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Deuter Kid Comfort Pro Review

Expensive, high-end pack that is cozy for kids, but harder to use
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Price:   $330 List | $330 at Amazon
Pros:  Vari-flex waistband, day pack, comfy for baby
Cons:  Expensive, harder to use
Manufacturer:   Deuter
By Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz  ⋅  Dec 19, 2019
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  • Parent Comfort - 30% 8
  • Storage - 20% 8
  • Child Comfort - 25% 9
  • Ease of Use - 25% 6

The Skinny

The Deuter Kid Comfort Pro child backpack is very similar to its less expensive brother with the main advantage being the day pack that allows you to carry supplies separately from the main pack and the "Vari-flex" swivel waistband feature. This pack is comfy for passengers and most wearers with unique features for customization and an ergonomic fit. It has a variety of pockets and useful storage features including a place for the canopy and a hydration bladder. This pack is one of the most expensive in the group and the cost may be more than some parents want to spend. It is also not as comfortable for parents as some of the competition. However, it is a high-quality pack with features parents will love.


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Pros Vari-flex waistband, day pack, comfy for babyComfortable for wearer and passenger, useful storage, easy to useComfy to wear and ride in, lots of storage, canopy and hydration pocketComfortable for parents and kids, easy to useBest child comfort, custom fit possibilities, loads of storage
Cons Expensive, harder to useLess supportive seatHigher price, hard to adjust seat, may be too long for shorter torsosLimited storage and no organizer, no canopy or hydration optionDoesn't fit all users
Bottom Line Harder to use and spendy price can't be overcome with a comfy cockpitCozy cockpit and custom fit makes this easy to use option a great pickEasy to use, comfortable pack with a canopy, hydration pocket, and ample storageBudget-friendly comfortable pack with less storage and no canopyVersatile storage combines with an adjustable fit for a comfortable carrier for kids and parents
Rating Categories Deuter Kid Comfort... Thule Sapling Journey PerfectFIT... Kelty Journey... Osprey Poco AG Plus
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Specs Deuter Kid Comfort... Thule Sapling Journey PerfectFIT... Kelty Journey... Osprey Poco AG Plus
Usage Ranges Weight: 16 lbs - 40 lbs Weight: 16 lbs - 40 lbs Weight: 16 lbs - 40 lbs Weight: 16 lbs - 40 lbs Weight: 16 lbs - 40 lbs
Max Pack Load 48 lbs 48 lbs 48.5 lbs 48.5 lbs 48.5 lbs
Weight 8.5 lbs 7.6 lbs 7.4 lbs 5.5 lbs 7.9 lbs
BGL Folded/Flat Dimensions 16.4" W x 9.5" H x 34.8" L 14" W x 14" H x 31" L 16" W x 10" H x 31" L 16" W x 9" H x 31" L 15" W x 11" H x 30" L
Frame Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Fabric 10 denier polyamide fabric with strong ripstop threads and PU coating. 210d Cordura Nylon, 420d Nylon Body: Poly 420D Small Back Stafford
Interior: 75D Poly x 140D Nylon Blend
Body: Poly 420D Small Back Stafford
Interior: 75D Poly x 140D Nylon Blend
Main: 210D Nylon Shadow Box
Accent: 400HD Nylon Packcloth
Bottom: 400HD Nylon Packcloth
Stirrups Yes Yes, adjustable straps Yes, adjustable Yes, adjustable Yes, adjustable
Canopy Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Hydration Bladder Compatible No Yes Yes No Yes
Included Accessories Daypack, Mirror Journey Sunshade Mirror
Care Instructions Hand Wash Hand Wash Spot Clean Spot Clean Hand Wash

Our Analysis and Test Results

the Deuter company was launched in 1898 by Hans Deuter. The company supplied mailbags to the Bavarian Royal Mail. By 1905, they were making tents and saddlebags for the army. Deuter created the first nylon backpack in 1968 and in 1970, Germany recognized them as the leader in backpacks. Deuter engages mountain guides and bikers to help create products, and in the 1990s they created a backpack for biking. Deuter has had a USA location since 2010.

Performance Comparison



The Deuter Kid Comfort Pro is comfortable enough for parents  though it misses the mark for being a top scorer in this metric.
The Deuter Kid Comfort Pro is comfortable enough for parents, though it misses the mark for being a top scorer in this metric.

Parent Comfort


The Pro is very comfortable for the wearer with multiple features designed to make wearing and moving with a heavy pack more comfortable and ergonomic. While it doesn't earn top honors in this metric, it is still comfortable compared to much of the competition.

This pack has padded shoulder straps similar to other Deuter packs. They are flexible, pliable, and they adjust smoothly without a problem. The pack offers two load lifters for a more custom fit. The lower half of the straps are ventilated for increased airflow and the straps are comfortable with no pressure points.

The Pro waistband tightens to keep the pack above the hips bones and the Vari-flex feature allows for natural movement of the pack when you walk.
The Pro waistband tightens to keep the pack above the hips bones and the Vari-flex feature allows for natural movement of the pack when you walk.

The waistband on the Pro has a new feature called "Vari-flex." This feature allows the pack to move somewhat independently from the waistband so it can move with you as you walk for a more ergonomic feel. The waistband is padded and somewhat structured to support the weight of the passenger and pack. The waist feels secure, supportive, and somewhat contoured. Some testers remarked that the pack can get uncomfortable on the hips when carrying heavier children which can't be resolved with adjustments. We do like the pull forward tightening adjustment.

Both hands are required to change the torso length on the Pro and it can be difficult to get two hands behind the mesh to make adjustments.
Both hands are required to change the torso length on the Pro and it can be difficult to get two hands behind the mesh to make adjustments.

The back padding is better than average and it has some breathable mesh to help with the airflow. The torso length is adjustable with a 4.5-inch range for a custom fit.

