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Osprey Poco LT Review

A generally average pack with a better price than much of the competition
Osprey Poco LT
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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Price:   $260 List | Check Price at Amazon
Pros:  Lightweight, folds fairly small for travel, less expensive, easy to use
Cons:  Hard to reach shoulder straps, torso length seems short
Manufacturer:   Osprey
By Wendy Schmitz ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  May 13, 2021
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RANKED
#6 of 10
  • Parent Comfort - 30% 7
  • Storage - 20% 7
  • Child Comfort - 25% 7
  • Ease of Use - 25% 7

The Skinny

The Osprey Poco LT is a higher-ranking pack that has some nice features for storage and comfort. We like the flat-pack design that makes it suitable for travel and the lighter weight that doesn't add to the overall burden of this product. It has a reasonable price compared to the competition in its quality range and it is easy to use compared to the competition. Overall, this pack is largely average with test results that show it is good, but nothing to write home about. It is comfortable enough for parents and passengers and the storage is better than some, making it a carrier we think some families will appreciate, especially given the lower price, but if your budget allows, there are more impressive options in this review.

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Pros Lightweight, folds fairly small for travel, less expensive, easy to useUseful storage features, comfortable fit and seat, removable day packComfy to wear and ride in, lots of storage, canopy and hydration pocketEasy on the wallet, fit for narrower builds, comfy for passengers and parentsBudget-friendly, good storage
Cons Hard to reach shoulder straps, torso length seems shortStiffer shoulder strapsHigher price, hard to adjust seat, may be too long for shorter torsosVery limited storage, canopy costs extra, no dedicated spot for a hydration bladderLower quality, not very comfortable for parent or child
Bottom Line A generally average pack with a better price than much of the competitionComfortable fitting pack with cozy seat and useful featuresComfortable pack with lots of storage, a canopy, and easy to use 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 in
Rating Categories Osprey Poco LT Thule Sapling Elite Journey PerfectFIT... Deuter Kid Comfort... LuvdBaby Premium
Parent Comfort (30%)
7.0
10.0
8.0
9.0
6.0
Storage (20%)
7.0
9.0
10.0
6.0
7.0
Child Comfort (25%)
7.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
5.0
Ease Of Use (25%)
7.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
6.0
Specs Osprey Poco LT Thule Sapling Elite Journey PerfectFIT... Deuter Kid Comfort... LuvdBaby Premium
Usage Ranges Min-Max: 16 lbs - 40 lbs Min-Max: 16 lbs - 48 lbs Min-Max: 16 lbs - 40 lbs Min-Max: When child can sit upright independently - 48 lbs Min-Max: 16 lbs - 40 lbs
Max Pack Load 48.5 lbs 48 lbs 48.5 lbs 48 lbs lbs
Weight 5.3 lbs 8.25 lbs 7.4 lbs 6 lbs 6.4 lbs
BGL Folded/Flat Dimensions 13.5"W x 7"H x 30"L 14" W x 14" H x 31" L 16" W x 10" H x 31" L 16.5W" x 10"H x 31"L 14.7" W x 9.5" H x 28.5" L
Frame Stainless steel Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Fabric 210D Nylon 210D Cordura nylon, 420D nylon Body: Poly 420D Small Back Stafford
Interior: 75D Poly x 140D Nylon Blend
210 denier polyamide fabric. Tear and abrasion resistant, watertight to 1500 mm Waterproof 600D & 300D Ripstop Polyester
Stirrups No Yes, adjustable Yes, adjustable Yes Yes
Canopy Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Hydration Bladder Compatible Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Included Accessories Sunshade Mirror, removable day pack Journey Sunshade Changing Pad, Rain Cover
Care Instructions Hand Wash and Hang Dry Hand Wash Spot Clean Hand Wash Spot Clean

Our Analysis and Test Results

Osprey started in 1974 in Cortez, Colorado, at the corner of the San Juan Mountains. Osprey's goal is to create high-performing gear great for adventure. Osprey believes in its products and quality so much they started the All Mighty Guarantee. This guarantee says the company will repair any damage or defect in its product for free no matter what it is or when it was purchased. If they can't fix it, they will replace it.

Performance Comparison



The Poco LT offers average comfort for the wearer with no real...
The Poco LT offers average comfort for the wearer with no real advantage over more comfortable packs.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Parent Comfort


The Poco Lt carrier offers average parent comfort compared to the competition.


