Trail blazing with the kids – part I

Having kids tends to limit how far you can go off the beaten trail - I found myself pretty much stopping things such as hiking and mountain biking to spend time with my girls.

It seems so obvious now – but for those of you as challenged as I am when it comes to kids: get a child carrier/backpack. I purchased a Macpac Vamoose with the poncho, sun shade and head rest over a year ago and,  due to the age spacing between our girls, we recently purchased another carrier – the Kathmandu Baby Carrier v4 with sunshade during the Kathmandu member’s sale (note mid last year there was a product safety issue with this model, however I was assured that this year’s model doesn’t suffer the same issues).

I’m happy with both packs – and whilst the Vamoose has a rain cover that covers the full bag, I’ve yet to really need it.

Vamoose @ Orongorongo track

The bonus is that here in New Zealand we have some very accessible and well maintained tracks – the above is a photo of my oldest daughter fast asleep in the Vamoose walking the Orongorongo track. 

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2 Responses to Trail blazing with the kids – part I

  1. robert says:

    Hi we are in the market for a child carrier and were going to get the Macpac Opposum but the Kathmandu V4 is on sale for $140, how was the Kathmandu compared to in your case the Vamoose ?

  2. admin says:

    The Kathmandu kit came with more gear (sun shade/simple rain guard) to start off with. However I think the Macpac has more robust accessories – we added a nice neck rest and sun shade and a rain guard that covers the entire frame/child.

    I always carry our older daughter in the Macpac – it feels slightly more comfortable. However I wouldn’t hesitate to use either.

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