The Sprout in Verde (green) 1050 Ballistic. The Sprout in Verde (green) 1050 Ballistic in Taiga 200 Halcyon interior. A profile shot of The Sprout in Verde (green) 1050 Ballistic. The Sprout in Navy (blue) 1050 Ballistic. The Sprout in Navy (blue) 1050 Ballistic with Tidal 200 Halcyon interior. A profile shot of The Sprout in Navy (blue) 1050 Ballistic. The Sprout in Burnt Orange 1050 Ballistic. The Sprout in Burnt Orange 1050 Ballistic with Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon interior. A profile shot of The Sprout in Burnt Orange 1050 Ballistic. The Sprout in Aubergine (purple) 1050 Ballistic. The Sprout in Aubergine (purple) 1050 Ballistic with a Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A profile shot of The Sprout in Aubergine (purple) 1050 Ballistic. The Sprout in Steel (medium-grey) 1050 Ballistic. The Sprout in Steel (medium-grey) 1050 Ballistic in Solaris 200 Halcyon interior. The Sprout in Black 1050 Ballistic. The Sprout in Black 1050 Ballistic with Solaris 200 Halcyon interior.
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The Sprout Kid's Pack

$85.00

10 liters / 625 cu.in.

Burnt Orange 1050 Ballistic/Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon
Black 1050 Ballistic/Solaris 200 Halcyon
Steel 1050 Ballistic/Solaris 200 Halcyon
The rear of The Sprout. The left side of The Sprout. The right side of The Sprout. A top-down shot of The Sprout. The bottom panel of the Sprout. The Sprout on different children's body types. A child wearing The Sprout to school. A child drawing on a white-erase board while wearing The Sprout. Children wearing The Sprout. A child holding a full Sprout bag. A child hiking with The Sprout. A child wearing The Sprout accompanied by their parent at a geyser. A profile shot of a child wearing The Sprout. A profile shot of a child wearing The Sprout. A child wearing The Sprout with the sternum strap connected. A child wearing The Sprout. A child wearing The Sprout. Children wearing The Sprout. A child accessing the main compartment of The Sprout. A child reading with The Sprout on the ground next to their chair. A child coloring a picture surrounded by accessories and The Sprout. A close shot of the main and top zippers of The Sprout. A child accessing the top zipper of The Sprout. A child pulling a stuffed animal from the top pocket of The Sprout. A child holding the the main pocket of The Sprout wide open. A child pulling a pouch of Legos from the main compartment of The Sprout. A child connecting their craft pouch to an o-ring in the main pocket of The Sprout. A child pulling an organizer pouch from The Sprout. A child folding their jacket, The Sprout waiting patiently next to them. A child placing their jacket into the main compartment of The Sprout. A child opening their full Sprout. A child taking a book out of The Sprout. A child removing a book from the main compartment of The Sprout. A child zipping up the zipper of The Sprout.

Description

Designed to be a kid’s first backpack. Or at least the first pack they’ll actually want to carry.

We've found that if you talk with kids, rather than down to them, you might learn a thing or two. Like that not all of them want teddy bears, princesses and super heroes on their backpacks — some kids want the same cool organization and features that the grown-ups get. When we designed The Sprout, we applied all the same consideration and thought we put into our adult backpacks, scaled down to kid size. For children 4 years to 8 years old, The Sprout just might be the #1 backpack out there for day hikes, museum/library/field trips, even an overnight at the grandparents.

The top zippered pocket on The Sprout is just deep enough for small stuff: a toy, a snack, a hat or gloves. In this top pocket is one O-ring — add a Mini Organizer Pouch to secure school ID, library card, bus pass, etc. Directly above this top zippered pocket is a grab handle — also useful for hanging The Sprout on a coat hook. The two vertical seams on the front exterior of The Sprout effectively act as pleats, and serve to keep the bag's streamlined shape no matter how much is stuffed into the main compartment. 

The main compartment of The Sprout zips open over a wide arc, allowing easy access to the pockets and organization inside. Inside the main compartment are four further organizational pockets. One — against the back of the bag — has an elastic-banded top and is ideal for storing a folded jacket or sweater. The second organizational pocket is directly across and on the inside of the front of the bag; it’s sized to fit a deck of cards (we like UNO!) or similar.  The remaining two interior pockets are on the left and right sides of The Sprout and can fit snack bars, other small-ish items, or our Mini Organizer Pouches. Also in the main compartment are four O-rings to tether more Organizer Pouches, toys, and what-have-you.

The remainder of the main compartment is ready for larger items: a stuffed animal, a 3D Organizer Cube of Legos, a lunch box, a water bottle, a small book or two. The bottom of the bag is made of black 1050d ballistic nylon (no matter the main exterior color) to help hide dirt and scuffs; the bottom seam has piping, which helps The Sprout stand up while it’s being packed. 

