A light, versatile and durable backpack that’s, more importantly, waterproof! Perfect for anything from rock climbing, ice climbing, skiing, hiking… etc.
Back then one of my main concerns with that backpack was the lack of a roll-top closure. The main compartment was constructed from waterproof materials but it only cinched close at the top, meaning that water could still get in via this cinch point. In my mind I thought if only the pack came with a roll-top, then this would be a game changer; a light, waterproof backpack that is functional in all weather situations and for a variety of different activities.
Then along comes the Scrambler 35 RT Outdry backpack, the “RT” standing for “Roll Top” I guess. Not only does it now have a roll-top closure, it’s also fixed some of my other concerns with the older Scrambler 30, namely the lack of stretchy side pockets for water bottles and hip-belt pockets. Awesome!
I tested this pack through the winter, in snow and rain and water never got inside. The stretchy mesh material on the side pockets and front are excellent. It accommodates large nalgenes or wet jackets and gloves that you don’t want to put on the inside of the main compartment.
I found it comfortable and the well designed system of compression straps allowed me to go on some trail runs without it bouncing around too much.
This is my go-to pack now that I grab when I need something for a day in the mountains that has varied activities. Whether I’m shooting photographs near a waterfall or hiking on a day with rain in the forecast I don’t need to worry about the contents, usually dry layers and lenses for my camera, getting wet. It’s awesome having this peace of mind. I definitely recommend this backpack.
Light: Empty it weighs about 900g’s (1lb 16oz). Considering it has waterproofing built into the fabric this is pretty awesome.
Versatile: This pack has enough features and straps to allow it to be used for pretty much anything you could get up to in the mountains. Whether it’s climbing, running, mountaineering, canyoneering… you name it. If you only want to have a one pack quiver then this is the pack you need to get.
Waterproof: It should be emphasized, this pack is waterproof. No need to carry the weight of an extra rain cover when using it.
Small Waist Belt Pockets: The zippered pockets on the waist belt could be a bit bigger. I found I was really squeezing a granola bar just fitting it into them. If they made those pockets from the same material as the side mesh pockets it would be perfect!
Buy It If:
You need a versatile backpack for being in the mountains and don’t want the worry of all the contents getting wet if it starts raining.
Website: Mountain Hardwear