- Mar 4, 2018 at 8:00 pm #3522302
Christopher VBPL Member
To the group, wondering what would be a good beginner UL/Lightweight backpack for Scouts ages 11-14, since that’s the age where they are growing fastest so we’re looking for a pack that has an adjustable torso for youth. The Troop will likely purchase 3 or 4 of these so the kids can check them out and see if they like them and backpacking before they (and their parents) start spending a bunch of money. Thanks!Mar 4, 2018 at 8:48 pm #3522309
Do the kids have UL loads? If not, a UL pack might be too small and uncomrtable when carrying heavier loads.
In general I’m not a fan of Osprey packs but my son’s Ace 48 fit him from little 10 year old until he was 14 and 5’9”. He carried a full BV500 and his gear in it for 220 miles of the JMT when he was 12. He moved on to a ULA Ohm 2.0 when he outgrew it and more recently has claimed my Kumo as his fear has gotten more compact and his knowledge has grown.
ULA makes a youth Circuit that adjusts from 12 to 18” backs, iirc.Mar 4, 2018 at 10:15 pm #3522328
David ThomasBPL Member
@davidinkenaiLocale: North Woods. Far North.
My Trail Company (a restart of GoLite by the same people) isn’t cutting edge anymore, but they’re always putting their stuff on sale at attractive prices. Like their 2 pound 1.5 ounce Backpack Light 50L currently for $99 (they just sold out of the 70L at $169). I’ve used the GoLite versions a lot myself and for my teenagers. Especially as Troop gear, you could get one Small, one Medium and two Large the next time they offer them on sale (they’re down to only Larges now) and Scouts could move through the sizes as they grow. They’re not as light as some 1-pound packs but they’re a lot cheaper and don’t have to babied quite as much.Mar 6, 2018 at 2:54 pm #3522672
Jeffrey PetersBPL Member
I have to agree if they do not have the skill set for lightweight backpacking then investing in lightweight packs might cause other problems. My troop has four packs that we loan out to new scouts. They have all been donated to the troop when a scout outgrows them. My son has an REI Flash 65 that works for him. Over at Scoutmastersc.com he recomends packs from Teton Sports sold on Amazon. They are not lightweight but as loaner gear I think they would fit the bill.Mar 7, 2018 at 7:42 pm #3522946
JASON CUZZETTOBPL Member
@cuzzettjLocale: NorCal - South Bay
I am with the My Trail choice and the 50L pack plus turning your troop onto their Jackets for cost savings. I still have my original Jam pack at 50L. But here is where I differ. The troop should provide a set of the Big 3 That they like. Honestly, that they have tried and know works. Shelter, sleeping Quilt (sleeping bag – I hate sleeping bags), and Shelter. Preferably, a floorless shelter/Pyramid where 4 young men can sleep. Otherwise you are going to want to fit them to a standard pack because if the troop isn’t light you will have a hard time fitting what mom and dad gives them out of their closet. My friend was just recommending a synthetic quilt from http://www.outdoorvitals.com that he purchased a few of. The price was definitely right for under $100. Otherwise you need to train the parents in UL when they arrive as part of orientation and provide a gear list that holds them accountable over time as they collect the gear. I have a great plan for this if you are in northern California I would be glad to meet with you and show you my program. Developed here over the years including a BPL/Scouting course that straightened me out on how to teach. Let me know.Mar 13, 2018 at 7:00 pm #3524254
tony gBPL Member
I have 2 ULA CDT packs i picked up just for my scouts. Keeps weight and bulk down.
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