The High Sierra AT3 Sierra-Lite 32-Inch Drop-Bottom Wheeled Duffrite is both significantly larger and significantly cheaper than the top-rated REI Wheely Beast Wheeled Duffel 28-Inch (*Est. $180). It packs a total capacity of 8,360 cubic inches in its three generously sized compartments: a large main section, a top-loading front pocket and a drop-bottom lower section. It can convert from a wheeled bag to a duffel and, with the help of tuck-away straps, a backpack. This bag receives a Killer Value award from Outside magazine, with praise for its massive size and durability. The reviewer's only complaint is that the wheels tend to stick. Users are thrilled with this bag's capacity, organization and versatile design. Their biggest complaint is that this huge bag is very heavy when fully loaded, and it's easy to exceed airline weight limits. Unlike the Wheely Beast, which comes with an unlimited return/exchange guarantee, the High Sierra bag has only a five-year warranty that's limited to manufacturing defects.
In a 2006 review, Ted Alan Stedman of Outside magazine describes the High Sierra AT3 Sierra-Lite 32-Inch Drop-Bottom Wheeled Duffrite's stellar performance during a lengthy Himalayan trek. We also found about 125 reviews for the bag from users at eBags.com and Amazon.com.
1. Outside Magazine
Ted Stedman names the High Sierra AT3 Sierra-Lite 32-Inch Drop-Bottom Wheeled Duffrite a "killer value" after subjecting it to "a 20-bag squashfest trucking over 13,000-foot passes in Bhutan." The Duffrite, Stedman says, held up beautifully and protected fragile souvenirs.
Review: High Sierra AT3 32, Ted Alan Stedman, Nov. 1, 2010
After roughly 70 reviews, the High Sierra AT3 Sierra-Lite 32-Inch Drop-Bottom Wheeled Duffrite earns a rating of 4.4 stars out of 5 (not an exceptionally high score for this site). Users praise the bag's capacity, durability and versatile design.
Review: High Sierra AT3 Sierra-Lite 32" Drop-Bottom Wheeled Duffle, Contributors to eBags.com, As of April 2012
The High Sierra AT3 Sierra-Lite 32-Inch Drop-Bottom Wheeled Duffrite earns an overall rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 from more than 50 owners at Amazon.com. Users love the bag's design, capacity and easy-rolling wheels, though they warn that it is easy to go over weight limits with it.
Review: High Sierra 32" Drop Bottom Wheeled Duffle, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of April 2012