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My husband wants to do some hiking this summer with DD. Now I know good and well that he will NOT being doing any serious hiking! (he's very very out of shape right now!!) I don't want to discourage him though. I think that the MT would be fine for what he's doing. He thinks otherwise coming from a more serious hiking background. Are there good (affordable<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> ) carriers out there that are designed to have the weight bear down on your hips? I feel that the MT does a pretty good job of that but he disagrees. (Not that he's really tried it<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ) any suggestions?
 

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For more serious hiking, I use the Kelty frame backpack. I also find hiking poles essential to help balance me (I'm a big 'ol klutz). I just got an Ergo and I'm going to try it for hiking too (as soon as I can get DD in there better without help).
 

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I suggest an Ergo. It is great for long walks. Also men often like the look of the Ergo better because it doesn't look as weird as some of the other carriers.
 

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If he's doing serious hiking, I also suggest the Kelty. If God forbid, he were to fall, she would be in a metal frame.<br><br>
I saw a man fall with his baby in a metal frame carrier, and she was basically O.K. BUT, the type of hiking he was doing, was NOT appropriate for carrying a baby along in ANY type of carrier.<br><br>
Just for walking along nice trails, I would think a mei tai, or better yet, an Ergo, should be very comfortable. I think most men prefer an ergo, cuz it's not as flashy looking.
 

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Thanks so much! Maybe I'll start looking for a used ERGO. Where do you find the Kelly carrier? I googled it, but didn't turn up baby carriers, just reg back packs! Thanks!
 

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For the type of 'hiking' you are talking about, I'd say an Ergo or a bECO would be fine. I use my bECO for short hikes, or hikes where I want to get DS in and out often (e.g. 'kid hikes') but for longer hikes (say... > 2 miles), I use a Kelty. If you want a framed carrier, I <i>highly</i> recommend trying them on first if you can. I don't care much for the one I have, but have tried others and liked them fine.<br><br>
I can't imagine hiking for more than say an hour without a framed carrier. The sweat on my back would drive me and DS crazy, and he likes to look around my shoulder in the bECO, which tends to throw me off balance (not a problem in the grocery store or on a sidewalk, but not so good on a narrow switchbacking trail). In a framed carrier, they are up over your head usually, so they can see the world - so to speak. Framed carriers are not generally quite as comfortable as an Ergo/bECO though for short distances.
 

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We use a MT or a frame backpack for hiking.
 

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Tell your DH that my DH uses the Mei Tai <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> We thought about getting a frame carrier but the Mei Tai really works so well and is so light and easy to get off/on.
 

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I would also vote for checking out the Ergo, but if you're going to go with a frame pack, PLEASE don't just go out and buy a Kelty!<br><br>
There are many options out there, and the Kelty may or may not fit you/him the best. In our case, it was a horrible fit and the REI brand pack was much better. For other maybe the Deuter packs will be the best fit.<br><br>
Find a store that carries several, and go give them a whirl. Weight them down (either with your baby or with weighted pillows) and walk around the store. Take them off, adjust them, walk around again. Repeat, repeat, repeat.<br><br>
I know several people who have bought Keltys because that's what they see everyone using, and they've been very unhappy. Not that the Kelty is a bad pack, but just that it wasn't the right pack for their frame.<br><br>
Sounds like a fun plan----I hope you all have a ball!!
 

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I have a kelty I cant use anymore because my kids outgrew it. PM me if you're interested. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
you know... you could go to a place that sells kelty carriers, try one on to see if you like it, and THEN go out and get a used one.
 

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We like the Sherpani baby carrier. Either Dh and I can use it. It is easy and comfy. The lightweight should be plenty tough enough. The other is for overnight backpacking with extra gear, etc. Google it--see if its in your price range.
 

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I would suggest the Ergo or Baby Hawk they both seem really popular and comfy.
 

