After living in Indonesia following the massive tsunami in 2004, Galen Bench created the TentPak, an integrated backpack and tent product. The company’s product line, which includes backpacks that stash integrated tents, launched in spring 2008. It is marketed as a product for camping and emergency or humanitarian use.

TentPaks weigh an average of 13 pounds. The packs with attached tents are designed for people who don’t have a pack and tent (and don’t care about pack weight). The TentPak system is a low-cost option. Campers could potentially save a couple hundred bucks as opposed to buying a pack and tent separately — though that extra cost sheds a few pounds and will likely up the quality.


TentPak pack and tent

It’s also touted as a grab-and-go pack in emergency situations. Bench came up with the TentPak idea after seeing thousands of people misplaced and living in tents after the tsunami.

The TentPaks are available for between $150 and $375 depending on type of tent and pack size. www.tentpak.com

—Ryan Dionne

Posted by JJC - 12/29/2009 05:58 PM

I can’t get behind this. For better survival prep, you’re better off with a Hennessey Hammock in your pack. Lighter, off the ground, able to be insulated; it’s a much better choice.

Posted by MB - 12/30/2009 12:49 AM

The Hennessy Hammock is a usefull tool in a one person wilderness survival situation, but in a grab and go, natural or man made emergency, where in the hammock are you going to put the wife and kids when its raining or snowing? Emergency preparation is a different critter than wilderness survival and the gear by its very nature has to be different. Take another look at TentPak from the emergency prep angle.

Posted by BD - 01/04/2010 01:39 PM

What a great idea. I’ve still got 2 boys without their own systems. Scouting/Hunting/Outdoors – why buy separate pack & tent when I can get both together. I’ll be checking these out!!!

Posted by Mike Copeland - 01/05/2010 09:04 AM

I have a tentpak (Alpine 70 E) and love it. I have used it a bunch both together and seperate. The Pack has some great adjustment features that will help balance the load to where it needs to be on your body as well as great padding where it’s needed. Very durable make up and probably the favorite pack i own. (i own several inc N. Face, Mammot). For me though, the tent is where the product shines. It is a 4 season tent so of course it is a little heavier than a 3 season tent. But it is very dry and extreamly rugged. I have used the tent on solo multi day kayaking missions in extreme cold and wind as well as heavy rain and i have absolutely no complaints. It is a bomber tent. The quality is very good for the construction of the tent, i have had absolutly no issues with anything. (zippers, seams, material all are A+)

I think that the review is a little off and yeah, the set up might be a few pounds heavier than the competitor’s 3-season set up. But compaire it to the 4 season set ups, and its pretty compairable. You can also lighten the tent by changing the stakes which is SOP for any tent you buy if you’re trying to conserve weight. And the pack, if you want to lighten, find the adjustments that work well for you and trim the excess straps and remove the extra pack if you dont need it and are trying to go light.

Both you and your checkbook will be very glad you went with the tent pak. The quality is unsurpassed and the price is where camping gear SHOULD be.

Posted by JB - 01/29/2010 01:39 PM

My Scout aged boy has a TentPak and we really like it. I don’t have to worry about him forgetting his tent and having a miserable night. He has the smallest model and still has room for a few days supplies. I am a scout leader as well and often find that the boys often forget tents. I wish they all had a TentPak. My boy and I use the same one because of the adjustable torso. I think the quality is great and I really like it.

Posted by DARKSKY - 06/20/2011 11:04 AM

what a load of crappy gear, who buys this crap ? certainly not any camper who knows their stuff ? try spending that bit extra on quality kit and it will be around alot longer than this crappy kit i assure you that.

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