The Best Kids’ Backpacks of 2013
Are you planning on taking your kids with you, on your next camping trip? If so, it is important to realize that your children will want to be just as prepared as you are. That means having all of the necessary camping equipment and gear, specially tailored for teens and younger children.
Perhaps your family will be hiking through the wilderness in addition to camping in tents. Or maybe you will be spending some time on a fishing boat. No matter what the specifics of your family camping trip, you and your children will need to have the right gear to tote all of the snacks or camping gear you plan to bring along. The best solution is to have a solid backpack in which to carry all.
Here are some of the best backpacks, designed specifically for kids.
Gregory Wander 70 Internal Frame Pack
The Gregory Wander 70 Internal Frame Pack is meant for youths, ages 10 and up. It is a sturdy and stable pack, and it is very adjustable. That means that as your child grows, the backpack can grow with them. The backpack is just three pounds, six ounces, and has a 3,051 cubic inch storage capacity. The torso length is 13 to 20 inches and it has seven pockets. The designers have taken all of the specifications of the adult backpack and turned it into a size appropriate for youths. The thing that really sets the Gregory Wander 70 apart from the others is its adjustability capability. The pack also has a versatile hip belt.
Kelty Red Cloud 65 Junior Internal Frame Pack
Another top backpack for youths is the Kelty Red Cloud 65 Junior Internal Frame Pack. This backpack is most suited for a young teenager or a bigger preteen. Just like the Gregory Wander 70, the Kelty Red Cloud 65 Junior model offers all of the exact specifications of the adult pack, just in a scaled-down size. It has quite a few special features, including a sleeping bag compartment, zippered side pockets and light beam suspension system. This backpack weighs four pounds, one ounce and has a roomy 3,900 cubic inch storage capacity. The torso length is 14 to 18 inches and it has seven pockets. Similar to the Gregory Wander 70, the Kelty Red Cloud 65 Junior also prides itself on its adjustability in height.
Osprey Ace 48 Internal Frame Backpack
A third, very good option for a youth backpack is the Osprey Ace 48 Internal Frame Backpack. The age range for this backpack is between 12 and 16, so it’s great for teen campers. The Osprey Ace 48 is a great backpack for scouting and long-distance hiking and mountaineering. This one has a little bit of a different look than the first two options because of its vertical zip access. The Osprey Ace 48 only has three pockets, but its functionality is intended to be a bit different. Some of its key features are a sleeping pad strap and an integral rain cover. It also has zippered sleeping bag access. This pack weighs three pounds, two ounces, and has a 2,900 cubic inch storage capacity on an aluminum frame.
North Face Terra 55 Youth Pack
The fourth pick Campmor has for children’s backpacks, is the North Face Terra 55 Youth Pack. Much like the Osprey Ace 48 Internal Frame Backpack, this one is designed for scouting. It is light but sturdy and has enough capacity for several days of camping out. The Opti Fit suspension system adapts to a wide range of torso sizes for children, but it really is designed for a torso size of 15 to 18 inches. It has a deluxe vertical mesh channel on the back panel which provides a cooling comfort. The Terra 55 Youth Pack also has a cushy shoulder harness, which is sleek and anatomical and makes carrying heavy loads easier for young shoulders and backs. The entry to the main compartment has a huge zipper, which also has sleeping bag compartment access. There are two side mesh water bottle pockets. The North Face Terra 55 Youth Pack is also hydration compatible. The pack has a maximum load capacity of 45 pounds and it has a 3,350 cubic inch storage capacity. It weighs 4 pounds and 1 ounce.
With all these great backpacks designed just for kids, camping with the family is now easier and more enjoyable for everyone.