Osprey Ace 38 for youth is an ultra lightweightt pack from Ace series which includes packs of 38, 50 and 75 liters. This Ace 38 is most suitable for weekend and multi-day tours for kids.
- Adjustable harness and hip belt for a growing kid.
- Full functionality like with any adult sized Osprey pack.
- Ultra lightweight.
Place to buy
- The best place regarding the price and shipping conditions is usually Amazon.com.
Ace 38 is a pack for growing kids, so its essential feature is adjustability. This applies to both the harness and the hip belt, meaning that the pack can be used for many years as the kid grows.
This is achieved through an ultra-adjustable system for torso, and Fit-on-the-Fly system for the hip belt. So the pack is designed to grow with your kid, while providing full comfort for several years, and you do not need to constantly buy a bigger pack.
The pack has all features that you can find in any pack for grown up people. So this is a top loading pack, with the main access to the main compartment under the top lid.
But the pack also has a zippered bottom compartment for sleeping bag or for any other piece of equipment. The divider between the two compartments can be opened.
The suspension system is based on Osprey’s LightWire frame (see the wire in the picture on the right) and on AirScape back panel. These are all features similar to big Osprey packs.
The pack comes with an integrated rain cover, which is clearly a bonus. It is stored in a separate pocket on the bottom.
On the front, you have dual daisy chains for gear attachment, and on both sides, you have one compression strap which runs over the side pocket.
On the bottom, you have compression straps to attach a sleeping pad or tent, and you also have several small attachment loops.
Having pockets on a pack is always great, and Ace 38 has a few of them.
One zippered mesh pocket is underneath the lid and yet another bigger is on the top of the lid. On both sides of the pack, you have the usual mesh stretch pocket for a water bottle or for gear like tent poles or anything similar. This can be fixed there with the compression straps.
On the front you have a very big stretch mesh pocket with a buckle on the top, see the first picture above.
Pros & cons
This pack is nicely built, with a lot of great features. My summary of pros and cons is as follows:
Here is a nice short video showing the essential features of the Osprey Ace packs series, have a look:
- Weight: 1.09 kg (2lb 6 oz).
- Volume: 38 L (2319 cu in).
- Max. dimensions (L x W x D): 58 x 31 x 28 cm (23 x 12 x 11 in).
- Maximum carry weight: up to 20% of kid’s body weight.
- Torso fit: 28 – 38 cm (11-15 in).
– 210 D nylon double diamond ripstop.
– 400 HD nylon packcloth.
– Frame: LightWire with a 1.2 mm HDPE frame sheet.
- Fully adjustable AirScape back panel with ventilation foam ridges.
- Die-cut spacer mesh hip belt and harness.
- Top lid access.
- Integrated rain cover.
- Sternum strap with emergency whistle.
- Sleeping bag compartment with internal divider.
- Compatible with Hydraulics Reservoir.
- Fixed top pocket with dual zippered compartments.
- Internal hydration sleeve.
- Removable sleeping pad straps.
- Side compression straps.
- Stretch mesh side pockets.
- Warranty: limited lifetime.
Comparison with other small packs for youth
Here I give a comparison table with the two Deuter’s packs for youth. Ace 38 is just between them regarding the volume.
So clearly Ace 38 is a lighter pack, it has a rain cover, but it does not have side zippered pockets which Deuter’s models have. But Ace comes with bottom compression straps that are not available on Deuter’s packs. So the choice should be the matter of preference. Note that rain covers can be purchased separately.
To summarize this text about Osprey Ace 38 for youth, this is a beautifully designed pack for growing kids, with many features normally available in Osprey’s packs for adults. This is a product from a renown company, reliable and built from quality materials. I can fully recommend it.
If you need a bigger pack from the same series, see Osprey Ace 50 with the same features, described in the site.