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Durable & Light Urban Backpack I bought the older model as I was in need of a backpack to carry gym stuff, groceries, and other things here and there...picked this up and didn't think much of it. It's now 6 years later and only this year has this pack started showing signs of wear!It consistently can hold 15 - 20 pounds without bursting a thread. And I mean one single shoulder strap is capable of supporting that weight, as you sling it over your shoulder.The material is also REALLY rip-resistant.The weight is so light, I was able to tote around much more things with less strain on my back. I instantly noticed the difference between this and the generic backpack i had before. I got more mileage/less fatigue with the Scrambler ULT.The older model had those "tightening strings" that were a bit too long when tightened, and they hung loose and can easily get caught on things and were annoying...nice to see they've fixed that in the new model.The clip-type (similar to a fastex buckle) closure for the main compartment is great, as zippers are known for seizing up at the most inopportune times. This was one of the main reasons i got this pack, for the non-zipper design of the main compartment. This design offers 100% performance and removes any of my fears of my backpack stuff being exposed to the elements due to failureThe older model had a metal clip for the main compartment, which is basically bulletproof. Its been replaced with a plastic clip on the newer model...I haven't tried this but if i decide to get the newer model, I may use the metal clip from the older model...I'm not sure if I can trust plastic clips......I've had large FASTEX buckles come open when tightening sleeping bags to a frame before. But in that instance, I was pressing the sleeping bag under my foot and using all my strength to tighten the fastex buckle strap, so perhaps it couldn't handle the excessive force. I've never had to use that much force to close this backpack, but I have pulled it VERY tight many times with no threads ever snapping.I'm not a big purchaser of any types of gear...just usual urban stuff like running shoes, jackets, jeans, t-shirts etc. BUT this backpack has been the most outstanding purchase of gear that I have ever made. It has outlasted pretty much every other thing that I own, and protected all of my gear from the elements. Although its not waterproof, it does everything that it is supposed to do and is advertised to do, and more! (like its not advertised that it can carry 15 - 20 lbs regularly, for such a light pack, but it can).Extremely happy customer here, YES I will definitely buy again!!! November 3, 2013
No better 30L pack Any other 30L pack is >1lb heaver, and I have no complaints about comfort or carrying capacity.I have used it for several alpine iceand rock climbs. These have been up to 16hr affairs with loads up to a full rock rack with double-set of cams, two ropes, climbing helmet, harness, shoes, food, water, a light fleece and lightweight shell. (it required a little creativity). Even with this weight and duration, the pack was comfortable enough. Surprising durability and ability to carry heavy loads given it's incredibly light weight. I would not expect this to be a crag pack or a beater-upper (though it has survived carrying crampons and getting dragged up chimneys remarkably well). This is ideal for moving fast while hiking, rock climbing or for alpinism.There are only a few pieces of gear that I cherish, and this is one of them. I really hope they don't stop making this great pack.Note: I have the previous year's model, and this looks only slightly changed. I also modified mine with thin bungee cord criss-crossing the back, using the compression strap anchors. July 27, 2013
Wonderful Pack I have backpacked and climbed for close to forty years and this is truly a great pack. Light and yet the coolwave support really works great; it is a plastic plate with horizonal accordian pleats so it is rigid laterally but vertically is flexes. As such I have carried 15 to 20 lbs loads with great comfort with the pack hugging my lumbar area.The pack adjust and rides really well; I am 5'10" and 155lbs and it's a perfect fit. I love the simplicity of top loading with a zipper pouch lid, the top pouch is a nice size so I can put in all I need to have at hand. I have used the pack for a few lightweight overnighters and was able to put my sleeping bag, stove, bivy sack, extra clothing food and water with ridgerest pad attatched outside with ease. I also added a helmet and ice axe for one overnight climb.The only things Mountain Hardwear should do to make this pack perfect is; I immediatly removed the flimsy, and too small, attatchments for the ice axe and trekking poles and put cordage there to tie on these and other things (luckly the attatchments where in a piece of nylon with a gromet so attatching cord was easy). Also the ice axe loop was too long so I sewwed it shorter, Mountain Hardwear should make an adjustable ice ace loop and then "Voila" the perfect 30 liter pack!!! July 18, 2013
Great bag for scrambles! I own last years model so I will not go into great detail as some of the design has changed. I use this bag as a peak/scramble bag. I find the 30L is an ideal size for packing weather gear and other essentials. I have used the bag on numerous summits, most recently the Mountaineer's route on Whitney. A few remarks about features. I appreciate the simplicity of the bag. I like that the frame is removable. Yet even with it in, I can easily pack it (roll it) into my larger bag. Weight is good too. Streamlined shoulder straps do not require any more padding than provided. Compression strap distribution is ideal to keep the bag tight and straps in general keeps the pack close. Lots of places to attach gear is awesome. Minimal internal attachment for hydration is great. Top zipper pocket is convenient. Material is strong against rock, handles well in rain too. Excellent bag! August 24, 2012
Excellent Summit Pack for LIGHT Loads I bought this pack for a summer climb up the Exum route of the Grand Teton. Since then, it has acted as a gear bag for the climbing gym and has made it to the top of Mt. Borah (Idaho) in a winter condition ascent.I chose the pack because it was compact enough to stuff inside of my main backpacking bag so I can leave my bulky heavy pack at camp and climb with a nice light pack. It works EXCELLENT for this, and this is exactly how I used it on the Teton. I found that the pack was a bit too lightweight on the final approach from our campsite to where the actual climb started. I had rock pro, a half rope, climbing shoes, food and water in the pack and it was loaded to the max. Once I took the rock pro and rope out, it was perfect for carrying my hiking boots, food and water to the top.As a gear back for the climbing gym and local rocks, it is perfect.The winter condition ascent of Borah required extra clothing in the pack, but not as much rock pro as the teton. With the rope, it was a little heavy for the lack of structure. It was also packed to the max with the extra winter clothing, but I found that it was perfect once the rope was off the pack.Pros of this pack:Compact, lightweight, durable, looks bad-A, comfortable if not overloaded.Cons of this pack:Little too light for carrying rope + rock pro in addition to all the other summit day stuff.Overall:BASICALLY, THIS PACK LIVES UP TO ITS NAME!!!! It is ideal for scrambles. Its not ideal for climbs where you'll be needing to carry much technical gear for very far. If you're not planning on carrying it with a max load, this pack is awesome. I'd recommend it to anyone. If you're going to be carrying much technical gear, get something a little bigger/sturdier.Great pack Mtn HardWear! April 28, 2012