Having trouble deciding which baby backpack carrier is best for you? Take a look below and decide which of the three descriptions fits you the best, then check out the options.
1) Urban Walker or Traveler
You’re looking for a baby backpack carrier you can use on your family vacation, or just around town. Something lightweight, easy to store, and doesn’t take up too much space. You want it to be comfortable for you and your child, but you don’t necessarily need a ton of storage. You also need it to adjust easily, because you won’t always be the one carrying your child, and you want it to fit everyone. You also want a baby backpack carrier that’s easy to load and unload because you’ll be using it often on quick trips here and there. If this describes your situation, here are a few options:
Kelty TC 3.0 Baby Backpack Carrier
Details: It looks more like a backpack than a child carrier. It offers plenty of storage, and en easy to use child safety harness, as well as a stable foot bar for loading and unloading. This baby backpack carrier also comes with a sun/rain hood, and lots of extra pockets for convenience. It weighs about 5 pounds and offers a maximum load weight of 40 pounds. Did I mention that it also offers and easy-to-use sliding torso adjuster? Oh, and if the sunshade is not necessary, check out the Kelty Junction 2.0, it’s the next step down and it’s about $30 dollars less. Get more details, read the Kelty TC 3.0 Review.
Details: This is the lightest frame style baby backpack carrier on the market. It weighs only 3 pounds, and takes up very little space. It doesn’t come with a whole lot of bells and whistles, but it does offer one storage pocket, a child safety harness, padded shoulder straps, and a padded waist belt. It’s comfortable, and easy to use. Plus it offers a kickstand for easy loading and unloading, as well as an adjustable frame that grows with your child. The Kokopax Classic can be used from 6 months up to 35 pounds. Want more details? Read the Kokopax Classic Full Review.
2) Light Hiker or Urban Traveler.
You love the outdoors, and you want your kids to love it too. You want a baby backpack carrier that you can take on hikes, but you also want something you can use at your local shopping mall without looking out of place. You’re looking for something with plenty of storage, but you don’t want it to be too bulky. You’ll be using it solo as well, so it needs to be easy to load and unload by yourself. You would also like a baby backpack carrier that offers plenty of support for both you and your child, in case your hikes are longer than expected. If this describes you, here are a couple of option:
Osprey Poco Plus
Details: This baby backpack carrier comes equipped with everything you need for a day at the mall, or a day on the trail. It offers plenty of storage, a fully padded cockpit and height-adjustable seat, as well as an easy-to-use child safety harness. It also offers a locking kickstand for safe loading and unloading, as well as padded grab handle bars that make it easy to lift and position. The Poco Plus also offers dual foot stirrups, designed to give your child more support in the seated position, making longer outings more comfortable. On top of that, the Fit-on-the-Fly hip belt and padded shoulder straps distribute the weight evenly to your hips, so it’s comfortable for you too. It weighs 6 pounds, and has a maximum load weight of 48.5 pounds. Check out the Osprey Poco Plus Review for more details.
Kelty Journey 2.0
Details: This baby backpack carrier comes equipped with a padded cockpit and height-adjustable seat, as well as an easy-to-use child safety harness, with buckles over the shoulder and easy access leg loops. It also comes with Kelty’s signature rain/sun hood, plenty of storage, including extra storage on the hip belt, hydration pack storage, and a large compartment on back and under the seat. The auto-deploy kickstand gives you a safe durable base for loading and unloading, and the sliding-pin torso-adjuster makes adjustments a breeze. The padded shoulder straps, and contoured waist belt give the wearer plenty of support, and effectively transfers almost all of the load weight to the wearer’s hips. It weighs roughly 7 pounds, and offers a maximum load weight of 50 pounds. Read the Kelty Journey 2.0 Review for more information.
3) Serious Outdoor Enthusiast!
You’re looking for a full-featured, fully loaded baby backpack carrier. It has to be capable of going the distance. You need lots of storage for full day hikes, or even over-niter’s. You need it to have excellent weight distribution for those heavy loads, and plenty of support for both you and your child. Protection against the elements is also key, so it needs to have a sun/rain shield. The more convenient, the better, and it needs to be safe, and durable. Here are a couple of options:
Deuter Kid Comfort III
Details: The Deuter Kid Comfort III is a deluxe version. It comes with everything you need and more. This baby backpack carrier comes equipped with a locking kickstand, fully padded cockpit with height-adjustable saddle seat, child safety harness, and an integrated sun/rain hood. The Deuter Kid Comfort III also offers side-entry, in other words, you can un-buckle the side of the cockpit and your child can load themselves. It also offers excellent weight distribution. Most, if not all of the load weight is transferred to your hips, partly because of the Deuter’s awesome hip belt. It’s called a Vari-Flex hip belt, and when you walk it pivots in the center, and the hip fins move with your body. This baby backpack carrier weighs roughly 7 pounds, and has a maximum load weight of 48.5 pounds. Read the Deuter Kid Comfort III Full Review for more information.
Osprey Poco Premium
Details: The Poco Premium is the deluxe model in its series. It offers tons of storage, including a detachable daypack with a padded changing pad. It also features Osprey Packs popular Fit-on-the-Fly Hip Belt with retractable padding. In other words, you can extend the padding on each side up to 3 inches. This baby backpack carrier also offers a fully padded cockpit with a height-adjustable seat, and an extremely easy-to-use child safety harness. Also, the Poco Premium offers dual foot stirrups designed to give your child more support in the seated position. More support means more comfort, and more comfort means longer hikes. It weighs about 7 pounds 9 ounces, and offers a maximum load weight of 48.5 pounds. Check out the Poco Premium Review & Video Demo for more information.