REI Meteor Pack
Size: youth 3100 cu
Number of Pockets: 7
Max. Load Carried: 20-25
Height of Owner: 14 inch torso
Price Paid: $120
Just came back from a four-day, 15-mile BP trip in the Emigrant Wilderness in CA. (9,000 feet to 7,500 feet) My son used the Meteor Pack and we had a great experience. The internal frame vs external frame was an issue. REI was pushing toward the external frame. (lots of parents buying them for the two mile hike to Scout camp) My son liked the fit of the internal. Going to Scout camp the external would be fine, going off trail, bouldering and cutting brush, (the trails were covered with snow) the internal was a much better choice.
My son was able to tighten it up when climbing around the granite, and make the necessary adjustments on the fly to keep the pack comfortable. My son is 10, 87 lbs and the pack weight was around 20-25 pounds to start. The price was higher than an external but for us it was worth it. We have two younger kids that will use it when he outgrows it.. Hope this helps...
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The REI Meteor pack is designed for young hikers heading into the outdoors. It's built to fit kids from approximately 10 - 16 years old. Contoured, padded shoulder straps with breathable panels offer carrying comfort; contoured hipbelt wraps around hips for support. Durable molded foam back panel features channels for air circulation, increasing ventilation to keep child's back cool and dry. Load-lifter straps and sternum strap help balance and position pack properly; dual aluminum stays distribute the weight evenly. With a rip-and-stick torso adjustment, shoulder strap system easily slides on pack's frame to fit torsos of varying lengths. Features top-loading main compartment, floating top pocket, 2 large zippered side pockets and front essentials pocket. The side pockets are large enough to hold 1-liter water or fuel bottles and a fishing pole can be strapped behind them. Right pocket is hydration compatible; with a tube exit port and hanging toggles, it can hold a 1-liter reservoir, not included. Externally accessible sleeping bag compartment with a zip-away internal divider handles bulky bags. Single tool loop, front daisy chain and 4 accessory points for lashing on additional gear. Side compression straps let you cinch down loads for jostle-free carrying. Made of lightweight yet tough 420-denier ripstop nylon, 600-denier polyester and 840-denier ballistic nylon bottom for durability. Special buy.