Teton-Canyon-2100In Part 4 of our Backpacking Weekend Collection gear reviews, we’re going to take a look at the Teton Sports Canyon 2100 Canyoneering Backpack. I’ll start by saying that this thing is pretty rad, and useful, and rugged, and I love it. 

I’m always on the lookout for travel and outdoor gear, and in particular backpacks, that can take some pretty rough and tough beatings. This is because I’m a pretty heavy-duty traveler, and I need equipment that can take the airports and the city, and also the mountains and elements I’m trying to get to beyond the metropolis. With that said, while the Canyon 2100 is primarily focused on canyoneering, I’m going to focus a bit on the other sports, functions, and uses of this pack. The more uses you can get out of one thing, the better when it comes to travel. 

I took this bad boy out to Rocky Mountain National Park on what will hopefully be the final snowstorm here in Colorado’s “spring”, as well as out into the canyons of Zion National Park for a 3 night camping trip. I got it soaked, I scraped it around the sandstone rocks, and I muddied it up for miles upon miles of hiking and exploring in various weather conditions and terrain. 

Let’s take a look at why this pack is pretty fantastic:

Why It Can Take a Beating:

It’s difficult to make a durable pack that’s also lightweight. Typically, the more durable, the thicker the material, and therefore the heavier the pack. But when you’re carrying a heavy load through varying terrain, every ounce counts, and Teton paid close attention to this. The shell is made out of 2MM Honeycomb Ripstop / 600D PU.

I did a bit of research on this material. Ripstop uses a special reinforcing technique that makes them resistant to tearing and ripping. Advantages of ripstop are the favourable strength-to-weight ratio and that small tears can not easily spread. That being said, you can definitely feel the thinness on this pack. 2MM feels like it wouldn’t be enough to withstand a few beatings, but it definitely meant enough being scraped along the canyon walls of Zion for 3 days.

A Boatload of Features Makes it Efficient & Comfortable:

  • Compression straps make the bag smaller and compact so you can put the weight where you want it. 
  • The pack sits closer to your back and moves with you smoothly with the help of its contoured harness and chest adjustment.
  • The waist pads are not only very durable, but they’re padded and adjustable for maximum comfort and support.

Hydration Bladder

Teton Canyon 2100Teton-Canyon-2100The pack comes with a built in pocket for a hydration pack that’ll hold up to 2.5 liters. I don’t know about you, but once you go hydration pack, there’s no going back even if you love your Nalgeen. So, for me, it’s essential my pack offers this feature. You can loop it through it’s built in hydration tube hole so the tube isn’t flapping all around while you’re off exploring.

Multiple Entry-Ways:

There are several points of entry to get into the pack, making it efficient for storing and packing, and also retreiving your gear. You’re able to access the contents of your pack from both bottom sleeping bag compartment (another feature I love by the way), as well as the top cargo area.

There are also several pockets and compartments along the outer parts of the pack, like 2 side netted pockets and a thin pocket in the front, for items you’ll find yourself reaching for often.

Water-filled Canyons or Monsoon Season Doesn’t Matter

Teton-Canyon-2100DRY BAG: The 20-liter Dry Bag that comes with the Canyon 2100 couldn’t be a better additional feature. You can easily put your belongings in it, seal that baby up, and not a drop will get in it. Whether you’re in South East Asia during the rainy season, or jumping into canyons in Zion National Park, you’re good to go here.

BUILT IN RAINFLY: The pack also comes with a built-in rainfly that you can easily pop out and cover the outside of your pack. In a matter of seconds, nothing in there is getting ruined by getting soacked.

There are also drain holes built in the pack so water will leak out fast if you submerge the pack.

 

 

You can Pack A LOT

Teton-Canyon-2100For a 3 day camping trip, I packed a 2-person tent, 1 sleeping bag, a water bladder, hiking boots, clothing (hiking gear, casual, and sleep) to last me, plenty of food, flashlight and headlamps, a stove burner, and a few more this and thats. Everything fit perfectly. There is probably room in there for a bit more. It’s spacious enough that you can fit a lot in it, but as mentioned before, the compression straps make it so if you’re using it for a smaller trip, you  it works just as well.

Summing It Up: Who Is This Pack For

This is a great pack for the Adventure Traveler. Sure, it’s designed for canyoneering, but that’s what also makes it so versatile. It’s not going to fall apart on you, no matter what type of travel.

For me, if I’m planning a trip to Thailand, I’m going to be in the north trekking through jungles, along the beaches climbing rocks, and in the city exploring the culture and food. I need something that can do it all. That works outside, and inside. So, a pack like this really stands out to me because I know that it’s going to be able to keep up.

If you have any questions about the pack or my experience with it, feel free to ask in the comments!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received Teton Canyon 2100 Backpack for free from TETON sports as coordinated by Deep Creek Public Relations.

About The Author

Lauren Rains is the editor at large of Outdoor Minded Mag. She is struck by wanderlust, and spends most waking hours of her life either exploring the outdoors around the globe or working on various passion projects be it film to microadventures to cooking chili. You can read about her adventures in life, biz and travel on her blog TheMadToLive.com, and catch up with her on Twitter at @LaurRAINS.

One Response

  1. Don

    Hey just bought this pack took it to pikes peak in Colorado and I love it. Although one of the straps connecting to the top compartment stitching is starting to rip. I may have to re stitch it. Anyways I wanted to know how your pack is still holding up?

    -Don