Scott’s Grafter pack has had some very welcome updates since the disappointing 16l version we reviewed in 2014, putting to rest some of our gripes and gaining even more rider friendly features along the way.
As with most back protector packs, there’s no bladder included, but there is a tube gripper on the straps to keep the mouthpiece in place should you want to use one. The back protector itself is removable and sits in the same pocket as a bladder might. However, we found it something of a squeeze to fit both the protector and either a CamelBak or Hydrapak 3l bladder in at the same time.
The pack offers one main storage compartment, which is easily accessible when open as the front half of the bag effectively ‘flaps’ down.
Inside is a mesh pocket to keep your phone/keys away from the elements, as well as three sewn-in but not zipped compartments for things such as mini pumps. The pockets on each side are aimed at eyewear, but we found it hard to fit our riding glasses in.
The straps are comfortable and, once secure, the Grafter doesn’t move around on your back while riding.
The hip pads end abruptly and attach to a thin waist strap which buckles at the front. This strap can be uncomfortable though, on longer downhill sections where you need it reasonably tight.