Retail price: $109.95
Specs per manufacturer: Specifications: Volume: 2200 in3 / 36 L Weight: 2 lb. 10 oz. / 1.2 kg Dimensions: Length: 24″” / 61 cm Width: 14.5″” / 37 cm Depth: 12 / 30 cm Torso Fit Range: 11 – 17”/ 28 – 43 cm Usage: Trail Suspension: Internal adjustable. Packbag Features: Hydration compatible, Top loading, Large front pocket, Reservoir sleeve, Mesh water bottle pockets, Side compression straps, Daisy Chain, Ice-axe loop, Lash tabs, Carry handle, Suspension Features: Adjustable Suspension, LightBeam™ dual aluminum stays, HDPE frame sheet, Ventilating waistbelt, backpanel, and shoulder straps, Padded waist belt, Wicking backpanel, Padded backpanel and shoulder straps, Load-lifter/Stabilizer straps, Sternum strap, Belt stabilizers, Scherer Cinch™ waist belt (US Pat #5,465,886)
Findings: There comes a point in a young backpacker’s life where they are way to small for an adult pack, and the little pack they bring their lunch box to school with becomes way to small to carry all their gear. Enter in the Youth Backpacking Pack. There aren’t that many on the market. At least not good ones. The Kelty Lynx is a nice little pack. I tried it out on several kids of various sizes and was most pleased with its performance. Perhaps most pleasing is the fact that my daughter can carry everything she needs and not complain about it at all! That says a lot for a pack. If you are worried about plopping down $100 for a kid pack, know that your little hiker will use this pack from about age 6 or 7 until they are in middle school. That’s a lot of years! After that, the pack would still work as a beefy day pack. Actually, I’ve used in that capacity myself. I wish this pack had a removable “brain” or lid that could double as a fanny pack and I wish the sternum strap buckle had a built in whistle. Small things to complain about I know. But that’s my job!! Overall, I think Kelty has created a nice pack and I know my kids are going to get a lot of use out of it.