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The JanSport Scout Backpack features dual panel-loading and a sleeping bag bar shelf. JanSport made this multi-day pack for teenagers and smaller backpackers. The external aluminum frame adjusts easily to accommodate torso lengths from 16 to 21 inches. The breathable mesh lumbar cushion allows air to circulate and keep the back cool during summer trips into the backcountry. Jansport gave this pack two side water bottle pockets for easy on-trail hydration and a couple of daisy chains for convenient gear hanging.

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Great pack for teaching

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I teach boys backpacking as part of a mentoring program. I started using the JanSport Scout for Sierra trips when I was a teen in the early 90's. I still have the pack and let kids borrow it for trips today. Just purchased two more, and would buy more if they were available.

They are a great pack that is comfortable with a light or heavy load. Good flexibility, and easy to adjust to different sizes. These pack can take a beating and have great storage options.

I have had 8 year old boys take this on a 10 mile week end trip and 16 year old boys pack it through the Sierras for a full week.

Great for Scouting

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

That is probably why they named it the Scout Pack! This pack has nice big pockets for your little scout to stuff all his gear and some (non essential gear) into. The external frame is a lot nicer to strap your pad and tent too than an internal frame pack.