Backpacks

Backpacks

Backpack choice is important and finding the right backpack will allow Scouts and Adults go on many of the great adventure we have planned.

Backpack Considerations

A backpack will be needed for most trips and outings we do in scouting. A daypack is needed for most day trips, but functional backpack will be needed for most trips that involve camping.


Backpack Considerations

  1. Backpack Size

    • not too small - won't fit everything

    • not too big - will be too heavy when loaded

  2. It MUST fit

    • Wearing the wrong sized backpack will be painful and may result in injury

  3. Cost

    • a custom backpack can cost over a $1000, which is insane and unnecessary

    • Reasonable backpacks can be purchased new for under $80

  4. Weight

    • It is surprising how heavy an empty backpack can be

    • Military surplus pack can be surprisingly heavy

    • Lighter weight packs tend to cost more

  5. Style

    • Style may affect function

    • This generally plays are large role in pack selection - what looks cool

    • Anything that meets the first four requirements will likely meet the fourth one also

3-Season Backpacks

  • Size

    • For general backpacking, a 50-65 Liter Backpack is the size range to shop for

    • It is challenging to fit everything you really need in a pack smaller than 50 liters

    • 65 and above gets pretty big. If a scout fills one of these, they may not be able to lift it

  • Weight

    • A Scout has to carry everything they pack

    • Lighter packs allow Scouts to travel longer with less pain and less risk of injury

    • Aim for a backpack that is less than 5 pounds

  • 55L 4.2 lbs / 1.92kg

  • Just the right size if you know what to pack

  • Economical Backpack ~$60-80

  • Adjustable suspension (adjusts as scout grows with minimum hip of 28")

  • New and used ones at Amazon.com

  • youtube review

  • NOTE: Teton also makes a "Scout 45L", which is small for conventional backpacking

Teton Scout 3400

Image: tetonsports.com

  • 65L 5.1lbs / 2.3kg

  • Very similar to the Scout 3400, but bigger and with better pockets

  • Allows you to carry more than the Scout 3400 - which isn't always a good thing

  • Economical Backpack ~$85 (sometimes less on Amazon.com)

  • Adjustable suspension (adjusts as scout grows with minimum hip of 28")

  • This pack is a little big and a little heavy

  • Review

Teton Explorer 4000

Image: tetonsports.com

Economy Backpacks

You can find economy backpacks for less than $40 at Walmart. You generally get what you pay for, and these may not survive a season of rough use. We recommend against these.

If you need a backpack, come talk to our Scoutmaster. We have extras to loan out.

Higher End Backpacks

  • These packs generally need to be fitted (your scout may grow out of these quickly)

  • If you plan to do a LOT of backpacking and want a really nice pack, we recommend that you take Scout to REI and spend 1-2+ hours trying on different packs loaded with weight and walking around store

  • Gregory Baltoro 65 (65L and 4.84lbs / 2.20kg)

  • Osprey Atomos AG 65 (65L 4.5lbs / 2.04kg)

Gregory Baltoro 65

Image: gregorypacks.com

Osprey Atomos AG 65

Image: osprey.com

Ultralight Backpacks

  • Ultralight weight options are available

    • Tend to be expensive

    • Some are too delicate for Scout use

    • Some are made from specialty material which makes them light weight, durable and expensive

    • Spartan (no frills bag with straps)

    • This can be a very expensive investment that is not suitable for many hikers. We recommend that you come talk to our Hiking Team prior to making a big purchase

  • ULA Circuit (68L 2.29lbs / 1.04kg)

  • Hyperlite 3400 Junction (64L 2.0lbs / 0.9kg)

ULA Circuit

Image: ula-equipment.com

Hyperlite 3400 Junction

Image: hyperlitemountaingear.com

Winter Backpack

You will need to carry a lot more gear in the winter.

    • More clothes

    • Bigger sleep system

    • More food

    • More fuel

Something larger than 65 liters and the ability to strap gear on the outside of pack is needed.

  • 90L 6lbs / 2.7kg

  • If you are getting a pack just for the winter, consider making an equipment sled (Pulk)

  • It is often easier to drag a Pulk filled with gear than to carry a stripped down winter pack

  • A Pulk is cheaper to put together than a winter pack

  • Note that many scouts can't carry a 90 Liter Pack full of gear

Teton Grand 5500

Image: tetonsports.com

Gear Pulk

Many scouts will not be able to carry all of this gear on their winter back. You may also not be excited about purchasing a giant backpack for just one season of the year. Consider a Gear Pulk (equipment sled)

  • It is often easier to drag a Pulk filled with gear than to carry a stripped down winter pack

  • A Pulk is cheaper to put together than a winter pack

  • Many scouts can't carry a 90 Liter Pack full of gear

Come talk to our Winter Adventures Team. We'll show you how to turn a $30 sled into a piece of Expedition Gear.