User Review: High Sierra Titan 65
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $110
When it came time to get a new pack, I wanted something that could be utilized for a short weekend trip, but also something big enough for longer trips. Another requirement is that it couldn't break the bank. After several trips to REI and other sporting goods stores in my area, and reading several reviews online I selected the High Sierra Titan 65.
I have to say, I couldn't be more thrilled with the pack. It has several cool features that really set it apart in its price range and after three excursions it has proven to be quite durable as well. I love the in-pack rain cover, the side pockets (including a cell phone pocket), compatibility with a CamelBak, and many compartments.
- Rich in features
- A bit on the heavy side
Fit: Very solid straps that are fully adjustable and fits my torso very well. I am 5'11'' and about 165 lbs, but the straps would be able to fit a very wide range of body types.
Comfort: The pack has proven to be quite comfortable, even with over 50 lbs over the course of several miles.
Capacity: It is advertised at a 65L pack and it seems to be equivalent to other 65L packs I have evaluated. It has a large main compartment, a sleeping back compartment and several smaller compartments to store various equipment. It also has various straps and loops to attach things to the outside of the pack.
Organization & Accessibility: Three compartments that are accessible without taking of the pack, including two small hip pockets and a small area for a cell phone. The pack has several compartments that are easily accessible and allow you to organize your gear extremely well.
Ride: When packed correctly, this pack is very manageable. I've over-packed it and pretty much stretched it to it's limits, but it still was quite comfortable and I was able to hike very hilly terrain and through creeks without feeling off balance.
Compression: The pack can adjust to a wide variety of pack sizes, but is best suited for a weekend or longer trip because of the weight associated to the pack itself.
Ease of Use: I've found no surprises with the pack and am very impressed with the accessibility of the various compartments.
Features: Cell phone and hip pockets. Compatibility with a CamelBak. Rain cover.
Construction & Durability: As I've mentioned, the pack is very solidly built, and I've overstuffed it with heavy equipment and it gave me no issues at all. The clips are solid and all the stitching is in great shape.
Conditions: I've owned the pack for about 4 months now and have used it 3 times. Once on a 5-day excursion through very hilly terrain in the spring, and two other times on winter weekend trips with hilly terrain. It has yet to see rain, or warm temperatures, but those will be coming I have no doubts that this pack will take everything I throw at it in stride.