Hiking is an activity for the whole family – the problem being that when that family is very young, not everyone can make the trip on their own two feet. That’s why you grab a baby carrier pack and make the trip in style. Built right and worn properly, a good baby carrier is comfortable for the adult to wear – with weight distributed evenly – and an easy ride for the kids. The trick is to find one that strikes the perfect balance of weight, features and suspension. For dayhikes, that carrier is the Deuter Kid Comfort Air.
Lightweight Comfort, Ample Suspension
The Kid Comfort Air’s emphasis is on lightweight comfort and ventilation, making it an excellent choice when summiting the nearest moderate peak – and not serious long-distance trekking – is the goal. It boasts their AirComfort back, which is designed to maximize all possible ventilation for a cool, sweat-free hike – reading possible perspiration by 25% through extensive use of mesh. The frame is lightweight aluminum too; this combo results in a pack nearly as light as a baby carrier can be, clocking in at 6 pounds, 3 ounces.
This comfortable build is paired with a 5-point child safety harness, with color coded buckles to ensure that the baby is as safe as can be, and an easy side-entry, as found on Deuter’s Comfort 2 and Comfort 3. The seat is also height-adjustable, and the pack safely carries loads up to 48 lbs.
In their effort to cut down on weight, Deuter did away with some common baby carrier features, including both a hydration sleeve and the typical sunshade. Be sure to give your child a hat and dress them appropriately, especially when hiking in summer. Deuter even ditched the side water bottle pockets – so the other members of the group will need to carry your water for you. (That seems like a pretty fair to split up the weight, in our opinion). Still, we find the ultra-simple minimalist build worth the lessened features.
Carry Them In Style With The Kid Comfort Air
The Kid Comfort Air is your go-to baby carrier for light dayhikes – and especially those in hot weather, thanks to the ample ventilation. It’s been thoroughly vetted by the Juvenile Products Manufacturer’s Association and is guaranteed to keep the young’uns riding in style and comfort all day long – without wearing you out, either. It’s priced pretty-reasonably, too – so go ahead and try one for yourself.