When it comes to child carriers for hiking, few on the market can compare to both the Deuter Kid Comfort Pro and the Osprey Poco AG Plus.
They are two of the best available, boasting stable frames, comfort for both wearer and rider, and plenty of storage to take everything you need on your hike.
But don’t take our word for it. Let’s break them both down here to help you determine if one of these will fit your hiking needs.
Deuter Kid Comfort vs Osprey Poco AG Plus
When choosing a carrier for hiking, stability is of the utmost importance for both parent and child safety. You want to ensure that the carrier is sturdy enough to hold your child while carrying them as well as loading and unloading them.
Both packs have frames made from aluminum making them both lightweight and sturdy.
The Deuter Kid Comfort includes an additional feature to the frame: a collapsible kickstand to help keep the pack upright and freestanding.
The Osprey also features a freestanding frame, but without a collapsible kickstand, it can be a bit bulkier when carrying it on your back.
With a freestanding frame, you can load and unload your child easier without needing to hold the pack.
It also gives your child the option to climb in and out on their own as they get bigger without worrying about the frame collapsing or tipping over.
In addition to these comfort and safety features, the Deuter Kid Comfort pack also has a plush wraparound chin pad to help keep your little one upright if they fall asleep on your journey.
When it comes to stability on the wearer, both packs have comfortable, adjustable, and sturdy hip belts, which are easy to adjust quickly and ensure a tight fit.
Verdict: Deuter Kid Comfort
Ergonomics & Comfort
Both carriers have excellent ergonomics, making them not only comfortable for parents to wear but also creating a safe and comfortable ride for children.
The last thing you want with a child carrier is additional weight; you will be carrying enough weight as it is with your child on your back.
With aluminum frames, these carriers are lightweight, just about 7 pounds each. No need to worry about too much extra weight added to your already heavy load.
They both also feature a mesh back panel which helps to create space between you and your child, allowing airflow and ventilation.
The Deuter Kid Comfort also has perforated shoulder straps to keep heat and sweat from building up.
In addition to ventilation, the Osprey Poco AG Plus anti-gravity suspension mesh contours to your back, extending from the shoulder blades to the lumbar region and providing balance and stability.
The best feature of both of these packs is the fact they grow with your little one. Some parents have been able to use these carriers from the point their baby can hold up their own head until well beyond 3 and 4 years of age.
The seat height adjusts as does the height of the footrests.
This ensures that your child is not only comfortable but also properly supported to promote healthy growth and development by keeping their spine, neck, and hips in proper alignment.
Verdict: Osprey Poco AG Plus
Storage & Weight Capacity
When you already have a substantial load on your back, it’s understandable that you wouldn’t want to carry anything extra on your person.
It would be ideal for your carrier to have some sort of extra storage capacity beyond just carrying your child.
Both the Osprey Poco and Deuter Kid Comfort carriers have a maximum weight capacity of about 48 pounds each, a 40-pound allowance for the child and about 8 pounds for storage. The storage options for both slightly differ though.
The Osprey Poco AG Plus has more storage pockets overall. The main compartment and spacious lower compartment are big enough to hold the majority of what you will need. With these being on the back of the carrier, however, it can be difficult to reach your essentials.
For those smaller items you will need on a more frequent basis, there are mesh stretch pockets on the sides, on the front panel, and on the harness, as well as a zippered pocket on the hip belt.
The Deuter Kid Comfort still has plenty of storage space, but it just doesn’t have as many pockets.
There is a large main compartment, a zippered compartment on the hip belt, and an external mesh pocket on the front.
Verdict: Deuter Kid Comfort
It’s always nice to have additional accessories included with your purchase, and both carriers have a few worth mentioning.
This is always a handy feature as it keeps your child cool and protected from the sun.
They both also have a compatible compartment for a hydration sleeve (like a Camelbak); unfortunately, though, the hydration sleeve is not included.
From here, the Osprey pack has a couple more features that the Deuter does not.
First is the toy attachment loop. This allows you to keep your little one’s favorite toy close by without worrying about losing it on the trail.
The Osprey also has a removable drool pad which is also machine washable. This is really handy if you start using your carrier with an infant or a little one who may be teething, keeping the drool on the pad and off the carrier, which may be a bit more difficult to clean.
The Deuter isn’t without its additional features though.
In addition to the sunshade and hydration compatible compartment, it also has an integrated key holder.
No need to worry about losing or burying your keys under everything else you need to carry in your pack.
Verdict: Osprey Poco AG Plus
We rated the Deuter Kid as the best baby carrier for hiking when we looked at the whole market in a dedicated article. Our opinion has not changed, but as you can see it is a close call!
Your decision may be decided by price and which you can get the better deal on as they are both amongst the best in class.
The Deuter Kid Comfort Pro includes features that aren’t included with the Osprey Poco AG Plus that were important to us. These include the wraparound chin pad, collapsible kickstand, perforated shoulder straps, and an integrated key holder.
However, the Osprey Poco AG Plus does have more storage options as well as the anti-gravity mesh that helps to support the wearer’s back.
It also comes with a couple of handy additions for little ones, including a removable (and machine washable) drool pad and toy attachment loop.
They are both strong and sturdy enough to keep both you and your child comfortable and safe, allowing you both to enjoy the great outdoors together.