Edit: Rob Patterson's IR: High Sierra Sports Company: Fluid Hydration Pack
> Nice job Rob, but you are missing a few things from your report.Please include a biographical section on yourself, a description of
the testing environment, the climate during the test and the
condition of the pack upon arrival (as per Survival Guide
requirements for an IR).
Please add/modify and repost corrected report for another go-round.
>High Sierra Sports Company: Fluid Hydration Pack - Initial Report
Manufacturer: High Sierra Sports Company
Year of manufacture: 2003
Listed weight: not listed.
Weight as tested: 2 pounds, 14 ounces (1.30 kg)
The bag I received was sky blue with black panels and harness, along
with reflective piping that can be seen from most angles. It's a
small bag in a teardrop shape maybe a foot high, about six inches
deep, and about eight inches wide at the midpoint. At the bottom of
the bag, there is a small compartment for a built in, but detachable
rainfly which is large enough to cover a fully packed bag with a 100
weight fleece bungeed to the back. On the back of the bag is some
webbing that fits my fleeces (200 weight)
##Rob, I thought you wrote `feces' lol. Anyway, I find it a little
confusing on what you're trying to say. Is that top and bottom?
and shells (3-ply Gore-Tex
#Is it only the parka? Then it should be `shell'. If you have gore-
tex pants, then list them too.
Behind this is a reasonably sized mesh pocket totally open to
the air, and secured at the top with Velcro and spandex trim. The
outer compartment seems to have a series of pen holders,
pocket for flat objects (ie. Notepad, letters),
##(i.e. notepad, letters)
and what looks like a
mesh, zippered sunglass holder. Also it has a clamshell opining,
zipper sliders, and enough space for most odds and ends. The larger
compartment has a similar clamshell opening, two sliders, a large,
flat, zippered mesh compartment, and a pocket for the hydration
bladder with an exit for the hose at the top of the bag. As for the
suspension, the backpanel is a piece of mesh, held taught by an metal
## a metal .
frame (from the sides it looks something like a bow, or a drum).
## Can you expand here. I'm not picturing it.
means that very little of the pack will actually contact my back, and
give some room for air to circulate.
##What will give some room for air to circulate? Please expand
The shoulder straps a minimally
## straps are minimally
padded, wide, and have attachment points for the hose. Lastly the
pack appears to have an padded,
## to have a padded .
weight caring hipbelt, but this is
ineffective because the pack is too short to transfer weight to my
hips (Depending where the pack is hanging it either fits around my
stomach, or floating ribs), and the padded hipbelt has zero rigidity.
This means that I will probably only use the hipbelt where I need the
pack to move with me, since the sternum strap seems fine for holding
the pack to my back. As for the water bladder, it appears to be made
of a thick plastic, with a wide mouth Nalgene style opining
water in at the top. Also the bladder fits in the bladder sleeve on
my Arc'teryx Bora 80 pack. The hose attaches to the bottom of the
bladder, and is insulted
## and is insulated
with Neoprene. The hose seems long enough,
and has a twist and bite valve. I feel I should note here, that
according to the letter that I received with the pack the bladder is
sold separately form the pack.
## separately from the pack.
My take on the Bag:
The bag is well made, and reasonably well designed. However just
looking at it, it seams to be aimed more towards the fashion market
## market than
the really hardcore user. I'm saying this because High Sierra
seems to have tossed as many bells and whistles on the pack as they
##could instead of can.
, without regard to weight. One examples
being that I question the
real usefulness of pen holders on a hydration pack, or the real
usefulness of the exterior pocket while mountain biking, or climbing.
Also I personally find the suspension to be fine, but the shoulder
straps may to be too thin to make carrying any real weight
comfortable. I'll report on this later.
During the test of this pack, I plan to evaluate how well the
hydration bladder, performs over a wide range of conditions.
## I think you should list some of the range of conditions so the
reader knows where you're heading IMO.
in addition to testing its
durability with regular use, and ease of cleaning. I plan to test the
effectiveness, and comfort of the packs
suspension with a variety of loads, while biking, hiking, climbing,
and if winter comes soon enough with cross-country skiing. Lastly I
plan to evaluate the effectiveness of the packs
myriad features, as
well as testing the packs
organization, and durability. This will all
be tested through reasonable but likely rough, and regular use
thought the test period.
I want the thank BackpackGearTest and High Sierra Sports Company for
the opportunity to test this hydration pack.
- one or two more little things...
--- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, "tcoug7" <tcoug7@a...> wrote:
> > Nice job Rob, but you are missing a few things from your report.
> As for the suspension, the backpanel is a piece of mesh, held
taught by an metal
> ## a metal .
> weight caring hipbelt, but this is
> ineffective because the pack is too short to transfer weight to my
> hips (Depending where the pack is hanging it either fits around my
> stomach, or floating ribs), and the padded hipbelt has zero
> This means that I will probably only use the hipbelt where I need
> pack to move with me, since the sternum strap seems fine for
> the pack to my back. As for the water bladder, it appears to be
> of a thick plastic, with a wide mouth Nalgene style opining