Osprey Poco Review – Osprey Packs New Poco Child Carrier

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  • Lightweight aluminum frame
    • Weighs only 6 pounds
  • Maximum load weight – 48.5 pounds
  • Storage – 671 cubic inches (about half of what the Poco Plus offers)
    • Mesh side wing pockets
    • Stretch mesh pocket on back with zippered stash pocket in the center for smaller items
    • Large zippered pocket below cockpit
  • AddOn Cord Loops – You can attach an Osprey Daylight Daypack (sold separately) for additional storage if necessary
  • Hydration Sleeve – Located behind the back panel, the cambelbak or water bladder is sold separately
  • Fully padded frame and cockpit
  • Removable and washable chin pad, aka drool pad
  • Height adjustable child seat
  • Adjustable child safety harness – Buckles over the shoulder, as opposed to buckling down by the navel
  • Dual, adjustable foot stirrups – Gives your child additional support in the seated position
  • Compression straps – Located on the outside of the cockpit, these straps allow you to expand or compress the size of the cockpit based on the size of your child
  • Padded grab handles – Allow for easy lifting and positioning on your back
  • Curved, padded shoulder straps and padded hip belt
  • Torso-length Adjuster – You can easily adjust the shoulder harness by sliding it up or down, provides a 6 inch range of adjustment
  • 3D Tensioned Mesh Back Panel – Provides a contoured fit and keeps the air flowing

Osprey Poco Review:

Osprey Poco Review - Side View - RedThe new Osprey Poco Child Carriers are still pretty new to the market, therefore you won’t find a whole lot of customer feedback out there yet. However, I am confident when I say that these backpack child carriers won’t disappoint.

There are three different models in this series, the Poco, Poco Plus, and Poco Premium. The Osprey Poco offers the most basic design, with minimal storage, and few extra’s. It is designed for short hikes and easy strolls, or around town use.

What I Like:

It weighs less than the other child carriers in this series, and it’s not near as bulky. Overall, it offers about half the storage that the Poco Plus offers, which is the next step up, yet it’s still more than enough for everyday use.

Osprey Poco Review - Child Harness and SeatThe Osprey Poco Child Carrier offers a comfortable and supportive seat. It’s also height adjustable, and it comes with a removable, and washable chin pad, or drool pad. The harness is padded and adjustable as well, and so is the seat. It’s also extremely easy to adjust and use. Instead of having to dig down to buckle all the straps, the only buckles and adjustments you need to worry about are over the shoulders. The seat locks and unlocks and slides up or down, depending on how tall your child is. There are also compression straps on the outside of the cockpit, which allow you to expand or compress the cockpit. This makes loading and unloading so much easier.

The dual foot stirrups are a HUGE bonus, especially if you have a taller child. The foot stirrups are adjustable as well, and they allow your child to ride comfortably for longer periods of time.Osprey Poco Review - Back View - Blue

The Osprey Poco child Carrier is also comfortable for the wearer. The shoulder straps are curved and padded, and the waist belt is contoured to fit your body. The design itself effectively transfers the load weight to your hips, verses your shoulders or back, and helps you maintain your center of gravity even with a heavy load.

What I Don’t Like:

Now, there’s not much I don’t like about the Osprey Poco, but since I’m being picky, I’ll just mention a couple of things. First of all, it would be nice if there was some type of storage on the waist belt, like the other two Poco Carriers in the series. There are times when you need something pronto, and trying to reach back to the mesh pockets is next to impossible. It would also be nice if the sunshade came with it.

Osprey Daylight Daypack

Osprey Daylight Daypack

I mentioned above that the Osprey Poco has minimal storage, about half as much as the Poco Plus. I’m not complaining about this, I think it’s perfect, but for those of you that change your mind down the road and want more storage, you can simply buy the Osprey Daylight Daypack and attach it. You get about 750 more cubic inches of storage with the Daypack, which is great, but it does cost about $65 dollars more.

Customer Feedback:

The Osprey Poco is still pretty new to the market, therefore there’s not much out there yet in terms of customer feedback. However, what little there is, is all good. I checked REI, Backcountry, and Amazon. I only found a few reviews, all of which rated the Osprey Poco a full 5 stars. No complaints.


If you’re looking for a carrier with all the comforts and convenience of a full-featured child carrier without the bulk, I definitely recommend the Osprey Poco. It’s lightweight, easy to use, and comfortable for both you and your child.

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