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High Sierra Explorer Reviews Summary and Buyer's Guide

Last updated July 3, 2019

based on 481 reviews

We have checked hundreds of reviews and found 13 reasons to buy the Explorer - and 2 reasons NOT to buy it.

Check all the pros and cons here.

85% of the reviewers give the High Sierra Explorer a good or excellent rating!

Excellent (60%)
Good (25%)
Average (5%)
Poor (5%)
Bad (3%)


Reviews Summary

Here's what the reviewers think about the High Sierra Explorer:

Reviewers like these things about the High Sierra Explorer

  • Many users like its aluminum frame bar that can be adjusted to fit the shape of their back.
  • A lot of users laud its molded foam back panel with airflow channels that keep their back cool and dry.
  • Some users thought the fabric feels very durable.
  • Others said it has a decent amount of attachment points on the outside to attach stuff to.
  • Some reviewers find the little loops perfect for carabiners to slide into to attach small odds and ends.
  • One user said it looks fantastic.
  • Many hikers said it's comfortable to wear even with a full load.
  • Some reviewers describe it as ultralight, durable and capable pack.
  • Some owners love the built in rain cover that comes very handy.
  • Others find the leeping bag compartment very convenient and easy to fit a normal backpacking bag into.
  • Some users thought the stitching was very well done and the straps are in the perfect spots.
  • Others love how the waist belt provides extra needed support.
  • Some reviewers like how the bottom half unzips for quicker access to bottom of pack.

Reviewers don't like these things

  • Some users complained about how the chest strap comes off easily.
  • Others find the waist strap too long.


Crowdsourced specs across all High Sierra Explorer models and sizes:

Capacity iconCapacity55 l (3356 cuin)
Weight iconWeight4.2-4.5 oz (1.9-2 kg)
Length iconLength14-30 in (36-76 cm)
Width8 in (20 cm)
Height14-30 in (36-76 cm)

The bag is recommended for these activities:


Popular Models

High Sierra Explorer 55

100% choose the High Sierra Explorer 55

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Colors and combinations:


Capacity iconCapacity55 l (3356 cuin)
Weight iconWeight4.2 oz (1.9 kg)
Length iconLength30 in (76 cm)
Width8 in (20 cm)
Height14 in (36 cm)

Feature Summary

Many sources mention these High Sierra Explorer features:
  • Adjustable waist
  • Compression straps
  • Side pockets
  • Sleeping bag compartment
  • Sternum strap
  • Raincover included

Actual features depends on the model, so check the features before you buy.

Packing Guide

See how much a traveller, an athlete and an outdoorsy person can pack in the different High Sierra Explorer models (the most popular choice is the Explorer 55).

Capacity/Weight Levels

The capacity/weight level shows how much the bag weights compared with it's capacity (volume).

The lower the capacity/weight level, the better.

5555 l4.2 oz0.08 oz/L


vs High Sierra Bags

The High Sierra Explorer ranks #27 compared with the other High Sierra bags.

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vs All Bags

The High Sierra Explorer ranks #1988 compared with all the bags we have checked.

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1987High Sierra Explorer
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1988IT Luggage Duotone
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1989US Traveler Westport
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1990OMM Ultra
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Vs Other Bags

Crowdsourced comparison of the High Sierra Explorer vs the High Sierra Titan.

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High Sierra Explorer vs High Sierra Titan

High Sierra Explorer
High Sierra Explorer


Based on 481 reviews
Capacity: 55 l
Weight: 4.2-4.5 oz
Price: $$

High Sierra Titan
High Sierra Titan

Based on 1,263 reviews

Capacity: 55 l
Weight: 4.2-5 oz
Price: $$

  • The Explorer is rated a bit worse than the Titan.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 1,744 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Explorer is the same size as the biggest Titan (both 55 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Explorer is 11% lighter than the biggest Titan (4.5 oz vs 5 oz).

Adjustable waist
Compression straps
Media pocket
Raincover included
Side pockets
Sleeping bag compartment
Sternum strap

Both bags are available in these colors:

Only the Titan is available in these colors:

Bag ID 31752. Images from Amazon Product Advertising API and shop datafeeds.

Last updated on July 03, 2019