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    A versatile, waterproof pack for desert rats and mountain drifters.

    The waterproof and versatile Mountain Hardwear Scrambler 30 Outdry Backpack will easily carry everything you need whether you're following cairns to desert slots or making a long approach to sandstone splitters. The pack's watertight construction consists of a TPU laminate and seam taped top pocket to keep your gear dry, so you can leave the rain cover at home.

    Climbers will appreciate the rope strap under the top lid, as well as the gear loops at the side, which will carry a rack of cams. An easy-to-access hydration sleeve enables you to throw a hydration bladder into the pack when you plan on covering a lot of ground, or you can just put two water bottles in the side pockets if you plan on spending most of your time at the crag. The HardWave suspension system conforms to the curves of your back for a comfortable fit, while padded shoulder straps, an adjustable sternum strap, and a stowable hip belt let you dial in the perfect fit whether you're climbing, hiking, or canyoneering.

    • Backcountry Exclusive
    • Watertight OutDry construction
    • HardWave suspension system
    • 10-25lb load range
    • Top access
    • Easy access hydration sleeve
    • Rope strap under top lid
    • Adjustable sternum strap
    • Stowable webbing hip belt
    • Side compression straps
    • Ice axe and trekking pole carry loops
    • Backcountry Exclusive
    • Item #MHW00H3

    Tech Specs

    [body] 400D HD nylon, [accent] HardWear Tarp 18 (polyester with TPU laminate)
    1805 cu in
    Shoulder Straps
    Waist Belt
    yes, stowable webbing
    Hydration Compatible
    Reservoir Included
    1 zippered top, 2 side
    Gear Loops
    Ice Axe Carry
    Trekking Pole Carry
    yes, side straps
    Weight Capacity
    10 - 25 lbs
    Claimed Weight
    1 lb 11 oz
    Recommended Use
    climbing, hiking & camping
    Manufacturer Warranty

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    Good pack ~ Wish had a couple changes

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    I have not used the pack in the rain yet but it is nice to be able to set the pack down in snow and not be concerned with it getting wet or the contents.
    It rides comfortably on the shoulders (I am 5.6/female).
    This is my first pack without a padded waist belt so I was concerned it might be uncomfortable, but it is not. However the belt does move around and slide up above my hips. So I have to re position the belt often.
    I selected the Shark color so the next comments may not apply to the other pack colors. The carry loops are the same color as the pack and hard to see. They are also tiny, which makes it hard with gloves on, let alone mittens. It would be better if they were a contrasting color to the pack and functional in size.
    I find it bothersome to NOT have a hip belt pocket. I have attached a Granite Gear zipped belt pocket to get small items such as granola bar, chap stick.
    The most disappointing missed feature is a valuables pocket (wallet, keys, phone) that could have been located under the lid. I find it inconvenient to not have this feature to safely secure these items.
    I also attached stretch cord to the outside/backside to let a rain jacket dry out while hiking.
    All this said, I hope the pack plays out well for summer peak scrambles.

    sort of okay, but could be much better

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Not a bad product but could be improved. Maximum comfortable weight for a long (15 mile or so hike and climb) is 20 pounds.. Gear stays dry, and rope strap is good. Difficult to squeeze a large Hydroflask into a side pocket with the pack loaded. My major criticisms are (1) There is no inside pocket OR key clip in the pack cover (the "brain" of the pack. When you open the brain, stuff easily falls out...including keys or wallet...which are not protected..furthermore, because there can be leakage of water into the now your valuables are wet...if left unprotected by a ziplock bag or something... and (2) no small external pocket on straps or pack to place a power bar or energy gel...
    I personally find the "danger" of losing my keys or wallet by their falling out of the brain of the pack..and the fact that the inside of the brain can and does occasionally get wet...makes me give only 3 stars to this pack...I would not buy it again for these reasons.

    Absolutely waterproof

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Walked in the rain all day long and it's truly waterproof. At first I thought it would be too big for me (I'm 5'5", 126 lbs) but turned out to be perfect. I did watch Youtube video prior to buying it. Takes a bit to get used to it but once you know how to work on the string, it's perfect.

    Just what you need!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This pack is perfect for quick traveling. Whether it's a rainy hike in the redwoods or a couple day flight, this pack will do it all. I had a perfect amount of space for three outfits to bring onto the flight without checking my bag! And it truly keeps everything dry. It's a really good day pack!

    A Pack of All Trades...

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    And master of all! I bought this bag originally for climbing, but have used it for touring, hiking, kayaking, traveling, and even backpacking one-nighters. It is the epitome of "multi-purpose." It fits a surprising amount and extras can clip on the multiple loops and straps on the outside of the pack. There's a pocket inside that can fit a laptop or an avalanche shovel (probe and the handle can fit in side pockets on the outside of the pack).

    The watertight OutDry construction really does keep the body of the bag completely waterproof. I've hiked in torrential downpours and the pack's contents weren't even a LITTLE damp... It was like witnessing a miracle (plus nothing beats finding a pair of dry socks to put on).

    However, the "brain" is a different story. I gave four stars because water does leak into the top part of the bag. After one storm, I unzipped the lid to find my snacks swimming in a pool of water! My solution: just put all the important gadgets in the body of the bag or the pocket of your rain shell.

