Teton Sports Oasis Hydration Pack – A Lower Price Quality Choice

 

Teton Sports Oasis Hydration Pack

By Sara Baird

When shopping for hiking and camping equipment I am always torn between more expensive brands with all the bells and whistles and lower-priced packs with less. The Teton Sports Oasis Hydration Pack is a pack with a lower price tag that still comes with plenty of features to serve your needs. The pack arrived just in time to fill it up and bring it along on a winter hike with my husband and son. This pack is an 18-litter pack made to carry a 2-liter water bladder; the water bladder comes with it.

 

Trying it Out

Each fall and early winter I need to find new hiking partners since my husband and son are off hunting, I just can’t bring myself to hunt. This year with Covid restrictions around gathering with people outside our household I didn’t have any hiking partners. I mean even the dog was hunting. I decided I would just tag along with them on upland bird hunts and discovered an activity I absolutely love. The public land they hunt on is beautiful and mainly empty. It is a joy to enjoy the quiet and to watch my pup hard at work doing what she loves best. This was a beautiful sunny 30F-degree early December day. We spent about 6 hours out walking and I was grateful to have the hydration pack along.

 

The Fit and Comfort

The shoulder, waist, and chest straps are fully adjustable meaning this backpack fit both my son, who is over 6tf tall and very thin as well as me, a much shorter and larger person. The waist strap is not padded like some more expensive packs are but since this is a smaller pack it does not seem to make a big difference. The straps were initially very stiff but softened up quickly. I was comfortable both wearing the pack over my light winter jacket and over a t-shirt. The pack also has mesh-covered foam pads on the back for comfort and ventilation. The pack rested very comfortably on my back, though it did still cause the customary sweat patch on my back.

 

Oasis Hydration Pack with my dog
The Oasis Hydration Pack loaded and ready to go, alongside my dog.

 

Storage

The pack has four zippered pockets. The biggest one holds the water bladder and has a hole for the drinking tube to come out of at the shoulder. The other pockets are smaller and just right for your lunch, a first aid pack, and other supplies for a day hike. The smallest pocket has additional pockets inside for smaller items and a hook for your keys. There is also a handy bungee cord on the outside of the backpack and two mesh pockets on the sides. On the bottom of the pack is a pocket that holds an attached rainfly to pull over the pack and keep your items dry in case of rain. Thankfully I didn’t need to test this one out this trip but I’m sure it will come in handy on hikes next spring.

 

Water Capacity and Drinking Experience

The two-liter bladder is a nice size for the pack, it is not too heavy and a decent amount of water to have along for a day hike. You could also fit water bottles in the side pockets to bring along more water. I’ve been turned off by hydro packs in the past because I did not like the feel of drinking out of the hose but this one was fairly comfortable. The bite valve was easy to use and did not leak at all through our hike. The bladder has a nice wide opening for filling and cleaning.

 

Oasis Hydration Pack showing the bag and the bladder
The pack showing the bag and the bladder.

 

Durability

The pack appears to be well made. I only used it for a day and then played with it in the house but the straps, hooks, clasps, and all seem to be sturdy. The zippers have nice pulls on them and easily open and close with no catch. The outer pockets do not have flaps over them making them easy to access but possibly not watertight. With the rainfly though you really don’t need to worry about this.

 

The Oasis Hydration Pack: My Recommendation

This backpack was surprisingly comfortable and enjoyable to drink out of. The pack sells for about $40 US, which makes it a great option for a hiker or a young person just getting into hiking or for a more budget-conscious person not worried about having all the bells and whistles. The backpack fits well and offers plenty of flexibility in fit and comfort. It is not quite as comfortable as the high-end pack my son lives in for biking and hiking in the summer but it is certainly comfortable enough. It also appears durable enough to last for years. I am looking forward to taking it along on many hikes in the future. I would recommend this pack to anyone looking for a hydration pack for day hikes.

 

Oasis Hydration Pack is excellent value for money
The Teton Oasis Hydration Pack just represents great value being a lower price, quality choice.

 

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I am an adventurer at heart, always looking for the next opportunity to learn something new. I spend my winter days working with high school students to explore their interests and develop passions.

