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
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. If you are looking hard for this backpack, I am sure that you can find one the sells for $50, but most new ones (and I recommend you choose new) go for $69.99. That is 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.
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.
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.