Teton Sports Scout 3400 Review – a Great Backpack for Beginners

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The Teton Sports Scout 3400 is the top selling internal frame backpack on the market today. No other backpack compares in popularity to the staying power of this pack. In this article, I will tell you everything you need to know about the Teton Sports Scout 3400 and resolve any concerns that you may have.

A Complete Overview

Product Specs

Dimensions: 30 x 17 x 12 inches
Volume: 55 liters or 3400 cubic inches
Available colors: tan, orange, or green
Weight: 4.5 lbs
Waist belt: 26-60 inches
Torso length: 15-19.5 inches

Description: The teton sports scout 3400 is an entry level backpacking backpack built to withstand the outdoors and all that you have to throw at it. It is designed for two to four day backpacking trips.

Pros: Just by looking at it, the pack is pleasing to the eyes. It is a work of art. On top of that though, the best aspect about this pack is its padding. This backpack has great padding at all the important areas, shoulders, waist, and back. It has plenty of vertical compression and quality straps to hold onto. This pack’s lumbar support is incredible. You can count on this pack to rest well on your shoulders, making it really comfortable to wear. When you get sweaty while backpacking, there is a reasonable amount of air flow available.

In addition, this pack comes with a rain fly. If you have ever been backpacking in the rain, you know how much harder the trip is if your gear gets wet, but Teton actually includes a rain fly. When I first started out with my backpack, I did not know what a rain fly even was, so the fact that this comes with it is really nice. They also take into account emergency situations by giving it the color yellow, so it doubles as a signal device.

As a backpacker, I can tell you that this is an amazing price for a backpack. For my first backpacking pack, I paid $150 for a used 80 liter backpack. If I had known about the Teton Sports Scout 3400, I would have gone for it instead. You get an amazing price for the value offered.

Cons: The biggest drawback to this backpack is its weight. Compared to most other backpacking backpacks, this pack is heavier than most. Coming in at 4.5 lbs, it is heavier than most. At the same time though, you get compensated with padding and durability. This pack has a lifetime warranty. Not too many backpacks can claim the same.

In addition, the zippers are a bit of an issue. They work well unless you start stressing the capacity of the pack. If you tend to over pack like me, then you will run into this issue. This, though, is more of a packing issue as it simply requires better management of the gear that you bring.

As well, the sleeping bag compartment is a bit small. If you have a bulkier sleeping bag, this will more than likely be an issue. The amount of pockets it has is good for its size, but then again it could always do better in this area.

Lastly, the sternum strap can be fragile if you strap too hard. When I backpack, I like to keep everything on me tight, so nothing flies loose if I fall. As a result, I tend to tighten the sternum strap hard.

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The Teton Brand

On top of that, you should know about the Teton brand. It is one of the best outdoor brands on the market today. From what I have seen online, they have high reviews, averaging over four stars out of five. For low end beginning backpacks, they are the best company out there for this purpose.

Compared to most others, that is really good. They offer free replacement parts, quality customer service, and instructional videos, making them a very solid brand.

My Recommendation

I would recommend this backpack for people just beginning in backpacking. It is incredibly user-friendly, having a fair amount of compartments, and quality padding. Compared to others on the market, it is really well priced for its value. That being said, if a friend told me he was just getting into backpacking and looking for a pack, I would recommend the Teton Sports Scout 3400.

I hope you enjoyed this review as much as I enjoyed writing it. If you have any questions about it or want to leave your own personal review of the Teton Sports Scout 3400, please comment below.

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12 Comments on “Teton Sports Scout 3400 Review – a Great Backpack for Beginners”

  1. Hey Alex great review, I like the fact that the bag is quite comfortable when carrying.
    The weight of the pack wouldn’t bother me too much, as it seems it would offer plenty of value for a beginner like myself.
    As long as I travel light I think I could manage rather well, I just wanted to ask how long do you think it would take before it breaks or I need a replacement?
    Thanks Alex.

