Wednesday, January 8, 2014

BAK Gear: Littlelife Adventurer Daysack for kids

This pack is the next size evolution for the Runabout (see review here). It in fact doubles the usable volume from 3L to 6L with only a 50g increase in weight. In terms of sizing it is approximately 31x20x13 cm's.

BAM bought this on sale at MEC for $25. I would of paid full price for it anyway.

We recently tested it out on a week-long trip to Disneyland where the pack was on for approximately 8-10 hours a day. It endured flights, motorcoaches, splash mountain, roller coasters, restaurants, being runover by the BOB stroller, etc.

It's a great piece of kit because,like its smaller sibling, it is ergonomically constructed for little kids. This pack has pockets to keep items organized and strap adjustments to get the fit just right. In terms of sizing, it is meant for children aged 4 and older, and it features the following:

  • Reflective piping for increases visibility.
  • Zippered top access to main compartment.
  • Adjustable shoulder straps with chest strap.
  • Mesh bottle pocket on one side, pencil/pen sleeve on other.
It's the perfect little daypack for our BAK to carry her shit in. She was able to carry her own windbreaker, sunglasses, sunhat, electronic texter toy, small notepad with felt markers, ident photocopies, snacks, an extra pair of thin pants and socks (for the wet rides), and of course her waterbottle. Note that you should test the bag with certain larger water bottles - the Klean Kanteens don't fit well, where as some of the plastics ones do.

When not in use, we can just use the grab handle and hook it to the BOB via the Mommy Hook (which by the way is one of the better inventions out there). At night time the reflective piping is easy to spot, and in the daytime the floral pattern is quite visible as well. 

The funniest thing I've seen when going to theme parks or travelling through airports are parents who don't follow the "One Man, One Kit" rule. They end up carrying all their kids shit and that just f'n sucks balls. Kids need to carry their own, so they know the value of thoughtful packing and packing light.

The Runabout has been offloaded to the younger sibling and as you can see it is still in great shape after 4 years. And remember that little Detachable parent's safety strap on the Runabout? You can use that here as there is a D-Ring on the bag as well. 

I also need to point out that there is no extraneous webbing or sharp corners. The bag is contoured and smoothed out, with very little extra webbing. This is very good because sometimes, bags - especially larger ones with lots of webbing because of downsizing, can get caught on shit. The smoothed contours of this bag means it will run up against stuff and not get caught. Also, because this bag is almost rectangular, it can stand up by itself without falling over.  

This bag ain't at all tactical - my kid won't be running through a warzone faceshooting bad kids. So for what it's meant for, a day use pack, I'd recommend it.

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