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Sentinel 65

Sentinel 65

Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: Sentinel 65

Manufacturer: High Sierra

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 - 2 Votes


Page By: Rob Ricks

Created/Edited: Mar 3, 2008 / Mar 3, 2008

Object ID: 4983

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Product Description

For day trips or long-term adventures, our Sentinel 65 frame pack delivers on gear space without adding on the weight. Just 4.8 pounds and boasting 65 liters of main-compartment storage space, the Sentinel 65 features top and bottom pack access, a bottom sleeping bag compartment, a hydration-ready design and plenty of accessories to hold gear like ice axes and hiking poles.


65-liter, top-load main compartment with gusseted drawstring closure and adjustable top lid.

Front-load sleeping bag compartment with divider.

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 VapelL™ mesh Airflow™ and high-density foam padding, wicks moisture.

Hinged front pocket holds ropes.

Webbing daisy chain on both sides.

Internal hydration reservoir sleeve and dual exit ports for tube (reservoir not included).

Removable media pocket is attached to the backpack strap.

Adjustable side and bottom compression straps keep gear secure.

Adjustable sternum strap stabilizes pack.

Soft lashing hardware holds ice ax/hiking poles.

Dual mesh pockets hold 1000ml water bottles.

Tuck-away rain cover, stored in a bottom pocket, also protects the pack when checked for air travel.



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Rob RicksNice Features, but...

Voted 2/5

...not so much on the overall quality. Some of the good things first:
1. Very easy size adjustment. The hook and loop adjustments are fairly intuitive.
2. Neat little add-ons like media pocket and rain cover.
3. Lots of space for stuff and the little safety reminders and checklists are interesting.

Now for the not so good stuff:
1. The "crampon pocket" is not well sized for 12 point crampons.
2. There is only one real ice axe loop. The second tool doesn't fit well where two auxillary loops are placed. These second loops seem to be for trekking pole tips. If you were only bring a cane axe and poles this would be fine. This is not suitable for more technical pursuits.
3. The waist belt is way over built with straps that are exceedingly long. The buckle is a minor struggle to release.
4. The hip and shoulder adjustment straps are cheap and not very useful in load adjusting. The shoulder straps were a general hotspot when lifting arms up. Not good for vertical aspirations.

In general, pretty poor quality outweighs the features that were put on this pack. After inspecting it and loading it down and wearing it, I felt it was better to invest in a better quality pack with fewer bells and whistles. So, back to the retailer it went. If you're doing light hiking with bulky stuff this pack may work for you. Can't say I'd recommend it for long and serious efforts.
Posted Mar 20, 2008 8:46 am

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