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I'm keen to get back to traipsing up my lovely hills and starting to think about doing some short hikes. However in a few months I'd like to be hiking 'properly' again. Can any of you lovely people offer some recommendations please? I was thinking about s Littlelife voyager/cross country or a Macpac possum. I like the fact of being able to put these on and off by myself, and also the mirror.
We have the Deuter Kid Comfort 3 it's great, have done a 13k walk with it once and if it wasn't starting to snow could have gone longer (with a 14 month old)
We thought the littlelife was ok if the baby was awake but not as good for naps, the Deuter has a removable cushion we can slot in when she naps. also the Deuter can pop out a thingy for stabilising when putting her on and off...
But for the Deuter, the III is the best one, the 2 wasn't as good.
The Osprey Poco Premium was the other option we were going to go for but got a good price on the Deuter 3
I hike with a soft structured carrier or woven wrap rather than a backpack. Admittedly you can't store stuff in it the way you can a framed carrier, but if there are two of you, one carries the baby and the other carries most of the stuff.
The advantages for me are: - most hiking backpacks are made to fit blokes...I am quite small and have never found one that fits me properly - they tend to hold the baby further from your centre of gravity, so feel much heavier - they are heavier in themselves, again adding to weight - they are massive when baby isn't in them, while other carriers pack down small - also more useful when your 'baby' is actually walking a good bit of the way....you can have a toddler/preschool carrier in a bag and just carry them once they get tired.
We had a little life which was great. No problem with naps etc.
Beware of soft carriers though. I have used my ergo for hiking but child is much less protected if you fall. The other carriers seem to be designed with a crumple zone at the bottom and protects the body. I fell over on ice once with our little life - child completely fine. That would not have been the case with a soft carrier. Also they're not waterproof
We used a Bushbaby Lite and it was great, I can recommend it and it's very adjustable - easily/quickly adjustable for height when switching between carriers too. Bushbaby also do a more serious version with sun hood, stirrups and rain cover which might suit you better.
One feature to look for - that it stands up by itself when not being carried, which makes 'loading' so much easier!