Carry your kid in comfort.
- Full adjustable child seat has a padded safety cradle, shoulder coverage, and stirrups for comfort
- Moldable child head and neck support keeps junior stable and safe even during a bumpy ride
- Hydration bladder pocket means you have plenty of water during longer hikes
- Sunshade and raincover keep your little one safe from the elements
- Back padding encourages air circulation and fights uncomfortable sweat buildup during your trek
- Padded change mat unfolds at a moments notice for diaper emergencies
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- Q & A
This is the best backpack-style child carrier on the market. It has the most features for the dollar by a long shot. In fact, it also has all the features you get on other more expensive carriers and then some.
It is very comfortable for a kid carrier. The nature of what you are carrying will lead to weight placed higher and farther from your back than you would normally carry. Don't expect this to feel as good as your high-end internal frame pack -- it's not the pack's fault, it is your kid's. That said, this was the most comfortable and adjustable of all of the packs I tried.
It comes with a changing mat, a shade, and a rain shield standard. It also has a removable section that becomes it's own small daypack (can't carry the kid in that part ;) but it would be good for sharing the load since you never bring just your child anywhere -- there are always diapers, toys, extra clothes, etc.).
If you are actually planning on backpacking with your child, this is definitely that pack to buy. It is very durable, very well made. The only complaint I have is the way the sternum straps are attached to the shoulder straps. They are adjustable, which is good, but they are attached via a pinching plastic tube, which can be pulled off if you tighten the strap too tightly, too quickly. It is not hard to put back on, but you will want a putter knife or something to pry the tube open enough to get it back on. Anyway, it is a minor nit, and not a problem once you know not to do it.
construction, features, and fit are all top-notch
I picked one of these up recently, but my little dude is not yet old enough to roll in it. The construction, features, and fit are all top-notch, and he enjoys sitting in it. The storage, hydration bladder compatability, and foot support were key features for me, as I want to be able to roll solo with him and not need another bag. I will post an update after it has been field tested.
Using the Escape
comfort and storage
This is my 3rd kid carrier brand. We used this carrier for 2yr old and almost 4yr old on many hikes. We liked the harness for us and harnessing for them. Also it comes with stirrups for the kids, a sun/rain hood, lots of storage for our stuff and theirs and my wife really liked that it didn't look like an expedition pack (I didn't notice) but it is comfortable!