Chicco Smart Support Backpack, Red (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
There is a newer version of this item:
- Height adjustable seat for a customized ride
- Energy absorbing lumbar padding in breathable mesh
- Lightweight aluminum frame weighs only 7 lbs
- Water resistant canopy with sun visor and zip off rain cover protect from the weather
- Kickstand for stabilized loading/unloading
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Top Customer Reviews
After reading so many negative reviews regarding the fit and feel of this product I was extremely hesitant to order it. But then I realized that 90% of the U.S. is a bit out of shape and that these products are tailored to the average somehow healthy/fit body (plus/minus a couple of sizes).
So I order it and got it a few days ago.
Bottom line: It is the family's new toy. Keep in mind that I have a 15 & 13 year old kids and between them, my wife and I, we love carrying our 1yr old baby princess.
Keep in mind that I'm 6ft, 200lbs, semi-athletic figure, and have experience with the old style baby carrier from the 1990's (I'm also in the military). In comparison this Chicco is a Cadilac. Perfect fit for the parent and so far, no complaints from the baby; she actually enjoys it more than her walker. My spouse is 5ft, low 100 lbs., son is 5'10", 150lbs, daughter 5ft, 100lbs., and they all enjoy it.
For those of you who have not experienced carrying a baby in a backpack style carrier, remember, you are carrying 20-40lbs on your back. After a few hours, this weight is a bit challenging even for a seasoned soldier. So I suggest taking breaks and/or turns with other family members.
Rather than repeat what has been written by other commenters let's add something fresh.
Since everyone is built differently, one might want to try this out at a retailer before buying from Amazon. Had we tried them on in the store mom would not have purchased one.
For those not accustomed to backpacking (like us), consider that putting your kid in this and then onto your back safely is a two man job. Dad could not get up off the ground with kid and pack on his back. He could not lean forward far enough to center himself over his legs to thrust upward. Mom picked baby and pack up and put it on his back. One could elevate kid and pack onto a picnic table and then put it on, but then one risks a fall. If dad wanted to spend some time alone with just one of the twins, he'd have to resort to asking a stranger for help.
Teaming together makes it easier to attend to baby since the wearer cannot easily do it while wearing the pack. Reaching up and over to feed oat puffs is a bit of a hassle, but feeding them to a kidlet on the other person's back is easy enough.
Once up, kid and pack raise one's center mass. One's first few steps may be a little wobbly. Even while walking on level pavement, legs will work in ways they are not accustomed to in order to compensate for the additional, higher, swaying weight. Dad found it necessary to lean forward slightly and widen his gate to compensate and that was enough to wear him out after an hour. Stairs and uneven ground present additional challenges.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This backpack is great for the price however the straps could be wider on your shoulders. It does not have the comfort on the more expensive packs however if you aren't hiking for... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Lauren S.
I like how this backpack is nice and light. The stand is also a great feature to help when putting baby in and taking baby out. The straps are not the most comfortable though.Published 11 months ago by Jessica
My daughter fit in this for a long time and she was nice and comfy. It was too heavy for me to carry her around long but her dad could carry her all day. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Riki
Was't worth it. It was just a idea of taking the baby for a walk and having my hands free. Babies get fat quickly. the weight would have been too much. Read morePublished 19 months ago by David Samuels III
We still carry our 2 1/2 yr old in this. She loves it because it sits up high and she can see over our shoulder. Comfortable and easy to get on and off.Published 19 months ago by A. Wilson
This carrier is awesome. I think it is well-designed, and easy to use. I kind of wish my daughter would stay small longer, so I could get more use out of it.Published 20 months ago by W. Perkins