Macpac Vamoose

Very comfortable on your back and with the perfect range of specifications for UK hills, this is easily the best child carrier that we tested. I had to select one of these six carriers for a walking trip to France, and it came down to a choice between the Macpac and the superbly comfortable Kelty Kids Adventure. But as we were travelling by Eurostar, I had to opt for the Vamoose, which packs down far better. We were caught out in a thunderstorm in the Vercors National Park and the Macpac’s raincover, which covers the whole carrier and the child’s legs, performed brilliantly. The zip-off daysack and 25 litre base pocket easily swallowed our day’s walking kit, and the sun canopy with netting was essential when the storms had cleared. But the straps for Artie and Charlie didn’t seem as well-thought-out as other packs. They don’t secure between the child’s legs and tended to slip off their shoulders, while the chest strap rubbed against Artie’s chin. The kids’ seating area wasn’t as ergonomic as others on test either, though both kids seemed perfectly happy.


Weight: 2800g
Adjustable back: no, but two sizes available
Fabric: 550D polyester
Features: zip-off day bag, 25 litre base pocket, full rain cover, sun canopy with netting, viewing mirror, hipbelt pockets
Made in the Philippines
Stores in UK: England 100; Wales 10; Scotland 20, Ireland 5

Verdict: Buy it if you’ve got plenty of money. This is a great carrier with well-designed sun and rain protection that really feels like a proper rucksack