Ensuring a comfortable fit for your baby in the Pro includes making a variety of adjustments that can mostly be done with little ones in the seat.
Ensuring a comfortable fit for your baby in the Pro includes making a variety of adjustments that can mostly be done with little ones in the seat.

Child Comfort


Child comfort is where the Pro really shines with its highest score in any metric.

Enclosing little ones in the cockpit is a quick process that keeps them feeling secure without inhibiting movement.
Enclosing little ones in the cockpit is a quick process that keeps them feeling secure without inhibiting movement.

The cockpit on the Pro is roomy but with sides that pull in, it feels secure and keeps little ones in place.

The child seat can be raised and lowered using the adjustment point under the facerest.
The Pro's child harness is easy to adjust and the straps are padded for comfort.

The padded seat can raise and lower with an adjustment hidden under the face pad (above left). This pack has a 5-point harness to keep your baby in place (above right). The 5-point harness has a center chest clip that keeps the straps from falling to the side and makes it more comfortable for your child.

The face pad on the Pro is comfortable for napping with a soft fabric and a slight angle to support little heads. It is also removable for easy cleaning.
The face pad on the Pro is comfortable for napping with a soft fabric and a slight angle to support little heads. It is also removable for easy cleaning.

The face pad is thick and good for napping. It is removable and can be washed which is good for spit up and drool.

The Pro includes stirrups for passengers and while useful  these are easily extended when little ones place pressure on the foot pads.
The Pro includes stirrups for passengers and while useful, these are easily extended when little ones place pressure on the foot pads.

The Pro has useful stirrups to prevent dangling legs, but if little ones put too much pressure on them they can extend on their own making them sort of useless.

The Pro's canopy is easy to use and quick to open and secure.
The canopy on the Pro attaches in the front using plastic clips.

This pack includes a canopy to block the sun and light rain or snow. The canopy stows in a pocket all its own and attaches easily to the pack with clips.

The majority of the storage on the Pro requires help from another party to access when you are wearing the pack.
The majority of the storage on the Pro requires help from another party to access when you are wearing the pack.

Ease of Use


The Deuter Pro is relatively easy to use compared to the competition despite its lower score as none of the options are easy to use.

The shoulder straps and load lifters are easy to use and can be adjusted on the fly. The waistband is also easy to adjust with forward-pull straps and micro-adjustments that change how well the Vari-flex system works.

The adjustment points for the torso are located behind the mesh and can be challenging to get to with both hands.
The adjustment points for the torso are located behind the mesh and can be challenging to get to with both hands.

Torso adjustment takes both hands (one to lift release lever and another to pull loop) and could be difficult if you have large hands as they need to fit behind the mesh where that isn't a lot of room. It is best to make adjustments before putting the pack on. The strap loop, lever, and adjustment settings are red, a contrast color against the blue backpack, which helps make them more visible.

The child harness on the Pro has padded straps and easy to operate buckle clips.
The child harness on the Pro has padded straps and easy to operate buckle clips.

The child seat moves up and down and can be done with your child in the seat with relative ease. the lift lever is under the face pad and moves smoothly. The child harness is also easy to move and the clips work well.

The Pro has a carry handle on the pack back that works well and doesn't get in the way when you're wearing it.
The kickstand base on the Deuter Pro is stiff and creates a stable base when kicked out to stand.

The Pro has a single carry handle (above left) on the back of the pack in front of the face pad. The leg brace (above left) is somewhat stiff to push out and in but is stable in position to prevent the pack from collapsing or tilting.

The waistband pockets on the Pro hold less when the waistband is on and tightened as the natural curve in your waist will limit what fits inside.
The waistband pockets on the Pro hold less when the waistband is on and tightened as the natural curve in your waist will limit what fits inside.

Storage


The Deuter Pro has a significant amount of storage that rivals much of the competition. With a variety of pockets and a separate day pack, the Pro has a space for almost everything.

The Pro has dual water bottle mesh pockets on each side of the pack. These pockets are accessible by the passenger.
The Pro has dual water bottle mesh pockets on each side of the pack. These pockets are accessible by the passenger.

The Pro has a water bottle pocket on either side of the pack that passengers can reach to stay hydrated. It also has a place for a hydration bladder in a special pocket and loops on each shoulder strap so you can run the tube on either side. You'll need to buy your own bladder, but it is nice that the pocket exists.

The waist pockets on the Pro has fairly large but harder to use when the pack is on and the band is tightened.
The Comfort Pro includes a rearview mirror in the waist pocket for spying on little ones.

This pack has two waistband pockets (one on each side). Given the slim design, large smartphones won't fit or you won't be able to use the zipper. One belt pocket holds a mirror (above left) you can use to spy on your passenger and the other pocket has a built-in keychain. The pockets require some effort and time to fit an oversized iPhone (above right) into the belt pocket when the waist strap is cinched tight. The belt pockets curve when the waist strap is tightened, which makes it hard to get larger items in.

The Deuter Pro has multiple pockets on the back of the pack.
The Deuter Pro has multiple pockets on the back of the pack.

The main storage compartment is large and deep enough for all your essentials. The pocket is accessible when the backpack is off or by a helper. The compartment has an elasticated strap that cinches and a plastic hook/loop at the top. The pack also has a medium-sized pocket on the back. The pocket is fairly deep and closes with Velcro.

The day pack that comes with the Pro can be worn by parents or children.
The Pro includes a pocket for the canopy to stow when not in use.

The detachable daypack stows (above left) inside the main compartment and is a handy way to keep diaper changing supplies on hand. The daypack is simple with one pocket inside; it can be used by an adult or child. There is also a dedicated pocket for canopy storage on the back near the cockpit (above right).

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Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz