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Hi, I need a carrer for 7 month old baby that will possible be good for another year or so. This caree is intended for a trip that is combination of city walks and for hikes in the mountains. I am not talking about strenious mountain trips but a lot of hills.<br>
It can not be something like maya wrap since it is only on 1 shoulder and it will not distribute the weight of a child properly for a long wear.<br>
I have a Kelty kid framed backpack that served us good with our first child for many years while we hikeed in national parks. However I want something lighter and more suitable for urban travel, but it should provide as much comfort for me/dh as kelty pack. I am talking about serious walking, not in and around the house/library/grocery store.
 

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Ergo!! We've gone on many long hikes and city walks with ours, and it's super comfortable (ds is 13 mo and 26lb now; we got it when he was about 6 months). It's much lower-profile than those frame backpacks.
 

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My DH loves the Kelty pack. It hurts my back too much. I usually go with my Didymos wrap or my Mei Tei. I love how compact they both are compared to the Kelty also. The Kelty would take up so much space in our car when we were on the road.
 

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I rarely go on 6 hr hikes anymore - usually more like 2-4, since that's about all my 5 yr old can handle, but I could easily use my Beco for the shorter hikes, and we have <i>big</i> mountains, not little hills. I haven't actually done a hike in it, but I've had him in it for 2-4 hours on my back walking around (Disneyland).<br><br>
I prefer our Kelty frame pack for longer hikes though, because Collin is more 'confined'. i.e. if he gets wiggly, he can't shift his weight around much in the Kelty, because it has him strapped in. If I could guarantee that he would sit still, and not lean to one side or the other (e.g. if I think he's going to take a nap the whole time), I'd definitely find the Beco more comfortable.<br><br>
It's also easier to get him in and out of the Beco, so if he wanted to hike for a bit, then the Beco would be better. Another advantage of the Kelty though, is it has compartments for all his diapering stuff and snacks/water. I'd either have to hike with someone that had another pack with all that, or wear my butt pack in front of me (or front carry Collin).<br><br>
So, how's that for decisive. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> Can you tell I've been thinking about this a lot? If only the weather would get better, then I'd have a chance to try the Beco. I've only been BW a couple of months, and any hiking we do right now, is snowy or super muddy.
 

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Oh, I almost forgot. Our Kelty also has a nice hood/sun-shade, whereas the Beco just has the little hood (which Collin won't keep on his head). I've heard the Ergo hood is a bit better, but have never seen it. The cover is a <i>must</i> for us, since we are up in elevation, and DS' have fair skin and light eyes.
 

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german-style wrap. For hot weather, a bb-slen. For anything else, a storch (very supportive), a hoppediz (very supportive and rugged), or a didy--but a stripes or a rhombus. The indios are too cushyy/springy for really long hikes, and the waves are possibly not supportive enough. I don't know fron the jacuards.
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">It's so interesting how people's experiences can vary. We found that the Kelty was less stable because it held the babies so far away from us that any movement of theirs (harnessed in as tightly as possible although they were littel escape artists and would quickly become shouldes free) would throw our center of gravity way off and we woudl get off balanced. Also, because the Kelty held them so far back, they were able to kick and use our backs as leverage to try to climb out.</td>
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this was our experience too. i much prefer a structured carrier - we have a Patapum, and I've tried a classic Ergo but not the NG one but I liked the Patapum better than the old Ergo. they are light weight, some have their own little bag or even fold into its own pouch for carrying when you're not using it. and plenty of waist and shoulder padding/support which is big for me on long hikes. the patapum hood is mesh, which is nice and breathable, though i guess it would let some sun through.<br><br>
also heard great things about the Yamo - if i had the money i'd be trying one of those for sure!
 

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I used to use our Tough Traveller backpack all the time, but now I much prefer my Mei Tai with wrap-style straps. Do you sew? They're very easy to make!
 

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Ergo! I love our ergo. We got it ( by request) as a gift for use with our newborn, but we used it with our 2-yr-old several times when travelling. He did really well in it, I think only because it is so comfortable. The kelty and similar packs that let legs dangle are BAD for baby's developing hips, and like others have said, the carrier's center of gravity is thrown off because of the separation between you and the kiddo.<br><br>
The ergo (or patapum is similar and a bit less expensive I think) has been great for us, and we're now looking for a second one so we can hike with both kids, since the ergo is good to 40+ lbs. A couple of weeks ago we went on a snowshoeing expedition, and it did really well for us!
 
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