If you’re planning your next adventure in the hills then you’ll be looking for a high quality backpack that is light, water resistant, comfy to wear, has lots of room, and won’t break the bank. The Teton Sports Hiker 3700 is an excellent example of a perfect hiking pack that will be suited to adventures of three or four nights. It has a carrying capacity of around 60 litres, which according to the REI would be good for a 2-5 night trip. Obviously it depends on how much stuff you cram into the pack, but if you’re not looking for punishment then you’ll no doubt be trying to economise on gear wherever possible.
How Comfy is this Backpack?
A lot of attention has been placed into adding ergonomic features and designs that enhance comfort on your shoulders, back and torso in general. Starting from the bottom, the waist strap is vertically split into two thus allowing you to adjust both the top and bottom of the strap separately. The chest straps have been redesigned in this model, and when combined with an adjustable torso lengthener and adjustable load straps this means that there is complete flexibility in adapting this backpack to suit your frame and torso size. Weighing in at just short of 4lbs it is very comfy to carry, as attested to by numerous reviewers on Amazon thanks to the adjustable features and the generous padding.
How Practical is it for Hiking / Backpacking?
For the ultimate hiking backpack you ideally want lots of little compartments and storage facilities to keep different types of gear (eg: stove, food, clean clothes etc..) tidy in their own separate area. This Teton Sports 3700 won’t disappoint, as it has many external storage areas in addition to the main compartment. Here are a few of the features it incorporates:
- Large main compartment that has zipped access from the top or bottom.
- Separate 10 liter sleeping bag compartment.
- Sleeping bag compartment can be unzipped to connect with main compartment.
- Designed to fit a 2.5L water hydration reservoir.
- Quite a few external pockets.
- Includes gear loops and external compression straps.
- Lightweight aluminum stays help support heavy loads.
- Rain cover is included (stowed into its own pocket)
- Current Amazon review rating: 4.6 out of 5
- Current price on Amazon: $89.99 reduced from $139.99
What do we think overall?
Overall this is an excellent hiking bag for the money, and will serve you very well on a multi-day trip. Having plenty of room for your sleeping bag and your tent it is ideal if you plan on a backpacking holiday. Many reviewers on Amazon describe backpacking around various mountainous areas and being thoroughly happy with the quality and value for money that this pack offers. It has plenty of functionality and capability to hold all manner of gear, and with the added touches of the built-in rain cover and the water bottle holder / hydration reservoir space it is definitely a well-thought out pack.
A pack is no good if it isn’t comfy to carry, and this one excels with the amount of padding and sheer adjustable’ness of everything. From split waist straps to chest straps, torso lengthening straps and more, pretty much everything is adjustable to make it as comfortable as possible.