    A Pack of All Trades...

    Handles Everything You Can Throw At It

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've put this pack through the ringer. It's kept my essentials dry in SEVERE downpours in the wilderness and at music festivals, as well as lots of wet snow and frozen pacipitation of many kinds. It's gotten smashed, stretched, thrown, dropped, and it still basically looks like new (aside from the dirt). It's my go-to, do everything, daypack and the first bag I'm likely to grab when heading out to... well, do pretty much anything. Couldn't be happier!

    Snow pack

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I love this pack. Intuitive clasps and pulls- at first I was worried about their longevity but seem to be pretty burly. Perfect size for backcountry. No helmet pocket, but could easily strap to outside and still had room to lash on snowshoes and poles. Waterproofing worked great and easy to toss in a drift without concerns. Total blizzard and rough wind /snow/ sleet - no problems. This is not a pack for an over packer- as will not close well if so. The single compartment wasn't an issue for me. Two side pockets and a lid pocket worked fine along with a few zip locks inside for a little organization. Fit was great and I usually have a tricky time due to torso length. Chest strap might be a little awkwardly placed if larger in the bust. I say go for it.

    Great day hike bag no matter the weather

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This bag is solid and completely waterproof! I've used it a few times and out in downpours and everything inside is completely dry. Very comfortable even with a full load. Waist straps hold bag in place but don't do too much to help with bag weight, but they are not designed to. I put a 2L bladder in the bag and fits nice, think you could easily get a 3L in there if needed. Very well thought out day hike bag.

    Great Bag

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I bought this bag for multiple usages. I use it as my teaching bag during the week and a weekend get away bag as well. It's small and convenient for traveling, but also has plenty of room for my computer and other school related supplies. I also use it in the summer at my camp in Switzerland. This is where the waterproof protection comes in handy!!

    Great Pack

      This pack can expand and contract to fit all ranges of gear while still fitting comfortably.

      The waterproof feature has my favorite feature MANY days carrying around my DSLR camera. I always know I can carry it with me and not have it get ruined. It also helps so much to always have dry layers to swap out after a rainstorm.

      Great Pack

      Perfect pack

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I'm very impressed with this pack. It is comfortable to wear and more durable than any pack I've owned before. At 30L it hits a sweet spot that makes it very versatile. I'm using the waterproofness as insurance when I carry a DSLR and lenses on day trips. In the past I've worried about rain damaging my photo gear because pack covers never completely keep out water.

      This is not a pack for the super-organized. It doesn't have dozens of little pockets. It is one cavernous hole with a lid pocket and two side pockets. I don't miss the little organizer pockets at all. The interior of the main compartment is the only part that is truly dry. The lid pocket will let in water through the zipper, especially if the pack is not full and the lid hangs down with the zipper pointing skyward. The outside pockets and the hydration pocket will get wet in the rain, but they also will drain through the bottom so they don't collect water and weigh you down.

      I am most impressed by how comfortable this pack is. The flexible frame sheet protects your back from bulky items in your pack and improved ventilation, but it rides close to your body so it stays very stable. The straps are wide but not bulky. The waist strap is functional, but unobtrusive.

      I would recommend this pack to anyone who is likely to be out in the rain and needs a durable, comfortable pack.


      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      It's a well-made pack that feels like it can take a beat and can hand MOST situations and still keep your gear dry. The spot for hydration systems was much larger than what I needed and was a bit odd at first, but it seems like it has the flexibility to be compatible with many different systems. The outside is waterproof, but water can get in the top if you get hit by a heavy wave or submerge the bag completely.

      My only reason for docking it a star is that it really needs some smaller pockets inside or outside for organization. It also needs better routing for hydration tubing.

      Boss for canyoneering

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      This pack isn't exactly water proof, but it can definitely hold up being submerged below the lid with no problems of leakage. If you submerge it fully, water can seep through the top since it doesn't have a dry bag closure. Durable and burly, you don't have to worry about abrasion. The gear loops are compatible to hook tons of different gear to. Definitely a versatile, all-around bag.

      Boss for canyoneering

      Can I use the bottom gear loops and the compression straps to secure my skis in an A-frame?

      In theory you could do that. However that bottom gear loop is not really designed for skis so i'm not sure it is going to be wide enough to accept the tails of bigger skis. The side compression straps also aren't designed for ski carry so you might see some wear and tear from the ski edges.

      Let me know if you have other questions on this pack or other packs

      Dan Gates

      Expert Gearhead


      Any pictures of the inside?

      What torso length does will this pack fit?

      Is the hydration spot (where a bladder would go) inside the main volume of the pack? In other words, can I put a laptop in that spot instead of a bladder and still expect some degree of protection? I'm looking for a pack that doubles as a school pack during the week and something I can take into the backcountry (like Joshua Tree) on the weekends. Any thoughts?

      I am wondering about the inner laminate and specifically if it will be able to put up with a few years of abuse (i.e. draws, rack, other hard pointy stuff) without cracking and peeling off.

      Best Answer

      I don't have years of use out of my pack yet, but the material certainly looks like it can take some abuse. The inner material is seam sealed. I would compare it to Goretex in feel and weight. It is definitely not just a PU coating on nylon. I wouldn't put an unprotected set of crampons in there, but you should be fine with nuts and cams.