The Best Hiking Baby Carriers

The Best Hiking Baby Carriers

Our pick

Deuter Kid Comfort

Deuter Kid Comfort

The best hiking baby carrier

Cushy straps and a waist belt that fits well make this the most comfortable carrier we tested. We also liked its parent- and kid-friendly features, including easy-access pockets and a sunshade.

Buying Options

$290* from REI
$285 from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $217.

The Deuter Kid Comfort was the most comfortable of any carrier we tested, due to its cushy, easy-to-adjust shoulder straps and a waist belt that hugged the hips of parents of all body types. Kids found it to be a cozy ride, too: Two side harness straps tighten your small passenger securely into a nap-inducing suede cockpit, and they make it easy to pull a kid out of the top or side exit for independent exploration or emergency diaper changes. The pack had the storage we needed for longer treks, but it didn’t feel too hefty for a quick stroll through the farmers market. The large pockets on the waist belt and side of the pack are easy to reach mid-hike; an upper rear pocket holds a hydration pack, and the lower zipper compartment can store as much kid gear as the typical diaper bag. The Deuter pack also has features that provide added comfort on the trail, including a sunshade, foot stirrups, and a kickstand.

Carrier weight: 7 pounds, 1 ounce
Weight limit: 48 pounds

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Runner-up

Osprey Poco AG

Osprey Poco AG

Less cushy, but the roomiest seat

It’s especially easy to get kids situated in this carrier’s wide cockpit. The Poco AG had nearly all the comfort features we wanted, including a great sunshade, but we wished for more padding on the hip belt.

Buying Options

Buy from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $250.

If the Deuter pack is unavailable—or if you have a kid who likes to take frequent trail breaks to explore—the Osprey Poco AG is a great choice. This baby carrier has the roomiest seat of any carrier we tested, which makes it easy to get a rowdy toddler situated. Our testers found this pack to be as easy to adjust as the Deuter Kid Comfort. It was almost as comfortable, too, but it had less padding on the waistband, which some testers disliked. Overall, the Poco AG offers similar features to our top pick: It has adjustable foot stirrups, plenty of extra storage space, and an easy-to-use kickstand. It also has an attached sunshade that folds into its own pocket, which we actually preferred to Deuter’s removable (and easily misplaced) shade.

Weight: 6 pounds, 14 ounces
Weight limit: 48.5 pounds

Also great

Deuter Kid Comfort Active SL

Deuter Kid Comfort Active SL

The lightest lift

This carrier, which is designed specifically for people with shorter torsos, is the lightest model we tested. But its stripped-down design sacrifices some features found on our other picks, like a sunshade.

Buying Options

$240* from Backcountry
Buy from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $180.

The Deuter Kid Comfort Active SL is the lightest and most ventilated carrier we tested, which makes it a great choice for city strolls, travel, and shorter day trips. We found that it made a nice stroller replacement, since it has as much cargo space as a diaper bag but is easier to break down and stow in cramped spaces. Smaller-framed hikers on our test panel especially liked the fit of the Active SL’s shoulder-strap system, which was designed for those with a shorter torso and narrower frame. This carrier has the same easy adjustment system, adjustable foot stirrups, and easy-to-use kickstand that we like on the original Kid Comfort. Unlike our other picks, though, the Active SL doesn’t come with a sunshade, and it has limited storage space.

Weight: 5 pounds, 13 ounces
Weight limit: 48 pounds

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Our pick

Deuter Kid Comfort

Deuter Kid Comfort

The best hiking baby carrier

Cushy straps and a waist belt that fits well make this the most comfortable carrier we tested. We also liked its parent- and kid-friendly features, including easy-access pockets and a sunshade.

Buying Options

$290* from REI
$285 from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $217.

Runner-up

Osprey Poco AG

Osprey Poco AG

Less cushy, but the roomiest seat

It’s especially easy to get kids situated in this carrier’s wide cockpit. The Poco AG had nearly all the comfort features we wanted, including a great sunshade, but we wished for more padding on the hip belt.

Buying Options

Buy from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $250.

Also great

Deuter Kid Comfort Active SL

Deuter Kid Comfort Active SL

The lightest lift

This carrier, which is designed specifically for people with shorter torsos, is the lightest model we tested. But its stripped-down design sacrifices some features found on our other picks, like a sunshade.

Buying Options

$240* from Backcountry
Buy from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $180.

Source: NY Times – Wirecutter

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