This Mountain Hardwear Scrambler 30 review is about a completely waterproof OutDry backpack. Scrambler 30 OutDry is a great tool for technical climbing, biking or practically any other day activity in wet conditions.
A waterproof membrane is bonded to the 400 D ripstop nylon fabric, making a seamless completely waterproof backpack. There is extra protection on the lid of the pack in the shape of a rubber material.
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The suspension system is ultra-light HardWave, Mountain Hardwear design. It implies a lightweight frame and flexible sheet, nothing more but a plastic corrugated spine, with lightweight padding, in the middle of the back of the pack. There are air flow channels that are supposed to provide some ventilation.
Shoulder straps are with very little padding, and I must say I would not mind having a bit more there.
A similar style is with the hip belt, which is rather thin. I really do not like it. One could argue that not much is needed for such a pack which is below 2 pounds, but I would disagree.
Nevertheless, such a tiny hip belt is desirable if you wear a climbing harness and you are in technical and ice climbing. There are examples of backpacks from some other brands which have a possibility to remove the hip belt padding just in order to avoid such difficulties with the climbing harness.
There exists a sternum strap with a safety whistle.
Scrambler 30 OutDry is hydration compatible, with a separate hydration sleeve outside of the main compartment, with a hook to hang the water bladder.
There is one zippered pocket on the lid. 2 big pockets are on the side of the pack accompanied with compression straps. 2 loops for trekking poles or ice axe are on the lower part of the front, paired with attachment points close to the top.
About OutDry technology: OutDry® is different from the usual waterproof stuff which becomes heavy due to water collected between the fabric and the waterproof layer. In the OutDry system, there is no gap, it is a direct bond between the waterproof-breathable membrane and the fabric. Custom shaped waterproof membrane uniformly laminates to the inner surface of the pack. The pack stays light and dry.
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Technical specifications and summary of features
- Weight: 1 lb 11 oz (770 g).
- Capacity: 1805 cubic inches (30 liters).
- Size: 22 x 11 x 10 inches (55 x 28 x 24 cm).
- Torso fit: 16 – 22 inches (41 – 56 cm).
- Waist fit: 25 – 37 inches (64 – 94 cm).
- Guaranteed watertight OutDry® construction main compartment and seam taped top pocket, rain room tested for 24 hours.
- Two deep side pockets.
- Hydration sleeve with drainage is outside, underneath the top pocket.
- Carry loops for ice axes or trekking poles.
- Side compression straps keep any size load stable.
- Reinforced gear loops on lower sides of the pack (see the photos) suitable for carrying skis.
- Fabric: HardWear Tarp 18; 400D HD Nylon.
To summarize this Mountain Hardwear Scrambler 30 review: Scrambler 30 OutDry is truly waterproof. In my view it is perfect for activities like kayaking, cycling, and fishing, but less good if you do mountain climbing. This because I do not find the shoulder straps and hip belt comfortable enough; a 30 liters backpack still implies enough weight, and you need a comfortable suspension system.
I myself would prefer some nice pack with tensioned mesh on the back, and a comfortable hip belt and harness, features that may be found in many models from Deuter. By saying this I only have in mind mountain climbing and long walks, this is what I use backpacks for. Yes those Deuter packs are not waterproof, right? True, but they come with an integrated rain cover. You may want to compare it with Deuter Futura PRO or something similar, to see what I mean.
If you are in kayaking, fishing, technical climbing, and ice climbing, Scrambler 30 OutDry might be a perfect solution for you.