Your hands are free and baby is happy when you head for the trail with the Kid Carrier I.
- The 5-point harness secures child with cushioned straps and easy-to-use buckle that makes getting the little one in and out a 'snap'
- Vari-Quick adjustment system allows parents to easily change the strap locations for the ideal fit (torso adjust: 15-20 inches)
- Aircomfort mesh back panel draws moisture away from your back and permits air to flow in/out (from the bottom and sides) to keep your back cool and dry
- Padded hip-belt and aluminum frame provide support and proper weight distribution
- Fold-out aluminum stand is directly attached to the frame to support the carrier (on level surface) even when fully loaded
- Height-adjustable seat permits use with babies and toddlers (babies should be able to hold up head before riding in carrier)
- Adjustable shoulder/head pads let you vary the distance from the frame whether child is upright or sleeping
- Large lower pouch and small mesh side pocket are ideal for diapers, snacks, and bottle
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Three kids and still going strong
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
We have three kids (1, 3, & 6), and have used the Kid Comfort I extensively for each kid. We often hike with friends with different kid carriers, and this one is always the envy of the group. The primary reason it performs better is how close the child sits to the parent's back - we've found that most other carriers have the child sitting farther away. My wife and I are quite fit, but have both have some back problems, and this carrier is as comfortable as any backpack out there. The material has help up very well, and other than being dirty (we could probably do a better job of cleaning it), there are no defects whatsoever. I'm a huge fan of the sun/rain hood that attaches easily. We've taken this to the Hoh Rain forest during a torrential downpour, and our daughter stayed dry above her waist. We've taken our kids all over the cascades, and much of the mountain west, and I'm convinced that this is the best pack on the market for the money.
Brother in law has this one
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
My bro in law has this kid carrier. He loves it. It is super simple and great for festivals and day hikes. You can go wring with this one. Kick stand is sturdy and it gets the job done.
Aircontact KC I Back System
KCI lightweight and comfortable
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
We we're given a KCI at our baby shower, and it has been our favorite present. Our daughter is almost 2 now, and she's been riding in the KCI since about 6 mo. old when she developed head control. She loves it - it's padded, allows her to look forward and out at the world, is easy to fall asleep in, has a great sun shade, and is easy to adjust as baby grows. The child harness component is totally bomber, but easy to snap together. We use the KCI to take the baby craggin' in the Owens River Gorge, Red Rocks, Buttermilks, etc.
The pack is lightweight and very comfortable to wear - such a great upgrade from ERGO type slings that killed our backs. The pack adjusts easily for either parent with a velcro strap -it takes 10 seconds to switch from Mom to Dad size. The sun shade is removable and the KCI packs well in smaller cars, buses etc.
For storage there's a big main compartment, and mesh on either side of the child. There isn't a ton of storage for long, all day hikes but there is just enough space for the child's gear. The pack is best at shorter trips or trips with both parents carrying packs. When going solo with the baby we have a Kid Carrier III which is heavier but has enough storage for both a parent and child's stuff.
Our daughter isn't a big fan of sitting still or her car seat, but loves riding in the KCI; we've used it as a go-to sleep inducer. Even when she was little, other hikers/climbers would comment on how happy she seemed riding in the KCI. It's a great pack that will be super comfortable for child and parent; it's sturdy with a big kickstand, durable, and will get you outside!
VARIQUICK Adjustable Shoulder Harness
Optional sun roof/rain cover
Great Kid Carrier
After experimenting with an old Kelty Explorer, mainly to see if my 19 month old daughter would actually like it, I arrived at the Deuter Kid Comfort 1. So far it has been great. I find this carrier has all you need regarding storage features for short to medium excursions, and carries the weight nicely. It is not as fully featured as some other carriers. This particular model does not feature an automatic kick stand when you remove the pack to put it down, and is not compatible with the additional Deuter sun shade if I am not mistaken. The most important thing is the kiddo loves being in it for our outside adventures. This is a great product if you are looking for something well designed, and a bit lower profile than some of the other carriers.