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4.676470588235294 out of 5 stars
34 Reviews



Why We Like The Sapling

We like to carry our sprouting seeds in Thule's Sapling kid carrier. Ventilation is key with this bag on both the back panels for us and the seat for the saplings, so we're all cool as we tackle the trail. Its 22-liter gear compartment has plenty of space for both food, diapers, and the rest, and is easily accessible while the bag's equipped.


  • Child carrier with features to help out ma and pa
  • Ventilated back panels and shoulder straps reduce sweatiness
  • ErgoRide child seat is breathable and cushioned for the tots
  • Seat is removable to easily clean up those yogurt spills
  • Deployable sunshade shields them with UPF 50+ protection
  • Designed for hassle-free access to gear compartment while wearing
  • Dual access loading lets you put them in from the side or top
  • Hydration compatible because that extra thirty-plus lbs is parching
  • Item #THUZ3GU
Responsible Collection
420D nylon, 100% recycled P600
[backpanel] ventilated
Shoulder Straps
adjustable, padded, sternum strap
Waist Belt
[gear compartment] 22L
top, side
4 zippered back, 2 zippered hip
Sun / Rain Cover
Hydration Compatible
Reservoir Included
Recommended Child Weight
up to 40lb
14 x 12 x 29in
Weight Capacity
Claimed Weight
casual, hiking
Manufacturer Warranty

Overall Rating

4.5 based on 34 ratings

Review Summary

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5 out of 5 stars

October 16, 2023


Fast shipping, strong and light material, we're happy, the baby too so it à win win!


Originally reviewed on manufacturer

5 out of 5 stars

September 25, 2023

So comfortable for baby and parent

Purchased this for my second child after debating for some time, so glad that we did. The difference between this and other carriers for both baby (use it for almost 2 year old & 8 month old) and wearer comfort is impressive, as with all our Thule products the engineering and thought that goes into them is unmatched.


Originally reviewed on manufacturer

5 out of 5 stars

June 21, 2023

Love it

Just hiked 30km over a few days on recent trip to Jasper with my giant 21 lbs 6 months old and this backpack is awesome. Comfy for both me and bubs. Love that it has a wide seat and washable parts. Baby was cozy even in cold and rain. Additional rain cover is great for both rain and cold alpine winds.

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Originally reviewed on manufacturer

5 out of 5 stars

June 16, 2023

Amazing carrier!

[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] We all love this carrier! Mom, dad, baby and toddler. It accomodates both our 35 lb 3-year old and 22 lb 1-year old with ease. It's a versatile product which has become a staple in our family's outdoor life.


Originally reviewed on manufacturer

5 out of 5 stars

April 10, 2023

My ALL TIME FAVORITE child carrier!

[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] I've used several hiking packs over the years, but the Thule Sapling is my very favorite! I've hiked countless miles with it, and have been using it 2-3 times a week for the last 12 months for my 18month old. Here's what makes it stand out from my last child carrier packs: - COMFORT: This is HUGE. My last child carrier would give me large welts on my hips when carrying a heavy child for longer than 6-7 miles. Last summer I had some long back to back days carrying my heavy child for 14-16 miles each day. I was worried.. but no welts! Also, I believe the cockpit of this is more comfortable than the other types of cockpits on the market. My little guy seems happier to be in here for longer periods of time than in other carriers. The adjustable fit of the pack also accommodates my very tall husband and my frame as well. Side Openings: The sides of this pack TOTALLY open, to allow for bigger feet/boots to fit. This is different from other packs we've tried! I no longer have to struggle to fit in boots (even ski boots!) of my kiddo no that he's in bigger shoes. Packs Down: This pack is so easy to travel with- it packs down totally flat! LOVE THIS. I can't rave about this pack enough! I've been carrying kids almost non-stop for the last 8+ years- I wish I would've had this exact pack from the very beginning.


Originally reviewed on manufacturer

5 out of 5 stars

April 10, 2023

A must for families on the go!

[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] The Thule Sapling was the perfect pack for us to carry our little one on hikes, vacation, through the airport, anywhere when we needed to be hands free but bring her along! We tried a few other backpacks and I think this was the most comfortable for her and us! The storage in the back was great for trips and the sunshade protected her on hot days. Highly recommend!


Originally reviewed on manufacturer

5 out of 5 stars

February 2, 2023

One of my favorite baby item purchases!

My husband and I have loved going on hikes together for years and years, then we had our little one and thought our hiking days were behind us for awhile…not with this! This carrier has been awesome! We used it last summer and fall on many hikes and it worked perfectly-uphill, downhill, 5 miles, 10 miles (haven’t tried it for more yet but plan to). I usually carry our little one (figure it’d also help me kick some of that baby weight) and have no issues. It’s a workout of course but Ive found this to be a very comfortable carrier. It’s super light and easy to toss into a trunk and it’s got very ample storage space. It fits all my and babys essentials as well as our lunchbox and my camelbak. It even has the loops/straps in the right places on the backpack straps for camelbaks/water pack hoses which I love! It gives little ones a great vantage point during hikes and it’s definitely a conversation starter when you run into other hikers on the trails! People couldn’t help but smile and/or say hi. Our little one loves being in this, coos and babbles happily the whole time. We’ve only used it for 2 seasons so far but I can’t wait to break it out again when the weather warms up a little soon! Definitely recommend this, it is one of my favorite baby item purchases for sure. Another winning item from Thule!

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Originally reviewed on manufacturer

5 out of 5 stars

January 23, 2023

Thule Sapling - Pretty Great

This has become our new stroller, it's that versatile. Our toddler loves sitting in it for extended periods of time so it seems extremely comfortable. The way the seat is shaped moves their hips forward into a more ergonomic seated position. The pack does not have foot stirrups like I have seen with others, but because of the position of the legs I don't think it's necessary. There is tons of storage space that is easy to access without help and I appreciate how adjustable it is because both my partner and I can pass it back and forth without delays for strap fittings. My only qualm with the pack is the side sleeves. In order to get your child in and out you have to take these apart each time. They're a struggle to slide back in and buckle up, especially so if the pack is heavy or full of child. All in all though I would highly recommend, we've been renting various brands for ages and I'm so happy we finally decided to purchase.


Originally reviewed on manufacturer

5 out of 5 stars

January 18, 2023


Everything Thule makes is great and makes sense I trust Thule with everything


Originally reviewed on manufacturer

5 out of 5 stars

December 30, 2022

Impressed by the quality

Thule has managed to combine high quality materials with lightweight performance. I also appreciate the sunshade!


Originally reviewed on manufacturer