Not long after my son was born I got back on the trail, spending early Spring on short hikes like Oak Hill in Concord NH when Oren was 2 weeks old. I began carrying him in a wrap for grocery trips, getting stuff done around the house, and hiking of course! I was able to wrap him very securely in a womb like environment and he’d sleep the whole hike. This lasted for the first few months and then I moved to using a soft carrier pack.
For hikes I began carrying Oren in front with a daypack to counterbalance the weight, especially as he got heavier. At first I used the Boba Air, but because it doesn’t have any padding, it would dig into my shoulders on longer hikes. I then started using the Lillebaby Complete All Seasons Carrier which worked very well, but he was just getting too heavy to carry him in front during longer hikes.
I’ll have a dedicated post of my go-to hiking gear when adventuring with babies, however I did just want to explain that I didn’t start out using this system and include some other options if your baby is smaller than 16 lbs (the recommended weight for most child carrying backpacks).
Last fall I was doing a ton of research of structured child carrying backpacks because I needed a better way to carry Oren and the gear I needed for a hike. I needed something that would remain comfortable for me on a long hike, be able to keep Oren comfortable, and allow me to carry the gear we’d need for the day.
Pre-baby I was used to an UL setup (my baseweight for thru hiking the John Muir Trail was 12 lbs). Now I have a 21 pound baby PLUS the weight of the pack and my gear. Most child carrying packs are 8-9 pounds empty which was an issue for me as I was already carrying almost double my UL baseweight for backpacking in just baby alone, nevermind the rest of what I need and things like diapers and snacks for him.
I contacted Deuter about their packs and was actually told they were coming out with a few new versions.
The pack I have is the women’s specific version (the SL). There are three other new versions from Deuter:
Kid Comfort Active– essentially this pack but not a women’s specific fit
Kid Comfort– More storage, more weight
Kid Comfort Pro– Bells and whistles version with the biggest feature difference is having the actual pack section removable to be used separately
This is a first look review of the Deuter Kid Comfort Active SL. I have used this pack on a handful of hikes, both short local hikes and longer day hikes. This is not an in-depth long term review so my thoughts may change over time and I cannot comment on the longevity/wear of this product. This pack was given to me from Deuter, however the review is my own opinion. Let’s start by looking at the stats:
Weight: 5 lbs. 13 oz.
Recommended Child Carrying Weight Range: 16-40 lbs
Fits Torso lengths 14-18 inches
Material: 210-denier polyamide polyester
Dimensions: 28 x 17 x 13 inches
Gender: Women’s Specific Fit
Last modified: March 27, 2019