High Sierra Tangent 45



Great lightweight all around pack with a faulty water…

Rating: rated 3 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $49.99


Great lightweight all around pack with a faulty water delivery system.


  • Lightweight
  • Fully adjustable


  • Needs more places to clip things
  • Camelbak feature leaks at the lower valve that attaches to bag.

I would give it a higher review if the water feature did not leak. I got a great deal on this pack at Costco. I would have bought it without the water feature, but having the Camelbak water feature was a plus. Unfortunately it leaks at the bottom valve.

I took back the first backpack right away and got a second one and had the same problem. The slow leak soaks the contents of your pack and drips through into your lower back and buttocks. Now I'm just going to use the pack without the water. 


Welcome to Trailspace, Kimberly. Thanks for the review.

7 months ago

Don't give up on water bladders yet Kimberly. My Platypus one has never leaked. I'm sorry you had such a bad experience.

7 months ago
Brian Olsen

Just picked up a couple at costco for 39.97 Looks different from the picture.

6 months ago

The High Sierra Tangent 45L internal frame backpack…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $55


The High Sierra Tangent 45L internal frame backpack has been a good pack for my weekend and day hikes. Although I do wish that the padded belt had a net pocket or a method of attachment, this pack is a great value at $55 (Costco price).

Key features inlcude: top loaded main component with secondy access through a rear zipper, a separate lower compartment, an integrated tuck-away rain cover in a velcro pocket on the bottom, plenty of tie points integrated water bladder sleeve, and a top cover with a zipper pocket.


  • Plenty of features for a great price
  • Excellent airflow design
  • Integrated water bladder sleeve


  • No pockets or clip points on the hip belt
  • 45L might be a bit small for some hikers
  • Pack is only available in one size range

My favorite feature is the arched back panel that keeps the pack just far neough away from your back to provide great airflow while keeping the weight of the pack on your hips. The water bladder sleeve has several versions of tie points so it should be compatible with any bladder type. 

I liked this pack so much, that I went back and got a second one for 12-year-old daughter to use. It fits her nicely and we are looking forward to trying these packs on longer hikes.

High Sierra Tangent 45

reviewers paid:
$49.99 - $55.00

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