Re: HSSC Fluid Field Report (Dave)
- Here you go Dave. Good job!
High Sierra Sport Company Fluid Hydration Pack
Field Report - 7/22/2003
Name: David Anderson
Height: 6'2" (1.87 m)
Weight: 285 (130 kg)
City: Lynnwood, WA
I grew up car camping with my family in California, and started
sometime around 5th grade. As an adult I've lived, worked and
New England, Colorado, Oregon and Washington. I've also gotten
sea kayaking in the last few years.
#Comment: I suggest "kayaking over the last ".
Manufacturer: <http://www.highsierrasport.com/>High Sierra Sport
The HSSC Fluid hydration pack is a mid-sized daypack that comes with
two-liter (68 oz) vinyl hydration bladder.
The bladder has the fairly standard wide mouth cap that will allow it
work with MSR water filters. The 39 inch (1 m) tube has a neoprene
insulate it from the elements. On the end of the tube there is a push-
valve, with a bite valve that fits over the end of that.
#Comment: Someone unfamiliar with hydration bladders may not know
what the tube you mention is for. Maybe if you called it the "feed
tube" or "drinking tube", or "fluid transport tube". Your call.
Also, the last sentence could run smoother. How about " There is a
push-pull valve on the end of the drinking tube. Attached over the
valve is a bite valve."
measures 14.75" x 6.75" (37 cm x 17 cm). The bladder weighs 6.5 oz
High Sierra Sport claims that the pack measures 16" x 12.5" x 6" (41
32 cm x 15 cm) which are the same measurements that I came up with
#Comment: I agree with Tom here. Why don't you just continue in the
same vein that you started out in, i.e. "The pack measures ". After
you could say something like " This agrees with the High Sierra
published dimensions "
The body of my pack is made out of blue Duralite ripstop nylon
and 600-denier black Duralite. The construction all appears to be top
The larger main compartment contains three pockets. The largest
the sleeve for the water bladder with a glove hook at the top to hold
top of the bladder. The hole for the tube is exits the pack at the top
#Edit: delete "is"
between the shoulder straps.
To the left side of the bladder pocket is a small sleeve pocket, that
haven't quite figured out what to do with yet. On the opposite wall
pack is a full height zippered mesh pocket
The smaller compartment contains a small zippered mesh pocket that is
the right size to stash some keys and some cash.
#Comment: Do you keep the credit card somewhere else? Forget it
stupid joke, I know.
Below that is a large
pocket with five pen pockets on the front of it. On the cover of this
compartment is a large mesh pocket and shock cord for tying on
In the bottom of the pack there is a small zippered pocket that holds
The pack comes with a frame that has about 3 inches (8 cm) of arch to
hold the main pack bag away from the mesh back panel for better
ventilation. The shoulder straps are also made of mesh for
pack also has a sternum strap and a waist belt (not a hip belt) to
keep the load from shifting.
There is some padding at the top of the back and a small part of the
#Comment: Where on the waist belt? I don't think I've ever worn
anything with a waist belt, so what needs to be padded?
The total pack weight is 2 lb 12 oz (1.25 kg)
Conditions: I have been using the fluid on most of my dayhikes and
#Edit: day hikes
walks. These have all been in western Washington state, in the area
the Puget Sound and the Cascade foothills, in our normal mix of
weather. The temperatures have ranged from 45-90 F ( - C) with some
#Edit: metric values
rain thrown in, but mostly overcast or sunny.
Suspension: I have given up on wearing the waist belt when doing
short of scrambling up or down steep slopes. By removing the belt, I
carry the pack further up my back where it is more comfortable. With
belt removed I can tighten up the shoulder straps so that the Fluid
higher on my back, which I find to be more comfortable. The mesh
back panel lets more of my sweat evaporate than I have experienced
standard solid straps.
#Comment: Is the belt removable or simply not around your waist? If
it's removable, I suggest you mention that in your description above.
Pack Body: My normal load in the Fluid is a couple of sandwiches and
for lunch, small bottles of sunblock and insect repellant, and a hat
sunglasses. If it looks like there might be some rain, I will toss in
raincoat, and if it looks like a great day for lounging around, I
in a paperback book. I also toss my keys and wallet in the mesh
the main compartment. This works out to be a comfortable load in the
with room for a few more small items if I need them.
I found that the pack works best when loading it up with small or
items. The full water bladder gives the pack a curved storage area
the bladder. While I was able to load up the latest Harry Potter hard
book, I would not really consider the Fluid to be an ideal bookbag
#Edit: book bag
, as I
doubt that I would have been able to fit any two of my college
into it with a full bladder.
Hydration System: The bladder that I received as a replacement for
leaky bladder that came with the pack originally has worked very well
without experiencing any leaks.
My only real complaint about the hydration bladder is that if I leave
water in there over night, or if it is left in the car in the sun for
while before hiking, the water picks up a plastic taste from either
bladder or the tube running to the bite valve. I usually only notice
the first few sips, so I am not quite sure if all the water in the
picks up this flavor, or if it is just the water in the tube.
#Comment: Suggestion take a swig out of it at the fill point. You
could stick a straw in if needed.
So far I am please with the Fluid hydration pack. It carries
need for a few hours of hiking or walking, while giving me the
of a hydration system. It is my preferred pack for dayhikes where I
#Edit: my spell checker doesn't like this any way except "day hike".
to be on my feet for several hours, and only need access to a few
addition to my water.