Outdoor Products Backpack for Kids

OutdoorProductsArrowheadWhen I do talks and workshops on backpacking for new Scouts, I put an emphases on making the backpack one of the last buys people should make.

Those just starting off in lightweight backpacking should focus first on other gear, like their sleeping bag, shelter and clothing, then choose a pack that best accommodates their gear choices.

My suggestion is to borrow or rent before buying. However, for a younger boy, you may want to consider a pack I recently discovered. It is inexpensive, plenty big for beginning lightweight enthusiasts and can be purchased at Walmart.

Also found at various online stores, including Amazon.com, this lightweight backpack has all the features any Boy Scout would need for most weekend or week-long backpack trips. The best part is that it is 46 liters, weighs about 1.5 pounds and costs about $35!

The Outdoor Products Arrowhead is a small-framed pack, designed for kids. Some adults have purchased this pack and it simply does not fit most people over the age of 13. Based on the reviews I’ve read, the Arrowhead is a decent piece of gear.

Arrowhead Backpack Reviews>>

To learn more about how to choose a backpack, read my post, Choosing a Backpack.

Overnight in the Locals 14.2 Miles


Amber and I showing off our lightweight backpacks. Even Andy joined in our joy!

Our busy lives have kept us from from getting out together for nearly 1-1/2 years! Blame it on conflicting schedules, high school football, and other commitments that–quite frankly–are also important to us. Amber and I have both continued to backpack, but haven’t together for a long time. So, we finally got it on the calendar and headed out into the forest.

Saturday afternoon, we parked our car, hid the key and Continue reading

Ultralight Buys for a Buck


99¢ Only Store — “Ultralight Depot”

One of the exciting aspects of ultralight backpacking is the on-going quest for light, small and cheap equipment.

Typically, “small and light” comes at a higher price, but what if I could show you how to buy ultralight items at an ultracool price of a dollar each? Continue reading

Leave the TP at Home

You can’t be serious

Before outhouses and modern toilets, we had holes in the ground. In fact, toilets are relatively new to modern society. Most of the campers I lead on backpacks cringe at the thought of having to poop in the woods. Some think it’s sick, abnormal or my favorite, “ungodly.” Continue reading