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  • Make it easy for kids to stay hydrated with water bottle pockets that are quick to access while wearing the pack
  • Large main zippered compartment; front stuff pocket with stretch mesh side panels is great for a light jacket; zippered front pocket stores essentials securely
  • Padded shoulder straps are comfortable and a padded back panel with built-in airflow channel improves ventilation
  • Buckled hipbelt distributes the weight on longer journeys
  • Zipper pulls and lash loops double as reflective accents, improving nighttime visibility


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Best Use Hiking
Bag Style Backpack
Frame Type Frameless
Gear Capacity (L) 12
Weight 12 ounces
Material(s) Nylon
Hipbelt Yes
Dimensions 13 x 9 x 5 inches
Gender Kids'
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My 3-1/2 son loves it! While I will divulge that I, myself am A faithful Osprey pack customer, this pack caught my eye in the store and was the smallest pack I could find (with a water hydration system compatibility) to fit my little boy. I am not disappointed in the quality or style. I am excited about the stretchy rain jacket pocket on the outside, the waist straps and absolutely LOVE the adorable hiking essentials list and depiction inside the pack. We initially got our 3-1/2 year old son excited to hike solely on the promise he would get to use (this) his "own hiking pack"! He now accompanies us at least once a week for hikes in the Arizona desert.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for my preschooler We bought this pack for our 2.5-year-old so that he can carry some toys and his own water bottle on an upcoming plane trip and for him to use for preschool. It arrived and is well made, has nicely sized and easily accessible pockets and is the perfect size for him.
Date published: 2016-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great all around pack I bought this for my son to replace a school bag that fell apart quickly. It has held up to the daily abuse from a kindergartener and has worked well for his Cub Scout trips also. It's a great value and very durable and makes him feel like a big kid.
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loves the pack Our granddaughter slept with it on the first night, and it is the first thing she puts on in the morning. She saw it, picked it and loves it.
Date published: 2016-08-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A tiny bit small Daughter wanted it for school but it's a little to small and a letter size folder won't fit. Had to return it
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Travel Bag I bought this bag about three weeks ago for my four year old son. He loves it. It is a perfect size for him and has a setup for a water bladder. I did buy the bladder and that makes it awesome for family bike rides. This bag is just incredible and he won't leave home without it.
Date published: 2016-09-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It works extremely well for a child Bought it for a three year old child ,Works fabulous I love the built-in whistle and all the features of it it works very well and easy to handle for a small child. The built-in water spot is very helpful.
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for kids Bought this for my niece who is 8 and she loves it. Even tho there isn't a slot for a bladder it is a sufficient day pack for her.
Date published: 2017-03-02
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Is this pack actually for 8-12 year olds or is it more appropriate for 5-8 year olds (as the discontinued 12 L REI pack was)? Would this work for a large preschooler?

Asked by: Katie001
Tried this pack on my 12 month old son in the store today for fun and it fit him great.  Would work far better for a preschooler than 12 year old!
Answered by: JBH726
Date published: 2017-01-27

I'm looking for a lightweight back pack to use as a purse. Would this fit an average size female adult for that purpose? I love the colors!

Asked by: Beccbridges
My son has the REI Sprig 12 (what came before the Tarn). I'm 5'9" tall and often wear this myself just to keep a bit of water accessible. You have to loosen the shoulder straps all the way, and you can't wear the waist strap but yes it will fit an adult.
Answered by: jenlitty
Date published: 2017-04-30

Would this fit my 12 year old daughter????? We are going skiing and I need a pack for her to use.

Asked by: SkierLady
This pack will fit your 12 year old daughter. That said, the pack has an age range of 5 to 8 years old and only has a gear capacity of 12 liters. The Tarn 18 might be a better choice as it is recommended for kids ages 8 to 12 and has 18 liters of gear capacity.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-21

Is this backpack waterproof?

Asked by: J180
No, this pack is not waterproof.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-10

Apologies for a question that has been somewhat answered already. I am an adult female only 4'10" tall, looking for a lightweight, small backpack for day trips to events, only need capacity of a medium purse. Will this fit me? Otherwise, suggestions?

Asked by: KDavis
The most important measurements to take into consideration when sizing a backpack are the torso length and waist size. The torso length on this pack is 11.5 inches. We recommend comparing your torso length to the torso length of the pack to determine if it will fit you. The link below is a great article on how to find your torso and hip size for a backpack.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-14

What size hydration bladder fits in these packs?

Asked by: MOM44
We recommend a 1.5L hydration reservoir for the Tarn 12 Pack.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-10

What are the overall dimensions, torso length, & waist size? 

Asked by: ljpeet
Approximate dimensions of the Tarn 12 Pack are 13" x 9" x 5". The torso length is 11.5" and the waist strap adjusts to accommodate waist sizes up to 36".
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-10

What are the dimensions for the REI Tarn 12 pack- kids? 

Asked by: kculligan
The dimensions are 13x9x5 inches.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-11-25
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