The Best Hiking Baby Carriers of 2021

Finding the best baby hiking baby carrier when you’re heading into the outdoors with your little one is important, both for your baby’s safety and comfort and your own.

It might surprise you, but baby backpacks are some of the most complex pieces of gear in the outdoor industry. Unlike most backpacks, which just hold gear, food, or apparel, a baby carrier is a technical outdoor backpack that has to fit two people at the same time. Also, these packs need to be comfortable and secure for both the baby and the wearer.

What age can I take my baby hiking?

About 6 months. First thing to remember, your baby needs to have full control of their neck and head, in order to be placed in a baby carrier backpack for hiking. Significantly, babies reach this milestone around the 6 month mark. For this reason, choose a hiking baby carrier that allows you to carry the baby in front and support their head.

Best baby hiking backpack

However, you can take your baby for short hikes as soon as its safe and you feel up to it. For example, you can start with walks in your neighborhood park, and build it from there.

Babies aren’t easy passengers, either. Of course, they squirm, twist, and fuss, so your baby carrier needs to keep them safe while on the move. Regardless, taking the baby carrier backpack hiking, it needs to ride well so that your baby’s movements don’t throw off your gait when walking on rugged trails.

Which hiking carrier is best for you and baby?

As always, there are plenty of other concerns when buying a hiking baby backpack whether you want to carry you baby in front or back and the carrier size. Most child carriers have these in common: such as adjustable shoulder and waist straps, adjustable child harness, a kickstand and a sturdy frame.

Equally important, are these key features to consider:

  • Weight- How heavy is baby carrier + your child
  • Suspension system and how customization for fit do you have
  • Kickstand- most have an anti-pinch design
  • Frame- usually made of aluminum to support your gear and child
  • Accessories:
    • Gear Storage- Water bottle, diaper changing pads,
    • Removeable Sun shade and rain-hood (sometimes sold separately)
    • Storage Cases
    • Hydration Reservoir compatibility or cooling pack
    • Stash Pockets: Snacks, smaller items, keys
    • Removable bug netting (usually sold separately)

Which Carrier is Best for Baby?

toddler in hiking backpack

In short, if you have a baby and want to get out hiking with your baby this year, you’ll definitely need a baby carrier. So let’s break down the 11 best baby carriers for hiking on the market in 2021.

We’ll be going through various options, from the most comfortable to the best budget baby backpack, so that you have the information to make the choice that’s best for you.


