Fisher-Price Deluxe FastFinder On The Go Diaper Backpack Review
Pros: Spacious, lightweight, ergonomic, excellent organization, insulated bottle pocket
Cons: Not as stylish as other bags
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Pack we have specified in this review is no longer available. As such, we are now linking to an updated version of this backpack on Amazon which is the Fisher-Price Fastfinder Diaper Backpack sold for the same list price with cosmetic variations.
The Fisher-Price Deluxe FastFinder On the Go Backpack delivers quite a lot of bang for the buck at $45 with plenty of well-compartmentalized storage and nice features. It is well-suited for mom or dad to carry around and even has enough room for 2 kids! Lightweight at 1.8 lbs, it has a large capacity and padded back and backpack straps, so you can be hands-free with comfortable neck, shoulders, and back when it's fully loaded. There is also a small tote handle at the top for easy pick up and hand-carrying should you not wish to carry it on your back.
Made of 100% polyester, the FastFinder On the Go, has a durable fabric which comes in either brown (pictured here) or black. The interior fabric lining is nicely designed, lightly colored, and wipes clean. The lining is definitely more robust than that found in both Carter's 5 piece Diaper Bag Set ($35) and their Out 'N About Diaper Bag ($50 & received our lowest overall score), and there is no smelly PVC present, unlike that found in the aforementioned Carter's bags.
The interior compartment which zips open widely with 2 zipper pulls is large and includes 3 open pockets for storing 2 sippy cups or bottles, snacks, a change of clothes, burp cloths, toys, a magazine and book for yourself, and more diapers. The outside offers further organization with eight exterior pockets, including four zippered FastFinder™ (marked tabs designating their use) for diapers, wipes, pacifiers, and an insulated bottle pocket, 2 zippered pockets for included cushioned changing pad & personal items, and 2 small, thin open pockets for extras. Five size 4 diapers and diaper cream fit into the diaper pocket, but you could probably cram more if you wanted to. The insulated bottle pocket could even be used for refrigerated snacks (without bottle inside).
While there are some nice features included in the FastFinder on the Go, some of them do fall a bit short. Two instances revolve around issues with exterior pockets. First, we think that the external pocket dedicated to holding the wipes case is brilliant. You can keep the case attached to the backpack and just pull out a wipe when needed. However, we have a problem with the wipes case that is included. It just doesn't pop open that easily. You need get your finger "just so" on the tab and then really push it, and most times the maneuver really requires two hands. We could see this getting irritating when in the midst of a really messy, difficult diaper change. We found user reviews that had difficulty opening their wipe case, too. One review mentioned that if you turn the case around, it opens easier which we found as well, but still not with 100% success. Other user reviews mentioned that the wipes case doesn't stay closed, causing the wipes to dry out. Next, the exterior insulated bottle pocket while so useful, does not fit all bottles. It can accomodate a bottle up to 7 1/3" high (i.e. a 9oz wide neck Born Free with top), but it won't fit anything higher (i.e. Life Factory's 8.5" high 9oz bottle with top). So, while most people won't even notice this, those with bottles taller than 7 1/3" high definitely will. Also, the included changing pad is one of the smaller that we tested, and isn't that comfortable as there's not much padding. However, this can easily be switched out to a more accomodating one. Lastly, while the stroller clips attached to the backpack seem like such a great idea, the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association does not recommend them for use in hanging on the back of the stroller's handlebar due to risk of the stroller falling backwards. We agree with them.Overall, the Fisher-Price Deluxe FastFinder On the Go Backpack is an awesome value. It has plenty of room in a sleekly organized package. We think that if you can work through the few minor flaws of this backpack, you will be quite pleased with your purchase. Check it out. It wins our Best Value award.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD