High Sierra Long Trail Pack - 90 Liters - Special Buy Specs
32 - 40 inches
4 + main compartment
17 - 21 inches
Weight - metric
Number of stays
Number of exterior pockets
Sleeping bag compartment
High Sierra Long Trail Pack - 90 Liters - Special Buy
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Rated 3.8636/5 based on 44 reviews
Rated 1out of5
by Steve.WAfromYou Get What You Pay ForOn the first day on the trail, one of the exterior straps ripped out from the pack body and the chest strap broke. Over the course of the 5-day trip, two more straps failed and a zipper jammed. The pack was full, but not overloaded.
There's a reason why this pack is priced as it is: it is poorly made. It might be adequate for car camping, or short backpacking trips with light loads, but nothing more.
Date published: 2008-09-03
Rated 2out of5
by John in SDfromNothe usual REI qualityI bought this bag online based on its large capacity and low Outlet price. I was a bit surprised when I picked it up - my first impression was more in line with what I would expect from buying camping equipment at a big box retailer - not always a poor value, but not something I'd rely on over an extended time in the backcountry. When I picked it up I brought it over to compare with the packs sold in the store, and it really was not on par with any of them in terms of the fabric, padding, straps, or general build quality. It may be well suited to travelling or other light-duty use, and I admittedly never did try it out in the field. It hung in the garage for a bit while I decided if it was worth the low price, but at the next used gear sale I found a much better value and returned it.
Date published: 2008-12-22
Rated 2out of5
by abpck5fromGreat Starter PackThe pack worked great. It is large enough to carry whatever you want with room to spare. It is comfortable. The only problem with it the fasteners and zippers are weak. Just 3 miles up the mountain the main waist clasp broke. Luckily I had some rope to help secure it. Otherwise I would have had to go back down the mountain.
Date published: 2009-02-28
Rated 2out of5
by BackcountryShenfromIll-fittingI bought this pack at a too-good-to-believe clearance price, and recently took my first trip into the backcountry with it for a one-night trip to try it out. I am very glad it was just a one-night trip.
Despite the specs stating that this fits a 32-40 inch waist/hips, I could only imagine it comfortably fitting a 40+. I'm a 36, and had to cinch the belt as tight as it would go to get it to fit. Even then, it did not feel like I could get the weight of the pack onto my hips because the padded arms of the belt were wrapped all the way around me, and the hard plastic inside them was digging into my thighs as I walked. It was an extremely uncomfortable pack. Some of our old surplus military packs are more comfortable than this.
All the straps seem to be of a heavy, rough material that is very uncomfortable against bare skin (such as when my arms would brush against it while hiking in short sleeves). The zippers are a bit tricky to operate, as well. Our hike was on a hot weekend, and the "Airflow" ventilation system did little to provide any comfort.
On to the good: This pack is incredibly convenient to pack, with a big front access opening and several extra pockets. The sleeping bag compartment easily fit my bag, my bedroll, and the tent footprint with room to spare.
Unfortunately, the poor fit of this pack makes it extremely uncomfortable to wear. After hiking over 5 miles in it over the weekend, I will be returning it. I can only recommend this to someone with a waist size 40" or more due to the large and ungainly belt on this pack.
Date published: 2009-04-27
Rated 2out of5
by HarijanfromNot a keeperThis pack was to replace my 4-6 day pack (Arizona heat finally did in my Dana Design). The maiden voyage was a 5-day grand canyon trip doing the Thunder River/Tapeats Creek/Deer Creek loop.
The first time I loaded the pack I accidentally cross buckeled one of the top flap buckels with one of the side-scinch buckels. When I applied a moderate amount of pressure to tighten the buckel, all of the seams popped leaving me with a busted side scinch. I decided right then that the pack was going back, but the failure did not render the pack unusable.
On the hike, all of the critical straps required constant tightening. With 40 pounds properly loaded the upper shoulder, lower shoulder, chest, and waist straps would come loose with just the basic jiggling of a hike.
I tried a number of trail fixes including salting the straps, dirtying the buckels, and even a little duct tape, but nothing could keep those straps tight.
The loosening happened slowly so I didn't notice it until I stopped for a rest and realized my pack was hanging 6-12 inches away from by back, and had sagged halfway down my butt.
The effect is so slow that you unconciously compensate by leaning farther and farther forward to maintain your balance. It was highly irritating. I was forced to readjust and tighten every half mile or so.
I had heard many good things about how High Sierra had improved the quality of their packs, and honestly, this pack is miles ahead of the old High Sierra packs, but it is still way behind the best-of-breed.
Other reports of the waiste belt are accurate. My normal pant waist was 38-40 and the last 2 days of the hike I couldn't get the waiste belt tight enough to hold all of the weight of the pack.
In addition, if I were to keep the pack I probably could have cut close to a pound of excess webbing from the various straps. Over a foot extra on each side of the waiste strap, at least a foot extra on each of the underside straps and top flap straps. About the only straps that were an appropriate length were the lower shoulder straps.
Time to try something else.
Date published: 2009-09-09
Rated 2out of5
by skycubfromShould have Headed the ReviewsThought I'd take a chance on the pack for a 5 day trip - seemed a great deal on sale with the large vol, compartments and integral rain cover. Despite a fair fit, belt is just bad ... doesn't work for me at 36" waist and is marginal quality. Shoulder straps and general construction need improvement. Returned without using ... stuck with my smaller Gregory and had no regrets.
Date published: 2009-09-11
Rated 2out of5
by IckfromEverything want, except hip beltI was excited to get this pack. It has everything you could want for an extended day backpack. Then I loaded it up and discovered a really poor hip belt design. It's like the hip belt was an after thought and manufactured in the 1980s. It's thick and big. It also doesn't have the nice pull forward cinch. You have to pull the belt strap back and it is difficult to pull tight.
Also found that the zippers stick a little.
Bottom line is that it is a fantastic pack with a really poor belt...which for me, made it unusable. I never made it into the field with it. I returned the pack and bought a REI Mars 85 pack. I will reveiw that after a 6 day pack into the Grand Canyon.
Date published: 2010-01-08
Rated 3out of5
by Spikey45fromNice Pack, Poor WaistbandLoved the pockets all over, loved the front access to the main compartment, loved all the extra tabs for equipment on the outside of the pack, etc. Overall this pack was great... until I put it on and started cinching up the waistband. This pack's waistband snaps together and then you have to pull each strap from your belly button to your sides- not the easiest or most comfortable method to cinch up the waistband when you have a heavy load. My 7yr old Alpine-Lowe has a better waistband cinching mechanisim! It pulls from your hip bones towards your belly button- a much easier method with a heavy load when adjusting your pack while your hiking. Otherwise I loved the pack, but I returned it for this one reason.
Date published: 2008-12-28
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