A 400D Diamond Ripstop Nylon floating separated liner probably saved me $3000 when the contents of a 1L water bottle emptied into the main compartment. My laptop remained safe and dry in its dedicated pouch. The liner is water-resistant, so I was able to just dump the pack upside down and let most of the water run out.
I scoffed at first at the lack of a waist strap (an add-on is available for $39.99), but I’m not sure now that I’d want one on this pack. The Scout sits very high on my upper back—and while it has a bit of a “first day of school” look, the ergonomic fit makes it worthwhile.
Packs that distribute weight low (like my old The North Face traveling pack) pull on the shoulders, but the Scout is comfortable even when fully loaded.
If I could change anything about the pack, I would add another built-in zippered pocket for the dozens of small items I cart around with me such as earbuds, earplugs, baby pins, pills, pocket knife, etc. I want to feel like I can be careless with my pack if I need to be, and that means keeping those tiny items in something sealable. (SoG Founder Kevin Linderman is the same way, and found YNOT’s Wildland Packing Pouch suited his needs well).
I solved this problem with a Ziploc, but YNOT does sell a $55 add-on pocket that installs into the pack.
The Wildland Scout is available in five styles: black, army green, smoke grey, coyote, and woodland camo. The packs sell in our store for $299.99.