This Osprey Ace 75 review is about the largest of the Ace series for youth. This is in fact, the largest of all packs for kids and youth presented in the site. In the same time, this is a very lightweight pack suitable for extended backpacking and hiking tours, for scout trips, and for any other outdoor adventure.
Best price & place to buy
- The best place regarding the price and shipping conditions is usually Amazon.com.
This is a pack with a classic top access under the lid. The lid is floating-type so you can raise it up in the case of extra load, or you can remove it to save some weight. The other main entrance point is through the bottom zippered opening which gives access to the sleeping bag compartment. There is a removable divider between the two major internal compartments.
The capacity of this pack is huge, so this is not a tool for very small kids and it should not be fully loaded with heavy stuff. It is recommended that the weight in the pack does not go over 20% of the kid’s weight.
You have dual side compression straps to attach extra gear if you need it, or just to cinch the pack in case of less load. Yet another pair of straps run over the bottom and over the sleeping bag compartment. Here you can attach a sleeping pad or tent.
Completely on the bottom, you have a separate zippered pocket for an integrated rain cover.
Several small attachment loops are on the bottom, and on the front of the pack, you have two daisy chains and another 4 small attachment points. One larger loop for an ice axe is available as well.
The pack is hydration compatible and the main water bladder sleeve is in the main compartment.
This pack comes with Osprey’s patented feature, Stow-on-the-Go trekking pole attachment, you can see it in the picture above. This is to temporarily attach trekking poles when you need free hands, to drink water or to eat on the go.
Not so many really. A big zippered pocket is on the top of the lid and yet another underneath the lid. On both sides, you have one stretch mesh pocket.
On the front of the pack, you have a large stretch mesh pocket with a buckle on the top. Dual zippered pockets are available on the hip belt.
Highly adjustable harness and hip belt make this pack a perfect tool for fast growing youth. The harness can be adjusted very easily, by breaking the velcro and moving the harness to the desired position. It will fit any person with the torso length in the range 14 – 19 inches (35 – 48 cm). The whole structure is supported by a lightweight peripheral wire (visible in the picture above) and an HDPE frame sheet.
The sternum strap is adjustable and with an emergency whistle. This pack comes with Osprey’s Fit-on-the-Fly adjustability on the hip belt, which allows hip fins to be moved forward or backward to fit the wearer.
Here is a short video about Osprey’s Ace series, have a look:
Pros & cons
This is a huge pack and it is a pity they missed to add side zippered pockets. It is always good to have such extra space. You can see this Deuter Fox 30 pack, which I had in my hands just a few hours before writing this text. You will notice that this tiny and beautiful pack has such pockets.
Ace 75 has received a very high rating by Amazon customers, 4.8/5 in the moment of writing this review.
- Weight: 3 lb 9 oz (1.62 kg).
- Volume: 4577 cu in (75 l).
- Torso fit: 14 – 19 in (35 – 48 cm).
- Size: 31 x 13 x 14 in (79 x 33 x 35 cm).
– Fabric: 210 D nylon double diamond ripstop; 420 HD nylon packcloth.
– Frame: light wire & 1.2 mm HDPE frame sheet.
- Use: multi-day and extended tours.
- Top-loading & removable floating lid.
- Adjustable torso.
- Fit-on-the-Fly hip belt.
- Stow-on-the-Go trekking pole attachment.
- Rain cover included.
- Sleeping bag compartment.
- Access: top.
- Limited lifetime warranty.
- Daisy chains.
- Dual stretch mesh side pockets.
- Sleeping pad straps.
- Upper side release buckle straps.
- Lower inside-out compression straps.
- Front stretch mesh pocket.
- Top lid pocket.
- Dual hip belt pockets.
- Internal sleeve.
Comparison with other brands
Osprey Ace 75 stands nicely among competitors. It is the largest of all packs for the youth, but it is definitely not the heaviest, have a look in the table:
|Kelty Red Cloud
|Zippered side pockets||no||2||no|
In the moment of writing this text, the prices of the models in the table are respectively: $144, 200, 170. So in view of the volume and all the features, the price of the Osprey Ace 75 is reasonable.
To summarize this Osprey Ace 75 review, what you see here is a lightweight and quality pack which offers a lot of useful volume, and an adjustable system so that the pack grows with the kid. The price is very reasonable for such a pack. I can fully recommend it.
If 75 liters looks too big to you, note that the Ace series includes also packs of 38 liters and 50 liters, with very similar features. Much more packs for kids and youth you can find in my another text, have a look.