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Ultimate Direction Scram 20L Backpack

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Scram 20L Backpack

The Scram 20L Backpack is Ultimate Direction's first foray into vertical adventures, and like the rest of their line it maintains a focus on performance. It's designed for fast and light alpine ascents, ski mountaineering, or multi-pitch adventures, so it's streamlined, lightweight, and durable. A compression molded back panel orks with lightly padded shoulder straps to keep you comfortable on your adventure, and an optional waist belt stabilizes and lifts the load when you're really weighed down. The streamlined design sits just high enough to avoid your harness while its narrow profile stays out of the way of your arms as you climb or scramble. The Scram comes with Ultimate Direction's All Season Kit, which enables the pack to expand its storage to include your skis—truly making this pack ready for all-season adventures.
  • Pack for fast-and-light ascents and multi-pitches
  • Coated nylon is lightweight, durable, and water-resistant
  • Drawstring top is secure and easy to operate
  • Magnetic and hook-and-loop ice tool carry
  • Pack shape avoids your harness and lets your arms move freely
  • Lightly padded straps provide low-profile comfort
  • Removable waist belt stabilizes the pack under load
  • Item #ULD003O

Material
[face fabric] Nylon ACE RIP. STS, [panels] nylon FY, polyurethane
Volume
20L (1120cu in)
Shoulder Straps
padded
Waist Belt
removable
Access
top
Pockets
1 water-resistant accessory, 1 bottle, 1 phone
Ice Axe Carry
yes
Claimed Weight
15.7oz
Recommended Use
hiking, sport climbing, trad climbing
Manufacturer Warranty
lifetime

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>Rating: 4

Interesting, Good, One Odd Flaw

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
Runs large
Size Bought
M/L
Height
5` 11"
Weight
225 lbs

The Good News: First, this pack is LIGHT, scarcely weighs a pound I think. It does have a stifffener, so it does not collapse along its longitudinal axis. Second, the pack seemed LONG compared to the Osprey Hikelite 26, over which I chose the SCRAM. But when I put it on, it cleared my waist by an inch or two, so I guess the length wasn't what I "feared". The Hikelite might be shorter and wider; but the SCRAM feels great once on your back, and you can get it in S/M or M/L versus OSFM for the Hikelite. Third, there's plenty of room to dump gear in the main compartment: a pair of pitchtop shoes/sandals, maybe a puffy, some snacks, whatever in it's 24L interior capacity. Fourth, I like the two pockets on the front of the shoulder straps; one to accommodate a 500ML flask and the other for your phone or odds&ends. The Bad News: For some strange reason, there's no hydration sleeve inside. Why not? There is a velcro sleeve within which the stabilizer is located, but you can't have both in there simultaneously. There IS a small nylon loop from which I guess you could hang a bladder rigged thusly. I searched and found several bladders with hangers, so I guess there is a work-around. I guess I'll try one of them and see if they work. If they had included a hydration sleeve, I would have given this pack 5 stars. It's a keeper!