Designed for simplicity and stability, the Scurry 24 from Granitegear is a 24L hiking pack that can compress down to create a tight, compact load or expands out to accommodate more gear.
The Scurry 24L is fairly simple in design with a roll toll main compartment, three compression straps, a zippered accessory pocket and two stretchy water bottle pockets. It also has an adjustable padded chest strap, padded high density back panel, pick loops, and an adjustable webbing based waist strap. It’s made from 100D and 210D ripstop nylon, depending on the section, weighs just 1.1 lbs. and retails for $85.
What I liked
The Scurry, despite being a fairly minimalist bag, is surprisingly comfortable once properly packed. Both the shoulder straps and back panel have a thin but well-fortified foam padding that does a great job of distributing weight across the shoulder bones and other pressure points. The padding feels firm yet comforting at the same time, with just enough give that it conforms without losing all of its shape. The Hip strap is simply a nylon webbing band that wraps around with an adjustable clip, but still feels pretty nice even when really bouncing the pack around while hopping or climbing. The bottom section of the back panel sort of rolls back and away from the spine, which actually feels really nice. Instead of a hard cutoff point that could otherwise dig into the ol’ butt cheeks, which is common with packs that don’t have a true hip belt, it instead shapes more of a padding hill that provides minimal friction or pressure. The pack handles loads of about 20 lbs. rather well, with less being more. Anything above that limit becomes a little less comfortable as the padding and structure will start to compress and fold out of shape, which is still usable but not an ideal experience.
I was happy with the amount of organization on the menu too given the ultralight nature of the pack. Having the main compartment, two stretchy bottle pockets and the fairly large zippered outer pocket, complete with smaller organizational sleeves inside, I was able to place everything in a way that made all of my items quickly and easily accessible. I found that I could also use the compression straps to toss a few items on the outside too if I really needed to (think soggy rain jackets for shifting weather). It’s not a lot, but it is just enough for a minimalist gear load and I really appreciated that.
Durability wise, the Scurry has been rather good. The fabrics were carefully chosen to bring a balance between weight and durability, with higher denier 210 ripstop being used in high strain areas, and lower 100 denier being used where the pack will see less tension and physical wear. The result is a lightweight pack that isn’t afraid to be pulled through bushes and briars, and will survive more than a few skids against rock too, but also isn’t weighing down the hiker. So far I’m yet to see any signs of fraying or threads pulling loose, and I have definitely overpacked this thing way beyond the recommend weight in testing as you can see in the images.
My favorite part of the pack is the expandability and compressibility of the design. The pack can accommodate a wide range of gear while still cinching down to a taut, stable load. The two side compression straps do most of the lifting as they wrap most of the way throughout the pack, from one side to the other. This means the back of the pack, which is usually left un-tensioned, pulls in as well. This makes the entire outer fabric area part of the structure. It results in a very stable pack be it nearly empty or completely encumbered. Once all three straps are pulled down, nothing shifts around or wobbles, making it rather quiet too. This pack is advertised as a scrambling pack, for moving along unstable ground and rocks, and it really does an excellent job here.
I really enjoy the look of this pack. It is minimalist with little flair, but the quality of the materials itself make it stand out. It’s pure function by design, but looks good despite this. I’m a fan of that rebellious yet subdued vibe. I would like to see a brighter option, however.
It’s a little strap happy with little way to secure them down. They can get a little flappy in heavy wind.
What I didn’t like
While the pack does hold a lot of gear, the type of gear that goes inside should be considered. Small, softer items like jackets, food and such work great, but larger containers like fuel cans or pots can bulge through the relatively thin padding of the spine, making it uncomfortable. A little careful packing can make a big difference, with jackets being placed along the spine to add support and additional padding, but this isn’t always an option as you may not have anything soft or large enough to suffice given the season or conditions. So, careful if you’re planning on packing large, hard equipment like cooking gear or stoves. Small things like cups and carabiners aren’t an issue, but a liter pot would be pushing it in my experience.
A little padding on the hip straps would have been nice, but is certainly getting a little nitpicky as it didn’t bother me as is.
I’m a big fan of the Scurry 24. It’s lightweight, surprisingly comfortable, and provides plenty of organization and a huge range of flexibility at the very affordable $85 price point. It looks great, holds up well over time, and it cleans up easily too. This is an excellent pack for those planning on moving fast and light, assuming they’re not carrying anything too heavy or obtuse.
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