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Ready to trek into the wild woods or into a barbaric middle school, the Osprey Kids' Zip 25 Backpack comfortably stows everything your fearless adventurer needs to survive the day. Small and tough, this hydration-compatible pack features a laptop sleeve and plenty of room for books. But Osprey also made the Zip so you could dump out on Saturday morning, fill it with gear, and then take it out on a hike that will replace all those crappy, school-day memories.

  • Padded, fleece-lined shoulder straps and a mesh back panel provide cool comfort while hiking in summer or lugging around a heavy history book
  • Super breathable waist belt ensures heavy load support during summer summits without adding a lot of bulk
  • Front bungee system holds a wet rain jacket after the storm moves out of the valley
  • Side-mounted mesh pockets keep water bottles and other items within reach
  • Side compression straps shrink the pack when not loaded to capacity and function as attachment points when going on a backpacking overnighter
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osprey is the best

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

great mini hiking pack. gifted to brother - a year down the road, and he still using it and happy with its utility. minimum wear/tear carrying around short camp trips..just picked up the osprey flare for daily school use.

Needs Some Tweaks for Hiking

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Bought this for my 11 year old grandson to carry on a multi-day, hut-to-hut hike in New Hampshire's White Mountains. He has an Ace 48, but I did not want him carrying that much weight due to the challenging terrain.

This pack was the right choice and worked out well, but the pack needs a couple of refinements.

As in the earlier review, 'hydration compatable' does not clearly define the capability of this pack. Yes, it does have a seperate compartment into which the hydration bladder can be placed. But, as noted, it does not have any clip from which to hang the bladder, nor an exit that will accommodate the byte valve and cover (the ipod headphone opening did serve the purpose, however). The lack of a clip allows the bladder to slide down to the bottom of the compartment, impacting the main storage compartment space.

Also, the pack needs a rain cover - something I overlooked - but that became clear when we were hiking an exposed section of trail in a windy, driving rain. While it didn't soak up a lot of water, it appears to have some type of DWR coating, some of the contents in a stuff sack inside the pack were damp.

Also, the pull on the bungee gave way on one side on the first hard tug.

On the plus side, this pack was the right choice for this particular trip. It fit and carried well - he is 4'6" and 85 pounds - and weighed in at between 10 and 12 pounds.

It held the following:

a complete set of raingear (jacker, pants and gaiters)

cold weather gear (hat, liner gloves, mittens, down sweater, fleece, UA underwear tops & bottoms)

complete change of clothing (pants, shirt, socks, underwear)

snacks for 3 days

personal hygiene items

1 L hydration bladder and 20oz bottle

small digital camera, ipod, and compass.

As with most things Osprey,this was a nice piece of gear and I would give it 4 or 5 stars with just a few improvements.

Plenty of Room

    I got this for my son to carry some of his own gear for our backpack trip this year, and also to use in the fall for school. It's not big enough to carry everything he needs, but that would weigh too much for him anyway. So this is a perfect compromise. Big enough to fit a bit of gear, but manageable enough to keep the weight down. The compression straps are great, keeping everything secure. The bungee storage works great for a light rain jacket. My only complaint: it's not actually hydration compatible. There is a laptop sleeve inside that you can put a bladder in, but no clip to keep it upright, and fitting a hose through the tiny headphone slot is impractical unless you remove the nipple and insert the hose before you fill up the bladder. Either way, it still works, and is comfortable for him to carry around.

    Love this bag

      I'm a petite adult female (5'2") and I wanted a small backpack that had narrow enough shoulder straps for my frame, and a good waiststrap -- that I could afford. This fit the bill. i love it! Fits me better than any backpack I've had, my 12" laptop fits perfectly and feels light as ever. The clips and material is cheaper than the more expensive (adult) Osprey bags, but it's not as though it's about to break... and it's $20 cheaper than the cheapest of their adult bags, so that makes sense. There's a little whistle on the chest-strap that works and makes me feel safe at night marching around a city.

      Also, great for bike riding.

      Overall: Highly recommend!!