Why are we focusing on Teton you might ask? Teton Sports are an American company from Utah that specializes in making everything you might need for the outdoors, from tents to sleeping bags and of course, backpacks. They make quality backpacks for all genders and sizes that are a valuable asset in the outdoors.
If you’re into spending time in nature then you’ll know that you need a specific kind of backpack in order to be comfortable out there in the wild. In this review, we’re going to look at what backpacks legendary outdoor brand Teton has to offer. We have taken the ten best Teton backpacks and compared them to give you an insight into their features, pros, and cons.
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This is the first backpack from Teton that is more of a city/work bag than an outdoor bag. The first thing you notice about the Teton Anaheim Canvas Backpack is how good looking it is.
Besides the good looks, it’s also a very practical backpack. There’s a lot of space inside the main compartment to carry lunch, a change of clothes and extra layers. You’ll also find a slot of your laptop or hydration bladder in there, so you can switch them out depending on if you’re going for a hike or heading to work.
There are two floating side pockets that have ample space for water bottles and more plus a small pocket on the front to store smaller items you need to access quickly.
On the outside, there are straps at the base and supports at the top that allows this city bag to fully convert into a camping backpack, although it’s a tad small for anything but an overnight trip.
Like all Teton backpacks, it’s also fully adjustable to fit through the shoulder, waist, and chest straps. It is very comfortable to wear. It doesn’t have the back padding or lumbar support the outdoor bags have though.
If you’re looking for a quality work backpack that goes a little further, then this could be it.
The Teton Scout 3400 has been specifically made for smaller hikers and is ideal for ladies as well as young teens. It’s made smaller than your average backpack that is usually more suited to the size of adult men.
It has been made with an aluminum frame to give you more support while you’re hiking. The outer shell is made from a ripstop, water-resistant high denier fabric that is durable and will manage well against rubs and scrapes.
The bag features multiple pockets to keep things organized, including a base compartment made for a sleeping bag, although there are some complaints that it has been made too small.
On the outside, there is a bungee web, straps for camping equipment, two zip pockets, two mesh side pockets, and with all this it only weighs 5lbs, that’s light!
You can adjust the backpack to fit with the aluminum frame, shoulder straps, and padded waist belt. The shoulder straps are a bit narrow on this backpack and can dig into you while trekking, so be aware of that.
At a size of 55L, it’s awesome for 2-3 day camping adventures and users have even commented on how roomy it is. But the zippers do seem to fail after a while but they should be replaced with using the limited lifetime warranty
The Teton Summit 2800 backpack is a great option for summer camping trips with a size of 45L. It’ll hold just enough on the inside while the straps in the outside are well equipped to hold your tent and sleeping mat.
The backpack is lightweight and comfortable to carry thanks to its body-hugging fit that distributes weight evenly and reduces any bounce. You can adjust the harness to fit as well as the hip and shoulder straps.
The back is padded for back and lumbar support to keep you comfortable while hiking. The padding is made from open-celled foam, so not only does it support you but its breathable too in order to provide enough airflow and stop you overheating.
The bag features a main compartment, sleeping bag compartment, two external zipped pockets, two side pockets, and a slot for a bladder pack. Combine this with the plentiful straps on the outside and you have a multitude of storage options for your next adventure.
The outside of the bag is made from a double-layered ripstop shell for durability that is also water-resistant plus there is a built-in waterproof rain cover to protect your gear in heavy rain.
A great bag for a good price, ideal for summer camping.
The Teton Talus 2700 is one of Teton’s best quality packs, it’s a little more expensive but it’s got a lot of extra bang for its bucks. If you’re looking for a solid day pack or lightweight expedition pack, this may just be what you’re looking for.
To start with, the pack looks awesome. The outer shell looks exceptionally rugged and its exceptionally durable when put to the test. Made from high-denier black oxford, it gives the pack a water-resistance level to 1000mm ensuring your gear stays safe and dry. And if that wasn’t enough it even comes with a tarp in the top pocket to allow you to build a shelter, or use it as a poncho when that big weather comes in.
This backpack has a 44L capacity which is perfect for light summer camping, use as a day pack, or for a long weekend with your buddies at the beach. The storage options are well laid out to keep your gear organized too.
There’s a hip pocket, hydration bladder slot, front pocket, side mesh pockets, and the main compartment that is easily accessible thanks to the reverse U zipper that gives a large open access port.
The outside is covered in straps, webbing and little loops to hold all your outdoor gear, from ice axes to walking sticks, believe me, there is somewhere for everything.
The backpack is fully adjustable and comfortable once you’ve got it dialed in to your body shape. The waist strap is a little on the large side, so if you’re super skinny maybe test it before you buy it.
This is an awesome pack that’s the right size for any mini-adventure.
The Teton Sports Explorer 4000 is one of the most versatile backpacks Teton makes and with a size of 65L, it’ll manage just about anything.
The outer shell is made from 600D ripstop and 600D Oxford canvas. This makes the bag exceptionally durable and quite water-resistant. There is also a in-built rain cover that you can open up when the heavens open.
It’s a very versatile backpack for two reasons, one being that it fits most people and the other is the storage design. This backpack comes with an aluminum frame that you can adjust to fit and it is comfortable for anyone between 5.1-6.4 feet tall to use.
In terms of storage, there is one large main compartment and six other pockets that allow your gear to organized nicely. There’s a sleeping bag compartment at the base, one side has a single zipper pocket, the other has two that can be opened up to store camping gear.
There are also two side pockets that are a little too small according to most and of course, there is a spot for your bladder pack.
