Osprey Ace 48
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.
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.
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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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The Osprey Ace 48 combines ergonomically correct fit, innovative adjustability, adult technical features, and great looks.
Not just a scaled-down adult pack, the Ace 48 pack from Osprey was designed to fit children's dimensions and proportions-and it grows with them! Fits a variety of backs, thanks to its generous torso-length adjustment: just rip it, adjust it and stick it. Pack is sized to fit kids from approximately 12 to 16 years old. To ensure a healthy and comfortable carry, loaded pack should not be more than 15 to 20 percent of child's body weight. AirScape backpanel features three sections of ridged foam and a central air chimney for increased ventilation. Running down the sidewall, peripheral rods anchor to load-lifter straps and hipbelt, actively transferring load and resisting sag. Top-loading design gives you easy access to the pack's contents; two zippered pockets in removable/extendable lid let you stash maps and small items. Retractable sleeping bag compartment has straps to pull it in from the inside allowing the negative space on the outside for a sleeping bag or pad. ErgoPull hipbelt closure provides extra cinching leverage-drawing tension along top and bottom, not through the center-relieving hipbone pressure. Zippered pockets on hipbelt let you stash small essentials such as a digital camera, snacks, lipbalm and sunblock. Front stretch pocket is ideal for stowing jacket, hat and other often-used essentials. Large stretch-woven side pockets hold your water bottles and organize other small gear items. Hydration-compatible design features reservoir sleeve and a drink tube exit port for on-the-go hydration (reservoir sold separately). Bottom of pack features a small zippered compartment to hold built-in raincover, which is tethered for security. Backpacker April '09 declares that the Osprey Ace 48 "represents a sea change in comfort, features and durability among youth backpacks.".
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).
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.