DD is 20 mo old and 25+ lbs and counting. This time around, I'm older, and it feels harder to wear baby much longer! I've been using the Ergo, wearing baby on my back now. I am wondering if a frame backpack has any advantages - does it sit baby differently and/or make the weight feel easier? I love to hike but haven't been doing as much with my almost 2 yr old. She likes to walk, but that's a different type of hike! :) A friend is selling her Chicco frame backpack so I wondered if it might be a better option. Any thoughts or recommendations would be appreciated.
A wrap or SSC will keep your child much closer to your center of gravity. I find dayhiking easier with the Ergo than with our Deuter framepack.
That said, I like the Deuter when I need to schlep extra gear, want a water reservoir, or when it's just too hot to have extra body warmth right on top of me. Kiddo can see forward more easily, too, as he's up higher and set back from me. A framepack adds weight and a bit of energy expended in maintaining balance. I hike with poles whether using the framepack or the Ergo.
Chasing DS since April 2007 and pumping for DD March 2013.