Deuter Kid Comfort Active - Denim - SL - Women's Fit
Deuter Kid Comfort Active - Midnight - Standard Fit
Ergobaby 360 All-Position Baby Carrier with Lumbar Support and Cool Air Mesh (12-45 Pounds), Carbon...
Kelty Journey PerfectFIT Elite Child Carrier
Deuter Kid Comfort Pro Child Carrier and Backpack
Luvdbaby Premium Baby Backpack Carrier for Hiking with Kids – Carry Your Child Ergonomically…
Hiking Carrier
Osprey Poco
Deuter Kid Comfort Active SL
Ergobaby 360
Kelty PerfectFIT Elite
Deuter Kid Comfort Pro
Luvdbaby Premium
Award
Best Overall
Best for Women
Best for Short Hikes
Best High Capacity Child Carrier
Most Comfortable
Best Budget Baby Hiking Carrier
Frame Style
Aluminum
Aluminum X Frame
Soft, Mesh Carrier
Aluminum
Aluminum
Aluminum
Integrated Sun Roof?
Weight
7 lbs 11 oz
5 lbs 8 oz
1 lb 8 oz
7 lbs 4 oz
8 lbs 5 oz
6 lbs 7 oz
Load Range
23.7- 48 lbs 8 oz
up to 48 lbs
12-45 lbs
16-40 lbs
40 lbs
up to 40lbs
Capacity
20L
12L
0L
26L
22L
-
Age Range
6+ months
6 months to toddler
Newborn to toddler
Toddler
6+months - toddler
6+ months- toddler
Ratings
Price
Price not available
Price not available
$97.91
Price not available
Price not available
Price not available
Deuter Kid Comfort Active - Denim - SL - Women's Fit
Hiking Carrier
Osprey Poco
Award
Best Overall
Frame Style
Aluminum
Integrated Sun Roof?
Weight
7 lbs 11 oz
Load Range
23.7- 48 lbs 8 oz
Capacity
20L
Age Range
6+ months
Ratings
Price
Price not available
Deuter Kid Comfort Active - Midnight - Standard Fit
Hiking Carrier
Deuter Kid Comfort Active SL
Award
Best for Women
Frame Style
Aluminum X Frame
Integrated Sun Roof?
Weight
5 lbs 8 oz
Load Range
up to 48 lbs
Capacity
12L
Age Range
6 months to toddler
Ratings
Price
Price not available
Ergobaby 360 All-Position Baby Carrier with Lumbar Support and Cool Air Mesh (12-45 Pounds), Carbon...
Hiking Carrier
Ergobaby 360
Award
Best for Short Hikes
Frame Style
Soft, Mesh Carrier
Integrated Sun Roof?
Weight
1 lb 8 oz
Load Range
12-45 lbs
Capacity
0L
Age Range
Newborn to toddler
Ratings
Price
$97.91
Kelty Journey PerfectFIT Elite Child Carrier
Hiking Carrier
Kelty PerfectFIT Elite
Award
Best High Capacity Child Carrier
Frame Style
Aluminum
Integrated Sun Roof?
Weight
7 lbs 4 oz
Load Range
16-40 lbs
Capacity
26L
Age Range
Toddler
Ratings
Price
Price not available
Deuter Kid Comfort Pro Child Carrier and Backpack
Hiking Carrier
Deuter Kid Comfort Pro
Award
Most Comfortable
Frame Style
Aluminum
Integrated Sun Roof?
Weight
8 lbs 5 oz
Load Range
40 lbs
Capacity
22L
Age Range
6+months - toddler
Ratings
Price
Price not available
Luvdbaby Premium Baby Backpack Carrier for Hiking with Kids – Carry Your Child Ergonomically…
Hiking Carrier
Luvdbaby Premium
Award
Best Budget Baby Hiking Carrier
Frame Style
Aluminum
Integrated Sun Roof?
Weight
6 lbs 7 oz
Load Range
up to 40lbs
Capacity
-
Age Range
6+ months- toddler
Ratings
Price
Price not available
BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier One Air, Mesh, Anthracite
LÍLLÉbaby Complete All Seasons Six-Position Baby Carrier, Stone
ClevrPlus Cross Country Baby Backpack Hiking Child Carrier Toddler Red
Piggyback Rider Scout Standing Child Toddler Carrier Backpack Events Hike Travel
Chicco SmartSupport Backpack Carrier - Grey
Hiking Carrier
BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier One
LÍLLÉbaby Carrier
ClevrPlus Cross Country
Piggyback Rider SCOUT
Chicco SmartSupport
Award
Best for Versatility and Mellow Hikes
Honorable Mention: Cold Weather
Honorable Mention: Budget
Honorable Mention: Unique
Honorable Mention
Frame Style
Soft
Soft
Aluminum
Metal
Aluminum
Integrated Sun Roof?
Weight
8 oz
1 lb 10 oz
5lbs 8 oz
3 lbs
6.7 lbs
Load Range
5 - 24 lbs
7-45 lbs
40 lbs
50 lbs
17- 40 lbs
Capacity
0 L
0 L
0 L
0 L
0 L
Age Range
Newborn to Toddler
Newborn - Toddler
9-45 months
Toddler
6-36 months
Ratings
-
Price
$219.99
$99.99
$129.99
Price not available
$129.99
BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier One Air, Mesh, Anthracite
Hiking Carrier
BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier One
Award
Best for Versatility and Mellow Hikes
Frame Style
Soft
Integrated Sun Roof?
Weight
8 oz
Load Range
5 - 24 lbs
Capacity
0 L
Age Range
Newborn to Toddler
Ratings
Price
$219.99
LÍLLÉbaby Complete All Seasons Six-Position Baby Carrier, Stone
Hiking Carrier
LÍLLÉbaby Carrier
Award
Honorable Mention: Cold Weather
Frame Style
Soft
Integrated Sun Roof?
Weight
1 lb 10 oz
Load Range
7-45 lbs
Capacity
0 L
Age Range
Newborn - Toddler
Ratings
Price
$99.99
ClevrPlus Cross Country Baby Backpack Hiking Child Carrier Toddler Red
Hiking Carrier
ClevrPlus Cross Country
Award
Honorable Mention: Budget
Frame Style
Aluminum
Integrated Sun Roof?
Weight
5lbs 8 oz
Load Range
40 lbs
Capacity
0 L
Age Range
9-45 months
Ratings
Price
$129.99
Piggyback Rider Scout Standing Child Toddler Carrier Backpack Events Hike Travel
Hiking Carrier
Piggyback Rider SCOUT
Award
Honorable Mention: Unique
Frame Style
Metal
Integrated Sun Roof?
Weight
3 lbs
Load Range
50 lbs
Capacity
0 L
Age Range
Toddler
Ratings
-
Price
Price not available
Chicco SmartSupport Backpack Carrier - Grey
Hiking Carrier
Chicco SmartSupport
Award
Honorable Mention
Frame Style
Aluminum
Integrated Sun Roof?
Weight
6.7 lbs
Load Range
17- 40 lbs
Capacity
0 L
Age Range
6-36 months
Ratings
Price
$129.99

