One of the major manufacturers of backpacks today is the company known as High Sierra. They are well-known in this area as a producer of backpacks incorporating innovative designs and quality materials and construction – yet their backpacks are also sold at a very competitive price. I recently looked at some of their designs for a product design project for a new diaper bag backpack I helped design and thought I’d share some of my notes here:
I’ll begin with the High Sierra Crush Backpack. Priced from $24.86 – $54.99, these high Sierra backpacks are designed for multimedia and high-tech students. They are equipped with a padded interior computer sleeve that is capable of storing a 15 inch laptop safely. These packs also feature a MP3/CD player pocket and a headphone port as well as a media pocket that is capable of holding a cell phone or a PDA. It is also equipped with a zippered mesh pocket in the organizer section which also has pencil/pen pockets and a key fob.
Another great backpack design is the High Sierra Swerve pack. The normal list price on these backpacks is $65, and they are available in the following color schemes – Charcoal/Chipotle/Black, Amazon/Ash/Black, Blossom/Satin Sheet/Black, Spring/Satin Sheet/Black and Glacier/Blue Shadow/Black. These are large-capacity backpacks and come complete with a padded interior computer sleeve for your laptop, music device player with a headphone port, and ventilated shoulder straps to keep you cool. High Sierra designed these with a fully padded bottom, a mesh padded grab handle and back panel and a tuck-away waist belt.
The third model I have to mention is the High Sierra Col 35 Frame Backpack. They are priced from $41.79 – $79.99. Features on these models include a 35 Liter, top-load main compartment, padded backpack straps and a single-contoured aluminum frame bar that is adjustable to fit the exact shape of your back. The main compartment of this backpack is constructed with a gusseted drawstring closure and an adjustable top lid. It also features a molded foam back panel and an internal hydration reservoir sleeve – for storage of your favorite liquid and easy drinking while you’re on the trail.
Here’s one of my favorites: the High Sierra Old School Backpack. Priced from $20.25 – $42.45, this high Sierra backpack has a very large capacity: 1,774.5 cubic inches. It, too, is a multi- compartment backpack and has standard features such as a zippered mesh pocket, pen pockets and key fob, a CD/MP3 player pocket with its own headphone port and also a media pocket that is roomy enough to hold a cell phone or a PDA device. This High Sierra backpack is also equipped with a slash pocket on the front panel, a daisy chain loop and a ribbed grab handle. It is 19.5″ x 13″ x 7″ and weighs approximately 1 pound when empty.
Finally, this is my favorite backpack – the High Sierra Ballzak Pack. Very inexpensively priced from $14.38 – $39.99, this is a specialty item designed for student-athletes, this backpack is equipped with a very large mesh pocket in the front which is designed to hold a basketball or soccer ball! As well, it has all of the standard components found in most High Sierra backpacks: a large main compartment, and zippered side pockets (which in this case are large enough to hold a pair of athletic shoes!), a music device player pocket and headphone port and also a cell phone pocket on the shoulder strap. If you have a young person who is also an athlete on your gift-giving list, this would make an excellent, excellent choice – this Sierra backpack incorporates a truly unique design. Measuring 18.5 x 14 x 8 inches, it weighs 2 pounds when empty. Highly recommended!
The High Sierra Powerglide is a the perfect travel companion when you are hauling a lot of gear. The multi-compartment design keeps all of your items organized. A fully-padded laptop compartment and multi-pocket organizer is perfect for keeping your tech gear secure.
The Powerglide can be used as a roller bag or you can use the hidden backpack straps for another carry option when the terrain gets rough.
High Sierra has such a wide range of bags and yet they still spend an enormous amount of time thinking through the actually utility for each bag. They incorporate all the important features that you need to make the bag truly useful and functional without over-designing it and constantly resist the temptation of adding stuff just because you can. Nice clean, functional and simplistic designs – just the way I like them.