High Sierra Internal Frame Packs
Shipping Options:: $5 Standard OR $15 Two-Day OR $18 One-Day
Shipping Estimates: Ships in 1-2 business days (Monday, Sep 01 to Tuesday, Sep 02) + transit
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Pretty solid reviews on Amazon…
I’ve been really intrigued by the High Sierra “Ergo-Fit” adjustment system, since I’m short - and nearly a foot shorter than my hiking partner. The adjustments sound easy to make and very flexible, with the caveats in multiple reviews that (a) some of the straps don’t stay tightly cinched, and (b) the waist strap may be too loose for anyone with a waist smaller than about 30". Having just read a lot of reviews, it seems like people are overall quite satisfied with the quality of these packs, especially at the price point.
I think the biggest thing that’s got me on the fence is the capacity. This is a pretty big pack. It’s designed for multi-day trips. If you fill a 75L pack to capacity, it can be a lot of weight on your back. A big pack really encourages you to overpack, too. The pack itself is also on the heavier end - 6.5 pounds when you can easily find packs a couple of pounds lighter (sounds like the adjustable fit system is probably the biggest weight culprit). REI has a great page about picking and packing a backpack.
It seems to be a good deal, but not a great one. Sunny Sports carries a blue model for $10 more, but has free shipping and accepts returns. I’m very tempted here, but the ability to try it on, load it up, and decide if I want to keep it seems like it’s worth a Jefferson.
Bought this the last time it was for sale and I’m extremely pleased with the purchase. Had bought 2 - one for me and one for my boyfriend. Had concerns about them fitting our different body types, but it adjusted to both of us. I’m 5’8", 155lbs and he’s 6’1", 250lbs. We haven’t gone on a long trip, but did a day hike to test it out with about 20 lbs and it was comfortable and easily adjustable. Lots of compartments, has the rain cover, and separate sleeping bag area and a separate opening to get to the middle of your pack. Can’t beat the price!
I’m in the market for a good hiking pack like this, but unfortunately, I’m still in the middle of working with High Sierra support for a piece of luggage that broke on the first trip (pull handle mechanism failure). It’s been two months of them sending parts that don’t fit my bag and waiting for their support team to answer a phone call (hold times are insane) or respond to an email. I have yet to have a solid response from the company and have ended up having to drive an hour to the nearest retail store that could ship my bag back to them (or I could have paid nearly half the cost of the bag to ship it myself). Hopefully it will eventually get fixed, and then-fingers crossed-not break again…
If their customer service wasn’t atrocious, I would have considered one of these.
Hello, I have a $5 coupons, why don’t you let me use?
Bought this last time it was up and took it for a weekend trip in the Adironbacks and it held up very well. Great value.
It may be that the coupon has some restrictions for use. But you can click the ‘support’ link at the top of the page and CS can help clarify what’s going on.
Wow, there are some nit-pic comments about not buying. Too big? My suitcase handle broke?? How about this, if you can carry a back-pack, get it, load up and get out there.