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Out with the Osprey packs

With 12 days to go, we decided it was time for a test run--and discovered the kids' backpacks were just not going to work

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This post is for any of you reading who may be planning a similar trip and wondering what kind of baggage we decided to saddle ourselves with (I know you're out there!). By now you’ve probably read about Mark’s monolithic 90L pack; now for the rest of us.

I had this brilliant idea to get both kids Osprey junior backpacks. They were really attractive, with all the bells and whistles (literally—they had built-in whistles), made expressly for child-size frames and all that. I was so convinced they were just the thing that I actually bought them—yes, get this—five months ago when it was Chloe’s birthday. She used hers a few times and complained that it hurt her neck, but I chalked it up to her not being accustomed to wearing a “real” backpack. Well, two weeks ago we finally packed the bags for a test run, saddled up the kids, and went out for a half-hour walk—more complaining. Both kids absolutely hate the way these packs feel on their necks. No amount of fiddling, adjusting, or lightening the load made any difference—and the packs were just as uncomfortable empty as they were full. The shoulder straps are just strangely designed, and seem to cut into the kids' necks.

So out with the $100 Ospreys and in with the...well, the shockingly well-priced $16 MEC Teeny Genie (the blue one below), in Ciaran's case, and the $55 Deuter Fox (the orange one) for Chloe. Ciaran's is a 25L pack and Chloe's is 35L. We stuffed them full of gear and marched the kids around wearing them—no problems at all. "I could walk around like this all day," Chloe said.


It'll be interesting to see how I fare with my own backpack....which I also bought about five months ago and haven't really road-tested yet. It's a 60L MEC Brio (the green one on the left, which in real life is much smaller than the black Osprey on the right!). I'm also carrying a Crumpler messenger bag while Mark has a similar shoulder bag from MEC.



Posted by The Rymans 06:34 Tagged packing

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Hey Rymans,

Congratulations on getting on the road after all the planning. We had exactly the same problems with Thomas' pack, so now he just as a school sized rucksack and it's perfect, good luck with the new ones!

Lucy x

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