Owen L.wrote a review of Mountain Hardwear Scrambler 25L Backpack on June 18, 2019
Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
This pack could have been really good. It probably deserves more than one star, but Mountain Hardware just dropped the ball on all the important details to save a few pennies. Unacceptable for a $150 pack.
I bought this pack mostly for multi pitch rock climbing. It looked like it would fit shoes, a jacket, some food and water inside the pack, and that I would be able to strap a rope and racked harness to the outside for the approach. I can probably modify it to accomplish this, but I don't want to have to modify an expensive pack.
If the clips on the side straps were reversed, the straps could also be used to strap something(like a rope) across the back of the pack, a common feature in many quality packs.
There are no small pockets in the main body of the pack, so if you remove the top, at least they made the top removable, there are no small zipper pockets. The pull ties for attaching ice tools could easily be removable but they are not. A pack that has sturdy loops for hauling shouldn't have a bunch of unnecessary cords hanging off it's because it will snag.
I wish there were zippers on the side pockets. Things have a way of falling out of open pockets.
I have been climbing for years with a small pack made by Fox, the kind of methy motocross company, because they figure out how to include all the features Mountain Hardware neglected in this pack. What happened?