Nancy wrote a review of Osprey Packs Ace 48 Backpack 2900cu in - Kids' on August 19, 2014
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.