Marc Godbout (marc@GODBOUT.TIAC.NET)
Thu, 5 Dec 1996 12:35:02 +0000
We got our son a Jansport youth external frame pack. I don't know
the model off the top of my head. This pack as adjustments for your
son as he grows. My troop also uses these packs for those boys who
don't have their own, so we have a bit of experience in the
durability and comfort.
Whatever you get, make sure it's got a good hip belt. It should be
padded and wrap all the way around the boy because you want most of
the weight of the pack to rest on the hips, not the shoulders. Some dept.
store packs have a cheap "seatbelt" designed mostly to keep the pack
from swaying. No support at all.
Also, I usually recommend to the parents of new scouts that they get
external frames. For smaller hikers the internal frames just don't
seem to hold enough stuff, especially their sleeping bags and tents.
> It's Christmas time and my 1st Class Scout really needs a new backpack.
> The one he has is a poor design and hurts his back every time he wears
> it. I don't want to make the same mistake again. Does anyone have any
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City