‘Adventure This Way’ is High Sierra’s tagline, so it’s unsurprising to see that its backpack designs are rugged and geared towards the outdoors. Founded in 1978, the company has long produced durable and affordable products with a focus on practical performance and distinctive details. Today, it has a presence all over the world, including North America, Asia and Europe. The Curve series is made to contour to the ‘curves’ of your back for maximum comfort, whilst providing plenty of space for storage. Its versatility makes it a great choice for carrying school or work supplies, as well as a travel backpack for weekend trips. “We have also written a complete guide about North face unisex borealis backpacks“.
Build and Dimensions
The Curve is distinguished by its bold but practical design and build. Like most conventional backpacks, it is bottom heavy and smaller at the top, but opens up wide to accommodate a host of items. Measuring 18.5inches by 12.5 inches by 8.5 inches, the daypack’s main compartment offersplenty of space for everything from textbooks to laptops and tablets, as well as stationery. However, users should note that the interior is not padded unlike the Adidas Prime Backpack and there is no dedicated sleeve for electronics – so even though it can be used to carry laptops of up to 18 inches, there is no cushion to protect them against bumps or falls. “We have also written a complete guide about best Jansport backpacks“.
The secondary compartment can accommodate a notebook or tablet of up to 13 inches. This section features three smaller pockets for easy organisation, so you won’t have to rummage through the bottom of your backpack for keys, accessories or loose change. Also included is a key fob hook and pen pockets.
Meanwhile, the exterior features a zippered compartment for easy access to frequently used items. Unlike many backpacks that have a ‘pouch’ in front, the Curve’s front-loaded compartment is streamlined to the bag’s surface and goes all the way to the bottom for extra room. The side has a small hole which acts as a headphone port, so users can loop their cables through them and listen to music on the go.
There are pockets on each side of the bag. One is made from a stretchy mesh-like material designed to keep water bottles, while the other is less elastic and more suitable for pens or notepads. The daypack has an overall capacity of 1,800 cubic inches or 29L. Even so, users should be able to carry it with ease thanks to its S-shaped shoulder straps with a suspension system, which are designed to distribute evenly across the shoulders, back and neck. The straps are adjustable to fit people with small or large frames. They are padded and come with a small media pocket – great for keeping MP3 players, iPods and most smartphones, although larger models like the Samsung Note series will probably not fit.
The back panel is padded with soft foam for added comfort and to ensure that the bag’s contents will not dig into your back. When transporting them over short distances, users can carry them single-handedly using the top handle, which is covered in heavy duty webbing for a better grip.
The High Sierra Curve is made from 600 Denier Duralite, a type of polyester fabric. Polyester is commonly used in making outdoor gear and backpacks, as it is very strong, lightweight and durable. The material is also resistant to wrinkling, shrinking, abrasion and mildew.
As it is hydrophobic in nature, the backpack dries quickly and is machine washable. The Curve has added a water resistant coating to further repel water and moisture, so users can be rest assured that the backpack’s contents stay safe and dry even in light rain. It resists fading even when exposed to strong sunlight or harsh environments, and repels stains due to its low absorbency.
Polyester is generally able to withstand wear and tear better than cotton, but to further enhance its toughness, the Curve uses Mini-Hexagon Ripstop technology which prevents tearing or ripping. On its own, the Curve is extremely lightweight at just 15 ounces. Soft and flexible, it can be folded down flat and stored in a compact space when not in use.
The zippers are high quality plastic and able to withstand abuse. However, the slider part is connected to plastic ends with stretchy bands, which are easy to cut if thieves decided to access your backpack’s contents.
Forget ‘basic’ or ‘minimalist’ designs: the Curve is unapologetically bold, vivid and fun. Bright and stylish, its distinctive design and color scheme is easy to spot, even from afar. It comes in both solid and patterned prints, depending on your preference.
The Aquamarine/Ash/White features clean, thick lines and a fresh, minty look. For something more subdued, go for classy-looking black. If you’re feeling adventurous, choose bold prints that are sure to attract glances on the commute or while you’re strolling around on campus, such as Electric Leopard/Fuschia and Enchanted/True Navy/White. The flowery pink Summer Bloom/Fuschia/White oozes feminine charm and should be a hit with the ladies. What we liked about the daypack is that it doesn’t have unnecessary ‘decorative’ buckles, straps or drawstrings – making them less likely to snag on items. High Sierra’s logo is proudly embossed on the front.
The daypack comes with a standard lifetime warranty.
Pros and Cons
- Spacious, front loaded compartment for easy access
- Pockets for organisation in secondary compartment
- Huge capacity of 29L
- Side pockets to store water bottles
- Headphone port
- Padded shoulder straps and media pocket
- Padded back panel for comfort
- Tough and durable Duralite polyester
- Bold and fun colors
- Machine washable
- No interior lining to protect contents from knocks or falls
- Zippers have stretchy bands connected to plastic ends, not very secure
For its price point, it’s hard to beat the value you get from the High Sierra Curve Daypack. Not only is it roomy enough to store books, electronics and other daily essentials, it’s also pleasing on the eye and comes with additional features such as a media pocket and headphone port. The only major drawback is the lack of interior padding in contrast with the Jansport Daypack, so users should handle the daypack with care if transporting fragile items.
Last update on 2020-01-20 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API