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Clevr Cross Country Review

Awkward functionality in a poorly fitting pack
Clevr Cross Country
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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Price:   $135 List
Pros:  Inexpensive, sun and rain canopy
Cons:  Hard to access storage, convoluted adjustments, poor child comfort
Manufacturer:   Crosslinks
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz  ⋅  Nov 20, 2017
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  • Parent Comfort - 30% 5
  • Storage - 20% 3
  • Child Comfort - 25% 4
  • Ease of Use - 25% 4

The Skinny

The Clevr Cross Country looks like a well-equipped backpack carrier, but its features are difficult to use with disappointing functionality. This pack has strange adjustments on the shoulder straps and the passenger harness with convoluted strap threading and multiple points for possible errors. The Clevr is uncomfortable for wearers and passengers with thin shoulder padding and less structure in the waistband. The seat pad is the flimsiest in the review offering little support for the baby's bottom as it folds under pressure. While some parents will be attracted to the lower price of the Clevr, we think it is worth paying more to get a better fitting pack that is more comfortable for the wearer and passenger.

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Pros Inexpensive, sun and rain canopyUseful storage features, comfortable fit and seat, removable day packEasy on the wallet, fit for narrower builds, comfy for passengers and parentsBudget-friendly, good storageLightweight, budget-friendly
Cons Hard to access storage, convoluted adjustments, poor child comfortStiffer shoulder strapsVery limited storage, canopy costs extra, no dedicated spot for a hydration bladderLower quality, not very comfortable for parent or childNo torso adjustment, no canopy, thin padding
Bottom Line Awkward functionality in a poorly fitting packComfortable fitting pack with cozy seat and useful featuresThis high-quality, less expensive pack is comfortable for babies and parents with narrower builds but the storage is limitedInexpensive option with good storage, but it isn't that comfortable to wear or ride inLimited adjustments means a poor fit for parents and babies
Rating Categories Clevr Cross Country Thule Sapling Elite Deuter Kid Comfort... LuvdBaby Premium Phil and Teds Parade
Parent Comfort (30%)
5.0
10.0
9.0
6.0
1.0
Storage (20%)
3.0
9.0
6.0
7.0
4.0
Child Comfort (25%)
4.0
9.0
9.0
5.0
2.0
Ease Of Use (25%)
4.0
7.0
7.0
6.0
5.0
Specs Clevr Cross Country Thule Sapling Elite Deuter Kid Comfort... LuvdBaby Premium Phil and Teds Parade
Usage Ranges Min-Max: 16 lbs - 33 lbs Min-Max: 16 lbs - 48 lbs Min-Max: When child can sit upright independently - 48 lbs Min-Max: 16 lbs - 40 lbs //Min/Max:// 16 lbs - 40 lbs
Max Pack Load 40 lbs 48 lbs 48 lbs lbs 40 lbs
Weight 5.3 lbs 8.25 lbs 6 lbs 6.4 lbs 4.6 lbs
BGL Folded/Flat Dimensions 15" W x 11" H x 30" L 14" W x 14" H x 31" L 16.5W" x 10"H x 31"L 14.7" W x 9.5" H x 28.5" L 14" W x 7.5" H x 24" L
Frame Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Fabric 600d Oxford Cloth 210D Cordura nylon, 420D nylon 210 denier polyamide fabric. Tear and abrasion resistant, watertight to 1500 mm Waterproof 600D & 300D Ripstop Polyester 300d and 600d Fabric
Stirrups No Yes, adjustable Yes Yes No
Canopy Yes Yes No Yes No
Hydration Bladder Compatible No Yes No Yes No
Included Accessories Mirror, removable day pack Changing Pad, Rain Cover
Care Instructions Spot Clean, No Detergent Hand Wash Hand Wash Spot Clean Spot Clean

Our Analysis and Test Results

Crosslinks is an e-commerce company that purchases products from the factory to sell directly to consumers cutting out the middleman. Crosslinks' main concern is customer satisfaction with same day handling and three business day shipping. The company sells everything from home and garden supplies to sporting goods and fitness products. They offer a limited number of baby gear items.

Performance Comparison



The Clevr is somewhat comfortable, and if you never try another pack...
The Clevr is somewhat comfortable, and if you never try another pack you may not know what you are missing, but it is difficult to make adjustments for a truly great fit for improved comfort on longer hikes.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Parent Comfort


The Clevr's overall comfort is average and felt good at first, but it suffers in comparison to the other packs after testing the competition. The straps have nice padding, but they lack the structure necessary for comfort. The straps feel comfy until you get the opportunity to use a better package or after a long trip.

The Clevr has a padded waistband but it lacks the structure that...
The Clevr has a padded waistband but it lacks the structure that helps a waistband support the weight of passengers.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The torso adjustment is limited to 1.5 inches making it somewhat useless. The back padding is comfortable and breathable. The waistbelt padding and structure are about average offering basic support.

The side panels of the Clevr canopy can keep baby warmer and...
The side panels of the Clevr canopy can keep baby warmer and protected from wind, but overall the cockpit is not that comfortable for little ones.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Child Comfort


The Clevr is one of the most uncomfortable options for passengers in the group with only a few earning lower results.

