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High Sierra Hawk Reviews Summary and Buyer's Guide

Last updated July 3, 2019

based on 46 reviews

We have checked tens of reviews and found 12 reasons to buy the Hawk - and 2 reasons NOT to buy it.

Check all the pros and cons here.

79% of the reviewers give the High Sierra Hawk a good or excellent rating!

Excellent (60%)
Good (19%)
Average (12%)
Poor (8%)
Bad (0%)


Reviews Summary

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

Reviewers like these things about the High Sierra Hawk

  • Testers found out that the High Sierra Hawk Backpack is comfortable to use.
  • According to those who used it, it can fit lots of gears.
  • Users also noted that bag was super easy to load.
  • Other users found that the zippers are big and do not snag at all.
  • Other testers recommend the use of the pack for weekend trips.
  • Reviewers thought that it has enough pockets to keep everything organized.
  • According to some reviewers, the bag has attachment points for tools and other things users may want to keep outside the pack.
  • Reviewers note that it has five compression straps to keep the weight from shifting.
  • Other users also stated that the hip pockets are big and comfortable to get to.
  • They also mentioned that material seems durable.
  • Many users pointed out that it is perfect for hikes.
  • Reviewers also noticed that items might be accessed towards the bottom of the bag via the pocket opening at the bottom of the bag.

Reviewers don't like these things

  • A tester discovered that the hip belt was too long.
  • A reviewer mentioned that it has few issues with poor stitching and straps.


Crowdsourced specs across all High Sierra Hawk models and sizes:

Capacity iconCapacity45.1 l (2752 cuin)
Weight iconWeight3.4-4 oz (1.5-1.8 kg)
Length iconLength25.5-27 in (65-69 cm)
Width8.5-9 in (22-23 cm)
Height14 in (36 cm)

The bag is recommended for these activities:


Popular Models

High Sierra Hawk 40

44% choose the High Sierra Hawk 40

44 %
Colors and combinations:


Weight iconWeight3.4 oz (1.5 kg)

High Sierra Hawk 50

33% choose the High Sierra Hawk 50

33 %
Colors and combinations:


Weight iconWeight4 oz (1.8 kg)
Length iconLength27 in (69 cm)
Width9 in (23 cm)
Height14 in (36 cm)

High Sierra Hawk 45

22% choose the High Sierra Hawk 45

22 %
Colors and combinations:


Capacity iconCapacity45.1 l (2752 cuin)
Weight iconWeight3.95 oz (1.8 kg)
Length iconLength25.5 in (65 cm)
Width8.5 in (22 cm)
Height14 in (36 cm)

High Sierra Hawk 40 vs Hawk 50

The two most popular High Sierra Hawk models are the Hawk 40 and the Hawk 50, so let's compare them:

Popularity and Prices

In total, 77% of the people interested in the High Sierra Hawk bags choose one of these two models. The most popular choice is the Hawk 40 which is choosen by 44% (1.3 times as many as the 33% that choose the Hawk 50).

Hawk 40Hawk 50
Most popular

Weight and dimensions

The weight of the Hawk 40 is 0.6 kg (21.2 oz) lower than the weight of the Hawk 50.

Hawk 40Hawk 50

Features and Colors

Both models are available in black and red.

Feature Summary

Many sources mention these High Sierra Hawk features:
  • Media pocket
  • Sternum strap
  • Compression straps
  • Raincover included
  • Side pockets
  • Stretch mesh

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 Hawk models (the most popular choice is the Hawk 40).

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.

4545.1 l3.95 oz0.09 oz/L


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Last updated on July 03, 2019