Gear Review

5 5

Kanga lets your child walk

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

We’ve had the Kanga Kid for six months and got it when our daughter was 18 months; we also own a Deuter KC III. The Kanga is great for trips around town, shorter hikes, play dates to the park. It’s a day pack that unzips to hide a kid-carrying backpack with a full safety harness. It lets you indulge your budding young walker and their new found independence streak. The pack is small and nimble; has a ton of storage; is compartmentalized to keep items organized; and carries your child comfortably.
There is a big difference between the KC I-III and the Kanga in terms of how the child rides. In the Kanga your child needs to be awake and have good upper body stability – they love how they can look around, lean to the sides, and really interact with the world. The clever Deuter folk have made the back system work to handle an active child on board and still be comfortable. However, they can’t nap in the Kanga. One of our favorite features of our KCIII is that Ali loves to sleep in it.
So the Kanga is more of an on-the-go pack. It’s great for buses, small cars, moving in-and-out of stores. I definitely recommend the sun shade. Ali absolutely loves this pack and gets fired up when we bring it out – she loves being able to walk on her own and then ride, and it makes for great day hikes and trips.

One note about sizing: I’m 5’11” and my wife is 5’5” and the pack fits both of us well. I’m near the upper height limit for the pack. If you’re much taller, make sure to try it on first to see if it’s long enough to carry the weight on your hips. With our KCIII, I feel like a much taller dad could fit the pack, but the Kanga isn’t as adjustable for taller folks. Have fun with the Kanga, it really let’s your child explore.

Kanga lets your child walk