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Kid carrying packs

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Just had our first and we have an old carrier pack a friend passed on, however I would love to be able to do a lot of longish hikes with the kiddo (maybe with extra weight) and am curious if people have things to consider or models that they find really good.

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We used a Sherpani Rhumba for our kids and it was great on long hikes and overnights.   If you can find one used I would recommend it since they aren't made any longer....

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I was running up Mt. Si once and saw guy with a plastic lawn chair strapped to his back with ~9 y.o. kid sitting in it. 

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I abused the crap out of a couple of Kelty packs, over a span of 3 kids.   The ones with the aluminum frame...

   The first pack eventually failed at the plastic hinges where the rear set of legs swings open to hold the pack up when it's on the ground. I think the bottom section of the legs got kicked a lot, as the kids got bigger.

A friend gave me theirs as a replacement, and I still have it hanging in the garage.  They held up over many hundreds of miles and trips overseas including bigger overnight backpacking trips where they were overloaded with extra gear or a bigger kid.

I'm of the opinion that the most important quality in a backpack is the way it fits your body personally - but those Keltys worked great for me.

 

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