Top Rated Backpack Carriers

Backpack carriers are the best! Such a great invention for parents who want to be on the move. 
mom and toddler in top rated backpack carrier
Love our backpack carrier for hiking or long walks!

We’ve put together summarized reviews and a pros/con list on three of the top rated backpack carriers there – hope it will help you figure out the best one to purchase.

If you’re an avid hiker or simply just love to stroll around with your family, they can be the perfect solution to tote your child around. Lord knows it’s definitely helped us!

My husband and I love to hike, and we purchased a secondhand backpack carrier from Craigslist.

We love it and have used it several times – great way to bring along your little one without having to carry them in your arms constantly.

Plus, she can see everything around her while enjoying the ride.

The difference between these and baby carriers?

These usually can support children up to a higher weight, since they are usually supported with metal rods, whereas sling carriers are usually made of material only.

Backpack carriers are also only worn on the parent’s back, much like a normal backpack or daypack.

Here are summarized reviews and quick hits on three of the top rated backpack carriers:

Deluxe Baby Back Pack Cross Country Carrier Stand

PROS review summary:

  • Lightweight, aluminum frame (weighs 5 lbs)
  • Comes with storage pockets for items such as your wallet or cell phone
  • Padded straps and waist belt
  • Ideal for children 6 months to 4 years old
  • Maximum weight capacity is 40 lbs
  • Comes with sun/rain canopy and cupholder

CONS review summary:

  • No current issues noted by reviewers



 Baby Back Pack Cross Country Carrier Stand Child Kid Sun Shade Visor

PROS review summary: 

  • Strong and lightweight at only 5 lbs
  • Retractable canopy
  • Good for children 6 months to 4 years and maximum weight of 40 lbs
  • Folds flat for easy storage

CONS review summary:

  • Some reviewers noted that the pack fit became uncomfortable faster since they were shorter and it didn’t fit as well
  • It was noted that the mesh material may rub your skin, so best to have a shirt on in between



 Kelty Pathfinder 3.0 Child Carrier

PROS review summary:

  • 5-point harness and leg secure straps help keep children in place
  • Includes zip-off daypack, diaper changing pad and lots of storage
  • Sliding waistbelt helps fit varying torso lengths
  • Fits children up to 50 lbs

CONS review summary: 

  • Some reviewers note the sun shade was a little difficult to use
  • Other reviewers note that its slightly big