High Sierra Titan 55

The best backpack for hiking is the High Sierra Tech Series 59404 Titan 55 Internal Frame Pack .

High Sierra Tech Series 59404 Titan 55 Internal Frame Pack

Internal Frame? What's That?

Pack frames have been developed to support hiking, treking and camping activities.

There are two kinds of pack frame designs for overnight backpacking. The external frame design is the older design while the internal frame is a newer development.

Let's look at the external frame first. The best way to describe an external frame is to show you. Here is the Kelty Yukon External Frame Pack .

Kelty Yukon External Frame Pack

Compare this to the picture of the Titan 55. As you can see, the external frame pack has a tubular frame and the bag and straps are attached to this frame.

The internal frame pack, like the Titan 55, has the frame inside the bag. Here are the advantages of internal frame packs over external frame packs.

  • An internal frame cleaves closer to the hiker's back, this means greater stability while walking the trails because of the lower center of gravity.
  • Easier to seal, less likely to get contents wet because - unlike external frame packs that store items hanging off the external frame, everything has to go inside an internal frame pack, protected by the pack material.
  • More adjustable than an external frame.

What Was High Sierra Trying To Achieve When They Designed This Bag?

When designing this backpack, High Sierra, the official outfitter of the U.S. Skiing and Snowboarding teams, attempted to give backpackers massive space in a streamlined bag. There's plenty of room here for long duration hikes - you can pack your sleeping bag, your tent - everything.

The internal frame of the Titan 55 was created to support heavy loads while maintaining excellent weight distribution and providing maximum ventilation to the wearer.

Allowing you to bring the maximum amount of gear on your trip while ensuring your comfort is the single most important design consideration for the Titan 55.


The nylon material of the Titan 55 was chosen for rugged durability. As a bonus, it is also lightweight.

For further protection, a tuck-away rain cover is stored in the bottom pocket of the pack.

To cap the High Sierra's confidence about the durability of their bag, the Titan 55 comes with a lifetime warranty.


High Sierra Tech Series 59404 Titan 55 Internal Frame Pack back comfort

The ERGO-Fit shoulder strap is S-shaped. An S-shaped shoulder strap is countoured to conform to the human body making it easier for you to maintain your balance. The shoulder straps are reinforced by load lifters that assist in balancing the pack load. A sternum strap and a waist strap are the final additions to ensure that the pack doesn't move around while you go through rough terrain.

titan 55 hiking backpack

To address the issue of this pack being on your back mile after mile, the back panel of the Titan 55 is padded with high-density foam and airflow channels are built into this back panel so that your back is ventilated while you are carrying the pack.

So two things for comfort: (1) a snug, secure fit that avoids the pack moving around and (2) padding and ventilation for the back.

Lugging this pack

You get two grab handles both sides for the numerous times you want to position the bags just so.

The contents inside the bag moving around can really take it's toll as you count the miles. Keep your stuff snug with adjustable compression straps on the sides and bottom.


Main Compartment

The main compartment of this bag gives you 55 liters (3,356 cubic inches) of packing space. The compartment is top loading and is secured by a drawstring closure and on top of that an adjustable lid to deal with the elements.

Bag dimensions are 29.5 inches length x 14 inches wide x 8.25 inches deep (74.9cm x 35.6cm x 21cm)


The first pocket is a hydration reservoir with two exit ports for the tube. The reservoir itself must be purchased seperately. This arrangement allows you to hydrate while on the go. That should take care of the extremely important provision for water. Not enough? Fine. In addition to the reservoir you have dual mesh pockets that can hold a liter water bottle each.

titan 55 hiking backpack

Next to thirst is sleep. Specifically, your sleeping bag was a special compartment at the bottom front of the bag where it will be snug and protected against the elements.

Ropes, maps, compass and other hiking gear can be placed in the hinged front pocket.

For cell phones and GPS gadgets, you get a removable media pocket conveniently attached to the backpack strap. More quick reach pockets? Sure. Zippered pockets in your waist belt is also provided, big enough for compact cameras.

Your hiking pole has soft lashing hardware provided.

The daisy chain webbing on the front provides additional utility.

Here's a little more about the Titan 55

High Sierra Titan 55

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