Osprey Ace 48, Jib 35 and Imp 23 Youth-specific Backpacks

May 12, 2008

I started backpacking as a Boy Scout when I was 11 years old--this was in 1986. At that time, I doubt there was a single high-end backpack in existence that was specifically built for a youth's frame. I specifically remember everyone giving me a hard time as I hiked around with a huge frame pack. Then, when I upgraded to an internal frame pack in my mid-teens, that pack was still HUGE on me. It's been a long time coming, but Osprey seems to have all their ducks in a row to provide high-quality backpacks for kids from 8-16 years old. These aren't simply scaled down adult models, they are specifically built around a child's body. In fact, they have engaged with Spine Colorado as an independent contractor to design and test the Sprint Series packs. Spine Colorado currently acts as a regional center of excellence for back and neck problems, and receives the most complex cases of back and neck pain from across the state of Colorado. Needless to say, the Osprey Sprint Series has been tested and approved by Spine Colorado to be the best-fitting and the safest packs for kids. The Sprint Series is comprised of three pack sizes best suited for children between the ages of 8 and 16. Each pack offers five inches of torso adjustability. Some key features of the Ace 48 (2900 cubic inches), the Jib 35 (2100 cubic inches) and the Imp 23 (1400 cubic inches) include: An aluminum frame with rigid foam framesheet Osprey AirScape ventilated foam backpanel Perforated EVA harness with mesh outer Size adjustable foam hipbelt with spacer mesh outer built-in rain cover Hydration compatible If you are in the market for a youth-sized backpack, don't just get an adult pack and cinch it down. you may be doing your child more harm than you may think. Not only are little bodies not suited for large loads, their bone structure and muscles are unable to support the way those packs carry the loads. Take a look at the Osprey Sprint Series and finally get a technical backpack that is also properly sized and designed for children. More Info: Visit to See the Sprint Series Pack Line

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