Delivering "adult" performance in a size appropriate for young backpackers, the Deuter Fox 40 Youth internal frame pack is built for backcountry adventure. Its 40 liter capacity equips the Fox 40 Youth pack for long day hikes or overnight trips.
The Fox 40 Youth pack utilizes Deuter's Alpine Back System. Comprised of two vertical padded foam strips and an internal framesheet, the Alpine Back System offers stability and comfort while providing a "chimney" at the spinal column for ventilation. Anatomically contoured shoulder straps enhance flexibility, comfort and precision fit. Further enhancing fit and allowing for the growth of young backpackers, Deuter's Vari-Quick harness system adjusts easily to accommodate torsos ranging from 11"-18" in length. Ventilated pads in the back, shoulder straps and hipbelt help to keep you cool and comfortable on your adventures. Load-lifter straps and a sternum strap work in tandem with the shoulder and lumbar padding to effectively distribute weight throughout the pack, further ensuring stability and comfort.
A top loading main compartment, a bottom entry compartment, and side bellows pockets allow for organization and separation of wet and dry gear. A zippered lid pocket and elastic side pockets provide additional places to store and organize gear.
Other special features of the Fox 40 Youth include an ice axe loop, trekking pole loops, and a sternum strap buckle that doubles as a safety whistle. A lined sleeve in the main compartment, and built-in tube exit points combine to make the Fox 40 Youth backpack hydration system (sold separately) compatible.
The Deuter Fox 40 Youth is available in your choice of color options.
- Deuter Alpine suspension system
- Vari Quick back adjustment
- Ice Axe and hiking pole attachment
- Side bellows pockets
- Side compression straps
- Daisy chain
- Lid pocket
- Valuables pocket under the lid
- Attachment loops on the lid
- Additional access to the main compartment via the bottom opening
- Quick and easy Pull-forward adjustment
- Gear loops on hip belt
- Chest strap with emergency whistle
- Shoulder straps with soft edges
- Hydration system compatible
Best Use Backpacking, Hiking Access Top Loading w/ Lower Sleeping Bag Compartment Warranty Limited Lifetime Volume 2440 cu in Type Internal Frame Backpack Sternum Strap Yes; Adjustable Postion Maximum Weight 26 lbs Material Ballistic/Super-Polytex Item Weight 2 lbs 14 oz Torso Adjustment Yes Hydration Compatible Yes Fits Torso 11" - 18" Dimensions 25" x 10.5" x 8.5"
Real Customer Reviews
- So far so good
Likes: A good starter pack for my son so far. Adjustable sizing is easy and fits well. Doesn't hold a ton, but for a child growing into hiking, this should be perfect.
Dislikes: I would have liked it if there were an opening in the pack for an internal hydration system like the adult Deuter packs have.
- Good Starter Pack
Likes: This is a good little starter backpack if you have young ones interested in backpacking. At the price point, it's a good value and not a huge investment if you're not entirely sure your little cubs will pick up the hobby. It's made well and very durable. Your child will certainly outgrow it long before they wear it out. The adjustable harness is a great feature too, especially if your child has a growth spurt over the course of the hiking season.
A good choice if you want to dip your toes into the pond before fully committing.
Dislikes: The bag is small for a 40L bag. It's tall and narrow which fit my sons slender body style but made it pretty difficult to get his sleeping bag in. And forget about using the sleeping bag compartment for that purpose. Unless you have an ultra expensive, ultralight down bag, it's likely too big to fit. And if you do, you probably can afford a better pack for your kid anyway.
Not a whole lot of organization and pockets either, but adequate for a bag this size.
Main con (for us) is the hip belt. My son is really thin and the belt had to be cinched down as tight as it would possibly go to snug around his hips. There's really no padding on it either so it wasn't very comfortable for him.
Luckily though, he loved backpacking so we just upgraded him to a more feature rich pack that will grow with him for a few years.
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