I spend my evenings and summers developing new hobbies and being outdoors as much as possible.  I enjoy camping, hiking, cross country skiing, and biking.

28 thoughts on “Teton Sports Oasis Hydration Pack – A Lower Price Quality Choice

  • February 5, 2021 at 12:12 pm
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    I use a hydration pack a lot during trail running during summer. I do enjoy it a lot. I need to check this particular brand closer

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  • February 2, 2021 at 12:07 pm
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    Hydration packs are great especially when going out for a super long hike. You have reminded me I need to get one for my hubby x

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  • February 2, 2021 at 11:23 am
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    I already like this item. I like the fact that a lot of things were put into consideration while creating it. I think it’s worth it. Nice review by the way.

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  • February 1, 2021 at 8:59 pm
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    Great hydration pack! We bought a couple years ago for dirtbiking and they last such a long time. I love the removable bladder too, sometimes they get icky from electrolyte powders and replacing the bladder is more affordable than replacing the whole thing!

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  • January 31, 2021 at 7:16 pm
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    That backpack looks like great value for the money! I like that it comes with its own water bladder!

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  • January 31, 2021 at 4:16 am
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    We do a lot of hiking as a family and each member has their own hydration backpack, although they are different brands than Teton. This looks like a great pack!

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  • January 31, 2021 at 2:11 am
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    That’s a wonderful hiking back that looks good , durable and also serves the purpose , especially during hikes, camping etc . Thanks for sharing!

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  • January 30, 2021 at 7:48 pm
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    This looks like a sturdy and comfy bag for outdoors! Will look into it. Thanks for the review!

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  • January 30, 2021 at 12:58 pm
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    You could definitely have some great backpack adventures with this backpack, without breaking the bank. Nice review.

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  • January 30, 2021 at 10:01 am
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    When I saw my friend having this, I was so envious! Haha! I need to save money though lol Looking forward to the time when I have one.

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  • January 30, 2021 at 5:42 am
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    An efficient and comfortable hiking backpack is so important. Looks like a good one here.

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  • January 29, 2021 at 9:25 pm
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    I love that this backpack doesn’t look big and bulky. Our hiking backpack is so big that my husband carries it.

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  • January 29, 2021 at 9:11 pm
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    I love the design of the bag! And it looks so well made too!

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  • January 29, 2021 at 7:25 pm
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    One day I will go camping lol I just don’t know when that will be. However, it looks like you have a great backpack here!

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  • January 29, 2021 at 3:23 pm
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    I love everything on the bag, from the color combination to the design. The minimalist looks make this simple but very elegant backpack.

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  • January 29, 2021 at 12:39 pm
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    Sounds like a great backpack!

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  • January 29, 2021 at 12:18 pm
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    Such an informative post and a bit of inspiration that it’s time to get some adventure in my life!

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    • January 31, 2021 at 7:37 pm
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      Happy adventures!

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  • January 29, 2021 at 4:00 am
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    My husband wanted to sell the tent after we adopted our girls but I said NO! I love camping and can’t wait for my daughters to experience it! Hiking with a backpack like this is all part of that outdoors experience.

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    • January 31, 2021 at 7:36 pm
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      I’m glad you didn’t sell the tent. The best thing we ever did when the kids were young was to get them hydropacks. They stayed hydrated and were able to keep up on long hot days. My son is 17 and still rarely leaves home without his. Happy camping!

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  • January 29, 2021 at 3:57 am
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    This is such a cool pack! Definitely gonna keep it in mind when I’m in the market for a new one!

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  • January 29, 2021 at 3:48 am
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    We have this pack and love it! It’s perfect for those longer hikes during the summer when you don’t want to carry a water bottle.

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  • January 29, 2021 at 3:28 am
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    Need some kind of adventure. Thanks for the recommendation

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  • January 29, 2021 at 3:21 am
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    This sounds like a great hydration pack! I have a friend that uses these and I will definitely pass this along to her.

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  • January 29, 2021 at 1:49 am
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    This is perfect for when I go camping and decide to wander off and go walking around by myself. I hate carrying water bottles and this is absolutely the perfect thing!

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  • January 28, 2021 at 8:39 pm
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    I’ve been meaning to get a new hydration pack, I will definitely check this one out. Thanks for sharing it!

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