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We have a mei tai and we love it, but I have to say that even for little hikes, the Kelty backpack is great! I would hike with the mei tai but never have to because we have a Kelty too (yes, I am spoiled!) I do like that in the Kelty she's well strapped in so if we trip and stumble she's pretty safe.<br><br>
We used to be serious hikers but since DD haven't done more than a mile or two here and there. However, the hope is that we will get more and more into it. We've just started with a new plan to hike at least once every weekend.<br><br>
Also, DD LOVES the Kelty back pack. If it is out in our living room she will beg for me to help her get into it and she'll just sit in it on the floor reading a book.
 

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Ditto PP about the Kelty - it didn't fit DH or me at all.<br><br>
We are both happy with a Sherpani frame pack. If you and DH are close to the same size it is really nice to be able to switch off with the pack. I happily wear an ERGO for short hikes (< 3 hours), but longer than that we use the Sherpani.<br><br>
I also have carried DD in a wrap front carry for 5-6 hour excursions, but it can get hot.<br><br>
I'll ditto myself in suggesting that hiking in a skirt can make the process of elimination while wearing the baby much easier (because mine falls asleep when we hike).
 

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Yes, yes, yes, couldn't be happier with the Sherpani. Went backpacking over spring break and it was perfect. You can't leave dc in it when its standing on the ground--its not an external frame--that would be dangerous. (You shouldn't even leave them in an external frame <i>technically</i>.)<br><br>
Thanks for sharing the skirt tip! It has never occurred to me that peeing while backpacking could be easier. Brilliant.
 

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My husband and I have tried a lot of different carriers, I mean a lot. I love the ergo for long walks and would probaly be comfortable on a long hike. My husband tried the ergo and he immediatly felt like there was not enough support for a long walk and complained of his back hurting. We both agree that the KELTY backpack is far the best long walk and hike carrier. Great support, big old waist belt that puts the weight where it needs to be. I also feel like if I tripped or fell that my daughter would be pretty safe.
 

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The REI piggy back works well, and is a pound lighter then the Kelty... if you count the weight! The pack was worked quite well for 2-3 mile hikes...
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I would also vote for checking out the Ergo, but if you're going to go with a frame pack, PLEASE don't just go out and buy a Kelty!<br><br>
There are many options out there, and the Kelty may or may not fit you/him the best. In our case, it was a horrible fit and the REI brand pack was much better. For other maybe the Deuter packs will be the best fit.<br><br>
Find a store that carries several, and go give them a whirl. Weight them down (either with your baby or with weighted pillows) and walk around the store. Take them off, adjust them, walk around again. Repeat, repeat, repeat.<br><br>
I know several people who have bought Keltys because that's what they see everyone using, and they've been very unhappy. Not that the Kelty is a bad pack, but just that it wasn't the right pack for their frame.<br><br>
Sounds like a fun plan----I hope you all have a ball!!</div>
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We like to hike in easy/moderate terrain. I don't think it at all appropriate r safe even for experienced hikers to hike difficult terrain whiel babywearing. We primarily use Kozy mei tais for longer hikes due to comfort for both our children, and ourselves. On Mother's day, we took a nice 3 mile hike with our 35 lb 2 yo and our 41 lb 3.5 yo and the Kozys. We have owned 2 different Keltys in the past and tried out a few other quality frame packs but my kids only liked the Kelty brand (other brands were too overly engineered for their taste and they were afraid of them). Of the Kelys that we used, they didn't fit our bodies very well and caused almost immediate pain and discomfort for me, my husband could tolerate it much better. We could never get it adjusted "just right" it was always a littel off. Of the 2 that we owned, one set our child rather far away from us and so it set our combined center of gravity to a place that wasn't a part of my body and that made it very difficult for me to keep my balance because anytime my child moved, I was thrown off considerably.<br>
There were other brands at REI that fit me wonderfully and were fantastically comf with the weighted pillows but that neither of my children would go near without falling into hysterics so we stick with the Kozy and it works well.<br><br>
One issue that I have is that my kids are both older an will hike themselves until they get tired and then we put them on our backs and inevitably, with the up and down and back up again, I get ticks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/scared.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="scared">
 
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