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Osprey Poco Plus Child Carrier Review

Osprey Poco Plus Child Carrier – Koala Grey

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Highlights:

  • Lightweight aluminum frame with, weighs 6 pounds 15 ounces
  • Injection molded hinges and a locking kickstand
  • Maximum load weight of 48.5 pounds
  • Storage – 1404 cubic inches
  • Padded grab handles for a balanced lift
  • Height adjustable saddle child seat
  • Fully padded cockpit frame
  • Adjustable child safety harness
  • Compression straps adjust cockpit size
  • Dual adjust foot stirrups
  • Removable, washable drool pad
  • Built-in sunshade stores in zippered pocket
  • Mesh side wings with mesh pockets for toys, drinks, and snacks
  • Fit-on-the-Fly Hip-Belt provides a wide range of fit options
  • 3D tensioned mesh back panel
  • Torso-length adjuster
  • Large stretch-mesh pocket on top panel
  • Smaller zippered pocket on top panel
  • Large zippered lower compartment
  • Two stretch-mesh pockets on the sides
  • Cell-phone pocket on shoulder strap
  • AddOn cord loops makes it easy to attach a Daylight Daypack (sold separately)

Osprey Poco Plus Review:

Osprey Poco Plus Child Carrier ReviewI am extremely impressed with Osprey Pack’s new line of Poco Child Carriers. I’ve been waiting for them to jump into the child carrier market for quite some time now, and all I can say is, they were definitely worth the wait. The craftsmanship alone gets me giddy. You really have to watch the video below to get a feel for this new line. Now, I won’t go into too much detail, but I will tell you what makes the Osprey Poco Plus so special.

What We Love:

The Dual-Adjust Foot Stirrups. Oh how I wish I had these on my Deuter! They give your child more support, and if you plan on going the distance, proper leg support is important. They can situate themselves easier when they need to, and they won’t feel the need to dig their feet into your back to find the frame. Several of the reviewers also commented about the fact that the cockpit seat is extremely comfortable for their little one’s. It’s fully padded, and there’s a chin pad, aka drool pad, that allows your child to rest his/her head when their eye lid’s get heavy. Many of the reviewers were impressed when their child actually fell asleep on the trail, and slept comfortably for quite some time.

Osprey Poco Plus Child Carrier Review

The Fit-On-The-Fly Hip Belt. This is seriously cool. The padding is retractable, so it doesn’t matter how wide you are, or how little you are, it fit’s comfortably. Plus, the Osprey Poco Plus also offers a torso-length adjuster that slides the shoulder harness up or down. Several of the reviewers stated that it was extremely easy to use, and fit smaller frames just as well as bigger frames. One reviewer in particular commented that it fit her husband, who is 6’3″ with room to spare, and fit her at 5’4″ comfortably.

Balanced weight distribution. It’s an exact science really, getting the weight to ride on the wearer’s hips verses their neck or shoulder. The Osprey Poco Plus does it well, extremely well in fact. Several of the reviewers commented on this. Stating that it felt as if they were carrying nothing but a light backpack. You can carry up to 48.5 pounds including child and gear, which is pretty common for child carriers. However, with the Osprey Poco Plus, you really can carry that much weight comfortably.

Instant Deploy Sun Hood. Just the fact that the Osprey Poco Plus comes with a sun/rain hood is a plus. I had to buy mine separate for my Deuter Kid Comfort II. The Poco Plus hood is integrated, and stores in it’s own zippered pocket, which is a huge convenience. It also offers plenty of protection against the elements. Several of the reviewers commented about this. Stating that it was an absolute necessity, and that it came in handy more than once.

Osprey Poco Plus Child Carrier Review

Child Seat and Harness

Child Safety Harness. Okay, this is probably my favorite feature. This harness is beyond easy to use. The only buckles you have to worry about, are the ones that buckle over the shoulders, that’s it! You don’t have to dig down and find the leg straps, or try and find the shoulder straps that  have somehow gotten tucked up under their butt. I’m not the only one that feels this way either. Several of the reviewers, especially ones that have tried many child carriers in the past, felt the same way I did about the Osprey Poco Plus child safety harness.

 What We Don’t Like

The Under-Seat Storage Compartment is a bit of a disappointment. While the compartment seems plenty big, once you’ve loaded it up, you can’t fold the kickstand in. The kickstand compresses the compartment, taking away most of the storage space. So if you have to load it up, you have to walk around with kickstand stuck out. Now, if you’re out in the woods on an open trail, this may not be that big of a deal. It doesn’t throw off your center of gravity or anything like that, but if you’re hiking up a tight game trail, it’s a problem. Also, the pocket on the waist belt is not the easiest to access, and the cell phone pocket is small. So if you have a Razr, or a large Smart Phone, it probably won’t fit. The only other complaint was regarding the price. It’s expensive! But it’s also quality built, and will last you for a very long time.

Customer Feedback:

Now, the Osprey Poco Plus Child Carrier is still pretty new to the market, so you won’t find a ton of customer feedback out there yet, but believe me when I say that this line of child carriers won’t disappoint! Even with the complaints, pretty much all of the reviewers agreed that the Osprey Poco Plus was one of the best child carriers on the market. I checked everywhere for reviews, Amazon, Backcountry.com, REI, and CampSaver.com. I found a total of 23 reviews. All but 2 reviewers rated the Osprey Poco Plus a full 5 stars.

Where to Buy:

If you’re still undecided, check out the video demonstration below to see it in action.

Osprey Poco Plus Video Demo:

 You can also check out the Osprey Poco Premium. It has everything that the Poco Plus offers except that you get an additional daypack and changing pad.

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