High Sierra has emerged as one of the preeminent luggage and travel goods companies. Having first arrived on the scene officially in 1978, High Sierra has grown to be one of the most recognized brands in outdoor, adventure and luggage goods. Today, it is one of the tenth largest outdoor companies in the US. But the idea for High Sierra was planted nearly 30 years earlier, when the company’s founder, Harry Bernbaum, began buying and selling Army surplus goods. Capitalizing on the new and growing sporting goods field, Bernbaum started in 1958 Seaway Importing Company that specialized in mass merchant sporting goods. After the company was sold, Bernbaum and his son Hank developed an idea for a new company and concept that would primarily focus on outdoor product lines. The new company would be known as H. Bernbaum Import & Export Company -- but only for the year 1978. The Bernbaums would quickly change the company’s name in 1979 to High Sierra to evoke more of an outdoor and sporty feel. In 1985, High Sierra entered into overseas production of canvas bags made from Dupont Cordura. Seizing on the popularity of the durable canvas bags, High Sierra branched out into luggage and soon offered product lines geared to adventure travelers, winter sports and sailing enthusiasts. Throughout the early 2000’s, High Sierra expanded these specialized lines and the brands’ popularity continued to grow. In 2002, High Sierra’s reputation for quality, well-designed adventure bags earned them the exclusive contract to be the official supplier to the U.S. Ski Team. Similarly, in 2004, they partnered with the U.S. Snowboard Team. High Sierra has also made a commitment to giving back to their community. Over the years, they have sponsored numerous charity events and community festivals. Protecting and caring for the environment has also been an important company value. In 2012, High Sierra moved its corporate operations to Gurnee, IL, to a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design building (LEED) in order to do their part in protecting and conserving the environment. The Bernbaums sold High Sierra to Samsonite in 2012. The company continues to be on the cutting edge of innovation and technology.
AT GEAR ULTIMATE ACCESS
High Sierra’s A T Ultimate Access collection consists of a wheeled carry on backpack and wheeled duffle bag available in three user-friendly sizes. These sporty bags can neatly stow plenty of your items. The zippered top opening lets you pack and unpack in a snap. The extra-wide opening makes it just as easy to locate your items. The front and side pockets are a perfect place for the small items that usually get tossed around in other types of luggage. Whether you are on the go for a long weekend or a long week, the A T Gear Ultimate Access bags will comfortably take you there and back. The bags look like you are going to the gym when you are really getting ready to travel the world. The bags even have reflective piping to make sure you will be noticed wherever you go.
AT GO COLLECTION
Like the name says, you will want to go, go, go with these popular High Sierra bags. Made with compartments, zippered mesh pockets, and even a hidden bottom compartment for bulky items like shoes, High Sierra A.T. Go luggage makes it easy to get going. The inline skate-style wheels and the recessed telescoped handle lets you zip around airports, train stations and bus stations smoothly and comfortably. If you are more in the mood to travel hands-free then the bags also come with padded backpack straps that easily store in the bag. If you prefer traveling sporty, you can use the handles to carry the bag like a duffel. These well-constructed bags are lightweight too.
AT 6 COLLECTION
Travelers will enjoy one of the newest collections from High Sierra. These bags were designed to withstand all the rigors of travel and still look smart. These bags can be stuffed, tossed, piled-on and still maintain their shape because of the high density foam structure. Fashion is never sacrificed for functionality with High Sierra. The AT 6 luggage comes a two-tone Denier Duraweave for an extra sharp look.
The Elevate collection from High Sierra combines functionality with durability. The luggage has great outside compartments to store books, maps or magazines. There will be no packing emergency with the expandable pockets. It seems like you can always stuff one more thing inside the bags. The mesh compartments will make it easy to keep your things organized on long trips. These Elevate bags feature recessed wheels that won’t get snagged on luggage carousels or overhead compartments, but they also allow you plenty of ease in wheeling.
CROSS SPORTS DUFFELS
Whether you are heading for the mountains or ocean for your adventure, High Sierra’s Cross Sports Duffel bags let you comfortably pack all your gear. These bags are perfect for all your activities and travel. The top zips open wide for easy packing. Your CD/MP3 players stores perfectly in a top compartment. The headphone port lets you listen to your music wherever your travels take you. The bags even come with a special clip to attach extra gear to the outside of the bag and a mesh water bottle pocket.
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