High Sierra Sportour 30 ReviewMay 11, 2016
- Safety straps
- Unique access
- Poorly designed wheel wells
- Easily shows wear & tear
- Retracting handle can pinch user
The High Sierra Sportour 30 is the lowest scoring bag in our test. While it held up for the duration of our test period it showed the most wear and tear and was the only bag that had problems with rocks getting caught in the wheel wells. Nevertheless, the price can’t be beat and it’s stable while rolling along.
Despite the High Sierra Sportour 30 being the least expensive bag of this test its reinforced corners and the 800x800D Polyester face fabric held up to the abuse of the trip pretty well. It only showed a little more wear and tear than most of the other bags and while the zippers don’t feel as robust as on the other bags, they all held and have been working fine. Testers were suspicious though on how well this bag would hold up for the long run.
Weighing in at 9 pounds on our scale, the Sportour 30 is right in the middle of the pack of the luggage tested both in empty weight and in the volume to weight ratio (563 cu in per pound) compared to the other bags in this test.
With a wide 18” wheelbase, the Sportour 30 carries its weight well while being pulled along. A problem however arises from the wheel well configuration. While rolling this bag through the streets of Helsinki, small rocks on the sidewalk would get picked up and jam between the wheel and the wheel well. When this caused the wheels to jam, continued dragging of the bag would wear a flat spot on the wheels to compromise the smoothness of the roll. The rocks were easily ejected by rolling the bag a jolt backwards. This was the only bag in the test that had this problem. Otherwise, with handles on three of the sides, plus one on the front of the bag, it was easy to grab, pickup, and move this bag in and out of storage areas.
For one tester, a favorite feature of the Sportour 30 was the dual access to the main compartment through a smaller second zipper for stashing last minute items that weren’t packed earlier. Another feature testers appreciated is the compression strap. Again, we didn’t have any problems with the zippers but if the main zipper did blow out, this extra strap would help keep the bag closed. It wouldn’t be enough to check the bag for a flight but it will get the user to where they could recover. The retractable handle can pinch your hand while stowing the handle from the wrong side.
The Sportour 30 provides pretty standard organization and packability. The large square main compartment is easy to pack and as mentioned above the second small zipper into the main compartment was appreciated. Otherwise this bag comes with the standard set of pockets including an integrated ID pocket.
A quick note about the price of this bag. Interestingly, the original list price for this bag makes it the most expensive of all the bags in the test at $320, which is outrageous for the quality and performance of this bag as revealed in our test. As of this writing, the High Sierra website had this bag on sale at $123 which is a much more reasonable price for this bag.