Has anyone ever used this carrier? Looks amazing to me, but Im worried that there isnt much waist support, and therefore too much weight on your shoulders... thoughts/experiences?
September 2011 Birth Club
If you want an urban looking frame carrier it looks good and it looks like it would support weight well ... if you didn't move. Most of the pictures I've seen there is padding at the waist, but no belt - just shoulder straps. So the weight is on the shoulders and is held to the hips by friction only. With a baby that moves quickly and unexpectedly (especially if you plan on using it when your baby is older/a toddler) that could spell disaster. It says that there's an internal 5 pt harness, but if you fall, there's really not much keeping the carrier on your body.....
I'm not fond of frame packs except when hiking (and then I use this: http://www.amazon.com/Kelty-Pathfinder-Carrier-Cobalt-Silver/dp/B000PI5P4I/ref=sr_1_10?s=baby-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1326253260&sr=1-10). When I'm shopping I really want baby close and frame carriers carry the baby out from your body. Ergo type Soft Structured Carriers (SSC) are good because they keep the center of gravity closer to your body (weight distribution) and keep your footprint (of sorts) smaller so your less likely to unintentially knock something when you turn around. I carried my 34 lb toddler in one the other day for a couple of hours in a SSC (a Mama By Design Calyx carrier - the mama who made them stopped last year, so you can only get them used now) and it was very comfortable. Here's a photo of the carrier when DS1 was younger... https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=342952822596&l=7c7b69bf81
SSC's and Mei tai's can be used for front and back carries vs with the kokopax (or any frame back for that matter) only a back carry. SSC's also tend to be lighter than frame packs. Back carries should only be done when a baby can sit unsupported, usually 6 months old.
That's my two cents.