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Old 12-06-2008, 12:00 PM
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Gohawks Gohawks is offline
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Granite Gear pack for small child

I am interested in getting my two oldest children (ages 5 & 3) interested in backpacking. I stumbled upon a small daypack made by Granite Gear called the sidekick while perusing ebay. I thought I'd share as this gift idea for my "older" children. These packs along with the traditional "blue foam pad", energizer headlamp, and Lafuma childrens's sleeping bag will make up my gift to my two oldest. Not bad for way under $100.

The sidekick is no longer in production but I bought 2 (red one and blue one) off of ebay for under $20 each shipped.

They are 1200 CI and weigh 1.2 lbs according to the hang tag. The are constucted of cordura and have a nicely padded hip belt as well as paddes shoulder straps similar to their adult packs. The pack also features a sternum strap and water resistant zippers. It is hydration compatible and has one maind packet and two zippered outside compartments.

There is no frame, but there is a removable foam back pad if you want to encourage your little ones to start counting grams early!

There is plenty of room for food and clothing for small children with plenty of room left over.

The quality seems very good and they can certainly double as school packs.

The hang tag indicated they are for ages 3-9.

Last edited by Gohawks : 12-06-2008 at 12:12 PM.
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Old 12-06-2008, 03:14 PM
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Grannyhiker Grannyhiker is offline
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Backpack: SMD Comet
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I bought a Sidekick (on closeout) for my granddaughter "Sissy" two years ago. She is now almost 7. She carried 5 lbs. the first summer and 7 lbs. last summer, with no problems. The contents were her clothing, water bottle, snacks. Last summer she carried a few additional items. The main issue is to hoist the pack up before fastening the hipbelt, so that no weight rests on top of the shoulders.

I'm really sorry that Granite Gear discontinued this pack. It is extremely hard to find a supportive, well-fitting daypack sized for the kindergarten-grade 1 set!

Sissy is a big, strong, athletic girl, so will be carrying all her personal gear (except food) next summer in a Gossamer Gear Mariposa, size small. Her little brother, "Bear," will inherit the Sidekick.
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