I submitted my IR for your review. I feel like I leaned on the manufacturer
pictures a bit much, but let me know if you think what I have is fine. The
diagram is just far better than what I could make. Anyway, any and all edits
are appreciated. Html is at: http://tinyurl.com/piggybackrider.
below. Thanks again for handling this series!
PRODUCT INFORMATION & SPECIFICATIONS
Manufacturer: Full Sail International, LLC
Year of Manufacture: 2011
Manufacturer's Website: thepiggybackrider.com
MSRP: US$ 79.99
Listed Weight: Less than 3 LB (1.4 kg)
Measured Weight: 1 ln 15.5 oz (890 g)
Child Carrier:1 lb 4.3 oz (580 g)
Child Harness: 4.1 oz (120 g)
Storage Bag: 7.1 oz (200 g)
Color: Black/Gray (also available in pink)
Warranty: Limited lifetime
Other details provided by manufacturer:
* Streamlined unisex design
* One size, fully adjustable
* Supports a child up to 60 lbs (27 kg), 2.5 years+
* Four secure hand holds
* Wide foot bar for stability
* Child safety harness tethers to carrier
* Padded shoulder straps with chest strap
* Convertible multifunction carry bag / mudflap / pouch
The Piggyback Rider by Full Sail International is a child carrier for
children starting at about 2 1/2 up until they reach 60 lb (27 kg). It has a
minimalist design which I find pretty neat. The photo at the top of this
report shows the child carrier portion of the Piggyback Rider. It consists
of a padded shoulder harness that wraps around the back of the neck. On the
shoulder pads, there are two padded, nylon loops that serve as grips for the
rider on both sides. There is a D-ring on either side as well for attaching
the child's harness as well.
The child stands on a metal bar that is 17 in (43 cm) long and 1.5 in (3.8
cm) wide that is attached with 1 in (2.5 cm) webbing. The webbing is
threaded through a buckle attached to each shoulder strap but is only
adjusted on my right side. The weight of my son allows the webbing to slide
through the middle of the bar. The image to the left shows the webbing
threaded though the bar.
There is also a sternum strap that is adjustable with a tongue and groove
slider that has an integrated whistle in the quick release buckle. On the
inside of the shoulder harness is a tag with care instructions and some
information about the product.
The child harness is similarly constructed; however the shoulder harness is
much less robust. 1 in (2.5 cm) webbing encircles the shoulders and is
adjustable with a buckle just like most backpack straps. There is also a
piece of webbing with a clip at the end that attaches the child harness to
the child carrier via the D-rings I mentioned above. The clips are plastic
with a metal cage and swivel around. When attached, I have to say they
remind me a little of load lifters on a backpack! The harness back is padded
with what feels like neoprene and has "Ride the Bar!" embroidered on it.
The storage case is a sturdy nylon bag about the size of a small messenger
bag; about 19 x 13 in (48 x 33 cm). There is a simple strap to carry on my
shoulder. There are also two pieces of webbing that serve to attach the bag
to the child carrier. Finally, there are three strips of hook and loop tabs
to secure the bag. On one side there is a pocket that has hook and loop
closures with another webbing strap in it. This serves to fold the bag
tighter and more compact when not used as a mudflap. The image below is an
excellent diagram from the manufacturer showing the components.
The Piggyback Rider comes with two hang tags attached to the bag; one is an
endorsement from MrDad.com and the other has information about the Piggyback
Rider. I also received a water bottle accessory strap, Piggyback Rider
sticker and the Piggyback Rider Safety & User Guide, but I am unsure if
these are included in a retail purchase. The user guide is available online
I was pretty surprised at how light the Piggyback Rider is. The manufacturer
states it is under 3 lb (1.4 kg) but I found it to be just under 2 lb (0.9
kg). The construction is top notch from what I can tell and I like the
whistle that is integrated. I was also surprised that there is no sternum
strap on the child harness. I imagine there is a reason, but I wonder if my
son can wriggle out if he tries.
I admit that I am skeptical about the mudflap/pouch. I need to play around
with it more but I hope that I can use it to store some small, but necessary
items while hiking such as snacks, and maybe rain gear.
TRYING IT OUT
Child Tester: Liam, age 2 and 25 lb (11.3 kg)
My son is a hiker. I suppose he takes after his dad that way, but he is
always wandering around in the woods exploring and doesn't last long in a
traditional child carrier before he wants to explore on his own. I fully
embrace his enthusiasm, but lament the need to carry around a bulky child
carrier when it is hardly used. A 3 mi (5 km) hike was no exception when
testing out the Piggyback Rider. The picture to the right shows Liam and I
on the Ptarmigan Lake Trail in the San Isabel National Forest in Colorado.
He lasted about 15 minutes at a time in the Piggyback, but hiked about 3/4
of the way up (he slept the whole way down).
Getting a 2 year old in the Piggyback Rider was a little more challenging
than I thought. I think for the first few trips it will definitely take
practice (as the manufacturer states too). However, once aboard, Liam was
all smiles. I found that the carrier is well balanced and even when Liam
shifts his weight I don't find it awkward at all. The adjustable straps move
freely and didn't slip when I used it.
So far I think I am going to like the Piggyback Rider. It is lightweight,
Liam seems to like it and it makes it easy to carry my little guy. I also
like that I can get Liam on and off without having to remove the child
carrier. I have no true complaints so far but am interested to see how I
will put some of the other features to use.
This concludes my Initial report. Please check back in another 2 months to
see how well we are enjoying this unique item. I would also like to thank
Full Sail International for their generosity as well as the folks at
> for allowing me to
be a part of this test series.
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