    1. How soon it breaks really depends on how much wear and tear you put it through. For some, it may be a year. For others, it may be five years. The nice thing about the Teton brand is that they offer a lifetime warranty with this bag as well as free replacement parts. Thank you for asking your question Jeremy.

  2. Thanks for the great review Alex. I am after a backpack and this looks perfect for me. I don’t think the weight will be a con for me because as you say it does have padding. I like also how it has a rain fly. Very handy. Thanks again.

  3. Amazing site and the gear looks awesome.
    My dad and I did many long trips deep into the Rockies years ago and we loved it. He has since past away but now my sons and I like packing into some of those lakes. Perhaps you have been to Bushnel lakes in southern Colorado or on top of the Grand Mesa out on the western slope? Great places to go. In fact, we already have our next trip planned. We will return to an area near the Grand Mesa, around Molina, Colorado.
    So I am glad to have run across your site and recommendation for a new pack. We are not expert hikers so I think this pack may work just right for me.
    It looks like it is big and has enough space. Sometimes though, that can mean more stuff to take and that equals lots of weight. I will have to get some newer and lighter equipment to go into it.
    I like to take my fly fishing pole. Is there a place to attach a PVC pipe on one side to slide a pole into? In the past I have just modified a place to make it fit.
    Is it a really high riding pack where it makes it difficult to look up?
    I honestly cannot wait for our trip and to show my son your site. I will pass on this site to him and look forward to seeing your answers. I will check back. Thanks

    1. Hello Bob, thank you for your in depth comment. It is most appreciated. I have not yet been to Bushnel lakes in Colorado but I will add it to my bucket list. In regards to your question on attaching a pvc pipe, it is possible to attach one. On the front of the pack, there are straps going vertically to tighten down the main pack, and then straps attached perpendicular to those straps. That is where you can probably attach a pvc pipe, but it will require some “Mick Guyver” skills. For your last question, it is not a high riding pack, so you can look up. Thank you for all your questions and I hope you have a great day.


  4. Wow, the timing of this article is crazy. Just the other day my girlfriend was telling me we need better backpacks since the ones we have are pretty much falling apart. Ok, I’m not going to lie there is a hole in one of them. My girlfriend just uses a regular one like when you were in school..LOL.

    But, seriously we need to upgrade to something that can withstand the weather elements. Going to Colorado in a couple months. I really thought it would be over $150, though.

    I do have a question do they have a lighter one. My girlfriend is only 5’1 and 104 pounds soaking wet.

    1. Garen, that is incredible timing. With backpacks, it is important that they do not have a hole in them. It defeats the purpose of a backpack. For your girlfriend, I would recommend this pack. That is not just because I wrote the article, but that the pack is adjustable. The backpack is so adjustable such that it can be configured to fit on your girlfriend’s back. You do not have to take it from me. Check out these Amazon customer answers to questions like yours. Teton Answers

  5. You mention that the weight is one of the biggest drawbacks of this particular pack. I’m in the process of planning one of my first multi day hikes with my wife and in the market for a pack, but I’m already concerned about weight.

    I like the idea of the padding, but do any of the pieces that add to the weight pop on or off? Is anything detachable or is that even a thing for backpacking packs? Trying to figure out the best way to go as I’m a total newbie.

    1. Yes, this is on the heavier side when it comes to backpacking backpacks, but it makes up for it in high durability. Unfortunately, nothing on the pack pops off. Most of the weight is in the padding. You might be able to remove some of the padding, but it is already designed to be lightweight. Thank you for your question and I hope you make it a great day!

  6. Teton is such a durable brand. I’ve had an older model for years now.
    This pack look so good. A bit weigthy but I think worth it in feature.
    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Vince, Teton is quite a durable brand. When you get a backpack from them, you will know it will last for years to come. Its biggest downside is its weight, but it more than makes up for it. Thank you for sharing and I hope you make it a great day!

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