Update for 2019:
The pack that is included in this review has been updated with the Osprey Poco AG line. Our team member, Ginny, loves it and shares all her thoughts (the good, the bad and the ugly) in her 2019 review here: Osprey Poco Plus AG Review.
Osprey Poco Plus 2012 Review:
As a family, we have had the opportunity to check out a number of different kid carriers. We have had kids only a few months old up to kids over 3 years old in them. Wearers have ranged in size and shape and conditions on the trail have varied from rocky terrain to easy paths to back country ski slopes. While testing continues on our end, we have definitely put a few of them through the rwinger.
Previously, we reviewed both the Deuter Kid Carrier III and the 2012 Kelty Pathfinder 3.0 and then compared them side to side on our blog. Both are excellent packs and come highly recommended by us. Please note that we recommend trying on any kid carrier before purchasing to test for comfort to your own body. It’s a pretty personal decision! However, thanks to Osprey’s new Poco line just released this spring, our family has a new favorite.
The Osprey Poco comes in three different models – the Poco, the Poco Plus and the Poco Premium. Osprey seldom disappoints with their packs and this is no exception. Engineered to work for younger children AND older children and with a variety of different sized wearers, it’s an ideal all-around-pack. Features we thought were missing on the Deuter and Kelty all seem to come together fairly well with the Poco. The market for kid carriers is definitely becoming more competitive and companies are rising to the need of active families.
– Incredible Torso Length Adjustment (15.5” – 21.5”) that is easy to change from wearer to wearer. Grandma is just under 5 feet tall and about 100 pounds and comfortable wearing the Poco
– Wide range of size for the hip belt (26” – 48”) which is SO crucial because that is where most of the load is supported. Also, the padded part of the hipbelt itself extends in length for greater comfort for bigger hips.
– Mesh back panel for the wearer leaves room for air and plenty of comfort.
– The pockets on the waistband weren’t thought out perfectly and one of the straps covers the zipper making it more difficult to access. They did include an extra strap to try to keep that zipper more available, but we don’t think it works that great.
Osprey generously supplied us with the Poco Plus for review. However, as always the opinions expressed here are completely and honestly our own. Additionally, some of these links are affiliates to help us offset the cost of running this blog!
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