The Scout arrived today. As expected Alpacka fulfilled my color request well (I don’t like yellow, and black on the tubes behaves poorly on hot days).
My intention with the Scout is to see how well is stands up to technical water, or to put it another way, when smaller forward tubes and no deck become a prohibitive disadvantage. The small Scout will be an easy choice in summer with a smaller pack, and obviously unsuitable for hauling a bike or cold whitewater. It will be interesting to enumerate where the transition point between the two lies.
The Scout as pictured, with cap and a 2mm cord tether for it, is 3 pounds 10 ounces. Disappointingly over spec, but the tiny packed size is impossible to quarrel with.