The short version is I love my new backpack by Teton. Love it, love it, love it.
When it arrived, I did not love it. It looked way too small for anything more than a couple hours of hiking. And I hadn’t even factored in the space the bladder would take up when full.
But as I transferred everything over from my old, much larger backpack, it was clear to me that my new backpack wasn’t small. It just uses space incredibly efficiently, and there’s actually a ton of it if you pack wisely.
Lots of storage
This thing has so much space!
While hiking last weekend and taking a breather at Ice House Saddle, I decided to take a moment to show off some of the stuff the pack has:
If you don’t feel like watching the video, here are some of the features:
- There are four compartments with zippers. The one closest to your back holds the bladder. The compartment in front of that is accessed via a hidden zipper and runs the entire length of the pack, so it’s pretty big.
- There is also a small pocket on top of the hidden zipper and a pocket on the front of the pack, intended to hold keys and such.
- There are two mesh side pockets. I like to put my sunscreen and hard candies in those.
- The pocket on the front of the pack separates from the rest of the pack so you can cram a jacket or shirt back there. Whatever you put back there is held in place with adjustable straps, and they’re very secure.
- The front of the pack has a zig-zag of bungees for yet more storage.
Practicality and comfort
There’s a rainfly, which resides in the bottom of the pack. To use it, you just pull it out of its pocket and pull it around the pack. It’s lined with elastic and remains attached to the pack.
The 2-liter bladder tasted slightly of plastic on the first use, and that has improved with time. The nicest thing about the bladder is the large opening, which makes for easy cleaning and drying. To fully dry it, I suspended it above our sink and put a paper towel near the mouth to prop it open and expose the inside of the bladder to air.
Last but not least, this pack is incredibly comfortable to wear. There’s a chest strap, hip strap, padding for breathability on the back and padding on the shoulder straps. I can’t say my water stayed cold, but it didn’t get warm. I credit the mesh padding on the back, which kept the pack suspended off my gross, sweaty back.
So far, this pack has taken me all over, including to the top of Mt. Whitney. There’s definitely enough space to carry the fuel and layers you would need on an long day hike like that. If you’re on the market for a daypack that holds everything you need, I can’t recommend the Teton Backpack enough.
I hope to have it for many years! Any questions? Ask away.
Disclosure: When you click one of the links above to purchase an item, we get a tiny commission that will in no way enable us to quit our day jobs and roll around in our piles of cash.