The JanSport Scout Backpack is a sturdy, reliable pack for teenagers or hikers of small stature.

Just like your first external-frame pack, the JanSport Scout Backpack features a panel-loading design and a sleeping bag bar shelf. This three- or four-day pack works well for teenagers and beginning backpackers, as the external aluminum frame adjusts easily to accommodate torso lengths from 13 to 17 inches. The breathable mesh lumbar cushion allows air to circulate and keep the back cool during summer trips into the backcountry. JanSport constructed the Scout Backpack with two side water bottle pockets for close-at-hand hydration and two daisy chains for gear clippage.

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3 5

Pros and Cons

This was my first pack to use after graduating from camping in the back yard. Pros: good size for a weekend trip; top and bottom compartments keep your food separated from the rest of your gear; plenty of pockets for those who like to be organized; sturdy adjustable frame; smaller frame size for those of us who never quite hit that growth spurt. Cons: separate compartments make it impossible to put the tent inside the bag, leaving it strapped to the outside to possibly get snagged on a branch sometime along the trail; must be balanced perfectly against something to get it to stand upright; so many pockets you might feel inclined to fill them all with extra gear you won't use.

3 5

Good, but not great

Spend the extra ten bucks and get a much better pack from Mountainsmith:

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Thank you for your advice! I took it and purchased the Mountainsmith backpack for my ll-year-old son's first Boy Scout backpacking trip. For just $10 more, the Mountainsmith is definitely worth it! According to the specs, this pack is bigger (3850cu in) than the Mountainsmith (3356cu in ), but not by much. My son had plenty of room. Another scout had this JanSport pack, and I feel that the Mountainsmith was superior. The Mountainsmith has a terrific sleeping bag sling and the shoulder strap padding extends further down. This pack (JanSport) has 2 external water bottle pockets, but my son has a CamelBak, so he didn't need that. Now that this pack is on sale for $62, it's probably a good deal, but at $90 it is worth getting the Mountainsmith .

4 5

Good Pack

This is a good pack, very rugged and also fairly light. I always have extra room when on backpacking trips. I use it on every trip I go on. I would give it a five star rating, but it is heavy compared to some other packs. Overall I would recommend this to every one who is starting out into backpacking.