4.9 out of 5
July 19, 2008
I haven't tried it with the baby because he is still too small but I am impressed with the quality of this carrier. It is well constructed and with several pockets for stuff and a hydration system. It is a little bulky, takes a big chunk of space in the trunk of a regular car but at the same time it is very light weight. I think the extra cost is worth when you compare it with other carriers and I strongly recommend it.
This pack is wonderful
September 28, 2010
We have taken our 18 month old son on several hikes since getting this carrier. He loves it. We had a Kelty before this one (an older one) and he would get tired of being in it after about an hour. He has ridden in this one for well over 4 hours and was sad when we took him out of it. It is very well made and padded better than most for both your comfort and your kid's. There is plenty of room to carry other toddler necessities in the pouch below the seat. It is equipped to hold a hydration pack which is a great feature. The only problem at all (and really it is a necessary evil as it also helps provide better support for your child) is that the back comes up pretty high so it can catch on tree branches. This is a great product and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to carry their child on long hikes.Pros: Great design, Build quality, Cons: a little taller than most
July 10, 2008
My 16 month old has never complained in this thing. Sometimes she complains when we take her OUT of it. Buying another one right now for sister in law who has a 5 month old. This child carrier backpack is dynamite.
May 02, 2005
This is so great. Our baby seems like very comfortable (she is 12 months) and fun looking around from the high above. This carrier has a lot of cargo space for her baby diapers, snacks and some thing much more. My husband told me the padding around the hip and waist work really well. It helps to take weight off from the shoulders. This carrier seems very sturdy even on the ground although we never leave her alone in the carrier. Sun canopy is great, too. My baby hold onto it. We wish she could tell us how it is like in the carrier. She would say, "let's go out walking again, dad"
April 03, 2011
We have enjoyed the carrier but have only been able to use it a few times. It fits my 6' husband well. No noted problems yet. One of the best features is the large and comfy pillow. Our son has fallen asleep on every hike! There is ample storage capacity for baby and parents things. The ability to add a water bladder is also a really nice feature. We were given the Kelty 3.0 carrier as a gift and decided to exchange it for this Deuter. We seem to have made the right choice. So far, we would highly recommend. Oh, just thought about one negative....the built-in sun/rain canopy is great (a big selling feature for us)but when we fasten it down our son gets shoved into the pillow. He is only nine months, though, and we don't think this will be a problem once he gets a bit taller! (and hence, his head will be above the pillow).Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Cons: Cost
February 16, 2010
I started using it when my son was 7 months old. He usually falls asleep in the first minutes and hangs to the side. The rain/sun cover is great. it has lots of adjustments, it feels comfortable. Good quality, very well located pockets and compartments, plenty of room for stuff. Strongly recommend.
The RV of Kid Carriers!
February 10, 2011
I have an 18 month old daughter who loves to go hiking with me. When she was about four months old I started looking for a kid carrier and decided on the Kelty KC III. It worked great, but my daughter started looking really big in it as she got older. This one went on sale and I snatched it up immediately. Here are some of the things that are absolutely great about this pack: Comfortable - It is one of the most comfortable packs I have tried on, and I don't get shoulder fatigue when walking several miles over rough terrain. For reference, I am 6'0", 200 lbs. and the pack fits well, although it is on its longest setting. I feel like I can stand up straighter when I hike with this over the Kelty, which reduces my fatigue. It also seems to be really comfortable for my daughter, as she has plenty of head support and a comfortable bench. Big - My 18 month old (24 lbs.) looks small in this pack, which means I will get to use it for a long time yet. Hydration sleeve - I hated having to carry a water bottle in the hand that should have been holding a trekking pole. This pack has a built-in hydration sleeve like all packs should. It is small for my Platypus 3.0, but it works well enough if I don't fill it to the max. Now both my hands are free for proper balance when hiking along ledges. Everything else is pretty comparable to other high-end kid carriers, but these three features make this pack stand out from the rest. I chose the KC III over the II because of the built-in sunshade (having to purchase it separately made them nearly the same price) and additional head support. As far as travelling, I always use the gate-check for the kid carrier and I have not had any problems. I would purchase this pack again if lost or stolen.Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Worth every penny!
