Kelty Junior Tioga
Design: Top-loading, frome.
Size: 2000 cu in
Number of Pockets: 4+ main compartment
Max. Load Carried: About 15 lbs
Height of Owner: 42"
Price Paid: $50
I purchased this online over a year ago for my then 7-year-old. Got a great sale price. He loves this pack, and can carry it full with no problem (full for him is about 10 lbs total). The first time he hiked in it, he actually forgot he had it on!
Nicely fits either a down bag or small synthetic, and a change of clothes, flashlight, compass and a few small toys. Hydration compatible. Very adjustable, and he will be able to use it for several more years at least. Durable; fairly lightweight. He has carried it with more weight for short hikes (1 1/2 mile), and did ok with several stops.
Height of Owner: 54
Price Paid: $89
My 9-year-old son tried this pack for a trip with his webelos pack. He didn't like the fact that the frame kept hitting him in the head. I know external frames support a more "correct" upright posture, but this frame was too close for comfort. We took it back and got an internal frame, REI Comet, which actually holds more.
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Offering great support and stability, this traditional external frame backpack fits the backpackers of the future, today. The Kelty Jr. Tioga is designed for hikers aged 5 to 13. Adjustable H-frame lengthens or shortens to fit a wide variety of torso sizes. Padded adjustable shoulder straps. Two-layer padded hip belt. Breathable mesh back panel. Sternum strap prevents pack shift. Designed to accommodate a hydration system. Top-loading access with hold-open bar for easy loading. Zippered side pockets.
Built with adult features and kids' sizing, this external frame Kelty Junior Tioga pack is ideal for introducing youngsters to overnight trips up to a week long. Telescoping H-frame adjusts to allow plenty room to grow—fits most kids 5 to 13 years old. Padded shoulder straps include a sternum strap and wrap around a child's torso for a comfortable fit. Full-wrap padded waistbelt includes belt stabilizer straps to keep the pack anchored to the hips. Packbag has a large top-loading main compartment, an internal load pocket, 3 side gear pockets and a zippered stash pocket for organizing gear. Top of pack's hold-open bar makes loading and unloading easy. Breathable back panel provides ventilation and support. Hydration-compatible design features reservoir pocket and drink tube exit port for on-the-go hydration (reservoir sold separately). Made from lightweight, durable 210-denier nylon double ripstop and 420-denier nylon packcloth. Closeout.
Kelty Jr. Tioga Pack - A traditional design sized down to fit the backpackers of the future, today. Designed to fit hikers aged 5 – 13. This is a great children's pack to help with the loads.