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High Sierra Swerve Backpack

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  • Large multi-compartment design; Fully-padded CUSHION ZONE computer sleeve fits most 17² laptops (16 x 11x 1.75 in.); Integrated TECH SPOT tablet computer sleeve (12.5 x 11 x 0.75 in.)
  • Premium organizer with multiple pockets and key fob; Media pocket with headphone port; Easy-access hanging accessory pocket
  • S-shaped, padded VAPEL mesh shoulder straps with Suspension System and integrated media pocket; VAPEL mesh padded grab handle; Deluxe AIRFLOW back panel with fully-padded VAPEL mesh
  • Adjustable side compression straps; Mesh beverage pockets
  • Materials: Duralite Ripstop, Waffle Weave, 600-denier Duralite
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Product Description

Product Description

With it's distinctive swerve design and padded computer sleeve, this pack has the great style and hold-everything functionality that lets you go your own way.


With it's distinctive swerve design and padded computer sleeve, the large High Sierra Swerve day pack will comfortably carry your gear all day long. The multi-compartment design offers a padded computer sleeve with back access that accommodates a 15-inch laptop. Storage features include a CD/MP3 player pocket with headphone port (most colors), easy-access media pocket that holds a cell phone or PDA, and an organizer compartment with multiple pockets and removable key fob. The S-shaped Airflow shoulder straps offer thumb ring adjuster pulls, and they feature ventilated Vapel mesh to keep you cool, a suspension strap to take the strain of heavy cargo off your back, and a tuck-away waist belt.

Material: Duralite Ripstop, Waffle Weave, 1000-denier Duralite (Most colors)
Overall measurement: 19 by 13 by 7.75 inches
Capacity: 1914.25 cubic inches

About High Sierra For over 25 years, High Sierra Sport Company has strived to provide the bags you need at a price you can afford. Specializing in adventure travel, High Sierra's dedication to function, design, and quality shines in each product. From athletes and outdoor enthusiasts, to students, travelers, and professionals, High Sierra's versatile, innovative products are sure to fit your needs. High Sierra Sport Company is the official supplier of bags to the U.S. Ski and Snowboarding teams, and its memberships include the Outdoor Industry Association and Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA).

Founded in 1979 as H. Bernbaum Import & Export Company by Harry Bernbaum and Hank Bernbaum, High Sierra Sport Company has grown to become one of the largest outdoor companies in the United States. Today, High Sierra Sport Company employs 40 people and distributes and sells to more than 1,500 retailers and 2,250 corporate accounts worldwide.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 19 x 13 inches ; 2.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B000H92ZLG
  • Item model number: 5453
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,485 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #344 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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From the Manufacturer

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Adventure High Sierra

High Sierra designs feature-rich, versatile adventure lifestyle gear for adventurers everywhere. Since our founding in 1978, we’ve committed ourselves to creating durable, affordable product with distinctive details, delivering the freedom to go anywhere—near or far, on roads or trails, on mountain ridges or snowy slopes, no matter what form your adventure takes. High Sierra. Adventure This Way.

Function, comfort and style

The High Sierra Swerve is a stylish backpack that has every feature needed for work and play. The Swerve is a large capacity pack with storage solutions perfect for all of your gear. The large main compartment has two way entry with a laptop and tablet sleeve. The dual access to the digital gear makes getting to them easy without disturbing other contents. The AIRFLOW back panel, side compressions straps and Suspension System shoulder straps make carrying heavier loads feel lighter and more comfortable.

  • Laptop compartment (fully padded)
  • Tablet sleeve
  • Multi-compartment design
  • Media pocket on shoulder strap
  • Multi-pocket organizer with key fob
  • Padded S-shaped shoulder straps with Suspension System.
  • AIRFLOW padded back panel
  • Padded grab handle
  • Adjustable side compression straps
  • Mesh beverage pockets
  • Padded bottom panel
  • Reflective piping

High Sierra Swerve features

Multi-compartment design

Large main compartments and multiple pockets allow you to keep all of your gear secure and organized.

Laptop and tablet storage

A fully padded CushionZone laptop compartment accommodates most 17-inch models. A dedicated TechSpot sleeve provides an ideal space for your tablet.

Suspension System shoulder straps

The Suspension System provides relief when carrying heavier loads. It does so by dampening the shock of weight transfer while transporting your gear.

AIRFLOW back panel

Moisture wicking Vapel mesh material and deep air channels create maximum airflow between your back and the pack.

Premium organizer

Multiple pockets including a zippered mesh pocket, pen pockets, lidded media pocket and key fob hook are perfect for keeping all of your smaller items secure.

Integrated media pocket

A clever mesh pocket located on the shoulder strap is ideal for quick access items like a cell phone or MP3 player.