Best Hiking Baby Carriers

Editor’s Choice: Osprey Poco

Osprey Poco Child Carrier

Features:

  • Weight: 7 lbs 11 oz
  • Max Load: 48 lbs 8 oz
  • Capacity: 20L
  • Adjustable Torso Height: Yes
  • Material(s): 210-denier nylon diamond
  • Frame: Aluminum
  • Sunshade: Yes

Ironically enough, Osprey did not design the Poco to be their premier baby backpack. That title goes to the Poco Plus . Still, we found that the cheaper Poco hit the sweet spot between affordability, functionality, and comfort. The 3D tensioned mesh backing provides solid ventilation.

At the same time, the child cockpit is well-padded and ventilated, making this a comfortable pack for both parties.

Osprey newest child carrier is their lightweight Poco LT, designed to navigate tight stores, shorter hikes and crowded areas. Notably, Osprey shaved off over 2 lbs off its folding frame, down to just 5 lbs.  Furthermore, the Poco LT fit is adjustable within 6 inches to accommodate adults who may want to share the baby hiking carrier. 

Osprey Poco LT Child CarrierOsprey Poco Child CarrierOsprey Poco Plus Child Carrier
Osprey Poco LT Baby CarrierOsprey Poco Child CarrierOsprey Poco Plus Toddler Carrier

Generally speaking, if a brand makes several models of child carriers, they want you to buy additional raincovers and carry cases, but not in this instance.  Instead, the Poco AG raincovers and carry cases are compatible with the Poco LT.

Despite being a slightly tapered-down version of the Poco Plus, the Poco has essentially every major feature you need in a baby backpack for hiking.  Features include a sunshade, drool pad, toy cord attachment, external hydration sleeve, and collapsible foot bar.

Also. there is a fair amount of storage space and organization options with six exterior pockets, not including the main compartment. Furthermore, the capacity (20L) is more generous than most similarly-priced packs with this level of comfort.

Pros:

  • Affordable with a comfortable build
  • Adjustable chest clip
  • Shoulder & waist straps have thick padding
  • Child harness clips easy to fasten/unfasten
  • Harness clips behind the child, so they can’t unclip themselves
  • Child foot stirrups so their feet don’t dangle. They can use these for leverage to self-adjust their seat position
  • Metal frame with bars that wrap around child
  • Side bar detaches so it can fold up and flatten for better storage

Cons:

  • Minimal pockets and adjustability
  • Takes walking around time and adjustments to straps to determine will setting will minimize discomfort
  • A bit pricey


Best for Women: Deuter Kid Comfort Active SL

Deuter Kid Comfort Active - Denim - SL - Women's Fit

Features:

  • Weight: 5 lbs 13 oz
  • Max Load: 48 lbs 8 oz
  • Capacity: 14L
  • Adjustable Torso Height: Yes
  • Material(s): 210-denier polyamide polyester
  • Frame: Aluminum
  • Sunshade: No

Since women use baby carriers just as often as men, it’s strange that there aren’t more baby carriers for hiking on the market with female-specific builds.  In order to accommodate women’s body frames, the Deuter Kid Comfort Active SL changes the game with an ergonomic hip belt that fits smaller torsos and narrower shoulder straps.  Among other modifications, these extra straps help make the carrier perfect for female hikers.

