User Review: JanSport Scout
Price Paid: $65
I've always been torn between internals and externals. I've owned both, and beaten the crap out of both! One of my more experienced friends started hiking with the Scout last year and told me how he liked it, so figured I'd give it a shot.
My only hesitation was almost *EVERY* site says this is a beginners backpack and good for people up to 5'8", and I'm 6'1 and a fairly experienced hiker.
Well, those sites are wrong. This pack actually wore fairly well.
Jansport updated the design to include curved shoulder straps and a sternum strap - which is nice, keeps the shoulder straps from digging into my arm pits, and I was really amazed at how comfortable the pack was.
I used the same amount of gear I had in my Mountainsmith Frostfire and it really did feel a bit lighter on me.
I didn't overpack and enjoy strapping items to the pack frame, and there are some lashing straps on the pack itself. The size prevents you from carrying TOO much, which can be a god send for those of us (like me) who find extra space and always squeeze in some luxury items.
The material seems to be durable, and the shoulder straps wore nicely.
On the downside, i wish there was a larger hip belt as this one was a bit, well, lacking. I've had a Jansport D-3 and still swear by it, to the day, and this hip belt just felt like a buckle and strap. I like feeling a bit more padding down there.