The $20.00 Costco / High Sierra Hydration Pack Review

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Hondo, Apr 10, 2008.

  1. Hondo

    Hondo What if it's a Samsquamch?

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  2. Xeraux

    Xeraux Archvillain

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    Yep. They're a great deal.

    I looked at them this weekend. Kinda made me sorry I already had a CamelBak. :(:
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  3. Hi_Fi_Guy

    Hi_Fi_Guy Teutonic Terror

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    Looks like a deal, the filling isn't as handy as a CamelBak but at less than 1/2 the price for the High Sierra I could live with it.
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  4. Charla

    Charla Tamalamian

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    I picked up one of these (very similar at least) from Costco last year and was very happy with it. :thumb

    Nice write up Leigh.
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  5. GB

    GB . Administrator

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    Thanks for the detailed review and pics! It's certainly a great price and perfect timing :thumb
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  6. decodent

    decodent CyberGypsy

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    I bought one of these a couple years ago, and within a year the liner bag (the one that holds the water) broke and leaked all over. :cry

    That being said, this is still a GREAT deal.

    And I'll add to that ... I haven't any better luck with the Camelback water bags. I've had 5 of them so far, and 4 of them have leaked. In fact, to find the one that didn't I literally tried out 3 at the store, and they LEAKED IN THE STORE WHEN THEY WERE BRAND NEW. :eek1

    So I now have the High Sierra/Costco pack, a Camelback Muel pack, and I use the Kelty and MSR water bags inside of them. So far, no leaks. :clap
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  7. Colorado Uli

    Colorado Uli Motociclista Non Elegante

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    Now I know what my loser friends are getting from me for X-Mass.

    Thanks for the detailed product write up. Why don't you come back sometime and tell us how it performed out on the trail?

    Uli
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  8. FJrider1

    FJrider1 Yoyodyne Propulsion Sys

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    The net is used to hold a bicycle helmet. Alot of detail in this for $20...
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  9. CodyY

    CodyY ADVenture Capitalist

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    Cheapest option for replacement bladders is Wal-Mart $8 / Target $ 9 / Bass Pro $12. Same 70 oz bladders, but the ones at BPS are green and Redhead brand.

    I've used 3 or 4 of these as replacements for damaged/moldy bladders and now keep a spare in my gear bag for races. Way better than $30 for a camelback or mail ordering a replacement.
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  10. josjor

    josjor Long timer

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    Nice review. Too bad Costco doesn't sell it on their website and the nearest store is about 200 miles away.:waysad

    I love living in the sticks............except for instances like this.
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  11. pecos

    pecos BAM!!

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    I bought mine for $16 last year from costco. I wish I bought two. better than camelbak. Its lasted three major trips so far. Remember, if you have any issues you can take it back for full refund.
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  12. Kinsman

    Kinsman Ribs....for her pleasure

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    Nice write-up, Hondo. And it looks like a nice pack.
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  13. AlabamaCowboy

    AlabamaCowboy Been here awhile

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    Another good point about Costco....100% guaranteed....In my experience they will take ANYTHING bought there back at anytime for any legitimate reason...

    When my central air went out a few years ago....I bought a window unit to use til the repair guy could replace my unit...returned it ...Said I decided I didnt want it ....They counted the cash out in my hand....

    Always nice to know , if you arent happy they will gladly take it back in my experience .... and if you are ummmm thrifty.....and stop by at lunchtime ....they give away bite sized samples of really yummy stuff ! lol

    Just sayin....
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  14. decodent

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    Went into the Costco in Carson City, NV. Walk past the big screen tv section. There's a dude sitting on a leather sofa, watching a football game on a wide screen, grazin' on the food samples.

    He looked very content. :evil
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  15. OrangeEnvy

    OrangeEnvy Vicarious Adventurer

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    Thanks for the post - I saw these at Costco this weekend and didn't pick it up. I'll get one next weekend for sure now!
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  16. chefguy

    chefguy Coffee Drinker

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    I was looking at replacing my Camelbak when I read the review. Just happened to go to Costco today & I bought one... it's Real Nice! At $20 It has all the bells and whistles and more that the $80+ Camelbaks have. Whoo-Hoo...60 bucks back in my pocket!!!

    Thanks for a great review!...it sold me!!!
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  17. Montauk

    Montauk Been here awhile

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    I usually go to Sam's. There isn't any Costco nearme, unless I drive 25 mins away. What's the cost to become a member at Costco.
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  18. dlh62c

    dlh62c Long timer

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    Looks like a good buy at $20. But it would cost me $70 since I'm not a member.

    daryl
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  19. Doug Just Doug

    Doug Just Doug Silly Party Candidate

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    Buy a memory card for your digicam, a giant bag of shop rags and a 48-pack of their AA batteries and you've already saved the $50. We're Executive Members (la-de-da), which is $100 but we earn $$ back on purchases. Once a year we get a nice check from Costco. It's always enough to more than cover the membership fee, so it's self-sustaining. Costco rules.
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  20. Eurobiker

    Eurobiker Vintage Cat Herder

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    On-line, Sams has these Swiss Gear packs for $15.76. They also show the same one available in some stores for $18.66. I may go check, today.

    "The SwissGear hydration pack is loaded with extras to ensure your next outdoor adventure is successful. It features large zippered pockets, reflective piping for added safety, an anti-microbial 2 liter water bladder and cool breeze technology throughout the back and shoulder padding to keep you cool and comfortable throughout the day." <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var s_prop1="Overview (1)"; //--> </script> [​IMG]
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    2 liter water bladder included
    Large zippered storage area
    Reflective piping for added safety
    Vented and padded back to keep you cool


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