It’s priced lower than many competing products. It sports the same lightweight, minimalist build that makes the standard Deuter Kid Comfort Active SL so great. Additionally, it has a large amount of ventilation and mesh, making the pack among the more breathable on our list, both for the baby and the wearer.

There’s no sunshade included (you can grab the Deuter KC Sun Roof - Kid Comfort Attachable Accessory $35 as an add-on), and you don’t find as many other accessories either, like a Deuter chin drool pad/ or hydration sleeve.

Deuter Kid Comfort Active - Denim - SL - Women's FitDeuter Kid Comfort Child Carrier and BackpackDeuter Kid Comfort Pro Child Carrier and Backpack
Deuter Kid Comfort Active SLDeuter Kid Comfort Baby Carrier Deuter Kid Comfort Pro Child Carrier

Otherwise, if you’re looking for a more feature-heavy pack for longer hauls, the Deuter Kid Comfort Active SL Child Carrier and Backpack with Women's Fit ($290) or the standard Deuter Kid Comfort ($300) are better purchases. 

Altogether, for a female-specific pack, the Deuter Kid Comfort Active SL takes the cake.

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Well-ventilated
  • Designed for women’s anatomy
  • Lots of storage with zippered pocket on waist belt
  • Easy to use safety harness system with color-coordinated buckles
  • Shorter adjustable back length
  • Child foot stirrups so their feet don’t dangle. They can use these for leverage to self-adjust their seat position
  • Metal frame with bars that wrap around child
  • Folds flat for storage

Cons:

  • Shoulder straps are too narrow
  • Takes walking around time and adjustments to straps to determine will setting will minimize discomfort
  • Accessories sold separately


Best Baby Carrier for Hiking: Best High-Capacity Carrier: Kelty Journey PerfectFIT Elite

Kelty Journey PerfectFIT Elite Child Carrier

Features:

  • Weight: 7 lbs 4 oz
  • Max Load: 50 lbs
  • Capacity: 26L
  • Adjustable Torso Height: Yes
  • Material(s): 420-denier polyester
  • Frame: Aluminum
  • Sunshade: Yes

At 26L, the Kelty PerfectFIT Elite baby hiking carrier, can pack more than any other carrier on our list. Notably, it has a large internal compartment and nine different organizational pockets.

Kelty Journey PerfectFIT Elite Child Carrier

Including hipbelt pockets, side mesh pockets, an organizer pocket, and a zippered “dirty” compartment out back to hold dirty clothes, wipes, or anything else on the stinky side. However, the real boon here is Kelty’s PerfectFIT suspension system, making it easy to swap the pack between wearers, pulling quickly on two back panel straps to adjust the fit.

Priced at $300, it’s on the expensive side when you compare it with more comfortable carriers like the Osprey Poco. Still, in addition to the $300 Elite version, the PerfectFIT comes in Deluxe and Standard models, at $260 and $219.95 , respectively, with pared-down organizational pockets and no sunshade.

Pros:

  • High capacity & max load
  • Ability to fine tune the fit
  • 7 exterior pockets
  • Comes with accessories: sun shade
  • Comfortable & adjustable straps
  • Insulated front cooler pocket

Cons:

  • Zippers are sticky
  • Falls short on breathability

Best Baby Carrier for Hiking: Most Comfortable: Deuter Kid Comfort Pro

Deuter Kid Comfort Pro Child Carrier and Backpack

Features:

  • Weight: 8 lbs 5 oz
  • Max Load: 48 lbs 8 oz
  • Capacity: 14L
  • Adjustable Torso Height: Yes, Best of those 5’7″ and taller
  • Material(s): 210-denier polyamide polyester
  • Frame: Aluminum
  • Sunshade: Yes

The Kid Comfort Pro from Deuter represents the pinnacle of baby hiking backpacks, with a feature-heavy build that doesn’t skimp on comfort. The pivoting 3D hip fins sport a concave shape and uber-comfy padding. At the same time, the multilayered foam provides a lot of flexibility for the wearer.

A well-ventilated mesh backing and child cockpit keep you and your baby cool while on the move.

Deuter Kid Comfort Pro Child Carrier and Backpack

The Deuter baby hiking carrier has several valuable features.  Including a rearview mirror to help you keep an eye on your little one, a washable snack area, a removable pillow, side cushions, numerous pockets, and an integrated sunroof.