The drool pad on the Clevr is padded and cover din softer fabric. It...
The drool pad on the Clevr is removable for washing.

The Clevr comes with two drool pads/face cushions that attach to the front of the cockpit with Velcro. The design is vertical which isn't as comfortable as packs with angled pads for resting napping heads. The cushion is well padded and covered in soft fabric. We like that you can remove and clean the pad with a spare to use while it air dries.

The Clevr cockpit doesn't have a cozy place for little ones to nap...
The Clevr face rest is padded, but you can still feel the frame bar...

The design of the cockpit leaves little ones hanging awkwardly (above left) when they fall asleep. We couldn't get the sides tight enough for a secure feeling and our little testers were either hanging or had their foreheads resting on the bar under the drool pad (above right). The seat pad lacks structure and folds under the baby's weight. The pad is thin, and it doesn't cover the buckles in the front which could be uncomfortable when the baby leans forward while napping. The hem of the seat is rough and could chafe naked legs.

The lack of stirrups on the Clevr may be okay for smaller riders...
The lack of stirrups on the Clevr may be okay for smaller riders, but as children grow they may be uncomfortable with dangling legs.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The lack of foot stirrups on this pack means the baby's legs will be dangling down to the side. While not all children will use the stirrups, we found it better to have them and not need them than vice versa.

The Clevr canopy has long plastic sides to keep the elements at bay.
The rear legs of the Clevr canopy slide into dedicated slots to keep...

The Clevr has a canopy (above left) with legs that slide into holes on the back of the pad to keep it upright (above right). The canopy is not attached, and there is no storage pocket for it, so if you bring it, you will have to use it or carry it. The canopy protects from the sun above and behind and has a vinyl front and sides to protect passengers from the wind and rain.

The features on the Clevr are tough to use and many of them can't be...
The features on the Clevr are tough to use and many of them can't be adjusted with the baby in the pack.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use


The Clevr is more challenging to use than the more thoughtful competition that have intuitive, user-friendly features.

The torso length adjuster is awkward and only has a range of 1.5...
The torso length adjuster is awkward and only has a range of 1.5 inches, making it virtually useless even if you do manage to figure it out.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Adjusting the torso length is a convoluted process that includes pulling the strap out of one loop and putting it through another loop. Given the limited range of 1.5 inches, it may not be worth the hassle since it doesn't improve the fit.

The Clevr has two shoulder strap adjustment points but both are...
The padding on the straps is adequate but the higher performing...

Shoulder strap height adjustment took us longer to figure out than it should have and the waistbelt is harder to adjust with straps that stick and don't move smoothly. The Clevr is one of the hardest packs to fit on the fly which resulted in parents wearing an uncomfortable carrier instead of making changes.

The press button harness on the Clevr is stiff and harder to use...
The Clevr seat pad is flimsy and folds under baby's weight. The...

The child harness adjustment (above left) includes unthreading and rethreading the straps out of the buckle, through the back strap and then back into the buckle. Significant changes need to be done before you put your baby in the pack. Adjusting the seat (above right) into a higher position is arduous with a baby in the backpack. There were so many straps to connect we worry parents will miss one.

The water bottles on the Clevr are located on the back of the...
The Clevr has a single handle on the opposite side of the drool pad...

The kickstand (above left) moves smoothly, but it doesn't have a reassuring lock. You'll want to make sure it is open all the way before setting the pack down. The Clevr has a single carry handle (above right), no space for a hydration bladder, and is spot clean only. The manual for this pack is only pictures and lacks much of the information you'll want to know.

The storage on the Clevr is not accessible by the wearer and doesn't...
The storage on the Clevr is not accessible by the wearer and doesn't function as well as you'd expect.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Storage


The Clevr doesn't offer enough storage to be truly useful ven on a day hike.

The Clevr waistband has a zippered pocket that may not be large...
The Clevr waistband has a zippered pocket that may not be large enough for your smartphone. The zipper is covered by a flap of fabric that gets caught in the zipper teeth when you try to use it.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

This pack has a zippered pocket on the waistband. The pouch isn't large enough for most smartphones, and the zipper has a fabric cover that gets caught in the zipper teeth making it challenging to use.

The lower pocket on the Clevr will hold a handful of supplies but...
The lower pocket on the Clevr will hold a handful of supplies but you won't be able to reach them while wearing the pack.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The main pocket is relatively easy to access and is big enough for a lightweight jacket, a few diapers, travel-sized wipes, and snacks. The pocket functions well, but the kickstand can get in the way when zipping.

The rear mesh pocket on the Clevr doesn't hold much and the mesh...
The rear mesh pocket on the Clevr doesn't hold much and the mesh feels like it could be easily damaged.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The back of the pack has a mesh pocket with an elastic top. The pocket is exposed to the elements, but it can hold a few essential items for quick access. The wearer of the pack can't reach this pocket, but a travel companion can help.

The Clevr has two water bottle holders but only the passenger can...
The Clevr has two water bottle holders but only the passenger can reach them. It takes two hands to get bottles inside and it is even harder if the bottles are soft plastic that collapses.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The Clevr has two mesh cup holders that require two hands to put the bottle inside. The wearer can't reach the holders making us wish it has room for a hydration bladder.

Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz