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- Easy Use
- Out & About
- Play Dates
- Short Hikes
Comments about DEUTER Kanga Kid Child Carrier:
We've had the Kanga Kid for about six months now; we got it when our daughter was about a year-and-a-half. The Kanga is great for trips around town, shorter hikes, play dates to the park, etc. It's a fully functional day pack that unzips to hide a kid-carrying backpack with a full safety harness. It lets you indulge your budding young walker and their new found independence streak. Ali was saying "me walk, me walk" anytime we headed the mile into town or the park or on the shorter hikes to the Bishop-area boulders. After awhile she tires out and wants to be picked up which is tough on the arms, but now with the Kanga she just goes for a ride like Oda (Yoda).
The pack is small and nimble (compared to any of the KC I-III versions); has a ton of storage (with our without the child on board) for both child items and mom or dad's kit for a few hours outside; is compartmentalized to keep diapers, toys, clothes, food, etc. separated; and carries your child comfortably.
There is a big difference between the KC I-III and the Kanga in terms of how the child rides. In the Kanga your child needs to be awake and have good upper body stability – they love how they can look around, lean to the sides, and really interact with the world. The clever Deuter folk have made the back system work to handle an active child on board and still be comfortable; it's got enough flex to let the child move without shifting their weight off the Sherpa's hips. However, they can't nap in the Kanga as there isn't enough neck and shoulder support. One of our favorite features of our KCIII is that Ali loves to sleep in it.
So the Kanga is more of an on-the-go pack. It's great for buses, small cars, moving in-and-out of stores; great for getting your child to go walk and explore without having to carry them in your arms when they tucker out; and has a lot of carrying capacity. I definitely recommend getting the sun shade for sun and wind protection. Ali absolutely loves this pack and gets fired up when we bring it out – she loves being able to walk on her own and then ride, and it makes for great day hikes and trips.
One note about sizing: I'm 5'11" and my wife is 5'5" and the pack fits both of us well. I have a long torso (6'1" or so) but feel like I'm near the upper height limit for the pack. If you're much taller, make sure to try it on first to see if it's long enough to carry the weight on your hips. With our KCIII, I feel like a much taller dad could fit the pack, but the Kanga isn't as adjustable for taller folks. Have fun with the Kanga, it really let's your child explore.