Need Help Choosing a Child Carrier?
Comfort: Tough Traveler carriers are designed to make carrying as easy and
comfortable for you as possible. Sturdy internal frame and superior
balance make our top-of-the line carriers as comfortable as the very best backpacks used
Lightweight: A heavy backpack can really weigh you down. Tough Traveler
child carriers combine high-tech with light weight. Even our largest model - the
Stallion - weighs only 4lbs, 10oz. Compare this to the largest Kelty & Madden
carriers at 9lbs.
Safety: All Tough Traveler carriers are equipped with five-point child safety
harness, as well as other safety precautions. L.L. Bean's recent safety recall of
child carriers was in no way connected to Tough Traveler. We take safety very
Quality workmanship: Carriers last for years and can be passed down through several
children. Made in the USA with sturdy materials and careful attention. Seldom
rip or break. Covered by a full life-time warranty against all defects in
Reputation: Our carriers have received rave reviews in many top publications,
including "Family Camping," "Backpacker," "Family Travel
Forum," and "The Today Show"!
In a recent review of our Stallion(tm) in the May/June issue of Camping Life Magazine,
Editor Stuart Bourdon wrote, "...The child's weight felt like an extension of my own
body, making walking, bending down, turning or any striding movement easy to
Even better, we get thousands of notes from happy carrier-users who tell us such
"The 'Tough Traveler' has been the best expenditure I've made for my
child...." (Barb Miller-Sohr, 1995)
"Just another startling testimony to the quality and ... protective character of
your incredible product...." (from William Cook, whose child and self were uninjured
after being hit by a bulldozer while using the carrier - we were pretty amazed by this one
"Rarely is a product [the Tough Traveler Stallion(tm)] so clearly superior to all
of its competition" (Howad Bandler, 1995)
"My wife and I swear by the Tough Traveler packs. We've bought two... Tough
Traveler is clearly the best there is. (No, I don't work for them.)" (Anonymous AOL
"The Tough Traveler had the best-designed safety
straps for the child, with an adjustable shoulder and leg harness to keep even the most
kinetic kids secure. Of the [different companies'] models we tested, the TT also did
the best job of transfering our daughter's weight to the hips, which aleviated a lot of
stress on my shoulders and back.... " - Tracey F. Fern
See how comfortable this child is -
even when the mother is bending at an awkward angle!
When can your child ride in a backpack child carrier?
Until the baby can sit up unassisted, at approximately age six months, a soft front
carrier, such as our Pony Ride, should be used instead of a backpack carrier. Once
the child can sit alone, any of our child carrier models, can be worn.
Which Tough Traveler carrier is best for you?
To choose a Tough Traveler backpack child carrier, you should first consider these
factors: The height of the adult doing the carrying, the weight of the child, the use to
which the carrier will be put, and the level of comfort and adjustability that are
important to you. Try this simple questionnaire for
suggestions, then browse our
Also, here are some tips on height: Here are approx. torso sizes (remember,
there is also variation by your body structure & girth):
Colt: 15.5" - 19.5"; Montana: 14.5" - 17"; Pal'Mino: 12.5"
- 17"; Kid Carrier: 11.5" - 17"; Filly: 10.5" - 15.5"; Stallion:
13" - 19".