Renowned German consumer magazines as "Stiftung Warentest" and "ÖKO-TEST" have regularly tested schoolbags since the mid of the 1980s. Scout models were awarded "good"* again and again.
* (very good = grade 1, good = grade 2. grade 1 = best rating possible, grade 6 = worst rating possible)
The important categories ergonomics and handling, robustness and visibility in traffic were each graded with “very good”* by “ÖKO-Test” in its 4/2019 edition. The total grade is a convincing “good”* and is therefore a „winner-schoolbag” in the test.
* (very good = grad 1, good = grade 2. grade 1 = best rating possible, grade 6 = worst rating possible)
The experts of ÖKO-test have insistently advised to buy a schoolbag with good optical warning effects in traffic: “If the surface of the schoolbag is not or only somewhat used for good visibility in traffic then this schoolbag is less recommendable.” The Scout Alpha “Goalgetter” with its fluorescent and retroreflective warning areas fulfils as one of few of the tested schoolbags even the strict requirements of the DIN 58124 (German Safety Standard for schoolbags).
A Scout Alpha is reliable. Its robustness is graded with “very good”, just as well as its ergonomics and handling. In the category suitability in rainy weather it also scores with “very good” – its main compartment stays dry even after surface irrigation and the solid base prevents wetness from penetrating from below.
If you only ask children, design and colour might outweigh important factors such as weight, wearing comfort and handling. ÖKO-Test therefore explicitly recommends schoolbags that “can be well seen both at dawn and in headlights of cars” thanks to safety equipment – like for example the DIN-certified Scout Alpha “Goalgetter”. There is surely a favourite design among the DIN-models for every child.
The renowned German consumer magazine ÖKO-Test recommends that children try a filled schoolbag on. This is best done at a specialist dealer. They can also adjust the back strap system correctly to the child’s current size. Furthermore, your specialist dealer is also an experienced advisor for any other needs.
Scout Alpha was one of the best DIN-models of the current schoolbag check of the German consumer magazine Stiftung Warentest (test 2/2019, design Commander, test grade "good", 1,9*). Scout Genius' World Cup design was also awarded with the total grade "good" (2.0*). In the preceding test of Stiftung Warentest (3/2013) Scout Buddy Basic was best in test of 12 tested models with the total grade 2.3. In edition 4/2009 even two Scout models were the best: the Scout Easy II (1.8*) and the Scout Maxi (1.9*) which were also both best in test in edition 4/2006. In 5/2001 Scout Maxi achieved the best grade (1.6*) and Scout Classic II (1.7*) the second best.
Here you can find more information about the current test of Stiftung Warentest.
* (1 = best, 6 = worst)
Scout schoolbags not only performed "good" when it comes to their functionality but also when it comes to design: the first Scout Genius model was last to receive the renowned Red Dot Award for Product Design 2017. And it is not the only one to have received this award: Scout Maxi, the first model in a backpack look, has already received the Red Dot Award in 1997, just like the Nano model presented in 2009 and the Scout Buddy in 2013.