The Scrambler is a waterproof, strong, minimalist backpack with enough accessories to be multi-usage : rock and ice climbing, mountaineering, hiking and skiing.
Completely waterproof: you can be in the rain all day and your stuff stays dry thanks to the main compartment composed of three-Outdry® coated layers.
Toughness: no problem if it rubs against abrasive rocks. It has a great solid closing system with a metallic hook, which also helps compress the pack.
Another strong point: easy access to the water bladder that is held in an independent compartment at the back of the pack, (so no need to empty the pack).
Carrying and ventilation are well managed, the back of the pack is well aerated and the HardWave system gives the back flexibility and stability. The lateral minimalist compression straps are efficient. The chest strap is easy to adjust by sliding the fastener. If the comfort has been reduced a little in places it is to give more freedom of movement whilst climbing and have access to your harness. The shoulder straps adjust easily, are narrow yet lightly padded, which means the pack is more adapted to rock or ice climbing than trekking long distances or ski touring as it is a little heavy. Functional accessories: straps for attaching a rope, two plastic reinforced gear loops (for carabiners, chocks, ice screws etc.), and two carry loops for ice axes or poles, and you can even attach your helmet here too. Unfortunately the fastenings for the ice axes are fragile, they came away from their plastic covers after only the second use. There are two large easily accessible lateral pockets, similar to bottle holders with no closing system, but we don’t really see the point of having bottle holders when the water bladder system is so well designed. You would use them more for holding a map, sun cream, snacks etc.
It is nevertheless important to point out that there is no small inside pocket on the top flap to stash your mobile, wallet, keys. The metal hook that closes the top flap and the ice axe attachments are difficult to manipulate wearing gloves or with cold hands. The top pocket zip is not waterproof which seems strange considering the pack is totally waterproof, but not a problem if you remember to put the protective flap in position.
This pack is practical, comfortable, lightweight and usable in all weather conditions. It’s good value for money with an original look.
We used this equipment over a long period of time
These are our thoughts after intensive use:
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