January 14, 2010
Our son (7 months) has smiled since the minute we put him in the carrier! He loves it and seems to be really comfortable. Our first hike was about 1.5 hours and he slept for half of it and just looked around for the other half. The fit of the pack is amazing for me, it doesn't feel like I am carrying close to 30 lbs (baby and pack). There was plenty of room in the backpack for all of the necessary supplies and the H20 pack fit my camelback bladder perfectly. I am looking forward to much longer hikes and I am glad I made this investment and didn't just go with a carrier based on price. In addition I just ordered the rain shield and will be excited to test that out as well. I also love the fact that this backpack gives me an opportunity to workout AND spend time with our son! Thanks for making such a great, high quality pack!
February 27, 2010
This is carrier has been a huge help - both for me and my son (now 11 months). The carrier is really supportive and does nor thus kill my back as many of these do. My son likes it as he sits high up and is able to see well. Note that this model is physically quite big (tall) and hence at time tricky to travel with (particularly by plane). Still, I would definitely recommend this. The quality is very good.
Best child carrier available
April 06, 2011
I tried several other child carrier backpacks, including the other models by Deuter, and the Kid Comfort III is hands-down the most comfortable and well constructed child carrier backpack on the market. While it is one of the priciest, your back and shoulders will thank you for not buying one of the other models. No other models have as comfortable of straps as the Kid Comfort III does. The adjustable harness system also allows you to switch between users in seconds, without having to completely re-adjust all the straps, which you have to do with other models and brands. Also, Deuter is the easiest to take your child in and out of -- simply undo one buckle, loosen one strap, and then the carrier pivots open on a hinge allowing you pull your child out easily. I'm 6'3", 180 lbs. and have used the Kid Comfort III to carry around my 18-month old. It takes some time to adjust straps, etc., to get the fit just right, but once you do it is surprisingly comfortable to carry that much weight around. Once adjusted, you should have most of the weight on your hips, though there will still be some pressure on your shoulders. The first few times you use it, you will want to take frequent breaks and take the backpack off and let your child down. However, after using it for a while I have been able to hike almost 3 miles without having to stop and take a break. One note: it is helpful to have a second person help you put on and take off the backpack (with your child in it) the first few times you use it, as it will be fairly heavy and awkward to put on and take off by yourself. One downside to the backpack is that because of the waist strap, you can't carry anything on your belt, such as a knife, flashlight, camera case, water bottle holder, binoculars, etc. However, there is a good size pocket built-into the waist pad that can hold a small digital camera or cell phone. The waist straps are also wide enough that I was able to use the parts of the waist straps that extend beyond the waist pads to hold my digital camera case and a small flashlight case. There is also a pocket on the waist pad that has a small mirror Velcroed in that you can use to check on your child while he/she is on your back. There are 2 zipper pockets on the back, the main one of which you can store quite a bit of gear. There are no internal dividers or pockets in the 2 zipper pockets, but the smaller one does have an attached hook inside which is great for clipping on your keys. There is also a good size outer pocket above the top zipper pocket that is great for storing a sweater, extra shirt, etc. One of the best parts is the hydration pocket that can hold any 70oz. hydration bladder. This works great since there really isn't enough room to carry a large water bottle in the backpack. You could probably fit a water bottle in the large zipper pocket, but since it isn't as easy to take the child carrier off and on like a regular backpack, it is better if you invest in the hydration bladder and you can take a drink whenever you want. The sun hood is great to keep your child shaded, and is permanently attached and folds away into its own zipper pocket, so you never have to worry about whether you should bring it along or not. The kickstand locks solidly in place once it is open, but depending on how you have the backpack adjusted, it can sometimes fly open while you are carrying it. I just wish there was some type of Velcro strip attached that would keep the kickstand closed. Overall, it works great for allowing you to be able to take hikes with your kids and is much more functional than a stroller, because anywhere you can hike on foot, you can bring your child.Pros: Great design, Performance, Cons: Cost