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The Osprey Poco Premium child carrier incorporates a reputation for cutting-edge pack technology and design into a kid hauler that offers comfort, durability and user-friendly features.
For the adult, Poco Premium features a ventilated, tensioned mesh back panel, effortless torso adjustment and a wide range of adjustability for the plushly padded hipbelt
Your child will enjoy the ride in a soft, ventilated and height-adjustable cockpit; padded, secure shoulder straps feature buckles that attach out of the child's reach
Child's cockpit is surrounded by padded framing and features adjustable stirrups for a comfortable ride
Drool pad is machine-washable and easy to remove
Hydration sleeve behind the back panel holds a reservoir of your choice (reservoir sold separately)
Use the detachable daypack as an onboard diaper bag, or lighten your load and let someone else carry it
Plenty of pockets and a spacious storage compartment make it a simple endeavor to pack and organize snacks, drinks, clothes and other essentials
Innovative, built-in sunshade quickly folds flat and stows away in a zippered pocket when not in use
Strong, powder-coated aluminum frame with injection-molded hinges stands upright on the ground and folds easily for storage or travel
The Osprey Poco Premium child carrier features a diaper changing pad that makes your youngster's response to the call of nature a lot less unpleasant to manage
Requirements for your child:
Your child must be capable of holding his or her head upright and sitting up without assistance. Usually a child older than 6 months is able to do this. It is a good idea to ask your pediatrician if your child is ready to ride in a child carrier.
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Osprey Poco Premium Child Carrieris rated4.9333out of5by15.
Rated5out of5bythepavelfromWell worth the moneyPretty much the perfect carrier/pack. Well worth the difference in price from the more basic models. Very high quality. Easy to adjust, comfortable, light and breathable for me and my daughter. She loves being able to see everything while we walk.
Date published: 2014-03-13
Rated5out of5byTN HikerfromLove this carrierWe bought this to carry our daughter (and future kids) for day hikind trips. We were using Ergos and other wraps but these weren't as comfortable when hiking (we still use them for out and about and home use). We tried a number of carriers, including the less feature models of this carrier, and liked this the best. Our biggest concern was properly supporting our child's legs and this carrier does so. We also love the leg supports.
The carrier is easily adjusted for the child's size. We had it set up for our daughter within a few minutes. Also love how quickly you can adjust the torso length and all the straps so we can quickly switch it between my wife and I.
This model has more cargo space than other models which is helpful to carry a few quick access items. It also has space for a hydro pack.
I wasn't very impressed with the built in sun screen, nothing wrong with it but with a hat on our daughter had good sun protection. But we purchased the rain cover which requires the sun screen so it is another good feature.
If there is a flaw, it is a user error flaw. You need to make sure you extend the bottom support back out before you put the pack on the ground. We usually remember as we are taking the carrier off and have to fumble with it. Have your partner pull the support out while the carrier is still on your back.
We also like that we were able to get color to match my Osprey Kestral pack.
Date published: 2013-12-12
Rated5out of5byPapa BenfromExcellent in All RegardsThis is a very high quality product. I was impressed right out of the box. Setup and sizing was a breeze, and it's easily adjustable for both me and my little girl as she grows. I've done a lot of backpacking, and this child carrier fits as well, if not better, than any pack I've ever owned.
There is great separation between my little girl and my back, which keeps both of us from overheating. I live in a hot area, and have already used the pack on a 93 degree day with little to no shade. My little girl stayed cooler than I did. The sun shade is a breeze to use and does an effective job. She even fell asleep around mile 5 in the sun.
The location of the hydration pack (sold separately) is great. I fill it with lots of ice, and it sits between my girl and I, running the length of her torso, which helps keep her cool- yet there is enough padding between that she doesn't get cold. Great ventilation where she sits.
I have no trouble putting this pack on and off with her in it (strapped in of course), and the metal frame at the bottom is very sturdy to set her down anywhere semi-level. There is ample storage for an all-day adventure.
My wife worries that my baby's head bobs around too much when I'm trudging up or down a hill and not walking gracefully, but my wife tends to worry about such things. I figure if the baby can fall asleep, she's not getting injured or uncomfortable. My girl was 9 months when we started using this pack, and her neck is strong enough that the bobbing doesn't cause any damage (time will tell ;-) I would not use this pack with a child under 6 months under any circumstances. I've tried doing a little light jogging, but it really did bounce her around too much and she cried a little. No more of that.
