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Teton Explorer 4000 Review | HileHighValley

Teton Explorer 4000 Review | HileHighValley

Teton Explorer 4000 Review

Teton Sportsis a US-based company that has a decade of commitment to people and outdoor adventure. This is reflected in all of their packs, but as we saw throughout our Teton Explorer 4000 review it was especially reflected in this model. This pack was designed to fit the needs of all hikers The comprehensive features of this pack are designed to create a smooth trip and provide peace of mind for the wearer. Overall, we found this pack to be a great value investment for many consumers.


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We found the comfort of the backpack to exceed our expectations. The straps on the pack are designed to allow the best fit for all shapes and sizes of hikers. The padded shoulder straps and padded mesh contact points allowed for a comfortable and secure trip. Teton’s padded backpanel creates lumbar support to spread the weight of the load evenly but also allows for ventilation. This ventilation is the key to long-lasting comfort when using the Explorer 4000 pack. The padded waist belt helps prevent uncomfortable moisture accumulation.


Organizational storage

The storage within this bag is plentiful. The internal aluminum frame allows for plenty of inside room for packing in the 65-liter pack. There are dual mesh side pockets for large water bottles, an internal pocket to hold a 3 liter hydration bladder (not included with purchase), a top load compartment for easy access items, and a front load compartment for sleeping gear. The top load compartment also features a drawstring closure and adjustable top. The bottom of the pack also includes an attacked rainfly to keep gear as dry as possible.


The pack itself is compact and streamlined , allowing for the hiker to travel without worry. It comes in two colors, Metallic Silver or Navy Blue. The logo is present on the top compartment, but does not distract from the simplicity of its design. There are built in reflectors for safety purposes. The compression straps hold everything together and compact cargo. We found the design pleasing to the eye.

Teton Explorer 4000 backpack

Water resistance

This bag is made of 600D Diamond Ripstop with a water resistant coating. Included with purchase is an additional rain cover for peace of mind.



Public opinion

Word-of-mouth is the best way to get real opinions about a product. We analyzed many detailed consumer reviews to get a good idea of the best parts of the pack and also the worst. Below we have concentrated those reviews to provide the most comprehensive look at the pack from a consumer standpoint. Users of the Explorer 4000 Pack have spoken, and their opinions are available below.


The Good


Many users commended the comfort offered by this pack, saying it was the best pack they had used for hiking. Many are impressed with the adjustable straps and the middle strap to allow for the best security of the pack to the body for the wearer. The attention to lumbar support and weight distribution really pays off as a design decision.



Several users mentioned that this is a perfect example of, “You get what you pay for.” The pack is not a department store stock item, it is a high-quality, specialty item, and the price is in line with that level of precision of development and manufacturing. However, it is such good quality that some have remarked they would not use anything else, even for a better price.



Most users indicated that the pack had ample storage for everything they needed in a long trip. It provided enough room for a sleeping bag or bedding, tent, packed food, a few changes of clothes and shoes, and any other important items they might need for their trip. The top compartment separates frequent need items from the large compartment daily-need items and the hydration bladder allows for all-day hydration. In addition, the side pockets allowed for things like up to 1000mL water bottles to further ensure proper hydration.


The Bad


Some users commented that the product they received was not as advertised and the product arrived in a damaged or sub-par condition. These reviews were almost exclusively from Amazon and it is not known if  the packs were purchased from the manufacturer or a third party. As always, please keep in mind the source of the product.


Bang for Your Buck

The mid-market price of this pack is a smart move for the manufacturer. It allows more people to try out the product line for less than some of the higher end models. While this might not be the best investment for an experienced and avid hiker, for a beginner to intermediate level hiker, this is a great investment. The high quality materials and basic amenities are more than some lower-market packs might offer for only a fraction of the rise in price.

Teton Explorer 4000 hiking pack

Teton Explorer 4000 FAQ’s

Q: Does the pack accommodate a hydration bladder?

A: Yes! It can fit a 3 liter hydration bladder without sacrificing storage room within the pack. There are also side mesh pockets to hold water bottles.


Q: Would this backpack fit me if I am (insert size here)?

A: Yes! The pack is designed to fit all torso lengths. Some users reported they were 6’4” and some reported they were 5’4” and they were not uncomfortable or inconvenienced by the pack at all.


Q: Is this bag waterproof?

A: The bag is definitely water resistant, but it is not fully waterproof. The included rain cover will help protect the contents more than just the pack itself.


The Verdict

The consumer community seems to believe this is a good buy, and we believe so as well. The comprehensive cargo and safety features come together in a pack to fit many needs. The aluminum frame compartment will safely and securely store all the things a hiker could need on a long trip. With separation of sleeping gear, living gear, and frequent need items, it seems as though the bag is well organized. Overall, the Teton Explorer 4000 Pack is a great value.

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