High Sierra Bobcat 65

3 reviews
5-star:   0
4-star:   2
3-star:   1
2-star:   0
1-star:   0



Good pack for the budget minded hiker. Not the best…

Rating: rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $85


Good pack for the budget minded hiker. Not the best on the market, but a good deal for the price.


  • Adjustability
  • Comfort
  • Organization


  • Hydration sleeve
  • Sternum strap
  • Noise

I bought this pack about 6 months ago and now have put many miles on it. It is far from being the best pack out there, but overall it is a very good pack for the price I paid. Adjustability, organization, and comfort are this pack's best qualities.


In addition to the normal adjustments you would expect on a pack, this pack allows you to also increase or decrease the width of the shoulder straps. This helped me out tremendously with comfort.

 There is also an adjustment to raise or lower the waist belt up to 3 inches. Again, this helped me out with comfort.

The pack has a total of 6 external storage pockets, two small ones on the left side, one long one on the right side, two medium ones on the face of the pack, and an oddly placed one in the lid cover. So there is ample room for organization which is a plus for me.

It also has a mesh water bottle pocket on the right side which is inaccessible with the pack on. This is not a problem for me since I attach water bottles holders to the waist belt.

The main compartment is split level. Access to the top is under the lid, and access to the bottom is from the front of the pack.  

The pack is comfortable and rides well. The waist belt seems to wrap around the waist well with no noticeable pressure points or any uncomfortable areas. It also distributes the weight around the waist very well.

As far as the storage capacity, comfort, adjustability, and organization, I am well pleased.  However this pack does have its flaws.

First, and probably the worst, is the hydration sleeve placement. It sits horizontally directly behind the head.

 I personally do not like having this much weight so high up the on the pack. I feel it makes me to top heavy. What I did was placed the hydration bladder in the bottom of the top compartment with my sleeping bag on top of it and other light gear on top of the sleeping bag. This fixed the issue of being top heavy and I still had enough bladder tube to run the tube out of the port on the pack like normal.

The other major flaw is the sternum strap. It is held on to the pack with plastic clips that connect to the shoulder strap seam.



Although I have not had a problem with the clips coming off, I do see this as a "it will happen" and not an "it might happen". The other problem with the sternum strap is that it keeps sliding up and down on the shoulder strap seam and therefor changing the adjustment. I see no solution to this problem other than to sew the strap in place and eliminate the clips.

A couple other minor issues are the rain cover and the noise. With the pack full, the built in rain cover will not cover the entire pack. I never use rain covers and am considering cutting it out to save weight but this may be a problem for some people. The pack is also a little on the noisy side as it moans and creaks a little bit.

Overall I am pleased with the pack especially considering I only paid $85 for it. It is high on comfort and organization and has excellent adjustability. Its comfort is comparable to many high priced packs. I would recommend this pack  for the budget minded hiker who needs comfort at a good price.


Great size and lightweight for an older female. This…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new


Great size and lightweight for an older female.


  • Lightweight
  • Lots of storage
  • Easy to adjust
  • Full rain flap


  • No water bladder

This pack was a great find for me, I am an older female that needed to put an emergency 3-day pack together, I have severe cervical spine problems and this wonderful pack made it easy for me to be able to "carry my own load." The pockets are very large and easy to access the most used or wanted items..water, snacks, rain gear, etc.

I am now confidant that I will be ready for at least 3 days in case of evacuation or road trip problems. One never knows what the next day will bring and now I feel a little more secure with my Bobcat 65 loaded and ready to go.


Welcome to Trailspace, Dee! Word to the wise--sleeping bags are not meant to stored long term. If you keep a sleeping bag permanently compressed, you'll lose loft and warmth. My suggestion is keep your sleeping bag loosely stored next to your pack, where you can shove it in as you are bugging out.

19 days ago

Great pack at great price. Highly recommended! This…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $100


Great pack at great price. Highly recommended!


  • Roomy
  • Construction quality
  • Great on trail — especially long hauls


  • Lacked instructions

This pack is well built, roomy, and has plenty of pockets to keep things organized. Belt and shoulder straps are comfortable and distribute weight extremely well. Highly recommended!

Manufacturer's Description

Visit High Sierra's Bobcat 65 page.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

High Sierra Bobcat 65 External Frame PackThe High Sierra Bobcat 65 External Frame Pack is the ideal confluence of style and purpose. The top-loading main compartment has a capacity of 137 lbs. and comes with a drawstring-closure, with an adjustable top-lid for easy access. At the front, there is a compartment with a divider, to store your sleeping bag. Backpack straps are contoured and come with adjustable load lifters, which enables carrying large loads an easy task and at ensure your body is not strained. Vapel-mesh padding gives cushioning effect against your back, when you wear it. Zipper pockets on the sides, hold items that need to be accessed quickly. There are also mesh side-pockets to hold your water bottles, should you get thirsty. Die-cut daisy-chain details facilitate the attachment of extra gear. An internal hydration reservoir sleeve, with two exit ports for tubes, is provided for extra water supply. A tuck-away rain cover keeps your pack weatherproof, and completes the feature-rich pack. So whether you are set to trudge through the jungle or about to backpack across the land, the High Sierra Bobcat 65 External Frame Pack, is built and equipped to carry all you may need!

- SunnySports

65-liter, top-load main compartment with gusseted drawstring closure and adjustable top lid. Front-load sleeping bag compartment with divider. Contoured backpack straps with adjustable load-lifters and VAPEL mesh padding. Stretched mesh back panel AIRFLOW system helps keep your back cool and dry. Adjustable waist belt, with VAPEL mesh padding, wicks moisture. Convenient zippered pockets on the sides of the bag are ideal for quick-reach items.

- Rocky Mountain Trail

There's no reason to change the tried and true external frame pack design of the High Sierra Bobcat 65 Backpacking Pack, it's a longtime favorite. Built with an exposed, welded steel frame, contoured shoulder straps, a super-ventilating mesh back panel and a padded waistbelt, this High Sierra pack will distribute your load for easy hiking. A top-load main compartment offers 65 liters of space while side zippered pockets keep the little things organized and an internal hydration sleeve helps keep you hydrated on the trail. From a quick weekend overnight with the family to a multi-day hunting trip with your buddies, the High Sierra Bobcat 65 Pack is up for any adventure outside.

- Altrec Outlet

CLOSEOUTS . When you're hauling heavy gear or heading out on an extended excursion, High Sierra's Bobcat 65 external frame backpack offers plenty of capacity and a mesh back panel that lets air circulate to help you stay cool. Top-loading main compartment has drawstring closure Mesh back panel allows air to circulate, keeping your back cool and dry Vapel mesh padding on shoulder straps and waistbelt wicks moisture Adjustable top lid with zip pocket Integrated rain cover with storage pocket Front-loading sleeping bag compartment with divider Internal hydration bladder sleeve with two exit ports for tube (hydration bladder not included) Two zip side pockets Die-cut daisy chains for attaching extra gear Removable audio pocket on shoulder strap Adjustable sternum strap External frame Waistbelt: Adjusts to 66 andquot; Fits torsos: 16-22andquot; Dimensions (HxWxD): 25x19x8-1/2andquot; Capacity: 3965 cu.in. Weight: 5 lb. 8 oz. Material: Pack: Duraliteand#174; nylon Frame: 6063-T5 aluminum alloy Made in China Visit our Backpack Guide Available Colors: PACIFIC/NEBULA, AMAZON/PINE.

- Sierra Trading Post

High Sierra Bobcat 65

previously retailed for:
$106.95 - $259.95

The High Sierra Bobcat 65 is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen March 25, 2014 at SunnySports.

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