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Adult features with a smaller size.

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).

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5 5

Terrific Youth Pack

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought the Osprey Ace 48 for my older son when he was eleven. He?s slightly tall for his age and very long-waisted and had outgrown his external frame children?s pack. I chose the Osprey Ace because it had the greatest torso adjustment range of all of the internal frame youth packs I looked at. In fact, when he and his younger brother outgrow it, I plan on using it myself as a ?fast and light? weekend pack.

He loved this pack immediately. It has plenty of room for everything he needs, and more. It has enough pockets to help him organize his gear and is very easy to pack. Indeed, it seems to hold everything more easily than my much larger adult pack (not an Osprey.) While the actual weight of the pack may seem high, this pack carries the load in a well-balanced fashion, making it feel lighter than it actually is. He has never complained about the weight of his load and is always picking up old junk in the wilderness and packing it home, even old saw blades and fishing poles.

He is now thirteen, and this is what he carried in his pack last weekend: His 20-degree sleeping bag, the fly to a Eureka Mountain Pass 3XTE, a twenty-five year old WhisperLite stove and fuel bottle, a small cookset, two full changes of summer clothing, long johns, a lightweight fleece, a heavyweight fleece, a 1.5L Camelbak bladder (full), rain gear, one third of our food, a small bear canister and miscellaneous little stuff. His ground pad and Crocs were strapped to the outside. He carried this adult-sized load almost five miles without complaint (and he can be a drama king.)

This is THE internal frame pack I would recommend to anyone looking for a versatile youth pack.

Are the hip belts padded?

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Are the hip belts padded?

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Only just barely.
I would personally say they were unpadded.
Less than an 8th of an inch of foam.

On the AT

On the AT

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The pack can be adjusted for a perfect even as the kid grows.

4 5

Nice Features, but heavy...

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

At a little over 4 pounds, this is a pretty heavy pack for a little kid. Still, the volume here is very large--and the adjustment range will allow my son to use it for many years.

It's got some "neato" features that he likes in particular. The included pack cover is a nice touch, as are the hip belt pockets.

The net results is that we can trek together: he gets to carry the bulky but light stuff because the pack is so large... and that works out very well--especially when you consider that kids are usually sporting cotton clothes and bulky synthetic bags.

Took a bunch of 10 year olds (scouts) on a backpacking style trip a few months ago. 20lbs seems to be about the limit for them over any extended distance...

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I don't know how large your kids are, but as a 10yo I was 53lbs and 20lbs is almost twice the safe carrying limit for a kid that small.
The rule of thumb is 20% of the body weight of developing kid(their spines aren't as strong as adults, so they can't carry the same percentage).

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Good point. In this case, the kids are about 80 pounds....

The load lifters seem to be very short....

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The load lifters seem to be very short. Does it adjust or extend long enough when the torso length is adjusted to the shortest setting?

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They seem fine. On my 9 year old the load lifters are extended but don't seem too short for the job.

My ten yr old wants his own pack. The...

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My ten yr old wants his own pack. The concern is that he would outgrow this pack. What size of boy would this fit and how long would this tend to fit a boy or teenager. It's one thing for a $40 pack but another for an expensive pack. I realize growth rate plays a major part.

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Yes he will outgrow it but probably not for several years. Growth usually accelerates quickly around puberty so, on average, in the 13-14 range and the pack covers up to an adult small. Since several up to maybe as much as 4-5 years of fit may be covered a better question might be how much is he going to use it? If the answer is many times and carrying more than just a few pounds then go for it!

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It's more for a teenager.
I'm a 19 year old college student and I'm planning on getting one for my trip to Europe this summer.
The top length is almost 21 inches and I wear the hip belt has lots of room to extend.
My back length is 17in and my waist is 25in

2 5

Not robust

Good design but suspect quality. Both straps at the back holding the top pocket (lid) broke during third trip.

5 5

Very nice Pack!

I picked this pack up for my 7 year old and, even though we shouldn't have been, we were pleasantly surprised by the quality, fit, and compressibility. This pack really falls right in line with the rest of the gear made by Osprey. It doesn't necessarily adjust to a huge number of different sized torso's but it adjusts plenty for what you'd need to do with a young'en.

im looking for a new pack im 14 but the...

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im looking for a new pack im 14 but the adult smalls fit me so im wondering if i should go with this pack or an adult small

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I have the volt 75 and I'm 11 but it fits my dad. I recommend getting a pack in the volt series. They are expensive but AMAZIN quality

Hi, I measured my torso length and it's...

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Hi, I measured my torso length and it's 17in. I'm no kid but I'm only 5'3" so will this pack work for me or should I stick to the adult packs? Thanks

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This bag will work for you if you want it to but i would stick with adult packs if i was you.

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I think this pack would work for adults i'm 14 and i am 5,5 so it should work. on the inside top flap it has a little kiddish packing list but that doesnt bother me.

I think this pack would work for adults i'm 14 and i am 5,5 so it should work. on the inside top flap it has a little kiddish packing list but that doesnt bother me.
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I think this pack would work for adults i'm 14 and i am 5,5 so it should work. on the inside top flap it has a little kiddish packing list but that doesnt bother me.

I think this pack would work for adults i'm 14 and i am 5,5 so it should work. on the inside top flap it has a little kiddish packing list but that doesnt bother me.
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If I were you I would go with an adult pack like the volt series

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DO NOT GO WITH THE VOLT PACK.
I have exactly the same issue as you(19 years, 17in back).
The volt is too big for me and even if it wasn't, it has less features than this pack(less pockets, ect...).
Also, it's more suited to man's body than a woman's.

5 5

Good Kids Pack

This is a very adjustable pack that was quite comfortable for my 11 year old son. I like the integrated rain cover and helpful hints on the inside if the child is separated. We had tried a small lightweight adult pack, and although it fit, it was not as comfortable. I would only want to change the weight of the pack, as 4+ pounds cuts into a small load that a child can comfortably carry. Much better than other vendor child offerings on flexibility though!

5 5

Excellent Pack

This is an easily adjustable pack that comfortably holds all of my sons gear for our outdoor adventures. It is well organized with plenty of pockets and I really like the integrated rain cover so he can't loose it. Great Pack!