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TETON Sports Explorer 4000 Internal Frame Backpack; Great Backpacking Gear; Backpack for Men and Women; Hiking Backpacks for Camping and Hunting; with a New Limited Edition Color; Free Rain Cover Included
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- HIGH RANKING PACK: Continues to be a top selling backpack on Amazon at a great price point for all the included features; Backpack for men, women and youth
- BEATS OUT OTHER PACKS IN ITS CLASS: Packs at much higher price points can't compare to this pack, it's so well built; Includes pass through side pockets for storing tent poles and similar gear; Rugged internal frame backpack with capacity of 4,000 cubic inches large enough for 2-5 day trips; Hydration bladder ready (not included); Pack weight 4.5 pounds
- FIVE-STAR COMFORT: Multi-position torso adjustment fits wide range of body sizes; Durable open-cell foam padding and molded channels provide maximum comfort--1/2 inch thick mesh-covered shoulder pads and 1 inch lumbar pad allows air to circulate, keeping you cooler
- TRUSTED QUALITY: Hundreds of 5-star reviews testifying to the great quality and design; Includes large sleeping bag compartment, multi-directional compression straps, and multiple compartments and pockets for strategic packing
- LIMITED LIFETIME WARRANTY: At TETON Sports when we say "Limited Lifetime Warranty" we mean WE'VE GOT YOUR BACK! We have an AWESOME customer service team based right here in the USA. It's service YOU CAN COUNT ON to get your products taken care of and get you back OUTDOORS; #getoutdoors with TETON Sports
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Explorer4000 Internal Frame Backpack
The TETON Sports Explorer 4000 is a large capacity pack that includes six pockets plus a main compartment, three mesh pouches, upper and lower gear loops and four compression straps. The bendable aluminum stays and thick lumbar and upper back pads provide comfort even with heavy loads. The Explorer 4000 comes with a fully adjustable torso, shoulder and hip straps with tensioners and breathable mesh. The floating pocket design allows you to secure tent poles to the sides of the pack and still access zip pockets and mesh pouches. This backpack is also hydration ready and will hold up to a 3-liter water bladder (not included).
Thick Back and Hip Padding
Durable open-cell foam with lumbar pad and molded channels provides maximum comfort and allows airflow.
Top Load Straps and Expandable Hood
Top and bottom compression straps to secure sleeping bag, pad or tent.
Lower Sleeping Bag Compartment
Lower compression straps and sleeping bag compartment to help organize your gear and offer quick access.
|Capacity||2700 Cubic Inches / 44 Liters||3400 Cubic Inches / 55 Liters||4000 Cubic Inches / 65 Liters||4000 Cubic Inches / 65 Liters||5200 Cubic Inches / 75+10 Liters||5,500 Cubic Inches / 90 Liters|
|Color Options||Blackout||Mecca Orange | Hunter Green||Blackout||Metallic Silver | Navy Blue||Mars Red | Navy Blue||Blackout|
|Dimensions||26” x 11” x 9”||30" x 17" x 12"||27” x 12” x 10”||32" x 18" x 12"||34" x 16" x 13"||34" x 15" x 17"|
|Torso Length Adjustment||Adjustable 15" - 20"||Adjustable 15" - 19.5"||Adjustable 15" - 20"||Adjustable 19" - 23"||Adjustable 15.5" - 23"||Adjustable 16” – 22”|
|Pack Weight||4.1 lbs (with tarp poncho) 3.2 lbs (without tarp poncho)||4.5 lbs||5.25 lbs (with tarp poncho) 4 lbs (without tarp poncho)||5 lbs||5.5 lbs||6 lbs (with tarp poncho) 5.2 lbs (without tarp poncho)|
|Fit to Size Description|
|Item Dimensions||15.75 x 17.72 x 31.89 inches|
|Item Weight||4.98 pounds|
|Liquid Volume||101.4 Fluid Ounces|
|Shipping Weight||5.1 pounds|
|Sport Type||Camping & Hiking|
|Volume||4000 cu in|
The TETON Sports Explorer 4000 Backpack is a great backpack for men or women to take on those longer backpacking trips (2-5 days). This pack includes many of the features you usually see on higher-priced packs. The Explorer 4000 has a capacity of 4000 cubic inches (65 liters). You will love the fully adjustable torso and waist belt--made to fit people between 5'1" to 6'4". It also includes upper load adjustment straps at the shoulders, thick padded shoulder straps, and a durable open-cell foam lumbar pad so you can comfortably carry heavier loads and enjoy maximum air flow through your back, shoulders, and waist. A super durable pack made with 600D squared ripstop and 600D Oxford canvas shell stands up to years of rugged adventuring. Includes a large sleeping bag compartment, pass-through weather shielded side pockets to accommodate tent poles or long gear, and multi-directional compression straps. The Explorer has multiple compartments and pockets arranged for strategic packing. Rainfly included with purchase.
The Explorer 4000 is packed with features normally found only on more expensive backpacks such as a full-length adjustable torso that allows this pack to be adjusted for those 5 feet, 1 inch tall all the way up to 6 feet, 4 inches tall. The padded back and airflow system provides padding in the perfect spots while allowing substantial airflow to prevent your back from getting too hot. Its contoured shoulder, lumbar, and hip pads help ensure a comfortable trip. The Explorer 4000 also features a padded water bladder pocket for your favorite water bladder up to 3 liters in size. Side zippered pockets, mesh pockets, and a top zippered pocket provide plenty of room for smaller accessories. There's even two spots for walking sticks. A top-loading main compartment and a sleeping bag compartment complete the pack. Includes bright yellow attached rain fly and is hydration system ready.
