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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
Seems to be the best option available
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Med
- Height: 4'10"
- Weight: 90lbs
We got this for my step son for Christmas. He's10 and a little small for his age. In all the packs he tried on previously he was right in between sizes. What I like about this pack is the wide range of adjustment. I wanted to get him a back to last him into his teens and this was the only option I could find. He loves all the little pockets. Esp. the waist belt pockets for easy to grab things. We haven't had a chance to really test it out on the trail yet as the weather is not yet forgiving for his taste but I have high hopes that it will work very well. The only complaint he has had is he is not super fond of the color. It would be nice if each size had a couple color options.
Great adjustable pack
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: m
- Height: 6'
- Weight: 155lbs
My son loved this pack after using some others. His attitude of backpacking changed drastically and he was so much more energetic on the hike up to the campsite than the other kids after 10 miles. He thanked me for getting him the pack as his 2 mile treks with other packs were less than fun.
Osprey Ace Kids Pack Tour
Here is a quick tour of the Osprey Ace Series. Let me know if you have any questions.
"This is awesome!"
Says the 11 year old! Music to my ears! The Ace series is fantastic and fit my son well. We were long overdue for a backpacking trip, and the Ace made it easy. In this picture, he has on the Ace 38. But know that even if you go up in volume to the Ace 50 or 75, it has the same fit. Great adjust ability for this growing kid.
Now that he is older, I am moving him into the larger volume Ace packs so he can carry all his own stuff!
PS - no matter what I do, the image is sideways. Sorry!
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.