Osprey Poco Plus Child Carrier
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- The tensioned mesh backpanel will fit anyone’s contours and and maintains airflow for excellent ventilation.
- The shoulder harness can be adjusted a full 6” / 15cm of range for custom fit, effectively the same fit range of our XS to L backpacks.
- The Fit-on-the-Fly hipbelt allows extension of 3” / 7.5cm on each side and fits 26”/ 66cm to 52”/ 132cm hips. Simply separate the overlay pad and pull forward.
- Simply undo the hook and loop closures at the top and bottom of the pad, and disconnect the toggles at the sides. Hand wash or wipe using water and soap, rinse thoroughly and air dry.
- The framing around the child is fully padded for comfort and protection.
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The Poco Plus provides the same feature set as its sibling the Poco Premium but without the changing pad or daypack. There’s a large stretch mesh pocket and large zippered pocket on the back and our Daylite daypack can also be attached using the built-in AddOn loops.
A built-in sunshade deploys quickly to keep your child protected from the sun's UV rays.
- AddOn cord loops allow quick attachment of Daylight daypack (sold separately)
- Aluminum frame and injection-molded hinges provide solid, reliable deployment of the foot base with a satisfying audible click
- Built-in sunshade quickly deploys for instant shade
- Cell phone pocket on shoulder strap provides quick access to baby apps
- Fit-on-the-Fly hip belt allows three-inch extension on each side and fits 26-to-52-inch hips
- Hydration sleeve behind back panel
- Large zippered lower compartment for diapers, jackets, and bulky items
- Padded framing keeps parent and kid comfortable
- Padded grab handles allow balanced lifting of the child and carrier
- Removable drool pad affixes with hook and loop closures and side toggles
- Mesh pockets on ventilated side wings for stowing toys and other small essentials
- Torso harness can be adjusted to a full six inches
- Two stretch mesh side pockets provide quick storage for essentials
- Tensioned mesh back panel maintains airflow for excellent ventilation
- Measures 13 by 27 by 12 inches (W x H x D):
Torso sizing is quickly and easily adjustable on-the-fly.
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Top Customer Reviews
I'm 5'2", and despite most of the Amazon reviews that I read saying that the Pathfinder is fine for shorties and/or short torsos (big difference), I found it to be uncomfortable for me. Even after a professional fitting, the padding was rigid and didn't seem to naturally conform to my back or the entire length of the shoulder straps - they dug into my clavicle. What's worse is that I was already uncomfortable WITHOUT the kid wiggling around on my back, so I knew it wasn't going to be any better with an additional 22 lbs.
I wore the pack alone around the house adjusting it as needed while doing laundry, vacuuming the floors, putting the dishes away, etc. I put my daughter in multiple times after adjusting her seat up and down, but she always ended up with an arched back no matter the adjustments. From my perspective, there was too much free space within the cockpit, and that's why her back arched. It seemed uncomfortable for her, however I tried to give myself a grace period to work out the adjustments because of Kelty's amazing reviews and the full coverage sun shade, but once I received the Poco Plus, there was no contest, and the Kelty went back.
The Poco Plus is beautifully crafted with a meticulous eye for quality, functionality, and design. It was by far easier to initially set up and use compared to the Kelty. The Poco's lines are clean, and the points of adjustment are clearly visible so you know you aren't missing anything. The harness straps move out of the way and they can slip under one of the padded hand straps (I didn't find that with the Kelty) so one person can easily slide the child right in without any straps falling back into the cockpit in the process. I didn't find it to be that simple with the Kelty.
I love all the features on the Poco, but I especially love the foot stirrups in the Poco, however I wish the stirrups themselves were adjustable around the shoe so it wouldn't slide out- not just the length of the stirrup itself. I like the Poco's sunshade, but since sun angles always vary, I wish it came down all the way in the front with some sort of SPF mesh protection so the child can still see out. Also, I would like to see the sunshade slip into a protective sleeve when it slides down inside the pack. As it is right now, it dangles down into the pack where all your day's essentials are stored. It seems like it could easily get extra wear and tear over time if stored with other items rubbing against it. I love all the accessories that go with the Poco, and I'm looking forward to purchasing the rain cover and carry bag soon.
The available adjusters on the Poco eliminated my child's arched back issue that we experienced with the Kelty. The only thing I'm still working out on the Poco is the ideal torso length, which is easily adjustable. Also FYI, I have a relatively small waist, but I still pulled out the "fit on the fly" hip belt extenders just to test all the features. I found that they provide more stability even if you don't have a large waist, so don't be afraid to pull them out and try them!
One other amazing feature is that the Poco can open up so the child can enter the pack through the side on his/her own with minimal assistance. After the child enters, the wearer simply secures the side entrance and harness into place, and they're off. I appreciate the element of independence and confidence the Poco gives the child to do something by him/herself. Osprey did their research and combined the fact that most toddlers this age love to assert their independence. Look how they combined human development with functionality! In my book it sets them above and beyond the rest.
Hands down, we prefer the Poco Plus to the Pathfinder 3.0. Don't forget to watch the product video if you get a chance. It really helped me decide to try both models, and I'm so happy I did.
