Teton 3400 Internal Frame Pack

Features:

  • 3400 cubic inches (55 liters) total compartment space
  • Carry weight 4.5 lbs. (2.0 kg)
  • Adjustable dual stay internal frame
  • Front opening sleeping bag compartment
  • Torso adjustable from 16”- 24”
  • Waistband adjustable from 27”- 54”
  • 2 top lid pockets
  • 2 bellow side pockets
  • 2 lower bottle pockets
  • Hydration system compatible up to 3 liters
  • Side compression straps
  • Limited lifetime warranty

Material:

  • 600D Ripstop
  • 600D Polyester
  • Aluminum internal frame

 

Review:

The Teton Scout 3400 (AKA Wildreness55) is a sturdy short range pack for the price. This 4.5 lb. pack is an excellent choice for low weight hikes, overnight excursions, or weekend camping in warmer climates. This pack sports a zipper attached rainfly, padded shoulder straps, waist belt and lumbar support.

Comfort is a strong point for the Scout 3400, the pack can be adjusted generously and the compression straps do an excellent job at expanding and collapsing as needed for optimal comfort. Its size versatility accommodates most body types and provides effective back and shoulder support. The rainfly can be quickly accessed during sudden downpours or damp weather conditions and does a great job of covering the entire pack ensuring its contents remain dry under all but the most extreme rainy situations.

The pack has a solid feel with double stitching and high quality mesh lining along the rear of the pack. One of the few weak points of this model is the hardware (mainly the zippers) could be stronger. Fortunately this issue can be fixed by replacing the stock hardware with high quality pieces; this can generally be done at many hardware stores for under $20.

How to properly load the pack:

Loading the pack in the correct fashion is the key in achieving maximum level of comfort and support. In sequential order the pack should be loaded:

  1. Sleeping bag compartment should always be loaded first with empty space in the compartment being utilized with clothes, towels, or similar gear to lay a foundation for other, bulkier gear.
  2. The core of the pack should be loaded with the heaviest items such as tents, food, cookware, etc. By doing this, the weight of the pack will be shifted to the users hips and lower core which is where the most of the pack’s weight should be carried.
  3. Lower weight and smaller gear should be packed around the heavy core of the pack.
  4. Gear and tools that need to be kept on hand and readily accessible should be loaded into the hood, side, and hip pockets.
  5. In an effort to help balance the load, the user should tighten the compression and stabilizer straps. By doing so the user will pull the load closer to his/her body.
  6. Finally, additional items such as jackets, vests, radios, etc., can be attached to the pack using the compression straps.

How to properly fit the pack:

  1. Begin the process by loosening the shoulder, sternum, load lift, and stabilizer straps. After loosening the straps, put the pack on.
  2. Buckle the waist belt and tighten up both sides evenly so the belt rests over the middle of your hip bones. The bulk of the weight should rest on your hips at the end of this process. This is key in ensuring proper form and mitigating the risk of back strain associated with wearing packs for extended periods of time.
  3. Pull the shoulder straps tighter so the pack moves closer to your body.
  4. Buckle the sternum strap and tighten it until it is centered on your sternum.
  5. Adjust the load lift straps so the weight of the pack is balanced between the hips and shoulders. Tighter straps place the weight closer to your shoulders and looser straps moves the weight towards your hips.
  6. Tighten the stabilizer straps to stop the pack from swaying as you move. This will ultimately help with improving balance and conserving energy.

How to adjust the internal aluminum frames:

  1. Take the stays (the aluminum frame pieces) from their respective sleeves. The opening to these sleeves is located on the interior or exterior depending on the pack model but will always be near the top of the shoulder straps.
  2. With assistance from another individual, carefully bend the stays to fit the contour of your back. At the end they should resemble an “S” shape.
  3. Place the stays back in their individual sleeves.

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