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Go get 'em, tiger.
Maybe your cute little monster isn't ready for a full sized pack just yet, but she can still load up the Osprey Ace 50 Kids' Backpack and lead you down the trail. The Ace packs the features of Osprey's adult packs into a size that's designed to fit kids up to 14 or so, and it has adjustable shoulder straps so your kid won't outgrow it in 16 hours. All the extras are there too, like a loop for her ice axe or fishing pole, an attachment for trekking poles, an integrated rain cover, and compression straps to lock the whole thing down.
- Adjustable shoulder straps
- Fit-on-the-Fly adjustable passed hip belt
- Ice axe/fishing pole loop
- Stow-on-the-Go trekking pole attachment
- Stretch mesh front and side pockets
- Removable lid with zippered under-lid pocket
- Compression straps
- Integrated rain cover
- Item #OSP002F
- Q & A
There is no perfect answer...
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I’ve looked and looked for internal frame packs for my kids... The issue is the suspension - most importantly the hip belt and how it transfers weight from the bottom of the frames stays (rods) to the hip bone... My issue - none of these packs do it well in a size I need in torso and waist for my kids. The Ace 50 is a great pack: the weight is where you want it to be considering your kids are gonna carry between 12-20lbs... features are fine but the suspension ...ugh!... not terrible but really not much better than the rest. As expected 5 miles into day as the foam and material warmed up the suspensions started to sag on to my kids butts and they were not happy. On prior trips they carried REI Passage 40's - while a heavier pack by about a pound the suspensions were much better... BUT - they no longer make the 40's... only the 65's... which is too much volume for my kids... Murphy's Law.