...please forgive my rambling review...a better edited/worded version would take 10x's longer to write and I'm in a house with a VERY ACTIVE 15 month old.
My husband and I have bought this pack to carry our then 13 month old more comfortably over long distances especially since we are going to be traveling out of state soon. Our daughter was 'started' in an Ergo Sport which is a 5 star product in itself--but as she's getting bigger it's harder for someone like me with dodgy shoulder/wrist and back pain to a) swivel her to my back & b) walk long distances with her on the front with the Ergo by myself. Plus, it's summer now and it's getting much too warm for body-to-body contact. Both my husband and I are not little people. He's 6'5 and I'm 5'10. The Osprey Poco Plus is SO EASY to adjust body settings between both of us--literally lift a tab and slide. Our daughter has taken a great liking to sitting in her 'pack pack' comfortably and can see well to the sides and over shoulders-she's still figuring out the stirrup usage (stirrups! so cool!) and prefers to tuck her feet back up against the back panel but she's getting it as we use the pack more. Poco Plus comes with a great lower storage compartment that has been great for packing our picnic blanket/changes of clothes/lunch toys and snacks and the included 'day pack' has been great to use as a diaper bag/quick needed item pack when both my husband and myself are out and about together (one wears bebbeh, the other wears day pack). The day pack looks small in pictures but it can hold quite a bit of stuff. Day pack + lower storage space is a lot of area to stash kid gear for a day trip or a camping trip.
Both of us were AMAZED at how well distributed weight was when wearing the pack with our daughter. It sounds cliche but it was like we weren't carrying anyone at all! If you have a chance, make sure that you are wearing the pack fitted properly to you--read sizing instructions and watch the video. I think you can go to sports stores who carry this product like REI in person and get fitted if you've never worn a pack like this before and get confused by straps and torso/weight/shoulder/waist adjusters. That said, this product is INCREDIBLY comfortable.
As for my dodgy wrist/shoulder/back... putting this pack on...by myself is EASY. There are well placed 'handlebars' to pick up the pack and I don't have too many problems swinging it around. I wish the 'kick stand' was an auto deploy but it is VERY easy to pop out with just one hand and stand up to adjust myself/baby. Adjusting bebbeh setting is also very easy. WATCH THE VIDEO! It really is that simple!!!
Poco plus also has an included sun shade we have just recently used hiking in 90F weather. VERY NICE! It did take our daughter a little to get used to having something over her head and in a way blocking pristine side views (there are lots of 'air holes')but she got used to it and enjoyed herself. The removable chew pad is really cool...she's not really a drooly teether anymore but there are neat pictures she likes to look at. I can see how the drool/chew pad would have been AMAZING when she was smaller.
Side/misc storage is also aplenty. I do have to admit the 'cell phone' holder is too small for both of our phones (I have an android Gzone, husband has a htc thunderbolt in a big protective case), but everything else has been great for stashing board books, a Fogoo metal straw cup, linked toys.
We do not use the drink sleeve thing (the water pouch is not an included item) but know folks who swear by them and would LOVE this feature.
Hope this review helps someone in their pack decision making process. We were interested in a Kelty (our back packing packs are Kelty's) but were intrigued by the Osprey company and have heard their products are well backed up by their makers. Anything goes wrong with anything and they'll fix it for life. If I'm understanding this right it's kinda like Jansport backpacks. I'm 32 and I haven't had to buy a new Jansport since I was 15. And we all know how 'school' backpacks get 'zipper disease' and die after a few years.
Take care and happy baby wearing!! xx
1 issue so far--The adult adjustable front chest strap is connected to the pack via a slider 'C' shaped clamp to a tough 'seam' type fabric. I'm not very technical so I hope folks can visualize this... Anyway, I managed to get connectors tangled/stuck and one of the C clamps completely popped off the adjuster 'seam'. I email contacted Osprey and less (LESS!) than 24 hours later I got a reply from one of their customer service helpers with a 'how-to' video link and assurance that they'll make this right if I couldn't get the strap fixed after watching the video. For those curious the link is here: http://www.amazon.com/Osprey-Packs-Poco-Carrying-Case/dp/B007XR5VWA/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top Or Youtube "Osprey Packs Repair Video ~ Replacing an Etroclip Style Sternum Strap " I did scratch the C clamp a little but my husband and I were able to fix the chest strap and the pack is back to working great.
Since my last review we purchased Osprey Packs Poco Carrying Case to travel to the East Coast with our pack. Make sure to tighten all the straps and tuck everything in neatly 'cause it's a near-perfect fit. We were originally going to gate-check the pack but we luggage checked it for free by making sure the check-in folks knew that we were doing so in lieu of a stroller (Many strollers are gigantic compared to a back pack carrier and I'm pretty sure many airlines check strollers and car seats into luggage for free---> Our daughter had her own seat so I'm not sure how lap kiddo's allowances work. Make sure to check with your airline.)
We're going camping and hiking many more times this summer so I look forward to updating this again with a review with a 2 1/3 year old. She's currently 37" tall and hasn't cracked 30lbs yet. I think the total weight limit for the pack is 45lbs so in our situation, we still have some time.