There are few adventures more rewarding or daunting than being a parent. One of the hardest adjustments for me has been acknowledging that trips into the big wild have largely been put on hold. However, one piece of gear that makes life better for the outdoorsy parent is Osprey Poco Plus. This backpack for parents allows you take your six-month to, depending on the size of the child, three-year-old on mini-adventures. Hands down, it’s my favorite piece of kid gear. It’s built sturdy and has allowed me to go on everything from short beach walks to mountain camp outs with my wee one. I even strapped it on a kayak and packraft.

The backpack rides well—I’ve put in a few hundred miles with mine and never had a rub or sore back. I appreciate the pouches and additional cargo space. In addition to carrying a baby, I’ve used my Poco Plus to bring home a good haul of blueberries, salmon, and small game. It has a rainfly you can attach that works well for keeping your precious cargo dry. Osprey has a great return policy to boot. If you’re an outdoorsy parent or want to get a good baby gift for a parent-to-be who loves the woods and mountains, I highly recommend this pack.

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Bjorn Dihle is Alaska magazine's gear editor and a lifelong resident of southeast Alaska. You can follow him at instagram.com/bjorndihle or facebook.com/BjornDihleauthor.

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