This text about Osprey Ace 50 for youth describes a new and improved version of a very popular backpack for kids, Osprey Ace 48 pack. This is a lightweight and fully functional backpack with all features available in packs for grown up people. The pack is suitable for weekend and multi-day tours, with plenty of great features.
- Rain cover.
- Sleeping bag compartment.
Best price & place to buy
- The best place regarding the price and shipping conditions is usually Amazon.com.
Writing about such a pack is indeed a great pleasure for me. This is because it is so complete, and with such nice features.
Osprey Ace 50 is from the series for youth which includes packs of 38, 50 and 75 liters. This is a top loading pack with a removable lid.
The pack comes with an integrated rain cover. It is stored in a separate pocket on the bottom. The pack is hydration compatible, with a hydration sleeve in the main compartment.
This pack also has a separate sleeping bag compartment with the zippered external access. There is a divider between the main and the bottom compartment.
Dual compression straps are on the bottom compartment section, very useful to attach a pad, tent, or any other piece of equipment, you can see them in the picture above. You also have attachment loops completely on the bottom. On the front you have two daisy chains for the attachment of stuff, one is visible above
The sternum strap is adjustable and equipped with an emergency whistle, see it below.
The Ace 50 pack is designed for growing youth, so it is made to be suitable for the age range 10-16 years.
This is very important because the kid will be able to use it for a number of years, and it will always be equally comfortable regardless of the kid’s age. Normally, packs are expensive so this feature is essential, the pack is worth the investment of the money.
The suspension is based on a LightWire frame and internal compression. The adjustability is achieved through an easily movable harness which can be adjusted to any torso length in the range 13 – 18 inches.
In addition to this, you have a Fit-on-the-Fly hip belt. In both segments of this construction, all you have to do is to break velcro and to adjust the size which suits you best, for both torso length and waist circumference.
On the back, you have a good padding with Osprey’s AirScape back panel system, which includes foam ridges for ventilation.
On the sides of the pack, you have the usual 2 mesh pockets suitable for water bottle or any other stuff. Whatever you put there you can secure with two side compression straps visible in the first picture above.
Under the lid, you have a zippered mesh pocket. On the lid, you have another big zippered pocket with external access.
One big stretch mesh pocket is on the front, secured by a buckle higher up. Two nicely designed zippered pockets are on the hip belt. This is something everybody love to have, kids in particular.
Please see this video by Osprey about their Ace series, it shows the essential features of these packs:
Pros & cons
This pack is nicely built, with a lot of great features. So my summary of pros and cons is as follows:
The pack presented here is a rather new version, yet it has already received a number of reviews by Amazon customers, with an incredible perfect score 5.0/5. The old version has received 4.9/5.
- Weight: 1.34 kg (2 lb 15 oz).
- Volume: 50 L (3051 cu in).
- Maximum dimensions (L x W x D): 67 x 33 x 30 cm (26 x 13 x 12 in).
- Lightweight peripheral frame.
- Torso fit: 13 – 18 in.
- Fit-on-the-Fly adjustable hip belt.
- Fully adjustable AirScape back panel.
- Foam ridges for ventilation.
- Die-cut spacer mesh hip belt and harness
- Hydraulics reservoir compatible.
- Internal hydration sleeve.
- Top lid access.
- Removable top lid.
- Sternum strap with emergency whistle.
- 2 zippered hip belt pockets.
- Integrated and detachable rain cover.
- Sleeping bag compartment with divider.
- Stretch mesh side pockets.
- Removable sleeping pad straps.
- Side compression straps.
For these packs Osprey gives what they call All Mighty Guarantee, good to bear in mind:
Comparison with other models for youth
Here are a few models for youth from several top brands, for comparison:
What is new in the new version
- The front pocket with buckle is re-designed, it is much larger in the new version.
- The back panel padding is quite re-designed.
- There was a pocket on the shoulder strap in the old version, missing in the new one. Pity.
- The attachment loop and the tie-off that were available in the old version, are removed. Again, pity.
To conclude this text about Osprey Ace 50, this is a quality pack, Osprey at its best. The pack is slightly changed with respect to its previous version, some features are missing. Both versions are available on the market, the previous version is available here so you can have a look. Regardless which one you buy, I believe you will be happy with it. I can fully recommend this pack.
Note that Ace series includes also a 75 liters pack.
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