Ah the daily quest to keep the kids hydrated. It’s so much harder than it should be. Honestly my biggest “trick” is giving them their own hydration pack (and/or bottles…though the packs seem to hold their interest longer). Having ownership of their water really does work. And I usually just don’t fill them completely full, especially for kids 5 and younger just to cut down on weight (we can usually refill very easily).
This summer the boys were both able to test out one of Osprey’s kids’ hydrations packs, new for Spring 2015. While both packs work for anything you want them to, the biking ones tend to be a little smaller, and perfect for the smaller brother. P is wearing the MOKI (green) and J has on the HydraJet 15 (red). We use both of them for both hiking and biking.
The quick run-down of the packs, directly from Osprey:
HYDRAJET 15 – Kids Hiking Hydration
The HydraJet provides trail dedicated features and function in a youth sized daypack. Features:
Colors: Real Teal, Strawberry Red MSRP: $70
Drawing on Osprey’s popular Viper and Verve hydration packs, Moki is a streamlined hydration pack for young riders. Features:
Colors: Grasshopper Green, Wild Blue MSRP: $50
- They’re truly built for kids. P has his cinched down as small as it goes, but we just tuck in the straps and he’s good to go. The more streamlined model makes it not quite so overwhelming on a smaller back.
- The magnet keeps the hydration hoses accessible for quick drinks
- They both have enough pockets for storing a few essentials. The MOKI is mostly very streamlined, but the HydraJet has plenty of room for snacks and a jacket.
- They feel really good to THEM. Like all Osprey packs, they are built for good ventilation and flow and made to be comfortable.
What we would change:
- Truly nothing. They’re GREAT packs for kids!
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