When I first received the Teton Sports Escape 4300 pack on my doorstep, my first thoughts were "Do I have enough stuff to pack in there?" Seriously this is a large pack and for the weight I was astonished. This entire pack weighs in under 5 pounds. For an internal frame pack that is 4300 cubic inches weighing in at 4.75 pounds that's an impressive achievement. Here are the specs of the pack from the Teton Sports website:
The pack is very large and can hold a lot of gear. I wanted to load it as full as I could just to see how well it carried the load. So I started gathering as much large stuff as I could just to fill the interior of the pack so I grabbed my Carhart insulated bib coveralls and coat, Geigerrig Hydration Bladder, SOG Fasthawk, backpacking stove with propane tank, knife, rain poncho, gloves, hat, and strapped on my tent.
I was able to easily store all of this and still had plenty of room for more. I put my hydration bladder in before stuffing my coveralls and coat in and I noticed after I had slid it down that the velcro strap that held the bladder had pulled the top of the pack down. This wasn't a big deal but it was something that I had to be aware of and ensured that my bladder was held in place as I slid my gear down into the pack.
|That is where the bladder is pulling down on the pack. |
Easily fixed by pulling the bladder back up.
|I took out my gloves and my hat|
You can also see in the above picture the dual wishbone waist band. This helps relieve the pain on your hip bones as you have a heavy load. One of the best features that I like about the pack is all of the adjust-ability You can adjust the each side of the waist belt, top and bottom, independently. The shoulder straps are adjustable to fit you better, there is the sliding torso adjustment to accommodate those who are a taller or shorter, multiple load adjustments, and all of these adjustments can be made while wearing the pack. Also the chest clip is also a whistle, in case you are hurt, lost, or just want to annoy some of your friends as you hike.
Here is a quick video of the pack:
Overall this is a great pack and I am excited to keep putting it to the test. The minor things I found were just with the water bladder. It was really minor but it is something to keep in mind as you are loading the pack. This is a workhorse and can be picked up for around $90. Be sure to check their website out www.TetonSports.com and give them a follow on Twitter at @TETONsports and make sure to go give them a like on their Facebook page too: Teton Sports. There are monthly contests on their Facebook page for free Teton Sports products!
Now for some good news..... The good people over at Teton Sports has been gracious enough to let me give one of these packs away to one of you! I have included the Rafflecopter below but there are some things to keep in mind.
You must like them on Facebook. Plus they do monthly giveaways on their page.
The contest is only open to the lower 48 US States.
As with all reviews on High Country Bowhunter, the following review is my honest opinion. I received the Teton Sports Escape 4300 Pack and agreed to provide a review in exchange. I am not sponsored by nor associated with Teton Sports and accepting no other compensation, monetary or otherwise, in exchange for this review. My independent status may change in the future but, as of the date of publication, no relationship other than described above has been pursued or established.