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Mountainsmith Youth Scout (Old Style) External Frame Backpack Item # MNS18207M

Special Price $79.95


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Built to adjust with the growth of younger hikers, the Mountainsmith Youth Scout external frame backpack provides 3356 cu. in. of internal capacity as well as external storage options.


Built to address the needs of younger hikers, the Mountainsmith Youth Scout external frame backpack provides 3356 cubic inches of internal capacity as well as external storage options. Adjustability in the suspension and shoulder straps allows the Youth Scout to accommodate the growth of your young adventurer.

A rugged, lightweight aluminum frame allows the Youth Scout to haul heavy loads. The shoulder straps and waistbelt are constructed of dual-density foam. Firm foam supports the pack weight and provides cushioning under the load while softer foam, up close to the body, gently conforms to the contours of your shoulders and hips. An airmesh fabric backpanel wicks moisture, keeping you cool and dry on the trail. The Youth Scout's suspension system is adjustable fit torso lengths from 13-17 inches in length. An adjustable sternum strap further enhances fit and comfort while side and bottom compression straps allow you to cinch down your load for better stability and maneuverability.

The Youth Scout's large main compartment is reached through a top-loading access point that is tucked under a large hood. The hood includes a zippered compartment that's ideal for stowing maps or a rain cover (sold separately). In addition, multiple large side pockets enable you to organize gear and provide quick and easy access to contents. Pass-throughs behind the pockets allow for hauling of longer items like tent poles or collapsed trekking poles. A zippered front pocket offers another spot to stash gear. A sling located underneath the main packbag allows you to carry sleeping bags that may not fit inside the Youth Scout.

Other features on the Youth Scout include a cord-locked elastic attachment system and webbed daisy-chain attachment points. Providing valuable assistance in emergency situations, the buckle on the sternum strap doubles as a safety whistle.

The Mountainsmith Youth Scout is available in your choice of Lotus Blue and Pinon Green color options.

  • Sleeping bag sling with quick release hardware
  • Zippered side pockets with pass thru sleeves
  • Daisy chain attachment points
  • Front pocket with elastic rigging
  • Collared storm shield with draw cord closure
  • Top flap with a zippered pocket
  • 2 load adjusters for load dispersion
  • Comfortable waist belt with dual density foam
  • Air mesh back panel
  • Safety Whistle
  • Elastic sternum strap
  • Dual density foam shoulder straps
  • External frame pack made with 6061 aluminum
  • Medium rain cover fits this pack


Access Top Loading
Recommended Use Multi-Day Backpacking
Warranty Lifetime
Volume 3356 cu. In.
Type External Frame Backpack
Torso Adjustment Yes
Sternum Strap Yes
Material 420d Velocity Nylon Body and 840d Ballistic Nylon Reinforcements
Item Weight 4 lb 2 oz
Frame Material Aluminum
Fits Torso 13"-17 "
Dimensions 27" x 18" x 15"

3 Item(s)

Likes: This is the only external backpack that would fit my petite wife of 4' 11". Well made, good capacity and priced right.

Dislikes: Wish Mountainsmith had the foresight to include fitting instructions.

Reviewed by Don M. - March 8, 2012

Likes: Large storage capacity for a youth pack, adjustable to grow with child & lightweight design

Dislikes: The whistle is not that loud but I did not buy if because it had a whistle feature...

Reviewed by Matthew H. - June 24, 2010

Likes: Nice backpack for camping, sturdy and adjustable.

Dislikes: Wish there were rings on outside to clip other items on.

Reviewed by Anonymous Backcountry Edge Customer - July 17, 2009