I have a theory on Chiropractors – whenever us Dads are not looking they run up to our kids, bribe them with some candy, and say “Tell your Dad you want another piggyback ride or a ride on his shoulders!” I love my kids and actually love throwing them on my back or shoulders, it is just that my back does not love it. While I am busy gathering evidence to support my chiropractor-kids conspiracy theory, I decided to test out a new way to carry the kids around - The Piggyback Rider.
The Piggyback Rider, Because Dads Don’t Have Bars on Their Back…Yet
If we evolved to lose our tails, I am sure at some point Dads will evolve to have a bar on our back for our kids to stand on, but in the meantime, there is the Piggyback Rider. The Piggyback Rider is a backpack with a shoulder mounted foot bar for your child to stand on. For safety, your child wears a harness and clips onto the Piggyback Rider and then stands on the footbar and holds the handles on the straps.
The above is everything you get with the Piggyback Rider, but understand that while that may look like a lot – it weighs less than 3 pounds and all folds up into that orange bag, which is about the size of a rolled up towel.
The Piggyback Rider in Action
It is really impossible to review the Piggyback Rider without showing it in action. Take a look at our testing of the Piggyback Rider –
The Piggyback Rider Creates a Fun Experience for Dads and Kids
After using the Piggyback Rider for a number of weeks, and with a number of kids of different ages and weights, I have to say my experience was mostly very positive. The Piggyback Rider is recommended for kids 2.5 to 7 years old (and up to 60 pounds). My almost 7 year old (63 pounds) fit on it, but he was clearly pushing the limits of the carrier. I used it with my nephew who just turned 6 and it was much more enjoyable.
One of my favorite things about the Piggyback Rider is that you can easily have a conversation with your child. I am 6′ 4″ and when my kids were younger and in the stroller, I could never hear what they were saying. I was constantly bending down to talk to them or try to hear them. With the Piggyback Rider my son is right at my head level and it was great to be able to easily talk about what we were seeing.
How Is The Weather Up There, Young Man?
In the Piggyback Rider, my son’s head is about 6 1/2 feet from the ground. This means he has a great view of anything we are looking at…unless a giant convention happens to be in town. Kids love being up high and the Piggyback Rider provides great height!
The Piggyback Rider is For Standing, Not Sleeping
A number of reviews have compared the Piggyback Rider to strollers, but they are really very different child carriers. Strollers are great if your child needs some down time and maybe needs to nap. There is no napping or sitting on the Piggyback Rider, it is for standing only. My son would sometimes fall asleep when up on my shoulders – this really can not happen with the Piggyback Rider.
The Piggyback Rider is a great way to share experiences with your child, but if you are looking for a way for your child to rest or sleep, a stroller still comes in handy.
The Million Dollar Question – Does My Back Feel Better With the Piggyback Rider?
The Piggyback Rider is a hit with the kids, but the real question is how does it feel on a Mom or Dad’s back? The good news is that the Piggyback Rider really did distribute my child’s weight evenly and did not cause me any back pain! If you carry around a 60 pound kid for hours, it will get a little tiring, but it is much better than giving a piggy back ride or carrying your child on your shoulders.
Pros of Piggyback Rider:
- Does Not Cause Back Pain
- Kids Love Riding Up High With a Great View
- Easy to Have Conversations With Your Child
- Folds up Small and Only Weighs 3 Pounds
- One Size Fits All, Fully Adjustable
- Limited Lifetime Warranty
- Reasonable Price for a Child Carrier (about $70)
Cons of Piggyback Rider:
- No Sitting or Sleeping
- Takes Some Time To Clip Child In and Out
- Requires Some Initial Adjustments to Obtain Maximum Comfort
Conclusion: Piggyback Rider – Chiropractors Should Be Very Afraid
Overall, I was very impressed with the Piggyback Rider. It is well made, well documented and works well in most settings. If you have a child who needs to rest and/or nap, the Piggyback Rider is not the right carrier for that situation. However, if you want to spend some quality time outside with your child while have a conversation and not wincing with back pain, the Piggyback Rider is a terrific choice.
By the way, I am pretty sure if you play my video backwards while holding it up to a mirror, you will see a Chiropractor run in and try to cut the Piggyback Rider off my back. Fear can make people do strange things.
Read about the PiggyBack Rider on their website. The Piggyback Rider sells for about $70.
Piggyback Rider Gets 4 D’s (scale of 1 to 5) -
Any Product That Receives 4 or 5 D’s is Dad Does Approved!
FULL DISCLOSURE: We were sent a Piggyback Rider to use and review. We were paid absolutely nothing for doing this review. We do not make any money if you decide to buy a Piggyback Rider. If you do buy one, and find Chiropractors giving you the stink-eye, don’t blame us. This is a real review, by a real Dad (and his kids)!
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