By Mike Layne
Before purchasing our Deuter, we borrowed a Kelty Journey 2.0 Child Frame Carrier from friends This is a great option for a child carrier and we may review it at some point. It's well worth looking into if you're already a Kelty fan. We made our decision to go with the Deuter Kid Comfort II Backpack/ Child Carrier for two reasons.
1. Tons of great online reviews. So many in fact, that I'm not going to make this review longer than it needs to be. My real goal is to let you know that we use it, we love it and we highly recommend it. I'll provide some links to other great reviews at the end.
2. We have an absolutely love the Deuter Aircontact 75+10 Backpacking Pack. The Aircontact support system, shared by the Kid Comfort II, is by far one of the best we've used. Fully adjustable to fit a wide range of torso sizes, it is built with heavy loads and long hauls in mind. My only note of caution here is that this is not for light weight back packing. Coming in at 7lbs, this is one of the heavier options out there. We will be reviewing the pack in full soon.
The choice to go with the Kid Comfort II from Deuter has proved, for us at least, to be a great purchase. You can get carriers for less, but the comfort and design Deuter puts into their products is worth the extra money for us. Features we like include:
- Very easy to get your child in and out of this pack. Compared to the Kelty we tried, the Deuter is much easier. The side straps on the left side of the pack release and the pack pivots apart to allow side entry. For smaller children this may not be a big deal, but for our nearly 2 year old son it is much easier to load him from the side than from the top.
- Lots of storage space. In fairness to Kelty, the Journey 2.0 had plenty of space as well. Both packs provide multiple zippered storage spaces. The Deuter also provides mesh pouches on both sides and a zippered pocket on the waist belt. (this comes in handy for storing snacks to pass back to your child in case of a hunger emergency)
- The hip belt and pads distribute weight very well and the shoulder straps are fully adjustable to fit a wide range of torso sizes.
It's easy to see why so many people give this child carrier such great reviews. Deuter has great craftmanship and attention to detail. Their gear does what they say it does. It's rugged, durable, comfortable and fun to use.
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