Although marketed as a child's hiking pack, the Scout…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $30
Although marketed as a child's hiking pack, the Scout can be used by adults as well. It's lightweight and has enough space for a small amount of gear and snacks, and comes with a 1.5 litre water reservoir.
Offering minimal shift, I have used this pack as an introductory running pack. I would recommend the Scout to anyone interested in getting into endurance running, particularly if they are on a budget.
- Mesh pockets for additional water or other stowage
- Minimal shift
- Included 1.5 litre water reservoir
- Only one cross-body strap
- Integrated whistle does not sound
As a 5 foot tall adult beginning to take running more seriously, I was thrilled to find this pack for a fraction of the regular price. Despite being intended as a child's hiking pack, with three pockets, I've found the Scout to be great for carrying a light amount of gear, snacks, and a change of clothes while running.
The front pocket is slim, providing a tight hold on anything that's inserted, and has a clear-view window for easy location of items. It's lightweight, and with the straps pulled tight it's snug enough to eliminate most shifting. The net pockets on either side allow for water bottles or other items to be stowed. Additionally, a 1.5 litre Antidote water reservoir comes included, which can be carried in the intended back compartment.
The Scout's back is padded with foam, preventing anything from inside the pack from digging into my back, and is covered with ventilating mesh that helps in keeping cool. It's difficult to find much to complain about with the Scout, although it could do with a second cross-torso strap for increased stability. I also have yet to get the integrated whistle to make a clear sound.