Best Child Carrier Backpacks


Camping and hiking is more fun when the whole family is involved. The only problem is that the younger members of your clan may have a hard time keeping up or if you’re planning on tackling challenging terrain, a stroller just isn’t an option. No need to worry. Thanks to our roundup of some of the best child carrier backpacks out there, the whole family will be able to hit the road in total comfort.

Osprey Poco Premium Child CarrierThanks to Osprey’s slick design and carefully considered features, the Poco Premium is an excellent option for families wanting to make their next hike as fun (and tear free) as possible. Clever details like a lightweight changing pad, removable drool pad, padded grab handles, and detachable daypack mean that you have less to carry, since it’s already included. Additional pockets and compartments are great for stashing clothing, diapers, and various bottles and the fact that the Poco is hydration compatible is nice, too. The maximum load for the Poco is 48.5 lbs and its solid construction means that it’ll be passed down through siblings for years to come. All in all, a fantastic option for families on the go.

Deuter Kid Comfort III Child CarrierDeuter is no newcomer to the backpack scene so it should come as little surprise that their child carrier is an exceptionally designed piece of equipment. The Kid Comfort III is a lightweight (7 lbs 11 oz), kid friendly pack that offers Deuter’s signature Aircontact Pro System, an incredibly effective ventilation system that ensures a cool, comfortable trip for all parties involved. Contoured straps, the Vari Fit and Vari Flex systems as well high end fabrics and materials all contribute to a comfortable and extremely safe experience that nature novices and seasoned pros alike will appreciate.

ERGObaby Original Baby CarrierWhile the ERGObaby carrier doesn’t offer the frame styling that the other options do, it is a great option for parents wanting to bring their little ones on day trips and keep them as close as possible. The main advantage that the ERGO has is that it can be worn on the front of the body in addition to as a backpack, meaning that you can take your newborn out on the open trail all while keeping him close to you. ERGO is suited from birth (provided you use the infant insert) to 45 lbs. It is designed to evenly distribute weight which means an incredibly comfortable carrying experience. It only weighs 12.6 oz making it easy to stash and it’s ideal for day trips, long excursions, and everything in between.

Kelty Pathfinder 3.0 Frame Child CarrierKelty is one of the top contenders in the race to become the absolute best child backpack and it’s no surprise as it appears that they’ve thought about everything. This top of the line carrier offers an adjustable suspension (meaning that whoever is wearing it will be comfortable), an auto-deploy kickstand, no-pinch hinges, under-seat storage, and a removable daypack. For the passengers, a five-point harness, toy loops, chin pads, a changing pad, and a sun hood all ensure a safe and comfortable ride. Designed to accommodate riders weighing up to 50 lbs, the Kelty is a solid investment for those who believe that families that hike together, have a lot of fun together.

Phil & Teds EscapeThanks to its sleek design and removable components, the Escape is a perfect option for parents wanting a carrier that is just as practical in the city as it is on the trail. The child harness is padded and well ventilated, meaning that your passenger is going to be comfortable, no matter what the conditions are. A sun hood with a wind/rain cover, neck support, and stirrups are all cleverly considered details that make a huge difference. Because carrying a kid on your back and fumbling for a water bottle can be a hassle, Phil & Teds has incorporated a hydration pack into the carrier, meaning that you can drink on the go. Another added bonus? The removable day pack which means you can significantly lighten your load by passing it off to your hiking partner or take advantage of the extra storage that it provides.

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Kate Walker

Who is Kate Walker? She's a freelance writer, yoga addict, and citizen of the concrete jungle. When not on the mat, Kate can be found at the dog park or on the dock in Muskoka. She is also pretty fond of running, skiing, and Settlers of Catan.

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