Deuter just released their updated Kid Comfort line, including the brand new Kid Comfort Active SL, which is women-specific.
First off, I have to say that in all the dozens of framed carriers I have used over the years, this is THE most comfortable one for me. The torso length is right, the back system is right and the weight is light. And right.
AND just because it is women-specific does NOT mean that men can’t use it too (so don’t write it off if you plan to share with your spouse). My husband also finds it comfortable.
This is Deuter’s lightest kid carrier and is perfect for day-hikes where you don’t need as high of a storage capacity or bells and whistles.
What Changed from Previous Kid Comforts
While Deuter has never previously released a SL model of their Kid Comforts, there are some new updates that are different from the older Kid Comforts worth mentioning:
- Updated buckle configuration. I like this much better as it makes it easier to reach the buckles since they are off to the side of the child more. Photo below shows the pack opened wide to easier show off the buckles.
- The bottom gear area closes with a cinch, not a zipper (though the Kid Comfort does still have a zipper if you prefer that)
- Different back system. The Kid Comfort Active series (both SL and not) use this system.
- Pack weight: 5 lbs. 13 oz.
- Volume: 12 liters
- Fits torso length: 14-18″
- Max Weight load: 48 lbs.
- Back system: Aircontact Lite
- Variquick system for changing torso length
- For babies/kids 15 lbs – 45 lbs
What we love:
- Very lightweight and not bulky
- Incredibly comfortable for me as the wearer
- As a person with a shorter torso, I appreciate my head not banging into the pack – I noticed this before anything else.
- Does a great job of holding both young babies (we recommend 6mo+) and toddlers/preschoolers (under 45 pounds)
- Top pocket is great for sliding diapers/water bottles in
- Bottom gear area is easy in and out with their new cinch. It even makes it possible for the wearer to reach back and grab something out of the bottom without having to take it off and mess with zippers
- The waist pocket is nice and big with an easy zipper (I store my iPhone 7 in there with no issues)
What we aren’t So crazy about:
- I am just not sure yet what to think about the fact that the gear area doesn’t close with a zipper. So far, we have had no issues with it and liked the easy in/out access, but I would imagine it would be tougher in terrible weather like sideways snow or rain. That said, the full Rain Cover Deluxe would solve this problem if you ended up in a surprise downpour.
- I wish they had included mesh pockets on the sides for sticking in hats, sunglasses, etc. But it does allow it to be lighter in general and there are other pockets on every other model if that’s something you feel like you need. See the full line-up here.
The new Deuter Kid Comfort Active SL is my new favorite pack for day hikes. While I sometimes miss the extra features of an integrated sun shade, some extra pockets or more storage, the trade-off of less weight is worth it.
The pack is very comfortable and light for the wearer without compromising any comfort for the child.
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Thursday 12th of May 2022
Thanks for your review. Did you try it out with the optional sun shade to purchase separately? I'm looking for something for day hikes in SoCal and can;t decide if the exclusions should point me to a different model. Thanks for your advice!
Monday 16th of May 2022
I have used it, and it's totally fine. I always put a sun hat on my child AND the shade too just for extra protection. It's not the best shade out there, but it's definitely helpful! Does that help??
Thursday 25th of March 2021
Thank you so much for this information, i think this will be the right pack for me. The deciding factor will be if my bub can fall asleep in it. Is the face pillow/drool pad as comfortable as the Deuter kids comfort?
Wednesday 7th of April 2021
It's not....but still totally works! And you can get a replacement pillow if you want something cushier :)
Sunday 3rd of May 2020
Thank you! I am a petite mom and I have been looking for the right backpack carrier for our hikes both on trails and around town. I often find that the shoulder straps do not cinch down small enough for me on most regular carriers. I'm only 5'3" and all of my "height" is in my legs. In your opinion, do the straps tighten quite a bit?
Danielle from Whether the Storm Blog
Tuesday 5th of May 2020
Yes they do!
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