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Summit #4 for my son, Chuckanut Mountain South Peak, WA
Sherpa Dad Tools of the Trade
REI Tagalong Child Carrier
REI Diaper Bag
This is the most basic model but I used it to the extreme. The padding is much thinner than the more expensive models but it didnít seem to affect me carrying my heavy son everywhere. I even strapped all our camping gear to it for some overnight trips, Iím sure I was over the weight limit. Even then, it didnít fail and is still going strong, after a hundred climbs, several vacations and dozens of airport baggage handlers.
Purchased this along with the pack so I could carry the necessities while hiking. It straps on the bottom easily. I usually loaded it up while at home, only attaching it once at the trailhead. This is a nice feature.
Sherpani Rumba Superlight Child Carrier
This was a second carrier I purchased since my son was outgrowing the Tagalong and I needed another after my second child got bigger. Itís comfortable, can carry a lot of gear but getting your child into the pack is a pain. I ended up cutting one strap completely off to make it easier (donít worry, heís still secure). Iíll use this pack until he can walk over 10 miles unassisted, probably age 5.
What would I do without kid carriers? They are the key to getting out with my kids. Almost any model will work, anything is better than your shoulders. I use a cheap front pouch from Target or somewhere like that. A nicer one like the Belle Baby Carrier would have much nicer padding. I also purchased the sun/rain hoods for both models below but I rarely use them. When I have, I was sure grateful I had them.