As with all Teton backpacks of this size, there is breathable padding for back and lumbar support to keep you comfortable and cool. The hip, shoulder, and sternum straps are also adjustable to keep you on the road.
Overall a solid backpack with a good price but the zippers can get stuck and may get on your nerves a bit.
The Teton Cirque 1600 is the first true daypack or overnight bag in this review. With a size of 26L, it is spacious enough to carry everything you need for a night away or a long day of trekking.
It’s made from water-resistant ripstop polyester making it very durable as well as keeping your gear dry in light showers. There’s also a built-in rain cover for those stormy days when the rain comes down hard.
It’s been designed for comfort with a fully adjustable waist, chest, and shoulder strap plus a breathable padded back panel. The bag fits snugly to your body and you’ll feel very comfortable walking up a mountain with it on.
It comes with quite a few storage options with a top pocket, two mesh side pockets, gear loops, and of course the main compartment. The top pocket is tapered and a little small, if you have big hands you may struggle with access.
The main compartment comes with a slot for a bladder pack or a laptop making storage of the most vital things, water, or your computer, safe and secure. The zippers are not the best and unfortunately, this is a theme with Teton bags.
Overall a great day pack.
The Teton Oasis 1200 Hydration Pack is designed for those one-day adventures. Its size allows you to carry just enough while having enough storage options to keep your gear nicely organized. And it looks pretty dam cool too.
It’s made from double-layered polyester on the outside to ensure rugged durability. It is water-resistant but it doesn’t come with a built-in rain cover like the others.
The pack features a main compartment with a slot for a 3L bladder pack or laptop. The bladder pack is included in this model but is of poor quality and you’ll want to replace it or use your current one.
The pack is light, comfortable, and fits nicely against the body. The adjustable shoulder, waist and chest straps spread the load and also help to reduce bounce. This is particularly useful when coming down the mountain. The bag isn’t well suited for larger hikers though.
There are numerous outer zipper pockets plus side mesh pockets for extra water bottles. There are many straps on the outside so it truly is a day pack and not an overnight camping pack.
It’s a great day pack with a great price, just the poor quality zippers hold it back.
The Teton Fox 5200 is made for those long hiking trips. Teton rates this bag for expeditions that last five days or more and once you see how much you can hold in it you’ll know why.
This backpack has a capacity of 75+10L. This is a huge amount of storage space and you’ll be able to use this pack for summer and even winter hikes when you’ll need to pack a lot of layers.
The outer shell is made from 6000D ripstop and 1000D oxford canvas. The materials combined make the backpack exceptionally durable and able to handle anything your adventures might throw at it. The outer shell is water-resistant and there is a sewn-in rain cover for those heavy downpours.
When it comes to wearing this backpack, you’ll find it’s very comfortable. It’s adjustable enough to suit everyone and fits a torso length of 15.5-23 inches. Through moving the torso, shoulder, chest, and waist straps around you should be able to get a custom fit.
There’s a good amount of storage areas available to keep your gear organized including the main compartment, sleeping bag compartment, expandable butterfly storage on the sides, hood pocket, bladder slot and more.
The outside is littered with straps, webbing, and bungee so you can hang anything you might need, from fishing rods to ropes and karabiners, this backpack has you covered.
The only downsides are that the seams and zippers can fail, these cases are rare and most users don’t come up against these issues.
Overall it’s great quality with great value for such a large capacity backpack.
All the Teton backpacks in the review are either made from high D ripstop, black oxford, or canvas. Some of them are double-layered for extra durability, all are water-resistant (some more than others) and almost all of them come with a protective rain cover to keep everything dry in adverse weather.
The zippers are a common theme under the flaws and unfortunately, they do fail sometimes but it is rare. Most people who use Teton backpacks don’t have this issue and quite often they break due to user errors.
All of the backpacks in the review come with a multitude of straps and loops to attach your gear to. Every backpack also comes with shoulder, chest, and waist straps although some have more support than others.
The Teton backpacks have a range in sizes from 15-90L. The size you choose should depend upon the purpose you wish to use the backpack for. The smallest bag is the Anaheim Canvas which is a good looking city daypack and the largest is the 90L take me anywhere Grand 5500. If you’re looking for a daypack/overnight pack (no camping) I’d stick to 35L and under. If you’re traveling light on a camping trip then 40-50L is about right while 60L and above is great for long treks or backpacking around the world.
It’s important that the pack you’re looking for has the compartments you need. Each pack reviewed has a different compartment set up along with a different size capacity. Make sure to get both the capacity and the right amount of storage options for your requirements.
Pretty much all the packs in this review feature multiple compartments with a few more internal pockets too. Some have multiple access points as well, so make sure you pay attention to these too.
As you can see, all Teton backpacks come with a limited lifetime warranty, very handy if you do experience a zipper problem. Rest assured if you bg does break or you don’t enjoy it, they’ll be there to help you out.
Here are our top choices from the review.
The best adventure backpack has to be the Teton Grand 5500. Not only does it look exceptionally cool, but it’s also made to carry pretty much everything in all conditions imaginable, comfortably.
The best allrounder backpack is the Teton Talus 2700. This backpack is rugged, durable, and ready for anything. It’s the perfect companion on any short adventure, day hike, or a long weekend away.
The best city-pack is the Teton Anaheim Canvas Backpack. The Anaheim looks super cool and is very versatile. It fits everything you might need in it for your day to day life across its numerous pockets and you can convert it into a camping/day pack for those adventurous weekends we all love.