Chicco Smart Support Backpack Review

Updated February 28, 2013
Chicco Smart Support Backpack

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.

ComfortProsLess bulky for a framed carrier, Comfortable for children, Can set carrier down without removing childConsPoor fit for some parents, Ineffective sun shade, Confusing instructions


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.

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We Love, You Need: The Best Baby Slings, Carriers and Backpacks of 2012, Kate Bayless, March 20, 2012

Review Credibility: Very Good The Chicco Smart Support Backpack makes this roundup of top baby carriers as selected and reviewed by parent testers for'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.


Backpack Carrier Buying Guide, Editors of, November 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 editors note that it's smaller and less bulky than some framed carriers.


Chicco Smart Support Backpack, Contributors to, As of March 2013

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.


Best Backpack Baby Carriers, Editors of, Not dated

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.