Made – as its name suggests – for scramblers, this 30L rucksack is ideal for those who want something lean, light and equipped for the hard stuff. Consequently it’s lean on many features hillwalkers take for granted, such as a padded waistbelt, raincover, and under-lid zipped pocket – and heavy on things that might not be needed, such as gear loops and a rope clip beneath the lid. The shoulder straps are also a little hard-edged and lack robust padding. A good feature here is the back system, which while not exactly robust has been thoughtfully designed and features two vertical pads with an airflow trench between.
Some people will like the Mountain Hardwear Scrambler 30 and will find much to covet in this stripped down rucksack, but its specialist features take away from the basic comfort expected by a hillwalker.
Review by Simon Ingram
Just missed out on being in Trail magazine March 2014