There are also a couple of features that are perhaps a bit overboard. Namely, the removable daypack, which is of questionable utility.  When would you be leaving your baby behind and going off with a daypack on your own?

That said, the only legitimate downsides here are the price. At $340, it’s not a cheap baby hiking carrier, and the carrying capacity sits at a relatively small 14L. If comfort is your concern and you have the cash, however, the Deuter Kid Comfort Pro is your best bet.


Pros:

  • Feature heavy: chin rest & sun roof included
  • Extremely well-ventilated
  • 7 exterior pockets
  • Comes with accessories: sun shade
  • Big hip pockets

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Slippery stirrups
  • Smaller capacity
  • Difficult to fit due to numerous straps

Best Hiking Baby Carrier for Infants or Short Hikes: Ergobaby 360

Ergobaby 360 All-Position Baby Carrier with Lumbar Support and Cool Air Mesh (12-45 Pounds), Carbon...

Features:

  • Price: $97.91
  • Weight: 1 lb 8 oz
  • Max Load: 45 lbs
  • Capacity: 0L
  • Adjustable Torso Height: N/A
  • Material(s): Cotton
  • Frame: N/A
  • Sunshade: Yes

If you’re looking for a baby carrier without the “backpack” component thrown in, the Ergobaby 360 may be a great choice. For only $97.91, you’re getting a baby hiking carrier that allows you to carry your baby in four different positions. For example,  your baby can sit either forward or backward-facing, on either your chest or back.

Ergobaby 360 All-Position Baby Carrier with Lumbar Support and Cool Air Mesh (12-45 Pounds), Carbon...

While there is no storage space here or any features to speak of, the Ergobaby 360 does come with a retractable sun hood, a nice added touch.

For longer hikes and/or if your little one is old enough to hold up their head independently, the standard “backpack” style carriers generally perform best and are more comfortable. For infants, the lightweight, freeform build of the Ergobaby is an excellent choice.

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Lightweight
  • Packable
  • 4-ways to carry your baby
  • Comfortable & adjustable straps

Cons:

  • No storage space
  • Not breathable

Best for Versatility and Mellow Hikes: BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier One Air 3D Mesh

BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier One Air, Mesh, Anthracite

Features:

  • Price: $219.99
  • Weight: 2 lb 8 oz
  • Max Load: 24 lbs
  • Capacity: N/A
  • Adjustable Torso Height: N/A
  • Material: Polyester
  • Frame: N/A
  • Sunshade: No

Like the Ergobaby and the LÍLLÉbaby, this BABYBJÖRN carrier is a swaddling carrier you can use for newborns to toddlers. Notably, the advantage of this baby carrier for hiking is that you can carry your baby 4 different ways, while keeping your hands free. Even though it’s a pricey hiking baby carrier because it lacks storage, it’s does come with a windproof cover and teething bib.

This baby hiking carrier is designed to make baby wearing more comfortable with its 3D mesh and jersey material, in cold or hot weather. Because of the fabric, you can toss it in your washing machine as often as you like. 

Also, the International Hip Dysplasia Institute certified to properly support your baby’s legs, hips, & spine. Importantly, BABYBJÖRN recommends before carrying them facing out, waiting until your baby is 5 months old and shouldn’t weigh more than 26 pounds.

The manufacturer recommends this carrier only until 36 months, so your cost per use is reasonable. Ultimately, for mellow excursions, the BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier One 3D Mesh offers the most versatile use and value in the category for best baby carrier for hiking.

Pros:

  • Breathable
  • Sleek and can be worn over jackets, fleece
  • Washable
  • 4 ergonomic ways to carry baby, newborn to toddler
  • Adjustable- can fit petite to taller people

Cons:

  • No storage space
  • Baby teeth can get caught in mesh bib
  • Awkward buckle positions

Best Baby Carrier for Hiking: Budget: LuvdBaby Premium

Luvdbaby Premium Baby Backpack Carrier for Hiking with Kids – Carry Your Child Ergonomically…

Features:

  • Weight: 6 lbs 7 oz
  • Max Load: 40 lbs
  • Capacity: N/A
  • Adjustable Torso Height: Yes
  • Material(s): 600D & 300D ripstop polyester
  • Frame: Aluminum
  • Sunshade: Yes

If you’re looking to get your hands on a feature-heavy pack but can’t afford the $300+ options above, the LuvdBaby is a solid choice. You’ll find all the accessories and features found in the top-end packs, such as a sunshade, adjustable stirrups, hip-belt pockets, and a kickstand.

