This pack has really helped us get into hiking this year. We needed to find a pack that fit both my husband, a solid 6'3", and myself, a thin 5'3". This was actually just about the 8th carrier we tried to get to fit both of us, and were THRILLED to find one that fits.
We bought a Kelty FC 3.0 first at a great price, and it while it fit me okay, it would not fit my husband. All of the weight went on his shoulders and none on his hips, and he couldn't do more than 10 minutes in it. Then we tried several older models loaned from a friend, and when all of those fit poorly, we started worrying we wouldn't find one that fit him at all. Finally, we tried an friend's new Osprey Poco, and while it fit my husband well, it's lowest setting still left a gap between my shoulders and the shoulder straps. We weren't ready to jump on a $300 carrier that only sort of fit me.
When we stumbled upon this carrier on clearance at our local trading post, we were beyond happy. The ratcheting shoulder straps allow it to adjust between "sizes" and fit both myself and my husband. There are size markings on the side, but you can easily adjust it above and below those. We can even shrink it down low enough my 10 year old can wear stuffed animals in it around the house. For fit, you can't get much better. If I extended their scale some, my daughter would be a X-Small, I would be a Small, and my husband about a X-Large.
The design itself is great too. The side pockets do well for hats and toys, and the lower pocket is roomy and perfect for diaper supplies. The hip pocket is nice for a camera, and you can roll up he waist straps and tuck them in so they don't dangle. We're not at all bothered by having to bring in/out the kickstand, and I actually prefer it more than the Kelty and the osprey, as it tucks in more compactly. I love that the child's straps bring the child forward, closer to your back (like the Osprey), instead of away from it (like the Kelty). I'm also glad there are foot stirrups, though as we're still using it with a baby, we don't use them often. She can just just tuck her feet in.
We're new to hiking in general, but after about 5+ long trips this summer we did add some accessories to our pack. We did end up buying a Camelbak 3.0L hydration system, and that's been pretty awesome. We also bought a few hiking poles, because I found that really helps my arms feel more comfortable on long hikes. We're probably going to pick up the sunshade soon. We actually used the Kelty's sunshade until we resold it, just because we had it on hand, and it was really nice to have some rain coverage.
Introduce little ones to the wonders of nature with comfort and ease! The Deuter Kid Comfort 2 is a bestselling favorite with kids and parents alike. Designed for that feeling of boundless freedom on longer hikes, this pack offers side step-in access, a large and super soft chin pad, a height adjustable seat, various pockets and compartments for mom or dad and has a Vari-Quick back system so transferring the load from one adult to the other is as simple as ever. JPMA certified for safety, this child carrier is ideal for kids weighing between 16 and 40 pounds who can sit up by themselves.