Curve Fat Boy Loop Tactic Swerve Access
Capacity 1800 cu. in. 2382 cu. in. 2015 cu. in. 2380 cu. in. 2230 cu. in. 2750 cu. in.
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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

410 of 417 people found the following review helpful By Kapple on February 20, 2010
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I've had numerous backpacks over the years, and this one is the best one I've ever owned. Yes, it's large. Yes, there are tons of pockets and organization. The previous reviews have listed them in detail.... what I'd like to emphasize is the extreme comfort! A couple of days ago, I ran abt a quarter of a mile in the rain with this bag, a 13" macbook (b/c there are adjustable straps on the inside of the compartment to make the bag fit the laptop instead of the other way around! Serious SCORE!), a notebook/binder, 2 super heavy college text books and various small items. Not only was I able to run, I was able to do so comfortably! It cinches down easily. The padding on the back ROCKS! The lumbar portion makes it fit easily to the contour of your back, and the suspension straps give when they need to without pulling on your shoulders and neck. The only thing I didn't love is the waist strap, but it tucks away easily behind the lumbar padding; honestly, I don't even remember it's there anymore. This bag has taken a beating over the past year, and it still looks beautiful! I'd like another colour, but I can't really justify the expense b/c this one is going to last a loooooooong time.
A seriously satisfied customer who is finally hooked on a backpack and may never feel the need to hunt for another,

**Update** After another year of constant use, the bag still looks great! No visible signs of wear or tear either. It's holding up much better than other expensive packs I've tried.
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277 of 280 people found the following review helpful By bogmonkey on August 9, 2012
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I purchased this backpack for extensive general everyday and weekend use (aka my "man purse"). I carry my gym clothes and other miscellaneous gear to and from work every day - which involves daily repetitive usage of the zippers and pockets. I also use it for travelling and weekend trips, sometimes with large (heavy) loads - and can be VERY tough on a backpack in general. In the past I owned a North Face (Recon) pack - which at almost 6 years old was dated in design though not falling apart.

This pack seems on par with the quality of the North Face pack, as far as materials go - and at less than half the price. The design is PERFECT for travelling (with three *separate* large compartments, as well as lots of cool little stash spots). Perfect, nay -IDEAL- for organization on a 3-day+ trip. The feel of the pack is solid, and very well made. The zippers, a crucial fail point on cheap packs, are thick-toothed and burly! The laptop pouch is great, and easy to access in line at aiport security via it's own special zipper right above the straps. It is also WELL padded, including the bottom (where it rightly has the thickest padding) The carrying handle on top is a dream - padded and comfortable. I often carry my pack using that handle, so it's nice to see it becoming standard on many packs these days.

I initially wondered why the water bottle pouches (2) did not have cinch straps at the top like North Face does - but in actual usage I actually prefer them like this. I tend to use the side pockets for quick-access storage, and these flush-mount pouches are superior to the loose, floppy North Face design. They are deep as well, so they hold tall bottles WAY better, as well as a bunch of random stuff when I want to quickly dump things somewhere when on the go.
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474 of 502 people found the following review helpful By A. Johnson on November 13, 2008
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I really wanted to like this bag. I got the Charcoal/Chipotle/Black one and it's pretty nice. It has lots of pockets, which could border on too many for some users. I sometimes forget which of the pockets hold my stuff. The zippers are nice, and just big enough to grasp and pull easily.

Besides all the compartments, there are lots of smaller pockets. The very first compartment can hold all your knickknacks. It has pen/pencil holders, zippered pockets, non-zippered pockets, "velcroed" pockets...you get the idea.

The second compartment has a mini pocket up top designed for an mp3 player. Above that pocket is even a port to push a headphone jack so you can listen to your tunes as you walk.

There is a tiny soft-lined pocket at the very top that I normally use to store things like my camera, phone and mp3 player i.e. things I don't want scratched. That's one of the things I like most about the bag.

The 2nd, 3rd and 4th compartments are great for books with lots of room. However the fourth compartment held a surprise laptop pocket complete with a strap and buckle. I didn't have a laptop at the time I bought this, but now that I own one, I'm really happy it's there.

The straps are nice and wide also, making it easier to carry around on your back.

The ONLY thing I do not like about this backpack is that "Vapel mesh" that they added to the back. That thing has caused trauma to my polos and t-shirts you would not believe. Every polo and T-shirt I wear with this has caused the fabric to twill BADLY. I've never had clothes damaged by a backpack like this has. And for this reason, and this reason alone, I wish I never bought this bag. No one else has mentioned this problem, so it may well be only me.
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By R. Arana on February 2, 2013
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I want to write a small review (or at least I want to) about my experience using the Swerve. Note: Sorry if I don't express clearly with my english, I'll do my best.

First, I was searching for a "very good" backpack, and cheap. My SwissGear messenger bag was not that good when I travel with laptop plus accesories and some notebooks, I always ended with shoulder pain. So I decided to return to "backpacks", which I have not used since high school.

There were two backpacks which I was thinking over: the High Sierra Swerve and the Access . I count the Loop also, but because the price, features and the needs I had, I decided to go with the Swerve. I think Access is good, but because I live in Baja California, Mexico, there is no need to buy it for the rain cover because there are like 7-12 raining days in all the years, plus the design... I didn't like too much, looked to big IMO.

And I was not wrong: the Swerve has satisfied all my needs. One day I put inside my laptop plus accesories (mouse, charger, moused pad), 4 german books (less than 200 pages each), 1 notebook, a brand new Uniden telephone that I bought in WalMart, my camera, my ipod + charger and some papers inside of folders, and well, they all fit inside and there is plenty of space free. No more shoulder/back pain, looks like the suspension system from the Swerve works.

I would have liked to have this backpack during my college studies.

I would give it 4.5 stars.

The ONLY complain that I found with the Swerve (and a lot of people who bought it) it's the second-main zipper does not work properly. All the zippers work very good, but this zipper in particular get stuck and it is hard to close/open. I do not why, maybe because the length is big. I found solution when use it: the piece of fabric which cover all this zipper, just lift it (to the outside) and the zipper will work smoothly like all the zippers. Maybe the problem is this piece of fabric.
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