The Luvdbaby baby carrier for hiking, adds a couple of other features of note, such as a portable baby changing station and a thermal insulated pocket to keep food and drink warm or cool.

Luvdbaby Premium Baby Backpack Carrier for Hiking with Kids – Carry Your Child Ergonomically…

The drawback here, naturally, is that it’s just a cheaper build. The hipbelt and shoulder padding isn’t as comfortable as the packs from Deuter and Osprey, so this is far from the most comfortable baby hiking backpack in our lineup.

That said, durability shouldn’t be a concern here, with a heavy-duty ripstop polyester build. Likewise, another drawback is that the max load, at 40 pounds, is a tad bit off from the 48-to-50-pound carriers reviewed above.

If your little one is still… well, little, then this shouldn’t be an issue. All told, if comfort isn’t your end all be all concern, then the Luvdbaby offers much of the same functionality found at the top-end of the lineup, all at a price that’s hard to beat.

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Lots of accessories: rain cover and mesh shade
  • Lots of pockets

Cons:

  • Not comfortable on longer hikes
  • Small max load
  • No water bottle holders

Honorable Mention (Cold Weather): LÍLLÉbaby Carrier

LÍLLÉbaby Complete All Seasons Six-Position Baby Carrier, Stone

Features:

  • Price: $99.99
  • Weight: 1 lb 10 oz
  • Max Load: N/A
  • Capacity: 0L
  • Adjustable Torso Height: N/A
  • Material(s): Cotton
  • Frame: N/A
  • Sunshade: Yes

Similar to the Ergobaby mentioned above, the LÍLLÉbaby Carrier is a no-frills wrap-style baby carrier for hiking, with six different carry positions possible. You can carry your baby forward and backward, on your chest and back. 

Additional options offered by the Ergobaby, the LÍLLÉbaby makes it possible for you to carry your child on your chest curled up in a fetal position and on your hip. It sports a sun hood and headrest for your baby, as well as a small zippered pocket for storage.

This isn’t as much a baby carrier for hiking as it is a general baby carrier. Still, the frameless cotton build works well for hiking with infants, keeping them close to your chest, warm, and secure. The straps are dual adjustable for easier breastfeeding, too.

The baby hiking carrier also sports an extendable waist belt with lumbar padding and a temperature control panel to keep your little one snug and warm in colder months.

While the Ergobaby performs better in hotter summer months or physically demanding hikes, with more advanced mesh breathability to keep you and your baby cool. Ultimately, the LÍLLÉbaby is an arguably better pick for winter climes, notably where young infants are concerned.

Pros:

  • Lightweight
  • Keeps child close
  • Affordable
  • Well-padded shoulder straps

Cons:

  • Minimal support for longer hikes
  • Neck support unsnaps easily

Honorable Mention (Budget): ClevrPlus Cross Country Baby Carrier

ClevrPlus Cross Country Baby Backpack Hiking Child Carrier Toddler Green

Features:

  • Price: $129.99
  • Weight: 5 lbs 8 oz
  • Max Load: 33 lbs
  • Capacity: N/A
  • Adjustable Torso Height: Yes
  • Material(s): 600D oxford cloth
  • Frame: Aluminum
  • Sunshade: Yes

It’s hard to compete with the ClevrPlus for one reason alone… the thing only costs $129.99! We were hard-pressed to find a best baby hiking carrier for that low. Still, it’s adecent hiking baby carrier for hiking at a price lower than that.

So if money is your primary concern, the ClevrPlus will get the job done at a price that’s nearly ⅓ of some of the higher-end offerings like the Deuter Kid Comfort Pro.

ClevrPlus Cross Country Baby Backpack Hiking Child Carrier Toddler Green

We found the Luvdbaby to have a bit more padding and comfort than the ClevrPlus. However, the ClevrPlus still comes with a sunshade, stirrups, multiple pockets, a kickstand, and a washable drool pad, so it’s able to contend with some of the big guys further up on the listing.

