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Summit #4 for my son, Chuckanut Mountain South Peak, WA
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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.
REI Tagalong Child Carrier

REI Tagalong Child Carrier

Revised for comfort and convenience, this carrier keeps your child secure on walks around town or light trail hikes. Adult suspension system adjusts for various sizes and features curved, padded shoulder straps and waistbelt plus a padded back for comfort. Adult suspension system has a quick torso-adjust with embroidered letters for easy-to-remember slots when switching between tall and short parents. Child's suspension system features curved, padded shoulder straps and waistbelt lined with soft, moisture-wicking brushed polyester. Child's harness has multiple adjustments to fit a variety of sizes, accommodating growth. Seat, sides, back and pillow are padded for your child's comfort. Fold-out kickstand aids in loading and won't pinch if little fingers get in the way. Pleated front mesh pocket lets you stash bottles, diapers and other kid necessities. Material is removable for easy cleaning. Generous reflective trim for low-light and night-time visibility. REI Rain Bonnet (sold separately) attaches atop carrier to shield child from rain, sun and wind. For added storage capacity attach the REI Diaper Bag (sold separately); it holds enough bottles, diapers, toys and clothes for a day's outing.


REI Diaper Bag

REI Diaper Bag

Don't forget to bring along the little one's essentials, this nifty diaper bag keeps it all within easy reach, plus it attaches to REI child carriers! 3-point hook-and-loop tabs let you connect diaper bag to bottom area of your favorite REI child carrier pack. Top and front full zip openings give you easy access when attached to child carrier or when carried alone. Separate zippered compartment with lining keeps the cleans from the dirties. Front padded bottle pocket keeps bottles cool for the thirsty little one. Features a padded over-the-shoulder strap for convenient carrying. Main compartment is fully lined and sides are padded for carrying towels, bibs and pacifiers and more baby essentials.


Sherpani Rumba Superlight Child Carrier

Sherpani Rumba Superlight Child Carrier

This ultralight, backcountry-worthy child carrier is sturdy enough for day hikes yet also suitable for trips to the market or summer festivals. Manufacturer recommends child weight not to exceed 50 lbs., with total load (child + gear) not to exceed 55 lbs. Fully padded bucket seat and sides; seat is fully adjustable to raise or lower child for your comfort and to give them views. 5-point chest plate is a soft foam harness that supports child securely with 5 fasteners, 3 that unbuckle for loading/unloading. Sewn-in shoulder harness and one-size waistbelt accommodate parents of similar size. Topper sunshade/rain cover protects little one from the elements and guards against unruly branches; when not in use, stash Topper in bottom pocket against back of carrier. Removable foot stirrups let child balance themselves in the pack or right themselves after they've slouched over to one side. Large mesh back pocket and zippered lower compartment for toting toys and essentials. Carrier frame is made from a tubular aluminum bar that increases stability when sitting on ground. Constructed of ultralight nylon fabric with ballistic nylon reinforcements for durability.


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