Surely a useful advice we can give is to rely, when choosing the model, on brands specializing in the production of hiking backpacks rather than those that produce items for children: the former, in fact, have extensive specific experience and therefore can offer products really “tested” and designed in detail for use in the field, details that, when it comes to the safety of your child and the comfort of your child.
Today the market offer is really wide and diversified. There is something for every taste and every pocket, even if this is definitely not an article on which to save money.
Of course, it is true that the backpack for children is used for a fairly short period (from about 6 months, that is, from when the child begins to sit alone, up to 2/3 years, or at least 20 kilos, weight limit for the backpack … and also for the shoulders of the bearer!), but a very cheap backpack could be lacking, for example in terms of comfort and, if you could be stoic enough to bear, the young man you have to carry on your back might not be so accommodating and will certainly make his reasons heard at every meter of the path …
Here are some tips to take into account when choosing a backpack for your child
The backpack must be well adjustable, both to adapt to the characteristics of the wearer, and for the comfort and stability of the child (this also involves the possibility of lowering and raising the seat, so that the little ones can enjoy a little ‘view and not remain sunk in the backpack).
Well adjustable also means easily and quickly adjustable: if it takes half a day of time to tighten a belt and an instruction manual perhaps something is wrong…
Pay attention to the aluminium frame. Almost all backpacks for children have one, which is essential to give stability to the structure, but make sure that these rigid parts do not bother you in any way when you wear it with the passengers on board.
The above implies that the backpack must be tested by you and the passenger before it is purchased!
The backpack must have a system that allows it to “stand alone” so that it can be put on and taken off its back without having to take out the child every time, who, perhaps, in the meantime is allowing himself a nap: trouble to interrupt the sleep of the innocent!
Having a space available, under the seat of the child, to store items, spare clothes, etc.. does not hurt. Very comfortable are also pockets and various ammennicoli on the ventral band, where to keep at hand the many objects that make the happiness of the hiker in swaddling clothes: pacifier, various toys, feeding bottles, etc..
Indispensable the “soft top” sunshade and screen for the child. In some models it is fixed and adjustable, in others it can be removed and put on when necessary.
Also essential is the rain cover (also for this “gadget” check before buying that it is functional and quick to install).
Very useful is the headrest cushion for the little one. You can also buy it separately, but some models already have it in the kit.
There are also backpacks with rearview mirrors to control the activity of the passenger: this is also a very “smart” gadget!
Check that the backpack is easily washable (possibility to remove the padding) … you know that the young transported usually tends not to have much respect for the rules of bon ton …
One last piece of advice about safety: always remember that you don’t have a normal backpack with an “inert” load on your shoulders; your child could move changing the weight balance, so be particularly careful, especially on the steepest or most uneven terrain.
DEUTER KID COMFORT PRO
Technical features – Weight 3450 g r – Size H 80 x W 43 x D 34 cm + 230 g Daypack (10 l) | H 42 x W 22 x D 14 cm – Fabric 210D PA Other features: energy saving thanks to flexible hip flaps, VariFlex ECL, infinitely adjustable sternal belt, pleasant ventilation thanks to perforated shoulder supports, two zippered pockets on hip fins, height-adjustable child seat with age-appropriate and variable cushion width for a healthy sitting position.
Height-adjustable feet with a setting option to adapt to children’s feet, various cover fabrics in the seat area: ventilated, soft in the comfort zone and sturdy and washable in the foot area.
Frame with a fabric cover in the seat area, the sturdy aluminium frame with its wide support surface is resistant to tipping and helps when entering, thanks to the foot with a perceptible snap function, the model is easy to park.
3M reflector, key clip, foldable for transport, VariSlide of the back length with a large belt width to allow both parents to carry the backpack comfortably, two elastic side pockets.
Extendable horizontal front pocket with an adjustable hook, spacious lower compartment with zipper (Kid Comfort), belt can be tightened and adapted simply to the PullForward adjustment, compatible with hydration system, stabilization straps, unisex fit.
Two handles, a fixed integrated awning, with quick assembly, mirror to look into the passenger space in the hip pocket, small backpack integrated in the lower compartment and usable separately, equipped with an internal pocket and the possibility of being carried permanently on the chest belt.
DEUTER KID COMFORT ACTIVE SL
For parents looking for a safe pannier with exceptional comfort for the passenger and the carrier in order to live together nature with their child.
Technical features – Weight 2400 g r – Size H 70 x W 43 x D 34 cm – Fabric 210D PA Other features: energy saving thanks to flexible hip flaps, VariFlex ECL, infinitely adjustable sternal belt, pleasant ventilation thanks to perforated shoulder supports, two zippered pockets on hip fins, height-adjustable child seat with variable, age-appropriate cushion width for a healthy sitting position.
Height-adjustable feet with a setting option to adapt to children’s feet, various cover fabrics in the seat area: ventilated, soft in the comfort zone and sturdy and washable in the foot area, frame with a fabric cover in the seat area, robust aluminium frame with large support surface withstands tilting and helps when entering thanks to the foot with a perceptible snap function, the model is easy to park.
3M reflector, key clip, foldable for transport, VariSlide of the back length with a large tape width to allow both parents to carry the backpack comfortably, two elastic side pockets; extendable front horizontal pocket with an adjustable hook; spacious lower compartment with zipper (Kid Comfort), belt can be tightened and easily adapted to the adjustment PullForward, compatible with hydration system, stabilization straps, unisex fit, two handles