“ Brand: Bush Baby / Carrier Type: Framed / Carrier Position: Back „
Having owned, and then disposed of, another ‘top end’ child carrier – the Vaude Jolly Comfort (£100ish), I feel I have a good marker for comparing this product to. After purchasing this carrier about 4-5 weeks ago I have been nothing short of thrilled with every aspect of it. The comfort for both child and parent are phenomenal, despite what appears to be a rather basic adjustment system (at least compared to the Jolly). I am 6ft 2” and it doesn’t rub or dig in at any point (which also goes for my wife at 5ft 7”). The Jolly comfort on the other hand suffered from shoulder straps that were too short and left the thin nylon banding to dig in like cheese wire under your armpits – a real problem on long walks. The tough Cordra material that is used to make the BushBaby can also be found in the best quality professional rucksacks, and for obvious reasons. As soon as you try this carrier you can tell it is practically impervious to wear – the Vaude looks nicer with a velour style back system, but you know this will look shabby in time. Lightweight Aluminium is used in both carriers but to me the BushBaby shaded the comparison hear as well. This appears to be because of its lack of a metal ‘flip out’ stand. Although this feature, which appears on many carriers, seems handy at a glance, all you really require is for a child carrier to have sufficient enough base to stand it up correctly while you place the child in it. As you would (and should) never leave a child for even a second in a grounded carrier, there seems little point in the extra weight and bulk of a kick out stand. The biggest benefit of all though is its storage capacity and ease of access to this. The Vaude housed a tiny back compartment which could store nothing more than its sun shield and perhaps a thin rainproof and map. The design also meant access was very, very difficult with a thin entrance and narrow compartment causing wedging
/catching of its contents. The BushBaby on the other hand has cavernous space and two fantastic U shaped openings that can be zipped totally flat for cleaning. I can fit my child’s changing bag, a flask and packed lunch and still leave room for modest clothing items – there really is no contest. At the same time it has a third, thinner pocket for maps, wallets, Walkman etc. which again is invaluable. There are also extra features which I have yet to use, but I am sure will come in useful at a later date. It has stirrups included in the price, to give older children extra comfort. It can be easily dismantled in to two sections for flatter packing if you intended to stick it in a suitcase. BushBay have also started giving the child’s sun visor (which used to cost an extra £16) away included in the price, which is another big plus. To sum up, this product blows the Vaude carriers away (I have seen their £120 ‘Pebbles’ model and again it has some real design problems). It is also far more substantial and comfortable than the Kelty Kids ‘Trek’(£130), which I tried before this purchase and is not a bad product (very light/good comfort), but again is well behind this product in the most important factors for a really good carrier. At £130 it is above most peoples budget for such a purchase, and is aimed at people who either enjoy a lot of walking (like my wife and I), or just people with stacks of cash. If you can afford it, then I suggest snapping up one of these things and look no further. It is one of my best purchases in many years, and not including the Macpac and ‘Expedition’ Kelty models which are nearer the £200 mark and I have not tried so can’t comment on, is surely the best child carrier on the market today.
This baby carrier features the fully Adjustable Comfort Back System, designed to fit people from 5'2 to 6'2 tall, and giving the most exact fit available.