Deuter Fox 30 kid’s pack fosters a love of the outdoors from tot to teen

My daughter likes nothing more than to match hubby and me.  While this is completely adorable, it makes shopping very difficult as I have found that it’s almost impossible to find matching items for us that we both really like.  In her size we find cartoon characters and excess amounts of pink, and adult sizes don’t go small enough to fit her. 

Thank goodness there are companies like Deuter that specialize in both adult and kid’s gear that is the real deal.  No frills, no cartoons.  But, that doesn’t mean they scrimp on features, in fact quite the opposite. 

We got to review the Deuter Fox 30 backpack for our little explorer this month and she was beyond thrilled.  She had been eyeing it at REI for quite a while and talking of all the reasons she needed it, so it wasn’t surprising that she was jumping up and down excited when she realized she got to try one out. 

Adventure awaits

While our next serious camping trip is still a few weeks away, we’ve already gotten a ton of use out of this amazing bag.  From weekend trips to days out, the Deuter Fox 30 has been a lifesaver carrying the kids gear, their toys, or just the large amount of stuff we seem to require for all-day excursion. 

Whenever we can, we let my daughter pack her own stuff in the bag and then she can help carry any gear we have, any souvenirs {AKA rocks, sticks and other treasures} she picks up, and can access her stuff whenever she wants.  We also went out and got her a Camelbak hydration pack that can fit right into the Deuter Fox 30 so she can drink through the straw secured at her shoulder all along the trail instead of having to stop for each sip.    

Little kid packpack from deuter

Since my daughter is young and we only get a chance to camp a few times a year, one might think it would be silly to buy her such a serious bag.  But that’s where the brilliant design of Deuter backpacks comes in.  Like their adult bags, the Fox 30 features the Vari Quick adjustable shoulder harness system.  While in the adult packs this allows you to fine tune your bag and get the most precise fit for your body, on the children’s pack it has the added bonus of allowing it to grow with your kiddo. 


In fact, the bag grows so much that it can properly fit my 5 year old as well as my 8 and 13 year old nieces with just a quick adjustment of the Vari Quick shoulder harness.  It was mere moments and the bag was the perfect fit for each of them and the straps adjusted so that they hit in all the correct spots. 

Teen in Deuter Fox 30
Besides the ability to grow with your child throughout adolescence, I love all the features they crammed into this pint-sized bag to make it comfortable, practical, and fun to use.   

Kid in Deuter Fox 30
With a fully padded hip belt, padded shoulder straps, and Deuter’s Alpine Back System for ventilation, it looks just as comfortable as the adult version that I covet.  Trekking pole and ice axe storage loops, lashing straps on the exterior, top and bottom access points, a valuables pocket on the top of the pack, internal pocket for hydration pack, sternum strap with built in whistle {or wizzle, if you’re talking to my daughter} as well as external pockets and multiple attachment points all add to the functionality.

Deuter Fox 30 Backpack collage
You’d expect that all these features would weigh down the pack and make it hard for little ones to carry on their own, but the strong hip belt that transfers weight off your shoulders goes a long way towards lightening the load.  Add in the side compression straps for stabilizing the weight into the center of the pack, and it’s surprisingly easy for even our 5 year old to wear with her essentials in it. 

In fact, all three girls were raving about how comfortable the Deuter Fox 30 was, which goes to show how awesome the padded straps and weight distribution really are.  Even my niece that hates backpacks said she was really excited about how the Deuter pack felt and was asking to use it on her next camping/hiking trip.    

Deuter Fox 30 on teen

Of course, my pocketbook also loves the fact that this one pack can grow with my daughter from beginning hiker to experienced trekker.  Since it can last all the way until my daughter is ready for an adult backpack, it ultimately saves us a ton of money because we won’t have to replace cartoon backpacks each season.    

Because real outdoor gear shouldn’t have Dora on it.

Whether your little explorer is a hiker, an experienced traveler, or going away to sleepaway camp this summer, the Deuter Fox 30 is a great investment at only $99.  Anywhere you’d prefer to carry your load instead of dragging it behind you, the Deuter Fox 30 makes perfect sense.  Check out the Deuter site to see all the specs on the amazing Deuter Fox 30 backpack as well as their full line of kid's packs, adult bags, sleeping bags, and more.

Deuter Fox 30 specs:

Weight: 2 lbs 10 oz 
Volume: 1830 cubic inches 
Size: 24 / 9.1 / 8.7 (H x W x D) Inch 
Material: Deuter-Super-Polytex / Deuter-Ballistic

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Leanne SignatureA big thank you to Deuter for sending their Fox 30 kid's pack to facilitate this review and one for our fabulous readers.  As always, all opinions are 100% ours.

145 thoughts on “Deuter Fox 30 kid’s pack fosters a love of the outdoors from tot to teen”

  1. What a neat product that is so universal! That will definitely save you money in the future because it grows with your children!

  2. As an experienced hiker/backpacker, I’m always trying to share the experience with the younger members in my family. And, I can say, the whole design looks pretty good. And to have a little one go out for their first experience, comfort is a big factor in having them return for the second.

  3. I like the fully padded hip belt, padded shoulder straps, and Deuter’s Alpine Back System for ventilation

  4. My favorite feature is the Vari Quick adjustable shoulder harness system. I love that the pack “grows” with the kids.

  5. I like the lighter weight of this backpack and that it looks like an adult pack, but for children!
    Michelle Tucker
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  7. As someone who hiked a lot twenty years ago, I can appreciate the Alpine Back System for ventilation.

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