Product Review: Osprey Poco Child/Baby Carrier
I was lucky enough to get the Osprey Poco Child Carrier as a baby shower gift from a few of my coworkers (best co-workers ever).
It was seriously one of the best gifts in the world for me.
Ella is 8 months old and has been using her Osprey Poco Carrier for about 2 months. It was a little bit big for her at first, but we just made sure to stuff a few blankets in and cinch her up tight and she was fine.
However, I highly recommend making sure you baby can easily hold their head up for an extended period of time before using this pack. This isn’t a pack for a newborn.
I’ve lost count of how many hours Ella has done in the pack, but at this point, it is probably 20-30 hours. I’ve done a lot of hiking in the last couple of months trying to get back into shape. I decided that since she helped get me out of shape carting her around is going to help me get back into shape.
I decided that since she helped get me out of shape carting her around is going to help me get back into shape.
My husband and I were also given a used Kelty carrier and an Ergo 360 baby carrier, so at this point, I’ve tried a few different carriers. The Kelty is an older style with limited suspension and better suited for an older child. The Ergo is more of a newborn product.
After 20-30 hours of hiking here are my personal opinions of the Osprey Poco Carrier.
Positive Features of the Osprey Poco Baby Carrier
- Great suspension system, that is easily adjustable to a variety of heights and body shapes. I’m 5.2 and Aaron is 6.1. We can literally adjust the pack to each others body in 3-4 minutes. The adjustments are simple and quick.
- Super comfortable fit for most everyone out there (see my negative below). Everyone else that has worn it has raved about the way it fits. Even with my short, short torso, the fit works for me and I can easily do 3-4 hours without getting sore.
- Multiple pockets and space for extra supplies
- You can’t fit enough to do a major expedition, but for 5-6 hour the size is perfect.
- Well built and designed with hiking in mind.
- Expandable shade for sun and rain protection. I the sun shade feature all the time and it works great. It is easy to pull out and put away. The coverage is pretty substantial and Ella loves playing with the sides which keeps her occupied for hours.
- Editorial note – It works great for rain as well. We did a little hike in the Superstition Mountains yesterday and got dumped on. I was soaking by the time I got to my car, but Ella was virtually dry except for her left foot that must have been sticking out.
- Pop out bottom for easy propping up of the pack (see picture). This feature is awesome! It is so nice to be able to remove the pack and set it anywhere and not worry about it tipping over.
- Locking system that goes over the babies shoulders to hold them in place.
- I was picking Ella up a few days ago and overbalanced. Next thing I know the pack is literally parallel with the ground. She most likely would have fallen out if the shoulder straps weren’t in place.
- Mesh back, so in theory, you don’t sweat as much. Trust me you will still sweat. Hiking with a baby is tough work!
Negative Features of the Poco Child Carrier
- Although the adjustment is phenomenal, it really isn’t sized for someone of my height and small torso length. I’m in the minority so this won’t affect many people, but it is a tiny bit big for me. I can adjust it well enough to work, but would be sore after a 6-7 hour hike.
- The bladder carrier is really hard to get to and probably wouldn’t hold a super large bladder. I dread having to refill my water because I know it is going to take me forever to pull the stupid thing out and get it back in.
- The zipper on the main compartment is hard to zip properly at the top. I think the curve is just a little bit too sharp. I know it sounds like a stupid complaint, but when you have a baby and are often doing things one handed being able to easily zip and unzip to get to a diaper is a big deal.
- Slightly heavy. I don’t know how they can reasonably decrease the weight without drastically increasing the price, but a lighter pack would be awesome. It is just under 8 pounds, so by the time you add food, water, extra clothing, diapers, bottles and all the other baby junk you need (and the baby), my pack is typically around 30 pounds and Ella only weights 15 of that. I’m not looking forward to when she gets heavier.
As you can see from my pictures – Ella loves it enough to take a nice little nap every single time we use it.
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