Hi All, Thanks for posting your reviews on the High Sierra 65 bag, it is the main reason I purchased it. I just received mine this morning and had it on a trail less than an hour later.
Tested 2 hours with a ~25lb load on a ~7 mile trail with approx. 1500 ft elevation total.
Squeeks - yes, not bad, not enough to be annoying.
Hip belt large - yes, I have a 34-36 waist, after cinching it down comfortable - only 3-6 inches of total tightening left until it will be as tight as it can go.
Shoulder strap slippage - (reason for 4 vs. 5) yes on both straps, especially when running. This was probably the most annoying thing about this pack, going to look into making elastic velcro wraps to secure down the shoulder straps more.
Top main compartment: Fits a 3 season 2 person marmot titan tent, tent poles, tent cover, tent stakes, and an additional sleeping mat. Takes up roughly 1/3 of the main compartments available space.
H20 Compartment runs the full internal depth of the bag, appears to be able to hold more than one bladder with duel hyrdration tubes ports (left and right side) and huge bladder compartment. Keep in mind a full H20 compartment will reduce the available space in the top main compartment and the bottom sleeping bag compartment.
Side mesh pockets - Plenty large enough for a 1 Liter Nalgene on each side.
Bottom Sleeping bag compartment - fits my 40 degree bag, sleeping mat, and thermarest pillow with room to spare.
Back zipper pocket - Fits 2 oranges side by side, 2 bags of jerky,and a 750ML Nalgene on top with room. Note that the zipper bag compartment space is tied in with the copression straps - so pack zipper bag prior to compressing main bag.
Adjustable Ergo Fit harness - awesome
Hip/Shoulder strap padding - Very comfortable.
It was around low 60's on the trail with a cool wind so I didn't notice if the pack made me any warmer or not.
The only thing missing on the High Sierra 65 is hip belt pockets.