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Trailblazer Framed Baby Carrier
Revolutionary comfort frame design. Five hip belt positions to fit adults 5' to 6'2". Adjustable seat height for growing... Read More
Revolutionary comfort frame design. Five hip belt positions to fit adults 5' to 6'2". Adjustable seat height for growing baby. Adjustable sternum and load-distributing straps takes weight off shoulders. Comes with removable storage pack plus retractable canopy. Designed with foam back support, contoured waist belt, contoured shoulder straps, and retractable kickstand Minimize
9 Reviews from Epinions.com
Jul 19, 2002
Pros: Lightweight, sturdy, breathable fabric, easy to clean, storage pack and canopy included.
Cons: Time consuming to find the perfect adjustment, so you won't want others to use it.
The Bottom Line:
The Trailblazer is a sturdy carrier with attachments included. If you plan to use it around the house, shopping, or out for a walk, it's a good choice.
I enjoyed using a front pack carrier with my son from the time he was born until he became too heavy for it, so I thought a backpack carrier would be a good idea. My hands and arms would be free and my back would be saved of the strain of carrying the baby on my hip. Also, a backpack could go where a stroller couldn't or where one would be in the way. However, I realized that no matter how comfortable the pack was, there would be extra weight on my knees and back. Plus, the baby would have free access to the back of my head, so my hair was going to get pulled and probably spit up on.
With a realistic picture of what using a backpack would be like, I went to the stores and looked at them. My choice was between Kelty, Tough Traveller, and Evenflo. I decided to go with the Evenflo Trailblazer because the price was cheaper than the Kelty and the Tough Traveller and both the storage pack and the canopy were included instead of separate purchases.
The features of the Trailblazer are as follows:
Weight Range for Child: 16 pounds to 45 pounds
Age Range for Child: 6 months to ?
Color: Blue with Black Straps
Dimensions: 16" x 15" x 30 1/2"
Padded Adjustable Child Seat
Harness Restraint with Shoulder Buckles
Padded Adjustable Shoulder Straps for Wearer
Padded Adjustable Waist Belt with Lumbar Support
Waist Belt adjustments for 5'1" and Under, 5'2" to 5'4", 5'5" to 5'7", 5'8" to 5'11", and 6' and Over
Removable Storage Pack
Removable Rain/Sun Canopy
2 Loops for Attaching Toys
I was happy to see that the Trail Blazer was fully assembled when I removed it from the box. It's such a relief not to have to put ANOTHER thing together for the baby. All that was necessary was to adjust the straps for comfort. Unfortunately, when I did step one in the instructions, move the waist belt adjustment clip to your height range, the clip snapped off in my hand. A call to Evenflo resulted in them rushing me out an entirely new backpack, as the clips are not available yet as a replacement part. Within a week, I had a new pack and had returned the original one to them, free of charge. Evenflo's customer service gets points for that.
The Trail Blazer has worked well for me. I have worn it quite often doing housework, and the baby is happy to be along for the ride. He plays with a chain of links that I have attached to the toy loops and occasionally pulls my hair. The longest I have worn the pack has been three hours with no discomfort. I've also worn the pack outside to go for a walk in the woods behind our house.
The kickstand feature is nice in that the pack can be removed and set down with the baby still in it. I also use the kickstand to put the pack on if my husband is not around to help me. The storage pack is roomy enough to hold some bottles, diapers, and a spare change of clothes for the baby. I haven't had a need for the canopy yet, but it is easy to attach and will help shade the baby or keep him dry without making him feel enclosed. Probably the only downside to having the backpack is that it takes time and use to get the straps just the way you like them. When you do finally get them just right, you don't want anyone else to use the pack and readjust your settings.
My son is about 20 pounds right now, I'll have to update as he gets older and heavier. All in all, I've been quite pleased with the Trail Blazer and would recommend it to others.
As an update, when my son reached 35 pounds, he was just too heavy for me to carry with the pack. My husband is able to manage it still, so the toddler-toting duty has been passed on to him. The pack is still in excellent condition and looks brand new despite being used quite often.
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