without the high cost.
High Peak Mt.Ranier sleeping bag. Photo by Dan Sanchez

By Dan Sanchez

Winter camping and backpacking can be a challenge if you don’t have the right equipment. Mountaineering and expedition sleeping bags for example, are essential for keeping warm in 0-degree or -20-degree F. temperatures, but they’re often very expensive. But High Peak’s new Mt. Rainier sleeping bag comes at an affordable cost but still provides the warmth needed for a weekend of winter backpacking or a camping trip in the backcountry.

The High Peak Mt. Rainier is a mummy-style design that uses a double layer of Termolite Quallo insulation that is very effective in retaining body heat and stays warm even when wet. This insulation also dries much faster than down, but you won’t have much of a problem with that as it uses Amphibia PU 3000 fabric to keep it water and wind-proof. The fabric is breathable and allows any perspiration on your skin to evaporate, keeping you dry.

The top of the Mt. Rainier sleeping bag uses ripstop nylon, while the bottom is a nylon taffeta. The soft interior liner is an Infista Tactel nylon that also has a small pocket to keep personal items. Just like many mountaineering sleeping bags, the High Peak Mt. Rainier has an internal chest collar with a draw string and barrel lock, that helps keep your body heat from seeping out of the face opening.

The extra insuation in the head, along with the adjustable chest collar are some of the features found in a full expedition bag. The extra insulation in the head, along with the adjustable chest collar are some of the features found in a full expedition bag.

The extra insulation around the head is not only soft and comfortable, but also helps keep you warm. A draw-string closes the mummy bag around your face and helps keep the heat in. The Mt. Rainier also features a thermal collar to improve insulation around the neck area and we liked the draft tube along the side that keeps out the cold that can creep in along the zipper and prevents any body heat from escaping. All of the seams on this sleeping bag use a tape seal and the YKK zippers are heavy duty and feature a dual opening and anti-snag zipper band that makes it very easy to close with gloves on.

High Peak designed the sleeping bag so that two Mt. Rainier bags can be attached together, allowing you to snuggle up with your buddy. The bag measures 34?x86?x22? and comes in three temperature ratings, a 20-degree, 0-degree and -20 degree. Our test model was a 0-degree bag that we used in a two-man tent, with a Brooks-Range Alpini Sleeping Pad. Temperatures with snow on the ground dropped to -3 degrees and considering the bag is actually rated from 0 to -18-degrees F. the Mt. Ranier kept us very warm and comfortable all night.

The Mt. Rainer’s compression sack is made from 201D Oxford Nylon making it durable to withstand being stuffed in the back of your SUV or strapped to the bottom of your backpack. The stuff sack measures 18.1 inches long and about 9-inches in diameter with the bag inserted in it. The carrying weight is 4-lbs. 8-0z for the 0-degree bag, while the 20-degree bag weighs 3-lbs. 8-oz and the -20 degree bag weighs 5-lbs. 14-oz.

The Mt. Rainier is not tight fitting, but it also doesn’t allow much room to move around, especially in the foot area. Nevertheless, we felt very comfortable in the bag and although some mountaineering bags rated to -15 or -20 degrees F. have thicker or double chest collars, the Mt. Rainier proved to work fine if you’re under normal winter camping or backpacking conditions in mid to lower elevations.

Although we like the fact that the Mt. Rainier has many of the same characteristics of a mountaineering bag, keep in mind that it is not an expedition bag for high-alpine conditions. Yet, it can provide the weekend backpacker and camper excellent performance in the cold, but at a price that’s several hundred dollars less than what you would get in a true mountaineering bag that can retail as much as $500 or more. The High Peak Mt. Rainier retails around $125 and comes in orange and black combination. The 20-degree bag retails around $117 and the -20 degree bag retails around $145. For more information, visit

As we all know, a good night of sleep can make or break any multi-day trek or camping excursion. My experience with sleeping pads is limited. I was so weight conscious when I thru-hiked the AT in 2008 that I only used the classic foam pad and had a lot of knot-inducing, uncomfortable nights as a result. So I jumped at the opportunity to test the High Peak Alpinismo Lite n Fast inflatable sleeping pad.

The Lite n Fast has a thin and flat shape with a diamond cut center layer of PU foam, which allows the mat to stay light weight (1.5 lbs) while remaining effective … and oh-so effective it was. I first laid on my back and found instant relief from a long day. Then I rolled onto my side and right on top of the thickest seam of my pants. In many cases, this is when one wakes in the night cursing their pad. Not so with High Peak’s Lite n Fast, which kept me comfortably suspended on a thin bed of air. I’m a belly sleeper, so the final test occurred when I flipped all the way over and happily found myself to be a relaxed and contented camper.

The thin mat (about 1 inch inflated) and mummy shape also give you a better chance of staying on the mat all night. On the AT, I was, at times, jealous of some of my fellow hikers when I saw them pull out big, puffy inflatable mats until I noticed many of them sadly rolling off of them during the night.

As a bonus, the fact that the High Peak Alpinismo Lite n Fast rolls up tightly and compact enough to toss in my daypack means not only will I be taking it out for overnight trips, but also for some serious mountain meadow napping and cloud watching on Saturday afternoons.