In January, Deuter sent us two Fox 40 backpacks for each of my two kids to help them on their journey of backpacking 1000 miles this year. It was like Christmas Gear Day when the two backpacks arrived. We immediately sized the backpacks to each of the kids and went backpacking for the weekend to trail test the packs. Now it has been six months and these backpacks have seen 460 trail miles, 200 miles in southwest Utah, 46 miles through the Grand Canyon, 62 miles through slot canyons, 13 National Parks and Monuments and sections of the Pacific Crest Trail. They have endured the slick rock of the southwest and the never ending rain in the Pacific Northwest. We have baked in the sun and slogged through rain showers and these backpacks have lived up to the durability they are known for.
Both kids have throughly enjoyed the backpacks so far. My son likes the additional space upgrade from the Fox 30 to the Fox 40. He joins me on alpine climbs and my longer multi-day trips. The additional space has allowed him to pack everything he needs without having get to creative on packing or leaving items out of his pack. My daughter has a longer torso and appreciated the fit of the Fox 40. I haven’t increased the amount of weight or items that she carries since the upgrade. Her only complaint has been that the shoulder straps seem closer together than before and one will annoyingly rub against her neck as she hikes. However, she has a really thin body build and even with everything singed down, the shoulder straps seem to bother her. After having two other kids wear her backpack for a weekend, they did not complain of the shoulder strap rubbing. I concluded that it must be her body makeup and as she grows the rubbing will reduce.
Just like the Fox 30, the Fox 40 offers the same great backpack features:
- Adjustable back system (Vari Quick) to accomodate growing kids and kids with different body build types
- Side pockets with enough capacity to hold a Nalgene bottle
- Secret pocket underneath the lid of backpack to hide the Kindle (that mom didn’t know was packed)
- large capacity to hold sleeping bag, clothing layers, snacks, etc.
- Attachment loops on the lid…..great for attaching solar panels to charge that hidden Kindle
- Ice Axe loop….for the ambitious child that wants to climb Mt. Rainier
Enjoy a few pictures of some of our 2016 adventures. I will follow up at the end of the year when the backpacks are tested on more miles of the Pacific Crest Trail and Oregon Coast Trail.
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