User Review: High Sierra Titan 65
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $109
This pack offers a great value at the price point and function mark. It is well featured with adjustable shoulder straps, lots of compression, plenty o' pockets, integrated pack cover, and comfortable hip belt.
- Variety of features
- Thick shoulder and hip padding
- Integrated rain cover
- Well ventilated suspension
- Oversized zippers
- Poor side-entry zipper design
- Weak compression strap material
- C+ lumbar support
This pack performed well on a recent 4-day hike along the Florida Trail near the Suwannee River. We hiked a total of 40 miles with 2 days of 80 degree sun and 2 days of 50 degree rain. Isn't that Florida for you?
Pre-trip weight out was 36 pounds. Even though this was my first multi-day hike I was not over encumbered by the weight; I felt a definite load transition from my shoulders to my hips. The adjustable suspension system and thick hip belt made my hike pretty comfortable. I felt a strain on my shoulders and lower back by the third day, but I attribute this to fatigue as a little adjusting gave me some relief.
In the 'shine, my middle back stayed dry and cool. We jettisoned our packs for a sinkhole side loop and the pack had held up well against a downpour while we were away. Only the top lid compartment was really soaked. All my pack contents stayed dry after cinching my gaudy yellow rain cover.
This pack is not short on pockets, straps, or zippers. All of which seem to be well crafted aside from one minor design flaw. The main compartment side-entry zipper lies under the lower main compartment compression strap. After continual use to access our 2lb baggie of G.O.R.P., the c-strap started to split and by the end of the trip was severed. I will also note that the zippers are oversized and are very easy to un-snag, but I did not have a single snag on this trip.
The top lid is very spacious and offered plenty of room for quick access items; although, it is not removable. The shoulder straps and front pocket have attachment loops and D rings for tying off gear which was convenient. The sleeping bag compartment is adequate for my Kelty Cosmic Down 20, but I'm not sure it would fit bulkier synthetic bags.
The main compartment seemed cavernous for a 65 and has a bladder divider, some attached storage loops (from which I hang my Optimus Crux), and a zipper access to the sleeping bag compartment. The bag body is also outfitted with dual hydration ports with sleeves on either shoulder strap.
Overall I was impressed by the value and comfort for the low price I paid. I consider this bag a mid-entry level performer in the hiking and backpacking class that will last about as long as your first pair of hiking boots do. ;)