Hikers, climbers, and skiers have long been enamored of its simple rucksack design, but the Mountain Hardwear Scrambler 30 OutDry has donned a fully waterproof exterior to further enhance its backcountry capabilities.
By integrating a unique, water proof technology, Mountain Hardwear has taken their plastic Scrambler back packs and made the fully waterproof Scrambler 30 OutDry, a great technical day pack for anything from ice climbing, alpine climbing to bike commuting around the city. Let’s take a closer look at what makes this pack so great.
So the first thing to talk about with this pack is the OutDry technology that Mountain Hardwear incorporates. They actually bond a waterproof membrane to the 400 D rip stop nylon fabric, which creates a seamless fully waterproof pack inside and out. They do add a little bit of beefier protection on the top side here, kind of feels like a bit of a rubberized material to give you that extra weather proofing, but the rest of the pack still maintains a full waterproof profile. And it still feels like a backpack. It doesn’t feel like you are carrying around a rubber sack or a, you know, a plastic bag. It is a really nice backpack. It is going to shed the water and it is going to be great for the harshest weather in all kinds of environments.
So I am going to turn the pack around and check out the suspension system that we have got at play here. Mountain Hardwear is using their HardWave suspension. It is an ultra light style suspension system. They do have a light weight frame sheet that goes from top to bottom down the middle of the pack. It is really flexible, so it allows this pack to kind of form around whoever it is being carried by. It is a really nice, flexible feature. And it has got nice, light weight padding to provide good ventilation, but also some support.
Looking at the shoulder straps we have got ultra light minimal style shoulder straps. Again, this pack is not meant to carry a lot of weight, so the padding isn’t very beefy, but it is nice and thin. It has got really nice perforated mesh there. So it is going to provide ample breathability. And down at the bottom we do have a minimalist style hip belt. So it is a really thin piece of webbing, about a one inch piece of webbing. It is going to give you, you know, support and stability around the hips, but, again, minimalist style. It is not going to have much padding. You do have a sternum strap as well, a nice safety whistle there which is a great feature in case you just get into trouble. Great suspension system all around for being, you know, a pack that is under two pounds.
So turning the pack around we will take a look at the storage options on the Scrambler 30. It is held down by this loop and buckle. So just loosen that up will allow you to kind of take the top off and reveal the single point of storage. It is a, you know, one tubular style pack. It has got a fairly large opening so you can stuff a lot of gear in there and stuff it in there easily.
Behind that on a separate sleeve there is a hydration compatible compartment with a little bit of a hook there so you can hang your hydration sleeve without it sinking to the bot-tom. There is actually a drainage port on the bottom of the suspension. So that will actually, you know, allow ventilation and drainage if you are, you know, say your bladder leaks or there is some condensation in there. It will allow that to dry out pretty easily.
Close up the top. There is also a pocket in the hood itself which is pretty neat. So on the back of the hood we have got a nice zippered pocket. It is fairly easy to access and with that kind of sturdier material on the top it is going to remain protected. It will be a great pocket for maps. It will be great for a first aid kit or anything you need to get hands on quickly.
Aside from those compartments there are two very deep water bottle pockets or pockets for other gear on the sides. The other small features on this pack to point out are two ice axe or tool loops. You have got trekking pole attachments up here on the top. We have got some gear loops on the bottom as well. And also on the sides we do have two compression straps which are going to allow you to cinch down your load really nicely in the event that it is not as large some other loads.
And there you have it. It is the Scrambler 30 OutDry from Mountain Hardwear, a great, fully waterproof pack for anything from alpine climbing to commuting around the city.