Gear Review: Deuter KangaKid
The KangaKid from Deuter is yet another option for carrying small children, especially as an avenue of getting outside as a family. The KangaKid is much less structured than other framed packs, but boasts a light weight (only 4 lb., 3 oz.) and the ability to really bring it anywhere. In fact, it is equally backpack AND kid carrier, which means it’s a great transitional pack as you go from place to place and your child needs a break. The entire thing fits in an overhead bin on an airplane (the folded dimensions are approximately 25″ x 14″ x 5″) and has enough capacity (1220 cubic inches) to hold plenty of all that “stuff” that tends to follow kids around (extra clothing, snacks, toys, water bottles, etc.)
What this pack is NOT is a (small) baby carrier. It does not have enough support to keep little ones from slouching, has no head rest for sleeping (P fell asleep in it and his head just bounced on the back of mine – certainly not comfortable for either of us), and can not stand on its own while you load a child. While it is comfortable to wear, it is just not made for long duration sitting (for child) or wearing (for adult).
While the pack is rated to carry kids up to 45 pounds, it really wouldn’t be comfortable wearing that much weight (save that for a framed carrier). P is just about 20 pounds and I honestly wouldn’t want to carry more than 30 in there. The pack is ideal for kids that are experts at sitting on their own, won’t fall asleep on short rides and are somewhere between 10 months and 2 years (in our opinion).
– Airplane traveling (easy to pull out and give child a rest as you run through the airport)
– Quick trips around town or campus
– The zoo
– Amusement parks
– Shorter hikes where you know your child will be able to do most of it on their own, but may need a little break (where they remain awake)
What we loved:
– Tons of space for carrying extra items: 2 large zippered pockets, small exterior zippered pocket, 1 exterior compartment for carrying jackets, etc., small interior zippered pocket, key clip, and small organizing interior pockets.
– Standard Deuter comfortable straps and back support.
– Adjustable waist band for carrying the weight on your hips
– An option to buy a sun roof (~$40) that can be easily stored in the pack when not in use.
– Kid sits comfortably in pack that adjusts to their size
– Kid carrier parts are easily folded and zipped out of the way when not in use (and really hardly take up any room at all.)
What we weren’t so crazy about:
– The shoulder straps (for the kid) are minimalistic to save on weight and taking up space and really are intended for short-term use.
– The carrier does not sit on its own, so getting a kid in and out can be a little tricky (and is easier with two adults helping)
– There is no place for larger kids to put their feet to rest (like on a framed pack.) I would love to see detachable foot stirrups just to aid with their comfort.
The Bottom Line
A great pack for carrying kids shorter distances. Ideal for travel and when you need to pack light (but still carry lots of extra "stuff). It is made for a specific purpose and does that well!
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