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July 30, 2012

The Piggyback Rider XL Backpack carries child and gear

The Piggyback Rider XL Backpack carries child and gear

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The Piggyback Rider Backpack is the latest way to carry your child on your back. The newest models add more storage capabilities to the Piggyback Rider system, which lets your child essentially stand on your back.

Introduced last summer, the Piggyback Rider is a newer spin on the classic child carrier. Unlike other carriers, it allows your child to essentially stand over your shoulders and head, giving him or her a better vantage point for viewing parades, wildlife, and other other attractions and events. The device includes two shoulder straps, a chest strap, and a foot bar that the child stands on. A safety harness keeps the child tethered to you, and he holds onto two grab handles to keep stable. It's recommended for children 2 1/2 years or older and 60 lbs. (27 kg) or less.

The Piggyback Rider in use

In addition to providing a more engaging experience for the child, the Piggyback Rider's design centers the child's weight on your core, so your shoulders don't get sore or fatigued. The carrier is designed for on- and off-the-grid adventures like hiking the forest, attending spectator events and walking the mall.

At last year's Outdoor Retailer Summer Market industry trade show, the newly introduced Piggyback Rider earned itself a Best New Product Award. Piggyback Rider is hoping to ride some of that momentum into this summer's show in introducing the new Piggyback Rider XL Backpack. Unlike the original model, which is basically just a shoulder harness and frame, the new model is a full day pack with the foot bar integrated into its own pouch. Dads and moms can use it to haul gear at the same time as carrying their children.

The XL Backpack's foot bar packs away, allowing it to work like any other backpack while your child walks next to you. If your child gets tired, the foot bar deploys easily, letting you carry her on your back. A rep told us that the bulk of the full backpack rests between the child's legs, allowing for a comfortable ride.

Piggyback Rider is also introducing the all-new Hydrider model. It is similar to the traditional Piggyback Rider, but adds extra storage room for carrying hydration bladders.

The basic Piggyback Rider retails for US$90. The XL Backpack model costs $140, and the Hydrider costs $150.

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C.C. Weiss Upon graduating college with a poli sci degree, Chris toiled in the political world for several years. Realizing he was better off making cynical comments from afar than actually getting involved in all that mess, he turned away from matters of government and news to cover the things that really matter: outdoor recreation, cool cars, technology, wild gadgets and all forms of other toys. He's happily following the wisdom of his father who told him that if you find something you love to do, it won't really be work.   All articles by C.C. Weiss
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