High Sierra Sentinel 65 Internal Frame Pack Review

The High Sierra Sentinel 65 Internal Frame Pack is very adjustable and comfortable while offering plenty of capacity whether you are hiking for the day or on an overnight trip.

What is good about the Sentinel 65

Convenient size – enough space in the 65 liter main compartment to hold all your camping gear. There is a bottom sleeping bag compartment as well with the entire pack weighing in at just 4.8 pounds.

High-Sierra-Sentinel-65-Internal-Frame-Pack-5Comfortable walking – the ergo-fit shoulder harness allows you to customize the pack length to your exact specifications while the dual, contoured aluminum frame bars can be adjusted to fit the shape of your back. There are also adjustable backpack straps with load-lifters, waist belt, and molded back panel boast moisture wicking Vapel mesh and Airflow padding for cool comfort on the move.

Hydration ready – there is an internal hydration reservoir sleeve and dual exit ports for the tube. In addition there are dual mesh pockets holding 1000-milliliter water bottles if you prefer.

Rain cover – you can be sure there will be some rain sometime while hiking so the tuck-away rain cover, stored in a bottom pocket also protects the pack is a great freature.

Accessories – there are plenty of accessories to hold gear including your hiking poles when you are not using them. Removable media pocket is attached to the backpack strap.


High Sierra Sentinel 65 Internal Frame Pack Features

  • High-Sierra-Sentinel-65-Internal-Frame-Pack65-liter, top-load main compartment with gusseted drawstring closure and adjustable top lid
  • Front-load sleeping bag compartment with divider
  • Hinged front pocket holds ropes
  • Internal hydration reservoir sleeve and dual exit ports for the tube (reservoir not included)
  • Removable media pocket is attached to the backpack strap
  • Dual mesh pockets hold 1000-milliliter water bottles
  • Webbing daisy chain on both sides
  • Adjustable side and bottom compression straps keep gear secure
  • Soft lashing hardware holds hiking poles
  • Tuck-away rain cover stored in a bottom pocket
  • Ergo-Fit shoulder harness, with adjustable load-lifters, is constructed with Vapel mesh Airflow and high-density foam padding
  • Dual, contoured aluminum frame bars can be adjusted to fit the shape of your back
  • Molded foam back panel with Airflow channels to keep your back cool and dry
  • Waist belt, with Vapel mesh Airflow and high-density foam padding, wicks moisture
  • Adjustable sternum strap stabilizes pack
  • Dimensions: 32 x 14.25 x 8.75 inches
  • Capacity: 3970.0 cubic inches
  • Weight of 4.8 pounds
  • Materials: Grid-Weave Duralite, Mini-Weave Duralite, Duraweave (bottom)
  • Available in several colors as well

What customers say about the High Sierra Sentinel 65 Internal Frame Pack

Numerous reviewers stated they purchased it because of the low price and were surprised by the quality and all the features.

Many reviewers commented that it has plenty of space. One reviewer remarked, “it is sufficiently roomy for a 3-season 2/3 day trip and has an excellent strapping system both for fit and compression.”

Another hit with reviewers was the attached rain-fly which fits the pack very well even when heavily loaded.

Also reviewers said that the built in hydration ports are especially useful, as they were able to their Camelback reservoir with the pack. The compartment runs the full internal depth of the bag, and appears to be able to hold more than one bladder with duel hyrdration tubes ports (left and right side) and huge bladder compartment.

Regarding fit there were mixed reviews with a couple of people saying that anyone with a 32″ waist or under will not be able to cinch down tight enough to be usable. However a few people around that size thought it fit fine.

A few found it also squeaks a bit if your load shifts while walking but this can be fixed by tightening down the generous number of compression straps. Since the straps and height of the straps are adjustable it takes a little while to get it just right, but once it’s adjusted it works great!

The High Sierra Sentinel 65 Internal Frame Pack is the perfect backpack with lots of space, back support and is available at a great price.

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3 comments for “High Sierra Sentinel 65 Internal Frame Pack Review

  1. Eric
    April 23, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    This pack fits the bill I put this pack to a test on a pretty demanding backpack camping trip.First impression when I unpacked it was “Damn that is a lot of straps” I added some weight to the pack to adjust it. I am 6’1″ and about 225 lbs. I have a pretty long torso, I generally wear Long/Tall shirts, I adjusted the pack as long as it would go. It was borderline as far as the fit was, but I decided to keep it. When I loaded it with my gear for my trip, I loaded it to the top, my loaded weight was 52 pounds. The pack handled the weight well, this is where the strap-o-rama came into play. I was able to cinch all of the straps down to keep that load from shifting and I was completely successful. I did not notice any noise or squeaks like some other reviewers reported, perhaps because I had the load restrained. The sleeping bag compartment is pretty adequate, I was able to put my 30 degree bag in the compartment and was able to tuck a few other items into that spot as well. The…

  2. Global Traveler
    April 23, 2018 at 4:39 pm

    Missing Features means Lighter weight I purchased this backpack during Amazon’s Lightening Deals, and at the same time I ordered the High Sierra Titan model http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004EBN4T0/ref=twister_B004EBN526 that has been out for several years in order to compare the two since I was on the fence with both of them. The main problem I have with this new model is that there are no pockets or access areas on the shoulder straps for a phone, compass, camera or anything…..and none on the hip belt either. I really need those as my other backpacks have those features. I’m sure they removed those to reduce the weight, but I think it was mistake. I know you can add pouches if you like but that’s not the only issue I have with this pack. The large adjustable pocket on the rear that expands to hold a jacket or whatever isn’t gusseted and I can see something falling out of it. This pack also doesn’t have a side entry access if that matters to you. Its not something I plan to use often, but I do like the fact its there in…

  3. Zachary Shook
    April 23, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    i WAS trying to save money… but.. The waist strap is very heavy, very large and there are NO pockets on it, just nothing but hard Styrofoam it seems like.Without it on, of course, the weight did not sit right on my back/hips and would eventually create very sore spots.. Had i seen this bag in the store i never would have bought it. The bag space inside could not fit my bear canister, The bag was not wide enough, nor could it fit my tent, it was not deep enough. My Sleeping bag had PLENTY of room though.YES there are more than spaces to strap everything on the outside of your pack… but… Your rain cover would no longer fit..Long story short.If you have “large” items this probably isn’t the bag for you.If you have a pretty large waist, the waist strap might fit you betterOne last thing i did not like was the “ERGO height adjuster?” .. I couldn’t feel too much of a difference no matter where i had it set.I can bet money this is one of the first(and among…

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