Outdoor Retailer: New Kids Outdoor Gear

8:48 p.m. on October 6, 2008 (EDT)
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Getting more kids actively outdoors has become a mission for the outdoor industry in the past couple of years, and a number of companies introduced new children's outdoor gear, footwear, and technical clothing at Outdoor Retailer in August. For various reasons (blame it on the economy, a glut of new outdoor products, or lack of interest), quite a few of those debuts didn't make the final cut for s...

Full article at http://www.trailspace.com/blog/2008/10/06/outdoor-retailer-kids-gear.html

11:08 a.m. on October 8, 2008 (EDT)
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I'm looking for a more functional kids backpack. Most of the models I've looked at for my 7 and 9 year old won't provide enough room for a sleeping bag, clothes, and other items. Right now, the Kelty Tioga Jr seems to be the best solution. But, I'd like to give these new packs a try.

3:35 p.m. on October 9, 2008 (EDT)
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Hi tbastress. You will have to report back and give a review of any kids' packs you end up using. I know there are others who want more feedback in that area.

The Kelty Junior Tioga you mentioned has some good reviews:

Osprey's new kids internals (http://www.trailspace.com/gear/osprey/backpacks/kids/) might work, though they're more expensive. I happen to like my own Osprey packs, so I'm interested to hear what users think of them.

You might want to post about your search over in the gear selection forum too: http://www.trailspace.com/forums/gear-selection/. A number of other members have experience with backpacking kids and might point you toward some other models to try on.

9:48 a.m. on October 16, 2008 (EDT)
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Most of these items are still poorly designed. The packs are too heavy (and well over a 100ci/1 pound standard), the clothing has seems that go right over the knee (poor for comfort, poor for wear), and the boots are curiously overbuilt for kids weights (heavy uppers, yet *flimsy* soles). Kids' gear cannot be Mommy/Daddy miniatures; you cannot consume kids' carry capacity with style and still have a viable product (or a comfortable kid). There ARE products out there that are smart and comfortable for kids to go thousands of miles (looking back and saying "Dad! You coming??")...

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