Matt from our Taunton store has a young family and enjoys walks around the South West coast. He has tested the Osprey Poco AG carrier and can recommend the extra features are well worth the investment.
Long hikes or a city stroll
I think the best way to sum up the Poco AG carrier is to say that it has allowed us to take our son to places where we wouldn’t have been able to access without it.
Having had the experience of working in Taunton Leisure I was aware of the qualities of the Poco and using it makes days out with the family a pleasure.
Its portability and weight mean that you don’t have to restrict its outings to longer hikes. We have used it for a variety of trips. Walks on the beach, longer hikes on the Quantocks and even around towns and cities. Instead of struggling with a pushchair we are free to go up and down steps and steeper hills as we please. There are certain parts of the South West Coast Path that we have walked that we wouldn’t have been able to access without the Poco.
Anti-Gravity back system
The AG part of the name stands for Anti-Gravity, which is the back system Osprey uses for most of its larger volume packs. I can imagine that without it the experience of carrying a 12kg baby would be quite different. The hip belt and back panel are joined together with a suspended mesh panel that looks a bit like the seat of a fighter jet. It has the effect of moulding the pack to your back while suspending the bulk of your weight away from your body. This provides a stable base as well as plenty of airflow to your back for warmer days.
This coupled with the ease of adjustment of the back straps means that both myself and my wife can take turns wearing the carrier on the same trip without having to take the boy out of the carrier.
One thing I would recommend is to pull the hip belt really tight to get the best possible distribution of weight between the hips and the shoulders.
Ever since my son’s first trip in the Poco he has loved the experience and enjoys being up high and look around at his surroundings. The adjustable straps and seat mean that the carrier grows with him as he gets bigger.
If you’re an active family who enjoys being outdoors then you will love the Poco series. It’s a bit more expensive than others are but the extra features such as built in sunshade, rain cover, hydration pack compatibility, removable and washable ‘dribble zone’ and storage areas make it worth the extra investment.