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High Sierra Appalachian 75 Backpacking Pack Best Budget Option - Product Review

High Sierra Appalachian Top Load Internal Frame Hiking Pack,...
Top load main compartment with gusseted drawstring closure and adjustable top lid; Single contoured aluminum frame bar can be adjusted to fit the shape of your back

Editor's Rating: (4.1 / 5)


  • Inexpensive 75L bag
  • Included rain cover
  • Ergo shoulder fit harness for custom shoulder fitting
  • Top and Front loading abilities


  • Not water proof
  • Materials' durability were a little suspect and can tear easily

Our Take:

The High Sierra Appalachian 75 Backpacking Pack is a good inexpensive 75L bag for those thrifty backpackers who want something comparable to a top line bag under $100.

As far as design and comfort there isn’t much drop off from a top of the line bag.

Although the Appalachian 75 is a bit on the heavier side at close to 6 pounds there is a lot to love.

We’ve beat this thing up pretty good and still no tearing or bruising. Comfort is king with the High Sierra Appalachian which includes an ergo fit shoulder harness and straps that help the bag lay comfortably on your shoulders and once you adjust all the other straps to your fit along with high-density foam padding help the pack will sit well fitted on your back.

There’s a molded foam back panel with Airflow channels built in with Hex-Vent mesh and to keep your back nice and cool and help prevent sweat, mold and stink build up.

While there’s plenty of room inside High Sierra really hooks you up with a top loading and front loading capabilities.

If the inside space isn’t enough there’s plenty of compression straps on the back and sides to hold more gear outside the bag. Although the bag isn’t waterproof it does come with a rain cover which is a nice accessory.

The bottom compartment can hold your sleeping bag and the straps at the bottom will hold your sleeping pad. Great bag for its price.

Key Product Info:

Weight 5.8 lbs
Capacity 75L
Cubic Inches 4580"
Torso Length 34"

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Erik grew up as a desert rat in Arizona. After exploring the backcountry of the west coast he came east for a job but still finds time to explore the beauty of the northeast.

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