The Sprout features simple and surprisingly comfy webbing backpack straps and a removable sternum strap. The original Sprout didn’t have a sternum strap until our very first beta-tester (Sloane, age 4; read more about her experience testing The Sprout here) gave us some excellent feedback in that regard.

A word on backpacks, comfort, and packing: we believe that part of wearing a backpack is being responsible for how much heavy stuff you load in it and being aware of how comfortable (or not) it feels on your back. A new backpack offers a great opportunity to lead by example and share this advice with your kids: grab your backpack, have your kid grab their Sprout, and pack your bags, teaching them that heavier stuff goes on the bottom and lighter stuff on the top. Put the packs on, adjust the sternum straps, and ask: does it feel good? Too heavy? Lop-sided? Pokey?

The plastic zipper pulls on The Sprout are less noisy than their metal counterparts; you can make them even more friendly to kid-sized-hands by adding Cord Zipper Pulls. A pack of Cord Zipper Pulls w/ Plastic Ends is included with The Sprout for this very purpose; they’re small parts, so make sure to either assemble them yourself (watch this handy video we made!) or supervise the process. Did you notice the super cool dragonfly knot shown in some of our photos? Check out this tutorial. And if you’d like to try the dragonfly knot, order some of our Cord Zipper Pull, Cord Only (5 Yards) or pick up some paracord at your local outdoor store.

 

Materials

U.S. high tenacity 1050 denier ballistic nylon
200 denier Halcyon/nylon ripstop fabric lining
Tough Duraflex®, Nexus, and Woojin buckles and related components

Specs

Dimensions:
13.8" x 11.0" x 5.7" / 350 x 280 x 145 mm
Weight:
15.0 oz / 425 grams
Volume:
625 cubic inches / 10 liters (ASTM Standard Measure)
Cuteness Factor:
120%
Total O-rings: 5 (4 in the main compartment; 1 in the top pocket)
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Our bags are designed and sewn right here in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.

That allows us to be control freaks in the best way possible; we have direct control and oversight of the quality of our materials, our products, and the jobs and working environment that we help create. It also offers us a unique spontaneity: when we have an idea for a new product or accessory, we can design it, figure out how to build it, add it to our website and be ready to ship it out our front door all within just a few weeks. How cool is that?

Intrigued? You can find out more about the unusual way we do business on our Company Philosophy page.

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Everything you buy from us here at TOM BIHN is satisfaction guaranteed. We’ve been in business for over 30 years and we stand behind what we make.

If something goes wrong and it's our fault, we'll fix it for free. Repairs due to normal wear and tear or due to other things that are not our fault will be performed, when possible, at a reasonable charge right here in our Seattle factory where your bag was made. Defects in materials or workmanship are uncommon and almost always evident while the product is still new. Keep in mind that bags and packs are often subject to extreme wear in everyday use: do not expect them to last forever. Only true love lasts forever! You can expect a TOM BIHN product to give years and years of hard service.

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Super cute and thoughtful backpack

I've been looking for a small backpack for daily use and this does the job perfectly! I love the cute and round design of the Sprout and was eagerly waiting for the next time it'd be available. I was worried that it wouldn't fit me (5'3") since it is after all a kid's backpack, but the straps on the new design are definitely long enough (in fact I have a few inches to spare). I got one in Verde / Taiga and also one in Black / Solaris. It fits more than I expected -- 32oz nalgene, phone/wallet/keys, and a medium weight sweater with no problem. It also fits an 11.9" iPad (though it's a super tight fit).

The design is extremely thoughtful. Compared to the Synapse, the fabric is thicker (durability!!) and the zippers are easier to pull on and more lightweight (I figure so that it's easier for to kids to use). It's these little touches that remind me how much I like Tom Bihn :)

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Best Little Backpack Out There!

I have one of these in the older style in Black Halcyon that I've used for years as my daily carry and adventure bag with a smaller Side Effect in it as a transferable purse, and I was thrilled at the re-release! I'm an adult and use these myself as they're the perfect small size and they're super cute! I love the no-nonsense straps, too, although I don't need the sternum strap (yay for removable). I got one in Steel, one in Verde, and one in Navy because I couldn't choose and they'll rotate out. Excellent little pack for my Side Effect purse, small insulated water bottle, snacks, phone & accessories, maps, foldable sun hat, and other odds and ends. Cute, comfy, durable, and complimented all the time... Win!

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My toddler’s first backpack!

My kiddo loves to stash her coloring books (those stretch compartments inside nicely accommodate a 24 crayon box), several books, headphones, an emergency set of clothes, and of course—snacks for when the “hanger” strikes. Emergency sunglasses fit in her top pocket, at the ready! She loves the deep blue color, too!

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The Squeal of delight says it all!

We waited many years for the reissue of this bag for my granddaughter. Her older brother has the original Sprout which is a bit smaller with fewer loops and inside organizers. The upgrade is on point, and I’m sure these two bags will be treasured for many years.

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