User Review: Mountain Hardwear SuperScrambler
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $84.99
Very light and versatile pack. I bought this new to use as an extended day pack and weekend pack and it is really just what I was hoping for.
- Good size
- Hip belt a little thin
- No hydration sleeve or port
- No outside pockets
The MH Super Scrambler is a very straightforward and lightweight weekend size pack. There really aren't any catchy bells and whistles on this pack, but that is probably one thing contributing to keeping the weight down. The weight according to MH is 2 lbs 3 oz, which is pretty good for a pack of this capacity.
There are no outside pockets, which makes carrying a water bottle a little problematic, but what there is instead is compression straps that wrap around the pack. I really appreciate being able to adjust the pack's shape to different size loads. If I'm hiking in the desert in the spring my load will of course be much different than the load carried for autumn in the Rockies. But I can cinch down the compression straps and easily adapt the pack to keep the contents from shifting and sliding all over the place, as well as keep the dimensions compact and efficient.
Given the minimalist nature of this pack, it is quite comfortable to carry. Shoulder straps are comfortable on me, the sternum strap is effective, and the hip belt while a bit thin (little padding) is effective in transfering weight to hips. The back panel is a flat and thin framesheet, which is effective in giving the pack some structure, but does not do any tricks as far as providing air flow. In hot desert environs, I plan on having a sweaty back when I take the pack off. Again this is tradeoff for the weight savings of not having a complex frame structure.