2nd try is a success...
I am very pleased with the fox 30 pack! So is my 8 year old grandson. A few weeks ago we purchased the North Face Terra 55 for him thinking he would have room to grow into the pack. We went on a 2 day trip to see how he would do and to test the pack. Turns out even with adjustments, we could tell that the pack was just to cumbersome for him. He is 8 years old and at 95% in his class as far as height goes, he's really big for his age. So, to make a long story short I decided to go small and ordered the fox 30 pack from backcountry.com. We were able to fit everything into the pack (same gear as the other pack) with plenty of room to spare. His first reaction was to sprint down the trail. Ha! It was all about the fit. The fox just simply fit his body better and things were not rubbing on the back of his head and sides etc. I would like to note that we had to adjust the shoulder strap to within one notch from the top and my guess would be that he will only be in this pack for about a year or two at the most but I guess I will not have to worry because we have other ready for him to move up to. I hope this helps anyone trying to make a pack choice for there young adventurer.