Osprey Ace 48

2 reviews
5-star:   1
4-star:   1
3-star:   0
2-star:   0
1-star:   0


Weight 3 lb 14 oz / 1.76 kg
Capacity 2900 cu in / 48 L



This is THE BEST kid's pack. The backpack is very…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new


This is THE BEST kid's pack. The backpack is very well-built. It works best for kids ages 10-15. I am 15 years old. The pack fits good because it has an adjustable torso. What that is is shoulder straps that Velcro to the back of the backpack.

To adjust it is very simple. You just unattach the Velcro, then set the straps to the desired torso length. The hipbelts have comfortable straps as well as the shoulder straps.  

The venting on this pack isn't all that great but I can survive that con for all the pros.  

The volume of the pack (48L or 2,929 cubic inches) is perfect for the age range. It limits you on the amount of STUFF you can take thus lightening your load. (Although I do consider myself a lightweight backpacker carrying around 15-20 pounds for all my gear [tent and all.])  

The pack's load is distributed evenly along the hipbelts and shoulder straps. The shoulder straps have a feature called load-lifters which conform the load more toward your back. The pack also has compression straps that compress your load, whether you are taking a day hike or a two to three day trip.  

The fabrics are bombproof. I have never had a problem with rips in the pack through two years of use. Also, I have never been blistered, scraped, or anything from the hipbelts, shoulder straps or the frame. The pack comes with an integrated raincover which can be removed for lighter weight.  

I have used this pack regularly for two years taking about 6-7 hikes or overnighters per year. This pack is definately THE BEST kids pack. And yes, I am 15 so you are hearing from someone who uses this pack on a regular basis. Thanks.  


This pack is a very good pack. I recommend it for…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $149.99


This pack is a very good pack. I recommend it for kids ages 10/11-15/16. Adjustable back pads are an added bonus so that you can shift weight around so that you're comfortable.


  • Has a waterproofing cover in a pocket
  • Has adjustable straps and pads to shift weight around as needed.
  • Has ample space for everything.


  • The side of the pack not covered by the cover can get wet.

I got this pack for my school trip (my school has a lot of emphasis on the outdoors) and it is wonderful! It had space for all of my personal things and some communal things like toilet paper. The adjustable straps and back pads gave it a great fit.  

I recommend this size for kids 11-15/16.

Manufacturer's Description

The Sprint Series brings Osprey’s legacy of deluxe custom fit to youth backpacks, and was designed with the understanding that a child’s body dimensions, proportions, and biomechanical properties are markedly different than those of an adult. Packs provide the best carry of any youth packs on the market by combining ergonomically correct fit, technical features tailor-made for youth, and Osprey’s signature design, quality, customization and durability.

Features: five inches of torso adjustability to grow with your child; peripheral aluminum frame with rigid foam framesheet; Osprey’s AirScape ventilated foam backpanel; perforated EVA harness with mesh outer; size adjustable foam hipbelt with spacer mesh outer; built-in raincover; hydration compatible; two organizational pockets in the top lid; stretch nylon mesh front and side pockets; dual daisy chains; mesh harness pocket; retractable zippered sleeping bag compartment and single ice axe attachment on the Ace and Jib

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Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

Winner of the Backpacker Magazine Editos' Choice Award. Teenagers will appreciate the adult features combined with innovative adjustability in the Osprey Ace 48. This is a great pack for Scouting, and aspiring long distance backpackers and mountaineers. The Ace has 4 in. of adjustability in the waist and 6 in. of torso adjustability.

- CampSaver.com

The Ace 48 Youth Backpack includes all the high-performance features of Osprey's adult models, so your young hiker gets off to a good start. Thanks to the 2900cu inch main compartment and several external pockets, this Osprey pack carries all your kid needs for several days on the trail. This pack fits kids ranging from 12-16 years old (14-20in back length).

- Backcountry.com

Free Shipping. Osprey Ace 48 Pack FEATURES of the Osprey Ace 48 Pack Under-lid zippered pocket Top loading with drawstring closure Dual daisy chains Integrated raincover Sewn-in sleeping pad straps Top and bottom side compression straps Reflective logo imprinting Stretch woven front and side pockets Ice tool loop with bungee tool tie-offs Zippered fabric hipbelt pockets Removable top pocket with ID holder and key clip Large vertical zip front panel pocket Zippered sleeping bag compartment Light Wire Suspension Dual peripheral aluminum rods Rigid foam framesheet Mesh-covered ridged foam backpanel Sprint Harness 6in./15 cm torso adjustability Mesh covered perforated foam shoulder straps Adjustable sternum strap with rescue whistle buckle Energy gel pocket Sprint Hipbelt Pass-through spacer mesh hipbelt with 4in./10 cm adjustability ErgoPull closure SPECIFICATIONS of the Osprey Ace 48 Pack Volume: 2929 cubic inches / 48 liter Weight: 3 lbs 14 oz / 1.76 kg 420D pack cloth 600D polyester Dimension: (H x W x D): 30 x 15 x 15in. / 76 x 37 x 37 cm OVERSIZE ITEM: We cannot ship this product by any expedited shipping method (3-Day, 2-Day or Next Day). Even if you pick that option, it will still go Ground Shipping. Sorry for being so mean.

- Moosejaw

The Osprey Ace 48 combines ergonomically correct fit, innovative adjustability, adult technical features, and great looks.