Osprey Youth Jet 12 Backpack {Review}

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One of my pet peeves as a mom (it’s silly, I know) has always been seeing little kids head off to school with giant backpacks that practically dwarf the child. I know a lot of people think this is cute (I know this because I hear people say it). I have always felt bad for the kids, waddling around like undersized-astronauts with too-big jet packs strapped to their skinny little backs. Why tell you this? Because when it came time to find an appropriate backpack for my son, Apollo, to start kindergarten I know that most important feature to me was that it fit his five-year-old body well.

I searched Amazon but had a hard time visualizing just how the backpacks would fit my son. Next, we took a little field trip to REI to check out their selection. Together we settled on this Osprey Youth Jet 12 Backpack. Our family does a lot of hiking and camping and I loved that this pack could serve double duty.

Review of the Osprey Youth Jet 12 Backpack.

The Osprey Youth Jet 12 Backpack fit easily on the back of my five-year-old who weighed less than 40 pounds.

Review of the Osprey Youth Jet 12 backpack.

Review of the Osprey Youth Jet 12 backpack.

This backpack was clearly designed with the size and contours of a small child in mind. The straps are soft and flexible with reflective tape.

Review of the Osprey Youth Jet 12 backpack.

The clips are designed to be easy to close without pinching little fingers. They are also color-coded to make it easy for children to fasten. 

Review of the Osprey Youth Jet 12 backpack.

This top pocket is roomy with plenty of room for snack, hat and/or gloves. Review of the Osprey Youth Jet 12 backpack.

There is a mesh pocket within the main pocket which zippers and has a plastic clip on the inside.   Review of the Osprey Youth Jet 12 backpack.

The main pocket it just barely big tall enough to fit a standard school folder, but is perfect for books and hiking supplies.

Review of the Osprey Youth Jet 12 backpack.

The main part of the pack has a roomy pocket on the front and two elastic side pockets that can hold a small water bottle. Review of the Osprey Youth Jet 12 backpack.

The zipper pulls make it easy for kids to open and close this backpack on their own.

Osprey Youth Jet 12 Backpack

Pros:

The size is perfect for a 4-5-year-old

Comfortable. The straps are padded and curved for maximum comfort.

Color-coded buckles make it easy for the child to do the straps themselves.

Has both chest and waist strap for hiking.

Lots of pockets. Has one big pocket, one medium sized pocket, small mesh pocket inside and two elastic pockets on the side that fit a water bottle comfortably.

Reflective tape for safety.

Built in pocket for a water reservoir.

Cons:

This backpack is small  (made for a  4 or 5-year-old), so it won’t fit a ton of gear.

Conclusion:

My son used this backpack for a year and a half (until he outgrew it). He wore it both to school and for our camping trips. This bag worked well for school and short hikes. It is a bit small for even just packing for an overnight at grandma’s house, but perfect for a snack, extra sweatshirt or coat and has pockets for hiding treasures. This pack is comfortable and Apollo loved wearing this both to school and around town.

I am giving this backpack 5 out of 5 stars. I love this pack and wish I could give one to all of my friends.

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