Lafuma - Hiking Baby Carriers
Lafuma is a well-known manufacturer of outdoor hiking equipment. Their
specialty is backpacks, so it is only natural that they extended their line
into the child and
baby carrier market. They currently have two models of a child carriers
designed for backcountry use. These are high quality carriers with special
features that make them comfortable even on extended hikes.
Their top-of-the-line model is the Walkid Liftback. This
backpack child carrier allows you
to make adjustments to the back panel as you are hiking. There is no need to
take the pack off -- the straps can be adjusted for maximum comfort level
without taking baby out of the carrier.
The quick adjust system also makes this carrier ideal for parents who want
to be able to use the same carrier. Some carriers are difficult to adjust,
so parents end up buying two separate carriers -- one for Mom and one for
Dad. Not so with Lafuma carriers -- even if Mom and Dad are very different
in height they can quickly and easily adjust this carrier to suit their body
Don't get the idea that this pack is only for the comfort of parents. A lot
of thought has also been given to the safety and comfort of baby as well.
The harness system is padded and the seat has lots of adjustment for babies
are different sizes. There is a good sized storage area under the child seat
for carrying diapers and extra accessories for your baby.
This carrier is ideal for backcountry use except for one small detail. The
rain cover/sunshield should really extend more to the sides. It is okay for
protecting baby from noontime sun, but doesn't offer enough protection in
the mornings or afternoons.
Lafuma also makes a smaller model called the Walkid. It also features ample
storage space and an adjustable strap system. It is less adaptable than the
Walkid Liftback model to parents of different body sizes, but is ideal for
hiking or urban use when the primary user will be just one parent.
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