If you have a young child, it might seem like your hiking days on are on hold for a while. Fear not, however! There are a lot of great hiking baby carriers out there. These carriers offer a comfortable ride for your child and yourself for a number of distances. Here are five of the best hiking baby carriers.
Deuter Kid Comfort Air Child Carrier
This hiking baby carrier can carry children from 16-40 lbs. It can be easily adjusted to fit adult torsos. The aluminum frame makes sure it is both sturdy and fairly lightweight, coming in at 6lbs. 3 oz., good for years of hikes with your child. There are six pockets you can use for other items, offering space for not only a day hike’s worth of food but also a water bladder. There is a washable removable chin guard. You can purchase a sunshade and a rain roof separately.
All in all, this is a great lightweight and sturdy child pack. It is also one of the most expensive packs you can find, coming in at around $240, with the optional attachments costing extra.
Kelty Pathfinder 3.0 Kid Carrier
The Kelty Pathfinder 3.0 carries children between 16-40 lbs. The carrier on its own weighs 7 lbs. 10 oz. and is easily adjusted for adult and child comfort alike. It has a pocket designed for a water bladder, as well as a number of other pockets contained in the zip-off daypack. There are also toy loops for easy access to your child’s favorite toys while on the move. The sunshade is sold with the carrier. There is also a helpful kickstand that can be easily deployed at the rear of the carrier to help with loading and unloading your child.
Kelty is known for manufacturing great products, and this carrier is no exception. It’s a bit heavier than other packs, but its versatility is amazing. While it is sold for about $300 on Kelty’s website, you can find it on Amazon and elsewhere for about $225.
Clevr Cross Country Carrier
This very light pack only weighs 5 lbs. and can hold children that weigh 15-33 lbs. The straps are padded and easily adjusted for comfort. There are multiple pockets, including an extra-large pocket in the back that works great for diapers. It secures children very well and comes with a removable sunshade/rain roof. It can also be turned easily into a stand, allowing your child to sit securely and comfortably during breaks. It comes in bright green, red, orange, black, or blue.
This is a good pack at the fairly budget price of $120.
Luvdbaby Baby Backpack Carrier
The Luvdbaby Baby Backpack Carrier carries children from 16 to 40 lbs. The pack itself is lightweight, coming in around 5 lbs. What’s unique about this pack is that it has been designed extensively around helping with outdoor childcare. It comes with a sunshade/rain roof as well as a changing pad. There are even a few pockets on the waist belt to hold your phone and other items you want to access quickly. It includes a stand that makes it much easier to load and unload your child. There is even an insulated pocket that can be used for a bottle or food. Luvdbaby’s products are made with organic cotton and are designed to be as easy to clean as possible.
You can find the Luvdbaby Baby Backpack Carrier for $160.
Ergobaby Original Baby Carrier
Unlike many other hiking baby carriers, this carrier has a much larger weight range, carrying children 7-45 lbs. It’s a much simpler, lighter design, coming in at 1.8 lbs. The straps can be adjusted for the adult and the child (as you might be able to guess from the wide weight range it can carry). It has a single zippered pocket, so storage is not this carrier’s strong suit. However, it can carry a child on the front and back, provided the child is facing your body. It does get very warm, so be careful when using your child in warmer climates, as it’s easy to overdress him or her. This lightweight carrier works very well for day trips, whether you are going hiking or just walking around a museum.
You can find the Ergobaby Original Baby Carrier for $120, though you better be fast on the mouse — they often sell out quickly.
Comparison at a Glance
|Baby Carrier||Child Weight Range||Backpack Weight||Other Features||Average Price|
|Deuter Kid Comfort Air Child Carrier||16-40 lbs.||6 lbs. 3 oz.||Sunshade and rain roof sold separately||$240|
|Kelty Pathfinder 3.0 Kid Carrier||16-40 lbs.||7 lbs. 10 oz||Sunshade, kickstand, zip-off daypack included||$225|
|Clevr Cross Country Carrier (w/ stand)||16-33 lbs.||5 lbs.||Removable sunshade/rain roof included; extra-large diaper pocket; converts to stand||$120|
|Luvdbaby Baby Backpack Carrier||16-40 lbs.||5 lbs.||Sunshade/rain roof, changing pad, kickstand included; insulated pocket||$160|
|Ergobaby Original Baby Carrier||7-45 lbs.||1.8 lbs.||Can be used on front or back||$120|