The Chicco Smart Support Backpack carrier is a good choice for light hiking and use around town, such as running errands. It's very popular with men, who say it fits well and they like its rugged appearance. A number of women, especially smaller women, say it's very uncomfortable to wear for more than a short period of time. Most reviewers agree its many features make it a great pack for the price.
Not for shorter women. The main complaint we see about the Chicco Smart Support Backpack carrier is from women who say it's very uncomfortable. This seems to be an issue mostly with shorter women who say it's difficult to adjust the hip strap properly, so the shoulder straps dig into their arms. One owner said she felt as if the skeleton of her back was crumbling after a few hours. By contrast, even those who find it very uncomfortable to wear say their babies are very comfortable and love the carrier. It has one seating position, facing forward on the parent's back. The fabric is breathable to keep you from getting too warm. The seat adjusts to the baby's height as he grows.
Don't have to remove baby. One thing parents love about the Chicco Smart Support Backpack carrier is that it's stable enough to put on and take off with the baby in the backpack, and it stands by itself. It's a frame backpack with ample storage. One big complaint: Many reviewers say the instructions are vague and confusing, but it's easy to use and adjust once you figure it out. It folds flat for easy transport.
Lasts through several kids. Reviewers say the Chicco Smart Support Backpack carrier is well made and rugged, and a few have used theirs with more than one child. At 6.5 pounds, it's lightweight and holds up to 40 pounds total, including child and gear. It's recommended for children with full head support, about 6 months and up. It comes with a one-year warranty.
Review Credibility: Very Good The Chicco Smart Support Backpack makes this roundup of top baby carriers as selected and reviewed by parent testers for iVillage.com's top product picks of 2012. It was tested by a mom and her 8-month-old daughter. She says it's attractive and her baby is comfortable and happy, but she finds it painful to wear for more than a brief time. She also notes the instructions are confusing.
Review: We Love, You Need: The Best Baby Slings, Carriers and Backpacks of 2012, Kate Bayless, March 20, 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good This buying guide has a few recommendations but not in the usual format of their ranked, recommended, subscriber-only reports. Rather, it mentions some specific models within the discussion of types of carriers. The Chicco Smart Support Backpack is one, and ConsumerReports.org editors note that it's smaller and less bulky than some framed carriers.
Review: Backpack Carrier Buying Guide, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, November 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good The Chicco Smart Support Backpack earns an overall rating of 4.1 stars out of 5 in more than 125 reviews. Owners say it's a great pack for light hiking or just around town. Men, in particular, seem to praise its fit and appearance. A few women say it's too heavy on their shoulders and hard to adjust to a comfortable fit, and a number of reviewers point out that it's not the best choice for serious hiking. Many owners say the instructions are confusing.
Review: Chicco Smart Support Backpack, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2013
Review Credibility: Good The Chicco Smart Support Backpack is named best budget backpack baby carrier in this roundup of top baby carries. The brief review notes that this is a great choice for in-between backpacking, such as light hikes or errands. They say it's loaded with features and is a good carrier for the money.
Review: Best Backpack Baby Carriers, Editors of MomFinds.com, Not dated