Mtn Papa is one of the JoePro Ambassadors for Piggyback Rider. We are in the middle of that weird “kid too small to keep up/to big to ride” stage and so we are always looking for gear that helps us continue to adventure and not have to slow down TOO much over the next few years. A couple weeks ago, we showed off the Weehoo (an safe alternative to a “Trail-A-Bike” that allows older kids to actively ride behind the adult bike.) The Piggyback Rider is a great way to keep bigger kids actively engaged in hiking/walking/exploring without putting them in a backpack, carrying them on your shoulders or dealing with the massive amounts of complaining that comes with a kid that can’t keep up!
The Piggyback Rider is NOT intended, however, to be something worn for miles and miles. Instead, the purpose is to allow kids to have a break from walking, be able to see all they are missing “down below” and easily be able to get on and off. Because the weight is distributed across the carrier’s shoulders, wearing a 40-50 pound kid for long periods would not be comfortable. However, the gear is small enough to pack along and pull out when needed. Additionally, what the kids don’t know is that they are actually working just as hard (or harder) holding on and balancing – they are just distracted by what they are doing and seeing and they generally don’t think anything of it!
While at 2.5, J was certainly apprehensive, he quickly got the hang of it and now loves being with Daddy and exploring in a more comfortable position (than what the backpack allows him anymore…) He naturally clings tighter to Mtn Papa’s back when he needs to hang on better (which makes it easier for the carrier too as he navigates his trail!)
Piggyback Rider Stats:
- Appropriate for ages 2.5 – 7
- Max weight load – 60 pounds
- Size of gear: “Beach towel” and ~2.5 pounds
- Cost: $89.99 – $150 (depending on the model you choose)
- Available: online and at many outdoor stores including Sportsman’s Warehouse
Win a Discount + A set of T-shirts!
Piggyback Rider has stepped in and offered the chance for one of you to win a 50% discount off the NOMIS Basic, plus a set of their T-shirts. Winner will pay $45 + shipping. To enter, simply comment on this post saying where you would use your Piggyback Rider.
A winner will be chosen randomly after 8pm MST on Sunday, September 30th. Winners will be announced on this blog post and on Facebook. Make SURE to leave your email address in your comment so I can find you! Winners will have 72 hours to claim their prize before another winner is chosen. Good luck!
Congratulations to Kelly Brogden! Please email me at mountainmamatales(at)gmail.com to claim your discount code and T-shirts!
As a part of the JoePro Ambassador program, Mtn Papa receives complementary gear from Piggyback Rider to facilitate reviews and to show off! However, as always, the opinions expressed here are completely and honestly our own.
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