A Hydration Pack For Kids
Our family refers to the modern hydration pack accessory as a “bike bag”. For instance: “Wait. You forgot your bike bag?” Or, “Why the hell is your bike bag so heavy?” And, when we’re road trippin’… “Hey! We’re not there yet because we have to make a pee stop every half hour. Why do you keep drinking from your bike bag?!” See? It just doesn’t roll off the tongue with the same eloquence. Maybe we’re too lazy to utter those additional syllables that give the Dakine Shuttle 6L Hydration Pack its due.
My younger son really likes his Hydration Pack. Why? Simply because it fits him and it doesn’t hold that much stuff once you have a 2-liter water bladder in there. Sure, there’s still plenty of room for a decent sized knife or small machete, rocks, billions of bullet casings and shotgun shells, stinky old animal bones, and oddly shaped- sharp metal debris he scavenges while on a ride. But, these were designed to fit women. The shortened height/length of the pack and its narrow girth fit my 10 year old, 65 lb kid like tread on tires.
Features of the Dakine Shuttle 6L Hydration Pack
- Size: about 17 in. tall x 7.5 in. wide
- Holds a 2L / 70 oz. water bladder
- Breathable air mesh back panel and shoulder straps
- Fleece sunglass pocket
- Removable waist belt with plastic buckle
The zipper tabs/pulls have thin nylon cord looped through them with an additional molded plastic grip so your womprat can get to their snacks with gloves on. The mesh shoulder straps are quite breathable and durable. For additional comfort, there’s a bit of stitched-in padding along the length of the interior that goes against the user’s back. And, on the outer exterior, there are 2 more decent sized pockets. One runs horizontal across the top. The other is a vertical pocket. Adults could use these for car keys, a cell phone, sunscreen, sunglasses, etc. My kid use this additional storage to lovingly ripen his leftover sandwiches. Once I pulled something out of here in a sealed bag and I couldn’t tell what it was… P-B and J? Ham and cheese? Fruit? When it’s green and mushy, your guess is as good as mine.
Anyway, the Dakine Shuttle 6L Hydration Pack has been a wonderful piece of equipment for my son. If you’re looking for a hydration pack for kids, I strongly recommend this. Because it fits my kid, he feels comfortable carrying some of his own stuff for a change. Just don’t tell him that I usually hide one of my spare 27.5 tubes and full-size hex wrench set in there.