The #1 gear item on our list for this summer’s Backpacking Project 2013 was kid’s backpacks. Now I don’t expect them to carry much…but I NEED them to carry something! But in my opinion kid’s packs are tricky. Most are designed for school, for obvious reasons. But we needed and wanted something with a little more support and outdoor usability – including things like rugged fabric, waist belts, sternum straps, and hydration readiness.
So we turned to the brand we’ve all known and trusted since our kids were riding on our backs in Deuter Kid carriers, to see if they had an awesome solution to the next-step in our outdoor family adventures.
This pack will be available Fall of 2013!
Padded waist belt/shoulder straps and sternum strap help with a slightly heavier than usual load.
Comfortable and wicking suspension system, just like on an adult pack.
Fabric sheds water and is super rugged.
Velcro tab/sleeve for hydration bladder.
The pack is still light and simple. The large main compartment is easy to pack.
The top “essentials” pocket is large enough for a hat, headlamp, snacks, small camera, etc.
Mesh pockets on the side are deep, so water bottles or whatever you want to stow will not easily fall out. Added straps to secure longer items like tent poles, etc that you might want to stow for overnight trips.
Gear loops on waist belts just like on a climbing harness. We haven’t used these yet but I figure they will come in handy when we take it climbing in the future!
Interior security pocket in the hood – always a good thing.
I wish there was a small pocket on the outside front for added organization.
I am not sure I’ve been this happy with any kid pack! It is perfect for hiking and backpacking for kids ages 6-12. I would highly recommend this pack.