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So big you can almost fit two kids in it ... but don't do that.
The Kid Comfort III from Deuter is a highly engineered kid carrier that provides superior comfort for you and your child on long day hikes or quick adventures in the city. The adjustable back system and pivoting waist-belt on this kid carrier mean you can really go the distance without ruining your back or losing your balance, while the included teddy bear helps your kid go the distance without getting bored. The III is the biggest and burliest Kid Comfort carrier in Deuter's line; while you can't carry more kid, you can carry more stuff along for the trip.
The Varifit adjustment system allows you to customize your fit by making individual height adjustments, which is good for both parents. Aircontact system uses an anatomically shaped X-frame for support. The padded hip-belt and aluminum frame provide support and proper weight distribution. Two handles aid in putting the pack on or hauling it in and out of your car. In case you need to set the carrier down (with or without your kid in it), the fold-out aluminum stand is directly attached to the frame to support the carrier on level surfaces. A large lower pouch and small mesh side pocket are ideal for diapers, snacks, and bottle. Make sure you stay hydrated when you are porting your precious kid by utilizing the hydration compartment.
The only problem with the III is that the passenger might not want to leave the cockpit. The Kid Comfort III keeps your little one protected with its integrated sun roof and rain cover into the high back headrest, which means that your kid stays happy. This carrier has a 5-point harness secures child with cushioned straps and easy-to-use buckle that makes getting the little one in and out easy. The height-adjustable seat permits use with babies and toddlers (babies should be able to hold up head before riding in carrier). You can vary the distance from the frame whether your kid is upright or sleeping with the adjustable shoulder/head pads. The head pad lets your kid sleep soundly and even catches stray drool―there's even a detachable and washable dribble pillow just for that.
- Varifit adjustable shoulder harness
- Aluminum frame with fold-out stand
- Aircontact back system, Veriflex padded hip-belt
- Hydration compatible
- Adjustable 5-point child safety harness
- High back headrest with integrated sun roof and rain cover
- Side entry child access
- Adjustable shoulder/head pads
- Detachable/washable dribble pillow
- Height-adjustable seat, breathable seat cushions
- Large lower zippered cargo space and small mesh side pocket
- Maximum carrying capacity 48.5lb
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- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Deuter makes one of the highest quality, feature rich kid carriers on the planet. This pack is stable in rough terrain and has a solid loading system, essential for keeping the goods stable when you make the big move. One of the more impressive features of this pack are the straps and hip belt. Very well padded and adjustable.
The Deuter KC3 helps Keith and Ali get into the Sierra above Bishop to escape the mid-summer heat.
Ali and Julie beat the heat in Tuolumne after a hike along the river
Ali enjoys the dirt at the Happy Boulders thanks to a great ride from a Deuter KC 3
Best for toddlers post-18 months
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
After having raised one kiddo scaling up mountains in Glacier Natl. Park with a Kelty Kid Backpack from the early 2000s, I was on the look out for the best pack for my second little one years later. We chose the Deuter Kid Comfort III because our old Kelty had a sunshade and big storage capacity, which is key if you are doing anything even 400 feet from the car in the mtns?room for diapers, wipes, change of clothes, warm coat, water, a toy, sunscreen, bugspray. The Deuter iii offers this plus is much more comfortable for the kiddo's bottom than the older Kelty's were. There is a memory foam like seat & pillow to the Deuter iii. Extremely comfortable for the wearer too, like a nice backpacking pack, though of course you'll always feel like a mule hauling a child on your back up mountains & your hips are bound to get bruises/rub marks until you get a bit of a callus. Anyhow, the only negative is that this pack is really too roomy for infants. We tried to hike my little one last summer when she was 10mo.-12mo. and the straps (even adjusted down to their smallest & with the pillow taken out) always seemed compromising to her airway. She'd slump off to the side. We even tried putting things under her bum to lift her, which helped some but didn't feel super safe. Now, we're a summer later, and she's 22mo, 30 pounds, almost 36 inches tall and this pack is absolutely ideal. She's incredibly happy in it, has no problem with the straps now in anyway. We ended up being happiest w/ a Tula front pack for toddlers last summer & over the winter until she was big enough for the Deuter iii. One other bit of info I would have liked if you're new to hiking w/ kids is that you'll need another person carrying a small pack with your food and your stuff, as only some of your own things will fit alongside the kiddo's things even in this bigger pack. If you're in a mild climate maybe no big deal, but in mtns. w/ considerable mileage you'll need more room w/ weather changes.
built in sun roof
built in sun roof