Best toddler carrier for hiking

If hiking is your passion then you’ll be pleased to hear that it doesn’t need to stop when you have children.  Yes it might require some more planning, but by doing so you’ll be able to keep yourself out, enjoying the outdoors and most importantly, introducing your kids to it.  While your little ones struggle to walk much a baby or toddler carrier can come in handy and that is the topic of today’s article.  We’ll be looking at the best toddler carrier for hiking and giving our reviews on them so you can keep getting outdoors!

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What to look for in a child carrier for hiking

When choosing a good back carrier for your toddler you’ll want to bear in mind a few things.

Age range – will the carrier be suitable for your child.  Most carriers seem to go up to around age 3 but if your child is on the light side you might be able to carry them for longer

Storage options – do you need to be able to take provisions with you and if so does that need to be incorporated in to a back pack.  If you walk with another adult then perhaps they’ll carry any other food, drinks and toys so you won’t need inbuilt storage.

Having an adjustable hip belt makes sure that the weight is distributed evenly and won’t hurt your back.

Does it come with accessories like rain or sun covers?  If you plan to hike in the UK you’ll know that we have a variety of weather, but similarly if you plan to go abroad where it’s sunny you’ll maybe want some form of sun protection.

The base weight of the carrier is something to bear in mind as well – when it’s on your back every gram counts!



The best toddler carrier for hiking – our reviews

With all that in mind, here’s some of the best carriers on the market right now.

LittleLife Ranger Child Carrier

If you’re looking for a nice, basic and lightweight carrier then this Ranger carrier by LittleLife is a great choice.  It doesn’t have lots of bells and whistles, it doesn’t have extra bags and pockets to store things, but that makes it lightweight and comfortable which is paramount when off on a hiking trip with your toddler.   You can get an accessory pouch that attaches if you want some storage but it does have some small zipped pockets in the waist belt.

  • Pivoting hip belt
  • Top grab handles for your child and a soft face pad
  • weight – 1.7kg
  • Suitable for ages 6 months – 3 years
  • Max weight – 20kg (44lbs)
  • Fits adults from 5ft 2 to 6ft 2

The Ranger one of the cheapest in my list too so if you’re unsure whether you’ll enjoy hiking with your child and want to try it out with less cost involved this would be my recommendation.  You can see how it works in the video below.

Check out the reviews and latest price of the LittleLife Ranger here


Montis Hoover premium child carrier

If you want a more all in version with storage, a sun shade and more rain cover options then this carrier from Montis Hoover might suit you better.  It is much more expensive than the LittleLife Ranger but it’s in a completely different category I think!

This version is orange but there’s also a more subdued black if you would prefer that.  There is a backpack on the back that can be removed, bottle holders at the side, a sun shade for really hot days and you can buy a full size rain cover for it too.

  • adjustable back system
  • plenty of storage options
  • weight – 2.5kg
  • child weight – up to 25kg (55lbs)

Check out more reviews of this item here


LittleLife Voyager S3 Carrier

Going back to the LittleLife range, as I said the previous model was the basic option – this one, the Voyager S3 Carrier has a little bit more going for it.

This one includes a sun shade, foot stirrups to keep your child in the right position and comfortable, a zip off backpack as well as all the other things you might be looking for.  There’s a storage pouch at the bottom and an insulated bottle pocket.

  • weight – 2.9kg
  • Suitable for ages 6 months – 3 years
  • Max weight – 20kg (44lbs)
  • Fits adults from 5ft 2 to 6ft 2
  • Rain cover available

See the latest price on Amazon


Osprey Poco AG Plus child carrier

Finally we have this back carrier system from Osprey.  I have had some good experience with Osprey products over the years – they make backpacks too which we really like.  I love the quality of their products and this child carrier is no different

It is the heaviest of the carriers we’re looking at today but it comes with a host of features that make it great for serious hikers and walkers.

It has a mesh back that allows plenty of airflow to your body, a built in sun shade with an SPF 50 rating, removal and washable drool pad, integrated and detachable rain cover included, a child safety harness and lots of storage pockets and compartments.

  • weight – 3.48kg
  • No stated age suitability but I’d say around 6 months – 3 years
  • Rain cover and sun shade comes with it
  • comes in three colours

See the latest price of this item here

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