The Best Carriers For Kids: Osprey Poco Premium

We compare the latest and greatest carriers for bringing your kids into the outdoors

    Photo: Amelia Mayer

Best For: 6 months—40 pounds (child must be able to support his head)

This pack gets five stars on just about every feature, but what else would you expect out of an Osprey pack? Though a little late to the party in the child carrier game (first model was released in 2010), it is clear that Osprey has done their homework, as their line of carriers is top-notch.

This work horse boasts a whopping 2075 cubic inches of storage space, as well as a detachable daypack for shorter excursions, just like the Kelty. Of the frame backpacks, this is the most adjustable—26” to 52” in the hip belt, and 15.5” to 21.5” in the torso. Of course, this carrier also comes with all the bells and whistles of the other frame packs—changing pad, sun shade, hydration compatible, and plenty of pockets.

PROS: Adjustability. This is probably the best option for parents who are on opposite ends of the size spectrum. As with other Osprey products, the customer service team is top-notch—expect answers to your questions within 24 hours, and in the event that something breaks, rest assured Osprey will stand by their products. A perfect option for backpacking and climbing approaches.

CONS: It hardly seems like a fair review without listing at least one con, but, to be honest, I was hard-pressed to find any.

Price: $299

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