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Please recommend me a backpack suitable for whole days walking in the Lake District

(7 Posts)
kimberlina Sun 10-Jul-11 21:54:21

So obviously needs to be waterproof, windproof and comfy for DD and DH.

Don't know where to begin looking so all advice appreciated


Yeni Mon 11-Jul-11 12:03:36

How old and how heavy is DD? Are you absolutely set on a framed backpack? Has your DH carried her all day before?

kimberlina Mon 11-Jul-11 22:51:18

She is 8months at the moment but we're looking for when she's 10 months onwards. She is quite petite - 15lb at the mo.

No we haven't got a back pack at all yet so noone has carried her - bu would start with local walks and then build up to whole days

Yeni Wed 13-Jul-11 15:29:54

We had a framed backpack but we got rid of it as we found soft structured carriers better. We found it took up most of the boot, and wasn't comfortable. The only real advantage we found was that we could put it on the ground with the baby sitting in it like a high chair, but she soon got too big for that.

Even if the backpack is waterproof and has a cover, the child inside will still be exposed to the elements, so it is a better option to have a fleece all-in-one and a waterproof all-in one so that the child is protected even when out of the carrier.

I do a lot of hillwalking with a soft structured carrier. I use poles for stability on my descent. The carrier is made of cotton, so it is absorbent but that isn't a problem as I always have a waterproof suit for DS. With the children I am a fair weather walker so it is more a case of having the correct equipment to be prepared.

The centre of gravity is lower on a SSC so they tend to be more comfortable over longer periods. For walking on rough ground it is important to be able to balance properly and this can be quite hard if the child is sitting up high in a framed pack. The framed packs usually have some kind of storage compartment that you could put a few essentials in, but SSCs don't have anything larger than a pocket. We get round this by DH carrying a large pack with waterproofs and food for everybody, and me carrying DS in the sling and wearing a bumbag on my front. From a safety point of view this is not ideal as everybody should be carrying their own things but I expect your walks will not be too ambitious with a young child.

I can't recommend the framed packs, and I can't even remember which model we had. If you are serious walkers you will probably find that a SSC lasts longer. My DS is over 3 and I can still walk with him on my back. I wouldn't be able to do that with a framed carrier.

I know this probably isn't the advice you were looking for. Maybe someone who has a different experience with the framed carriers will be able to contradict me.

kimberlina Wed 13-Jul-11 23:13:25

Thanks Yeni - I would rather hear honest practical advice before I spend a lot of money on a backpack that I end up never using because it doesn't fit the bill grin
Our other option would be to leave DD with grandparents for a weekend grin

Scaredycat3000 Sat 16-Jul-11 21:34:55

I prefer my Mei Tai over the SCC I used once for 10 min. I found a Mei Tai more comfortable than a SCC, but could easily have just been personal preference. A Mei Tai and a SCC are basically the same, a Mei Tai is tied on and a SCC is clipped on. The advantage of a SCC is, once set up, very quick to put on, you just clip it quickly and no long straps on the floor, the disadvantage is if you are planning to share the carrying throughout the day you will have to adjust the carrier each time you swap. A specialist forum for carriers is here and you might have a local group .

CMOTdibbler Sat 16-Jul-11 21:47:21

I'd go for a meitai and a waterproof for baby plus a waterproof cover for your sling just to stop it getting soggy.

We had a framed carrier at one point - neither of us found it as comfortable as a meitai, and the waterproof cover was a pita, and ds didn't like it as much.

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