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    CPS Technician xursusmaritimusx's Avatar
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    backpack carriers

    does anyone use one with their toddler?

    ive tried out a few different ones and i really liked them.
    http://www.rei.com/product/783271
    http://www.rei.com/product/705789
    (this one was my favorite so far)
    http://www.rei.com/product/705792

    i've always used a moby wrap or peanut shell for my DD but i get so hot wrapped up in them.

    my want/need is for an upcoming hiking/camping trip
    going to the fair this fall
    a trip to disney world (trying to do it stroller free since she CAN walk lol)
    airline travel
    multiple trips to europe next year
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    Re: backpack carriers

    I moved your thread to the appropriate forum, "Strollers & Gear", and I also fixed your first link which had an " at the beginning
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    Re: backpack carriers

    thanks, sorry about that. i never check this part of the forum so i forgot about this section



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    Re: backpack carriers

    I've used the Sherpani Rumba (but not superlight) before and liked it. I was actually just looking at one tonight. The REI outlet is automatically taking 20% off one item.

    Here's the Superlight ($87.93 before tax and/or shipping) and regular Rumba ($111.93).

    shipping is only $13.99 or free to your local store.

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    Re: backpack carriers

    i hear the ergo is nice. i'm flying next week with my 9 month old and thinking about picking one up. i used a moby when he was little (he's over 20 lbs now and the last time i tried him in it, it was unpleasant).

    The frame carriers seem like they are not very airplane friendly - especially with the new baggage constraints.

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    Re: backpack carriers

    Quote Originally Posted by crunchierthanthou View Post
    I've used the Sherpani Rumba (but not superlight) before and liked it. I was actually just looking at one tonight. The REI outlet is automatically taking 20% off one item.

    Here's the Superlight ($87.93 before tax and/or shipping) and regular Rumba ($111.93).

    shipping is only $13.99 or free to your local store.
    oh cool... i might have to take a closer look at that cos thats a great deal!



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    Re: backpack carriers

    Quote Originally Posted by rexforever0 View Post
    i hear the ergo is nice. i'm flying next week with my 9 month old and thinking about picking one up. i used a moby when he was little (he's over 20 lbs now and the last time i tried him in it, it was unpleasant).

    The frame carriers seem like they are not very airplane friendly - especially with the new baggage constraints.
    yeah, ive tried the ergo but i didnt like how my daughter sat in it on my back etc. i like the feel of the framed back packs.

    as far as airtravel goes, if you get a compact enough one, meaning not too wide, you can slide it under the seat, especially your childs seat since they dont need the leg room.
    it also meets the carry on requirements to fit in the over head.
    it counts towards 1 of your 2 carry ons.



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    Re: backpack carriers

    we had the [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Evenflo-Snugli-Cross-Country-Carrier/dp/B00007LV7V"]evenflo snugli cross country carrier[/ame]. we liked it a lot, and it was quite inexpensive (i think we paid about $65 for it). but apparently it seems discontinued...
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    Re: backpack carriers

    We used a Kelty Elite Backpack Carrier with both my kids, though it was pretty big. Whenever we traveled by air, we always had to gate check it due to it being too big. It was very comfortable though. I don't think they make the style I had any more. Mine was about $150 when I bought it new.
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    Re: backpack carriers

    We, too, had a Kelty carrier. The Backcountry, I think. Our dd loved it. The straps had a torso adjustment which made it easier to fit varying torsos. You might be able to find one on Craigslist.
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    Re: backpack carriers

    DH uses a Kelty Pathfinder for hiking and he really loves it. I think it's discontinued now. I feel a little swamped in it, probably because I am kind of small. So I prefer to use a Babyhawk. (For everything, not just hiking.) He did tons of research before choosing the Kelty but this was 3 years ago.


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    Re: backpack carriers

    The Keltys are made for average-sized people, so if you're smaller-framed and short, beware. I bought 3 models and could never get a comfortable fit (I'm 5'1" and 105lbs when not pg)

    The Sherpani superlight is supposed to be great for smaller people

    A friend had an Evenflo something or other that seemed like it was nice and compact, too.
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    Re: backpack carriers

    I'm heading out to BRU to try this Kelty carrier today. It has an internal frame, but isn't bulky. Not for a 3-day trek across the desert, but it looks good for Disney. I'll come back with a report.
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    Re: backpack carriers

    Quote Originally Posted by SuzaBanana View Post
    I'm heading out to BRU to try this Kelty carrier today. It has an internal frame, but isn't bulky. Not for a 3-day trek across the desert, but it looks good for Disney. I'll come back with a report.
    That's the carrier we have and I love it! Its adjustable so I can wear it comfortably and so can DH (I'm 5'7" and he is 6'3"). I love that it has built in storage and even a small zip off pouch (perfect for diapers). We got this carrier for our vacation and used it through the airport and on hikes. It was my 'carry-on' and fit fine in the overhead bins. It was easy to use as a regular backpack or open up to carry DS without having to have a carrier AND a bag. We now use it every weekend at the farmer's market instead of a stroller. I ordered ours from sierratradingpost.com and it was a lot cheaper than BRU's price.
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    Re: backpack carriers

    I had that Kelty TC, too! It was by far the best fit for my small frame. Worked for an older infant, not so well for an older toddler (for me, anyway). I agree, order from Sierra Trading Post, or BackCountry.com or one of the outdoors places online- prices are much better than baby stores!
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    Re: backpack carriers

    Quote Originally Posted by SuzaBanana View Post
    I'm heading out to BRU to try this Kelty carrier today. It has an internal frame, but isn't bulky. Not for a 3-day trek across the desert, but it looks good for Disney. I'll come back with a report.
    thats the one i reeeeeeeeeeeeally wanted but it does not fit my DD at all. shes way too big.
    i was so bummed.
    it was comfortable though!



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    Re: backpack carriers

    Quote Originally Posted by ZephyrBlue View Post
    The Keltys are made for average-sized people, so if you're smaller-framed and short, beware. I bought 3 models and could never get a comfortable fit (I'm 5'1" and 105lbs when not pg)

    The Sherpani superlight is supposed to be great for smaller people
    yeah i tried out the keltys and they didnt fit me well. im 5'4" with a small torso. i could tell that i would have problems after an hour or two.

    the very helpful guy at REI said the sherpani was designed for a woman and hes right! it fit like a glove.



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    Re: backpack carriers

    I have a Kelty Backcountry (discountinued now) and we love it. We got it when dd#2 was about 6 mo old. I also have tons of ring slings, wraps, MT, and an ergo - they all have theri time and place . We show cows at several fairs and that is when our frame pack gets its most use. It is also DH's favorite for using for him.

    Here is an CL listing of the one we have (not mine)
    Jess, CPST and mom to 6 girls
    W(7/28) is rocking an Aton, S(3) rides in a Nextfit or RXT, O(6) has a Frontier 90, the big girls (9, 11) have Monterey Boosters and incognitos, and the oldest is 15, wears a seat belt and is driving!

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    Re: backpack carriers

    Quote Originally Posted by xursusmaritimusx View Post
    thats the one i reeeeeeeeeeeeally wanted but it does not fit my DD at all. shes way too big.
    i was so bummed.
    it was comfortable though!
    I tried it today and actually like the Ergo better, but understand that they serve different purposes. We're not really the hiking type, so it's a bit of overkill for us.

    Sportier friends of our have a MacPac, which they love & their son loves. But I don't know where they got it - he's Australian and either his parents sent it over or he did some negotiating with the company.
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