It’s also relatively lightweight. At only 5 lbs 8 oz, it’s the lightest standard pack on our listing (the Ergobaby doesn’t count, of course). Aside from the relatively reduced comfort (to be expected given the price), the only other negative with the ClevrPlus is that it sports a max load that is even lower than the Luvdbaby’s, at 33 pounds.

Pros:

  • Lightweight
  • Affordable

Cons:

  • Small max weight load
  • Poorly padded

Honorable Mention (Unique): Piggyback Rider SCOUT

Piggyback Rider Scout Standing Child Toddler Carrier Backpack Events Hike Travel

Features:

  • Weight: 3 lbs 0 oz
  • Max Load: 50 lbs
  • Capacity: 0L
  • Adjustable Torso Height: N/A
  • Material(s): N/A
  • Frame: Aluminum
  • Sunshade: Yes

This one’s a bit off the wall, but there’s simply no other product like it online, so we figured it best to include it. The Piggyback Rider SCOUT is a stand-up child carrier, allowing older children (2+) to stand on an aluminum bar and hang on to an adult’s shoulders as they hike.

It comes with an attachment harness for both wearer and the rider, so your child is fully attached and secure even if they let go of your shoulders. Furthermore, there’s no storage space. Still, if you’re considering this child carrier, you obviously aren’t concerned about finding a toddler hiking backpack with storage space.

The toddler hiking carrier sets up fast and packs down fast. Also, the entire thing rolls up to about the size of a paper towel roll, so even if you can’t pack anything else with it, the carrier itself is packable.

As far as design-relevant drawbacks go, the fact that the Piggyback Rider SCOUT puts 100% of the weight on the shoulders is a bit of a flaw. Certainly, this is the reason all backpacks have hip belts.

Even if your child is keen to spend a couple of hours hanging on your back, carrying up to 50 pounds on your shoulders is going to get tiring quickly.

Pros:

  • Lightweight
  • Affordable
  • Packable

Cons:

  • No storage space
  • Uncomfortable on longer hikes
  • Minimal versatility

Honorable Mention: Chicco SmartSupport

Chicco SmartSupport Backpack Carrier - Grey

Features:

  • Price: $129.99
  • Weight: 6 lb 8 oz
  • Max Load: 40 lbs
  • Capacity: N/A
  • Adjustable Torso Height: N/A
  • Material: Cotton
  • Frame: Aluminum
  • Sunshade: Yes

The Chicco is another budget carrier. Moreover, it’s essentially just a chair attached to the wearer’s back more than a pack, with no storage space whatsoever. The chair is well-padded, although the shoulder and waist straps are pretty barebones.

The boons here are the sunshade, height-adjustable seat, and kickstand, as well as a flat-folding design for transport. Also, this is a fairly breathable carrier, both for the wearer and rider, since it has very little in the way of fabrication.

Unfortunately, there’s not much to recommend the Chicco Smart Support, simply because for the same price, you can get the ClevrPlus Hiking Baby Carrier, which has all the above features and more. Like actual storage pockets, stirrups, and a washable drool pad.

On the whole, we also found the ClevrPlus to be a bit more comfortable during long hauls. Not to mention, it’s also a pound lighter than the Chicco.

Pros:

  • Breathable
  • Affordable
  • Packable, fold-up design
  • Kickstand design allows for one person to place child in carrier

Cons:

  • No storage space
  • Lacking in comfort- all weight distributed on shoulders
  • Minimal padding & narrow straps

Conclusion

Shopping for the best baby carrier backpack isn’t like shopping for any other piece of outdoor gear or apparel because you aren’t just shopping for yourself. By all means, you’re shopping for your baby, too! With this in mind, the best baby carrier for hiking needs to be comfortable for both the wearer and the rider.

There are a variety of options on the market, from minimalist carriers like the Ergobaby 360 to comfort-focused options like the Deuter Kid Comfort Pro. Also, there is the storage-heavy offerings, like the Kelty Journey PerfectFIT Elite.

All told, our reviewers found the Osprey Poco ($290) offers the best match between price, comfort, and functionality. Comparatively, the upgraded Osprey Poco Plus ($330) is another solid option if you can spare a bit of extra cash.

Now you can the best hiking baby carrier for you using our extensive review list, and if you’re having trouble, feel free to check out our in-depth guide, “How to Choose a Baby Carrier.”

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