The Scrambler 30 rucksack is a completely waterproof, tough and durable pack with plenty of great features. Ideal for mountain and crag use.
Mountain Hardwear says:
Traditional style with completely waterproof construction for getting after it year round. Built with versatility in mind, the Scrambler 30 OutDry keeps contents dry in any conditions, easily carrying everything from rock shoes and a rack of cams, to extra layers and avalanche tools. Low profile shoulder straps and a stowable waist belt provide an ergonomic fit, while a top zippered pocket keeps essentials handy while setting a skin track or hiking to the crag.
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The scrambler 30 is a really well constructed pack that offers a huge bonus of keeping everything inside fully waterproof. The pack has one main inner section which you can pack a surprisingly amount of kit, one lid pocket and one separate hydration sleeve for storing a bladder (if you choose to use one). You can pull the top together easily with a drawstring to form a cinched hole over which the top lid goes. The lid is quite large so as to ensure that it keeps everything inside the pack dry.
Instead of a plastic clip to close the pack, there’s a slightly fiddly metal hook that slots into a fabric loop in the strap. While the pack is new the hook and strap are not too difficult to fit together but in wet weather or when the strap wears a bit I can imagine this affixing system becoming worn and a little annoying. But the shoulder straps and back system are nicely padded and really comfortable. You even have the choice to store the webbing belt in small side pockets to keep them out of the way when not in use.
The pack has plenty of other great features including compression straps, side pockets, rope strap, gear loops and carry loops for holding ice axes and trekking poles. Because the fabric is heavy duty it does make the rucksack heavier than others of its size but I don’t think you can have good waterproofing without a bit of extra weight so the compromise is good.
- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear