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Jansport Scout External Frame Backpack

Item #: 60987

Our Price: $89.99

Regular Price: $135.00

SAVINGS: $45.01 (34%)

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As the name implies, the Jansport Scout External Frame Backpack is a great first backpack for the young scout in your family. Perfectly sized and proportioned for comfort on the trail. Lots of features to explore, for hours of backpacking fun.
  • Ergonomic S-curve shoulder straps
  • Adjustable aluminum frame system
  • Dual panel loading main compartments
  • Two side gear pockets
  • Dual side water bottle pockets
  • Bag bar shelf
  • Padded adjustable hip belt
  • Twin front daisy chains
  • Breathable mesh lumbar cushion stays dry and comfortable
  • Front zippered pocket
  • Sternum strap
  • Web haul handle
  • Made of 600 Denier Polyester / 300 Denier Polyester
  • Weight: 3 lbs 10 oz.
  • Dimensions: 33in h x 14.1in w x 12in d
  • Torso Length: 15-21in
  • Capacity: 3850 cu in.

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Jansport Scout External Frame Backpack
 
4.6

(based on 22 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to load (20)
  • Lightweight (19)
  • Highly adjustable (17)
  • Comfortable (14)
  • Large capacity (14)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Extended trips (15)
    • Heavy loads (9)
    • Light loads (7)
    • Day hikes (6)
    • Travel (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid adventurer (8), Casual adventurer (6), Student (3)
      • What Is Your Gear Style:
      • Survivalist / minimalist (10), Comfort driven (6)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (10), Yes (9)

    Reviewed by 22 customers

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    5.0

    Great for scouts

    By Cub and Boy Scout Dad

    from Baltimore, MD

    About Me Avid Adventurer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Easy To Load
    • Good Suspension
    • Highly Adjustable
    • Large Capacity
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backpack Camping
      • Extended Hikes
      • Heavy Loads

      Comments about Jansport Scout External Frame Backpack:

      I bought this for my Boy Scout who just bridged over. I started him with what I thought was a reasonable 65L internal frame. Our first camping trip his tent was the last one down and he was only able to get about half of his equipment back into his pack (I had helped initially pack it and it was pretty much maxed out. He had trouble getting the pack on and off and he said it felt weird because the pack was so high above his head. Well, Mom doesn't know yet, but I got him this pack. It is fantastic. He packed everything except his clothes and there was enough room left to pack clothing for a long winter weekend. He said it was much more comfortable than his old internal frame. The front opening pockets save time and stress and really let your scout fold and find items instead of balling them up and digging down to find things. The sleeping bag compartment is particularly roomy and doesn't impinge on the other main compartment space when loaded. Even though this bag is 2L smaller than his old bag; it packs much larger than an internal frame due to the ease of access and large rectangular space instead of the narrow/high circular space. This is even before you include the extra space created by the frame at the bottom and top of the bag. Since our troop doesn't really do any thick brush or narrow passage hiking/camping I truly expect to see some more of these bags show up after they see my scout's. Just wait till the dads see my Jansport D2 I just ordered!

      • What Is Your Gear Style:
      • Comfort Driven
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      Comment on this review

       
      5.0

      Love those external frames

      By classv1

      from Phoenix, AZ

      About Me Casual Adventurer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Easy To Load
      • Highly Adjustable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Extended Hikes
        • Light Loads
        • Travel

        Comments about Jansport Scout External Frame Backpack:

        Thought I'd finally update from my 30+ year old Jansport. The new pack is lighter and more adjustable. Not as "deep" as my old one so it doesn't have quite the capacity but more than enough room for a two-three day trip. Being able to carry almost all the weight on the hike belt is a definite plus as is the ability to load it from the front. I will never buy a top loading pack as you have to tear through everything to reach the bottom Will be using it for my annual Grand Canyon hike for which it is the perfect size.

        • What Is Your Gear Style:
        • Minimalist
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        Comment on this review

         
        5.0

        Jansport Scout External Frame Backpack

        By Red Hill Ed

        from New Hampshire

        About Me Outdoor Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Easy To Load
        • Good Suspension
        • Highly Adjustable
        • Large Capacity
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Extended Hikes
          • Heavy Loads

          Comments about Jansport Scout External Frame Backpack:

          This is the second "Scout" frame pack I have purchased. Great pack for young growing backpackers.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

          Comment on this review

           
          5.0

          This is my 2nd purchase of this pack!

          By Grumpy Al

          from Loveland, Ohio

          About Me Casual Adventurer

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Load
          • Highly Adjustable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Day Hikes
            • Extended Hikes

            Comments about Jansport Scout External Frame Backpack:

            I bought one of these Jansport Scout backpacks back in 2002/2003 for my son when he was 12 years old and just beginning backpacking. He used it for 3 or 4 years and then passed it on to his younger cousin when he bought another, larger pack because he had grown out of the Scout pack. The Jansport Scout worked well for him while it fit him. It is a great 1st pack for youth because it won't "break-the-bank" and it can be adjusted as the youth grows. Jansport also has a great warranty. If something on the pack fails or wears out they will replace or repair it at no charge. Now I have bought a 2nd Jansport Scout for my grandson who just crossed-over from Webelo's to Boy Scouts and is now on his way to discovering the hobby of backpacking which is so much loved by his uncle and grandfather. I highly recommend this pack for youth.

            • What Is Your Gear Style:
            • Minimalist
            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

            Comment on this review

             
            5.0

            For kids? Bah Humbug!

            By Nealster

            from Bloomington, MN

            About Me Avid Adventurer

            See all my reviews

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Easy To Load
            • Good Suspension
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Extended Hikes
              • Heavy Loads

              Comments about Jansport Scout External Frame Backpack:

              I bought this backpack about 15 years ago for myself. I am now 59 years old. This is the lightest aluminum frame backpack out there. I have a 22 inch torso. I moved the top shelf all the way up and drilled a new pair of holes about 3/4inches above the top ones. I also moved the lumbar strap down as far as it will go (1 strap below the cross beam). The pack fits me perfectly. I moved to a frameless lightweight pack for a while but came back to this 2 pound heavier pack for comfort reasons. It is bomb proof. The Garcia bear canister fits in the bottom panel perfectly.

              • What Is Your Gear Style:
              • Minimalist
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              Comment on this review

               
              4.0

              Great Boyscout Pack

              By BoyScout

              from Medfield, MA

              About Me Student

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Easy To Load
              • Good Suspension
              • Highly Adjustable
              • Large Capacity
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Camping Trips
                • Travel

                Comments about Jansport Scout External Frame Backpack:

                Keeps all my equipment organized and together, everything I need for camping has a place inside or strapped to this pack. Haven't done much backpacking with it but I think it will work well.

                • What Is Your Gear Style:
                • Comfort Driven
                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

                Comment on this review

                 
                5.0

                Purchased for my 11 Year Old Boy Scout

                By Scout on the move

                from Eastern Connecticut

                About Me Avid Adventurer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Easy To Load
                • Good Suspension
                • Highly Adjustable
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Extended Hikes
                  • Travel
                  • Wet Weather

                  Comments about Jansport Scout External Frame Backpack:

                  This pack will give my son years of excellent service on backcountry hiking camping trip. well made, affordable.recommend it to anyone

                  • What Is Your Gear Style:
                  • Minimalist
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

                  Comment on this review

                   
                  4.0

                  Great pack for the price

                  By Deb

                  from Kentucky

                  About Me Getting Started

                  See all my reviews

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable
                  • Easy To Load
                  • Good Suspension
                  • Highly Adjustable
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Difficult To Adjust

                  Best Uses

                  • Day Hikes
                  • Extended Hikes
                  • Heavy Loads
                  • Wet Weather

                  Comments about Jansport Scout External Frame Backpack:

                  Used this for two night Scout Camping. Worked great for that purpose. Sometimes a little difficult to adjust. Upper crossbar could be padded as our son was bumping his head on it.

                  • What Is Your Gear Style:
                  • Comfort Driven
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  Comment on this review

                   
                  4.0

                  great beginner pack

                  By brian

                  from wv

                  About Me Avid Adventurer

                  See all my reviews

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable
                  • Easy To Load
                  • Good Suspension
                  • Highly Adjustable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Extended Hikes
                    • Heavy Loads

                    Comments about Jansport Scout External Frame Backpack:

                    Son used for 15 mile packpacking trip in Appalacha in Mtns. He's 10 and first real trip. Pack was perfect

                    • What Is Your Gear Style:
                    • Comfort Driven
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

                    Comment on this review

                     
                    4.0

                    Backpack is great

                    By CP

                    from US

                    About Me Student

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Accessible Storage
                    • A Nice Fit For A Kid
                    • Comfortable
                    • Easy To Load
                    • Great For Adding Gear
                    • Large Capacity
                    • Lightweight
                    • Plenty Of Storage

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Couple Day Campout
                      • Good For A Warm Week
                      • Good Weekender

                      Comments about Jansport Scout External Frame Backpack:

                      This is a great backpack for a kid as it is a great fit, easy to load, comfortable and has lots of accessible storage space. The external frame makes it great for adding on gear such as sleeping bags, water bottles and so forth.

                      • What Is Your Gear Style:
                      • Minimalist
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes

                      Comment on this review

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                      • Q:

                        How do you combine a Camelbak hydration system with this backpack? Do you put the Camelbak on your back, and then somehow put the backpack frame on top of the Cambelbak? I am at a loss trying to figure it out since both systems are supposed to be carried on the back.
                        Asked on 11/11/2013 by TJ

                        1 answer

                        • Staff Reviewer

                          A:

                          The Jansport Scout External Frame Backpack is not designed for a hydration system like a Camelbak. There are 2 side water bottle pockets making the scout a water bottle pack. For hydration reservoirs to carry efficiently you need to load the water close to the back. Most packs have a hydration sleeve that hangs down between the shoulders. The scout does not have this. the other way to carry water is at the hip. The scout has water bottle pockets at the hip.

                          Answered on 11/13/2013 by Steve from Campmor
                      • Q:

                        What is the waist belt length?
                        Asked on 10/4/2013 by ASM

                        1 answer

                        • Staff Reviewer

                          A:

                          The Jansport Scout External Frame Backpack will fit a waist of 28" - 48 inches.

                          Answered on 10/4/2013 by Matt from Campmor
                      • Q:

                        hi.....
                        i'm 5.6 ft tall

                        And could it fit well?
                        Asked on 6/16/2013 by ki from ca

                        1 answer

                      • Q:

                        What hydration system would work best with this pack?
                        Asked on 7/10/2012 by anonymous from St. Joseph, MI

                        1 answer

                        • Staff Reviewer

                          A:

                          Both the Camelbak and the Platypus would work in the scout. The scout would accommodate up to a 3 Liter.

                          Answered on 7/16/2012 by Steve from Campmor
                      • Q:

                        Is this waterproof?
                        Asked on 7/1/2012 by Mr.E

                        1 answer

                        • Staff Reviewer

                          A:

                          A raincover needs to be purchase separately. See item # 11707

                          Answered on 7/3/2012 by Anonymous
                      • Q:

                        Are there any straps or attachments included with it to attach the sleeping bag and the sleeping pad?
                        Asked on 4/28/2012 by Mitch from NY, Y

                        1 answer

                      • Q:

                        is there a spot for sleeping bag and ground pad?
                        Asked on 3/16/2012 by ben from simsbury, ct

                        1 answer

                        • Staff Reviewer

                          A:

                          Yes, you attach those items to the outside. Pad would go on top, and the sleeping bag on the bottom.

                          Answered on 3/19/2012 by Anonymous
                      • Q:

                        What is a Bag bar shelf?
                        Asked on 3/11/2012 by Jason from Austin, TX

                        1 answer

                        • Staff Reviewer

                          A:

                          The top of the pack has a bar that supports the bag away from the frame. This bar acts as a shelf to stack something like a tent on top of it and strap the item down to the shelf.

                          Answered on 3/12/2012 by Steve from Campmor
                      • Q:

                        what kind of raincover would you recommend for this pack
                        Asked on 1/12/2012 by Anonymous from lewes.de

                        1 answer

                      • Q:

                        what are the adjustable torso and waist sizes?
                        Asked on 10/14/2011 by Anonymous

                        1 answer

                        • Staff Reviewer

                          A:

                          Adjustable torso length is 15-21 and waist size from 28-36.

                          Answered on 10/18/2011 by Anonymous
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                      Size 33in h x 14.1in w x 12in d
                      Weight 3 lbs 10 oz.
                      Capacity 3850 cu. in.
                      Material 600 Denier Polyester / 300 Denier Polyester
                      Torso Length 15-21"
                      Number of Pockets 5
                      Frame aluminum
                      Additional Features 4 side pockets and large mesh pocket,dual density foam hip belt.

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