Osprey Jet 18

Best kids pack

OUR TAKE This top-loader, which looks just like Mom’s and Dad’s, is the perfect daypack to get your little one ready for the real thing. One 5-year-old tester fit her water, snacks, extra layer, and headlamp in the main packbag with room to spare for Duckie, her burrito-size stuffed friend. Nice touch: The Jet has nine pockets to help keep kids organized.

THE DETAILS A ventilated mesh back- panel and fleece-lined shoulder straps boost comfort, and a mesh hipbelt adds stability, but there’s no rigid support, so don’t overload it.

TRAIL CRED “My daughter is determined to carry her own gear and was thrilled to have a pack that looked like mine,” our photo editor says. “On a hike in Arches National Park, she had so much fun organizing her gear into the various pockets.”

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