My son just crossed over to Boy Scouts and I'm trying to find a pack that would fit him. He has a pack I made for him that fits fine, but only is only about 21 L and weighs about 12 oz. That's fine when we are backpacking as a family, but I don't think he's going to have room for the shared patrol gear. Right now he can fit his sleeping bag, sleeping pad, clothes and water and everything weighs about 8 lbs.
The problem is his torso lenth is about 13.5 inches and he only weighs 55 lbs. We would like to keep his total weight under 11 lbs. I really don't want to put him in a 3 - 4 pound pack, but most of the commercial packs seem to be in that range.
Any ideas of a commercial pack that might fit him, or do I need to get the sewing maching back out and just make him a bigger pack?