My baby loves the pack. The sings in my ear while we hike, pulls my hair, and gives scalp massages. She lights up when I pull the pack out, and the only time she's every cried in it was about 10 minutes of uncomfortable jogging- which this is not intended for. She loves it.
It's not cheap, but worth every penny. I would definitely recommend.
Date published: 2013-09-04
Rated5out of5byTaiChingfromHappy toddler, happy parents!Our toddler loves being in the Poco Premium, and thus we love it too! We got it when she turned 12 months, and it's been fantastic. She was starting to be uncomfortably heavy in our sling, and this was the natural next step.
Yes, it's great when we go walking/hiking, and the sunshade works great. But it's also great for putting her in to simply clean the house or do yardwork, when there isn't someone else around to keep her entertained. If she's feeling clingy and I need to get something done I just put her in it. It's adorable the way she actually helps by throwing the straps over her shoulders!
She happily rides around in it for hours, and falls asleep in it comfortably too. When that happens I can just take it off and stand it in the corner, and she'll keep sleeping peacefully for quite a while.
It's also very comfortable for both me and my wife, and we appreciate how quickly we can readjust it for each other to switch off.
Date published: 2013-08-10
Rated5out of5byLuke RfromWorth ... Every ... PennyWorking as a fireman and carrying a 30lb breather teaches you to appreciate a good pack. The poco is worth every penny. I was using a Kelty Wanderer which was good, but now that my daughter is almost a year and 20lbs+, the Kelty was becoming very uncomfortable to wear. From reading all the reviews, it seems like all the available kid carriers in this class are good and you won't be disappointed with any, but after the 1st morning walk with kid and dogs in tow, I can say I believe this one is the best option.
The Good ...
- Very adjustable/very comfortable
- Lots of storage/pockets
- Holds kid securely
- Well built, should last years
- Sun shade is built into the carrier and is very lightweight
- Well ventilated
- Keeps the weight on your hips, and the shoulder strap adjustments allow perfect load control (the Kelty started messing with my back and shoulders, after this morning I could wear the poco for half the day and still feel good)
The Bad (real small stuff, still a 5 star rating)...
- Carrier and all adjustments are very stiff at first, this will change with use, just don't let it surprise you when you get it
- The front pockets while a great idea and useful for most might be too small for some, the cell phone pocket won't fit anything larger than an iPhone and the front pockets seemed a little awkward to access and won't fit much either (didn't bother me, but just a heads up if you have one of those mini-tvs for a smartphone or want to carry more on your waist)
- Wish they made it in green
Overall, buy it, you won't be sorry, the Poco Plus will be perfect for most, the Premium is a little overkill, but everything else was out of stock and my back wasn't gonna wait another 2-4 weeks so I got the Premium in the Koala grey and am very happy.
Date published: 2013-08-08
Rated5out of5byDimmicksfromPerfect!We bought this when we first moved to Montana. We've been hiking with it multiple times with our 1 1/2 year old. He is so comfortable in it he usually ends up falling to sleep! It's also comfortable for the wearer. The sun cover keeps our son protected throughout the hike. We love it!
Date published: 2013-07-18
Rated5out of5byBarryfromHighly recommended child carrierWe have used this carrier on several outings and love it! The adjustable straps for me and my child were a requirement when I researched packs as well as the overall safety factor. Osprey has met my expectations with this product!
As an active-duty Marine, we rely on packs that are ergomonic, especially in the aspect of where the pack contacts the body and the wear it may produce. Numerous packs offer the padding against the back and around the waist, which is comfortable in some conditions, but it does not allow for air flow in order to cool contact points. The webbing design of the Osprey is sturdy and allows an open-air condition to reduce sweat. This feature was one of the "selling factors."
Yes, there are numerous child carriers on the market, but if you want what is best for your child, I highly recommend the Osprey Poco Plus or Premium. Even though she is only six months, my daughter squeals with excitement when I grab the pack.
Date published: 2013-06-17
Rated5out of5byJohn WDfromGreat pack. No regretsLove this pack - after the kid was born, its been hard to get out. Now I have no excuse! I've done more hiking since I've gotten in than I've done in the last 14 months, easy.
I'm putting our 20 week year old in it and we have no issues. She's got a pretty strong neck, but she loves it. If she's not giggling and bouncing she's passed out. I'm so exciting this goes up to 50lbs - I have lots of hiking in the future!
Date published: 2013-06-16
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Osprey Poco Premium Child Carrier Customer Reviews