Thursday, January 31, 2013

Teton Sports Escape 4300 Pack Review - Giveaway


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:

Specs





  • Dimensions: 33" x 17" x 12"
  • Shell: 420D 2MM Double line Ripstop / 600D PU / 900D PU
  • Hydration Capacity: 70–Ounce (2 Liter), Not Included
  • Capacity: 4300 Cubic Inches / 70 Liters
  • Color: Leaf Green
  • Pack Weight: 4.75 lbs
  • Waist Belt: 28" – 45"
  • Torso Length: 17" – 21"


  • 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.

    Teton Sports Escape Frame pack

    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.

    Teton Sports Escape Pack
    That is where the bladder is pulling down on the pack.
    Easily fixed by pulling the bladder back up.
    The bottom compartment was extremely useful. I used it to store all the smaller stuff like my cooker, hatchet, knife, gloves, and hat. It has a zipper that separates the main compartment from this compartment so you can have more space in the main compartment if you want. The pack also has a built in rain fly in the very bottom of the pack which will come in handy. I didn't get a picture but you can see it in the video at the bottom of the review. My brother and dad joked around and said it was a parachute so I told them to go ahead and give it a try.

    Teton Sports Escape 4300 compartment
    I took out my gloves and my hat
    Putting the pack on was the true test. Loading down a pack like this and carrying it is one of the make or break factors of a hiking pack. The Escape 4300 is extremely comfortable. The shoulder straps are ergonomically shaped and are thickly padded. The pack of the pack is also thickly padded but the material on both the shoulder straps and the back pad are breathable which means it won't be extremely hot as you hike (in warmer weather I'm sure this will be nice).

    Teton Sports Escape 4300 ultralight pack

    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. 

    a Rafflecopter giveaway

    Disclaimer:
    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.

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

    Free Country Granite Soft Shell Jacket Review

    A while ago the random number generator over on the Outdoor Blogger Network was kind enough to pick me for an opportunity to review the Granite Soft Shell Jacket from Free Country. I was excited to have this opportunity for this review so as soon as I received the jacket I started wearing it and knew right away that it was going to be a great jacket.

    Granite Soft Shell Jacket

    Overall the jacket has a great feel and has a fleece interior lining which is very warm. I also noticed that the outer fabric had some stretch to it which makes it easier to layer. There are 4 external zipper pockets with two near the waist, one on the left chest, and another on the left arm. For being just a shell, this jacket does have plenty of pockets to hold your stuff. There is also an interior pocket that secures with velcro on the inner left chest as well.

    Free Country Jacket

    I have worn this jacket quiet a bit throughout the cold months here in Idaho and here I am in January with temps dipping below zero. This jacket helps take the bite from the cold breeze and is ideal when layering. The only issue that I have and it is more than likely user error is that sometimes I end up unzipping the chest pocket thinking I'm unzipping the jacket. This has happened several times but again more than likely it is just me and it wouldn't deter me from wearing the jacket.

    Granite Soft Shell Jacket

    Here is a link to the this exact jacket which is currently on sale for $40. Can't beat that for the quality you're getting. The jacket is wind resistant and machine washable too. Definitely worth looking at if you are considering a new jacket.

    Granite Soft Shell Jacket Free Country


    Disclaimer:
    As with all reviews on High Country Bowhunter, the following review is my honest opinion. I received the Free Country Granite Shoftshell Jacket and agreed to provide a review in exchange. I am not sponsored by nor associated with Free Country 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.