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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for bigger kids, too I needed a backpack for my 9-year old and initially bought REI Tarn 18. This is tiny, so I decided to look at Osprey Jet 18, too. Jet 18 is so much larger, it can even contain a sleeping bag, it is a great size for a growing kid. Definitely would work for a longer, overnight backpacking trip. It can contain more than I would let my kid carry right now. I think a light load is important to keep hiking fun. Tarn is better for younger kids and has more comfortable shoulder straps. Jet has somewhat stiff shoulder straps that rubbed my kids neck, we will see how it will work. Both have great pockets. The Jet 18 main compartment strap buckle is too hard to use for kids - I will probably replace the clumsy buckle with something else.
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect hiking backpack starter for my 4 year old. Perfect first pack for my 4 year old. Being a fan of Osprey for my own backpacking I searched around and found this. The hip buckle disperses the weight and allows for the inclusion of a water bladder.Since my son now has his own pack, it has decreased my pack's weight by over 15 pounds since he can "carry his own weight". The cool part is a built-in whistle on the chest strap which can be a bit annoying at first when my son "tested" it, but is good to know he has one handy, just in case. The adjustments ability is great and a perfect miniaturized hiking pack for any kid starting out, without quality being compromised.
Date published: 2016-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Kids pack got these for the Kids 2 years ago when they were 6 + 8 they've used them on many backpacking trips and they still fit well at 8 and 10 years old . the packs are small so it limits the amount of weight each child can carry which is good they are comfortable and both girls can carry their pack easily 4 miles. Usual load is a down blanket, sleeping pad, rain gear, fleece, cup, and water bottle. The kids usually add a toy or book, or something. All the straps are sized correctly for children.
Date published: 2017-01-13
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Questions & Answers

How do you measure the torso?  Around the chest? up and down??

Asked by: Deirdre
The link below will provide you with instructions for finding the proper torso length for the Jet 18.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-01-27

Can I use this as a backpack for my kindergartner? 

Asked by: Ericae
This bag is a super great bag, don't get me wrong. I just do not think it would be good for school. My view is that this bag is made to be opened just a few times per day, not like school where it would be opened every few hours. Look at the top, the cinch straps are made for pressing a change of clothing into the bag not books. My point is that the opening on top will make it hard to quickly open and close for one school book. 5 star bag, great for kids as young as 4 and old as 14 (depending on kid size) just not setup for school.
Answered by: J Jason
Date published: 2017-08-08

Does this pack support a small hydration container with a bite tube? I'm trying to decide between this and the Hydrajet 15 for my 9-year-old son, although I need to measure him to see if he's tall enough yet for a small adult pack. 

Asked by: m0j0
This pack can accommodate a hydration reservoir with bite valve. A 2 liter reservoir is a good size choice;
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-17

What's the dimension of the back panel? When compared to REI Tarn 18, which one has harder back panel for support? Which one for shorter torso? What about the circulation from the back panel?

Asked by: Kwscty
The back panel measures 14.5 x 8.75 inches and is a harder for support. Both packs have good ventilation from the back panel, with Osprey typically leading between the two. In regards to torso length, the back panel for the Tarn is approximately 1/2 in. shorter.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-27

Is this pack waterproof ? 

Asked by: Runwild
The Jet 18 Pack is not waterproof. It is water-resistant, but the seams are not sealed. A 20 liter rain cover will protect this pack:
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-10

What size reservoir will fit this pack? 

Asked by: m0j0
The 2 liter Osprey Hydraulics Reservoir is a good option.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-17
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