- Rugged, internal frame backpack with 4,000 cubic inch capacity
- Dual aluminum stays adjust to the contour of your back
- Full-length adjustable torso and adjustable shoulder straps for a more comfortable fit
- Padded shoulder straps, padded waist belts and padded lumbar area for maximum comfort, with airflow system to reduce heat
- Separate sleeping bag compartment
- Includes a bright yellow attached rainfly and is hydration system ready
- Height-adjustment shoulder straps accommodate a wide range of torso lengths
- Capacity: 4,000 cubic inches
- Dimensions: 34 by 18 by 12 inches (full capacity)
- Pack Weight: 5 lbs
- Shell: 600D Diamond Ripstop
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Top Customer Reviews
Besides the height, I felt this pack was more than adequate for capacity. I read many reviews about the small sleeping bag pouch, but I was able to fit my summer bag(+40), tent, stakes, AND tent rainfly in the pouch with room to spare. I will just strap my tent poles on the side, which has straps specifically for that purpuse. I do have a LARGE winter bag which would be snug, but I would definitly strap that on the outside with all the extra straps this pack has. This pack has hidden pockets just about everywhere, which is nice when you have lots of gear you want to get at without unpacking everything.
I started stuffing all my things in this pack to see what kind of balance it had and it felt great and was very sturdy. I posted a picture on here to see it on a tall person, but please note only had it 3/4 full. I will try and update this post after I use it on the Lake Superior Hiking Trail this fall.
Let be honest though, the real reason I bought this pack was for the price... wow great pack for the money. You could almost compare this pack to a $300+ pack from REI. I hope that Teton keeps the price low and they will sell a TON of these.
I don't concur with some of the negatives described in other reviews here. The zippers do not stick, they open and close just fine. I don't know how one can declare the sleeping bag compartment too small... compared to what? This is a 4000ci bag and advertised as such... it is what it is. I did fit my Sleep Cell 30 degree mummy bag in there no problem. I could even squeeze in a few extra items. I can fit two of my 50 degree summer bags in also... together. Yes, if you have a giant, fluffy, 5 lb, -20 degree winter bag, it probably won't fit here. This is a med sized, 4000ci backpack designed to carry backpacking style sleeping bags, not ones designed to drive to the cabin or car camp. I hope this clears things up if you're hesitant due to other reviewers dubbing it "too small"... it fits most common bags just fine for a 4000ci pack. Besides, having to compress your bag and squeeze it in compacts your load and saves weight - stuff sack not needed. This is the best way to pack a 4000ci backpack! Use waterproof bags to protect sensitive items where needed.
The material seems to be of good, sturdy quality. The straps and buckles are very sturdy also and I see no difference after comparing them to the straps and buckles on Kelty, Jansport or Northface bags I examined in stores. If they do break, Walmart sells buckles and straps for pennies - made by Outdoor Products. I will carry extra with me when I use it.
This bag has plenty of straps, loops (daisy chains) and pockets to carry everything you need. It even has a cinch strap above the side with the two pockets. It has a rubber backing to protect the bag and will cinch down your tent poles, walking stick or whatever you can fish down between the two pockets and bag - remember these pockets are pass-through which allows you to slip items behind them. The pack is very comfortable and rests on your hips very well. I did try it out packed full for an hour. When I removed the back stays to bend them for a better fit the rubber boots came off the lower ends and I had to spend a few minutes fishing them out. To prevent this from happening next time I duct taped them in place.
The lifetime warranty on the tag says: "... original owner only and excludes normal wear and tear (e.g., zippers that wear out after extended use) or misuse. If, after inspection, a product is determined by us to be defective in workmanship or materials, we will repair or replace it at our option, at no cost to the original owner."
The trifold tag also includes full description of features, how to fit it properly, and how to load it with your gear... really good info.
I will give an update after I use it in the field.
Update 6 Sep 2010:
Packed it with 40 lbs and hiked 12 miles in St. Mary's Wilderness,VA. Stayed 2 nights in these remote mountains and it performed fine. Passing Hikers commented that I "looked ready for anything with such a great pack". I guess all the attachment points, straps, pockets and bottle holders impressed them. I tossed and dragged it on the ground and ran it into trees and rocks. It also made a great camp chair and pillow - the back pads are soft and supportive. There were no malfunctions - no complaints.
Update 21 Jan 2011:
I purchased a larger, 20 degree Field and Stream MT20 mummy bag (for backpacking) suitable for colder weather and guess what?... it also fits in the sleeping bag compartment of this 4000ci backpack! A few extra seconds of compressing does the job. I kind of like the fact that the load is made smaller by having to squeeze it in there a bit. This keeps your load more compact and easier to carry... a plus to me. This is a great 4000ci pack!
We still love our tetons. But i do want to add one thing we've noticed after using them on several trips. To adjust the tightness on the hip belt is nearly impossible to do yourself. The way the straps are designed you have to pull from center, back towards your hips. This is very hard to do... More expensive bags like gregory or ospray, you pull from hips forward which is a much more natural movement. I cannot tighten enough on my own and have to have my hubby tighten them for me due to the design.
Otherwise, they are holding up great and we're taking them on a 5 day hike down the Rogue River in June.