Where to Buy:
- Lightweight aluminum frame- weighs 4 lb 10 oz
- Fold out kickstand for added stability
- Storage – Large zippered compartment below seat and one mesh pocket on side
- Padded child seat with padded 5-point child safety harness
- Height adjustable child seat
- Padded grab handle – For easy lifting
- Air-comfort mesh back panel draws moisture away and keeps air flowing in and out.
- Vari-Quick torso adjuster, adjusts from 15 – 20 inches
- Padded, curved shoulder straps with mesh lining
- Adjustable sternum strap
- Padded, adjustable waist belt with mesh lining
- Minimum weight – Can be used with babies that can support his/her own head and neck (usually 6 months and up)
- Maximum load weight – 48.5 pounds, includes child and gear
Deuter Kid Comfort I Review:
The Deuter Kid Comfort I is designed mainly for short hikes, or leisurely strolls around the neighborhood. You can also use it around the house, or use it around town on shopping adventures. It is not considered a full-featured child carrier, meaning that it doesn’t come with a ton of storage, or a ton of extra comfort features. But it’s enough to get the job done.
What I Like
It’s lightweight and low profile. The Deuter Kid Comfort I only weighs 4 lbs and 10 oz, which is about 3 pounds less than the Deuter Kid Comfort II, the next step up. It’s not big and bulky like some child carriers, yet it comes with all that you need, including one large zippered compartment below the seat, and a mesh pocket on the side.
I also like the fold-out kickstand, almost better than the locking kickstand on the Kid Comfort II and III. It’s easier to use, and you don’t have to be double jointed to fold it back in. The Deuter Kid Comfort II and III offer a locking kickstand, which is of course very stable, but at the same time it’s almost impossible to unlock once you have it positioned on your back. With the Deuter Kid Comfort I all you have to do is press your back up against a tree to get it to fold back in.
I also like the cockpit seat. It’s well padded and height adjustable. Several of the reviewers commented on this. Stating that their little one’s seemed to be extremely comfy and content. Some even had trouble staying awake.
The Deuter Kid Comfort I also offers an easy-to-use torso-length adjuster. It has a wide fit range too, so if you’re 5’4″ and your husband is say 6’3″, it will still fit both of you comfortably. The adjustment itself is very quick and easy. All you have to do is detach it, re-thread it, and you’re ready to go.
The shoulder straps and waist belt all offer plenty of padding. Plus, on the inside of the straps you’ll find 3D air mesh material, which is designed to wick the moisture away and keep you cool.
What I Don’t Like
The child safety harness is kind of a pain. It’s just like a car seat. Both shoulder straps, and both leg straps, buckle in down by your child’s belly button. So if your little one happens to be wearing a winter jacket, you really have to dig to find the buckle. On the bright side, there are compression straps on the outside of the seat that allow you to expand the cockpit for more room to work, but it’s still pretty cramped.
Also, I realize that this is not a full-featured child carrier, but it still would have been nice to have a waist belt storage pocket for those things that you need pronto, like your phone, or a sucker! Once you have the Deuter Kid Comfort I on, it’s hard to reach your pockets, and trying to reach the mesh pocket on the side just isn’t possible.
As far as customer feedback goes, the Deuter Kid Comfort I did excellent. I found reviews and ratings at REI, Backcountry.com, and Amazon. With a total of 16 reviews, all 16 rated it 4 or 5 stars. Everyone seemed to love it, especially the little ones. All of the reviewers commented on how comfortable it was. In fact, I’d have to say that the most loved feature was definitely the affective weight distribution. In other words, the weight rides on your hips, not your shoulders or your back.
The only negative feedback seemed to mirror my own, with a few reviewers complaining about the child safety seat harness, and the lack of storage on the waist belt. Another reviewer stated that the torso length just didn’t fit her right, even on the lowest setting, and she was under 5’1.
So, in answer to the question “Is it worth the price”, I’d say absolutely! Especially if you can find it on sale!
Now, the Deuter Kid Comfort I does not come with the Deuter Sun/Rain Cover, but I highly suggest buying one separately if you plan on frequent outdoor adventures.
Where to Buy: (MSRP $199.00)
Our 13 month old LOVES backpack rides in the Deuter Kid Comfort I. We’re not sure if she just enjoys being really high up, or if it’s just incredibly comfortable, but “loves” is an accurate reflection of her feelings for this backpack. My husband is usually the one that carriers her, but it fits my 5’8″ frame as well as his 6’3″ frame. The Deuter Kid Comfort I is amazingly light, even with her in it.
Amazon Review, Paraphrased for size – View original here…..
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