There is nothing terrible about this pack, and testers found it comfortable enough for the average day hike. Still, it also didn't provide anything outstanding to make it uber comfortable for the long haul.

The load lifters on the LT gave us trouble during testing and we...
The load lifters on the LT gave us trouble during testing and we felt like we couldn't get them tight enough.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The shoulder strap padding is good, but the adjustability is only average with load lifters that are harder to access for some testers making it challenging to adjust on the fly. Even at their tightest setting, some testers felt like they weren't tight enough and didn't really offer the support they should.

The padding on the waistband isn't as supportive or thick as some of...
The padding on the waistband isn't as supportive or thick as some of the competition and this gave less overall support to the pack.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The padding on the waistband is somewhat thin compared to competitors but adjusting it is simple and easy to do while moving. The forward-pull waist adjustment tightens easily. The strap attaches to the center of the belt, so it doesn't distribute the pressure as widely as some of the competition, so it doesn't support the load as well as it could.

The back padding is better than much of the competition, and we really liked the torso length adjustment on this pack, as it was easier and more intuitive to change than some of the others we tested. It was easy to find the right torso length, and the adjustment stayed in place once set, so there is no concern about going in to make adjustments once you hit the trail.

Passenger comfort with the Poco LT is just slightly better than...
Passenger comfort with the Poco LT is just slightly better than average for the group.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Child Comfort


The Poco LT also struggles somewhat with child comfort. While it isn't uncomfortable, it is only average compared to the competition, with at least 5 options scoring higher in our lineup.


Child comfort can make the difference between a fun-filled hike and a lesson in frustration and patience as your passenger struggles to get cozy.

The pull forward waistband adjustment on the Poco LT is...
The pull forward waistband adjustment on the Poco LT is user-friendly and straightforward.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The seat padding is good but making adjustments is a struggle we didn't experience with most competitors. The seat bottom is very wide with stiff and supportive padding. It isn't as thick as some others, but it is stiffer, offering more support without the bulk. The seat height secures with Velcro, and making adjustments means cramming your hands into small pockets, and ours came away scraped every time. We imagine larger hands will struggle even more than we did, and it is something to consider for men with larger hands.

The child shoulder straps on the LT are not adjustable and are...
The child shoulder straps on the LT are not adjustable and are instead somewhat stretchy for a universal fit that relies on the seat height adjustment.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The shoulder straps are not adjustable, which seems short-sighted for many reasons, and Osprey must be relying on the seat adjustment to get a proper harness fit. The elastic prevents them from being too tight on smaller passengers, but older kids may feel too restricted by the one-size-fits-all style harness. Given the various adjustments we've seen over the years, this doesn't seem like the best solution going.

The headrest padding isn't as high on the back as some of the...
The headrest padding isn't as high on the back as some of the competition, but it is adequate and our little testers did not seem uncomfortable.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The headrest padding is minimal but enough to keep your baby comfortable. The face rest, which is often more important as napper tend to fall forward, is wide and well-padded compared to the headrest. The fabric is smooth and friendly and wipes clean easier than much of the competition. Unfortunately, it isn't removable like some of the others, and this will cause a problem at some point, even if it is only the build-up of drool over time.

The LT has no stirrups so the legs of passengers will dangle and...
The LT has no stirrups so the legs of passengers will dangle and could grow uncomfortable over time.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

This pack has no stirrups. While stirrups are not mandatory for a comfortable ride, most of the competition does offer something for little ones to rest their feet in, so it seems strange that a higher quality brand has decided to forgo them altogether. This means your little one can't put pressure on the stirrups to lift themselves, but it also means their legs will be dangling, which could be uncomfortable over time on inner thighs.

The canopy on the LT tucks neatly behind the passenger in a...
The canopy on the LT tucks neatly behind the passenger in a designated pocket.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use


Ease of use is the one place where the Poco LT shines with a score on par with the top-ranking packs in the group.


The kickstand on the Poco LT is out all the time whether you are...
The kickstand on the Poco LT is out all the time whether you are wearing the pack or setting up for putting your baby inside.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Most of the straps on this pack are easy to access and adjust. The parent-related adjustments (like shoulder straps and waistband) can be changed while you wear the pack, but some were not as tight as we'd like them to be. The straps on the waistband are our favorite pull forward style strap, which made shifting the passenger's weight easier when hiking.

The LT pack comes with a zip-on cover that protects the straps when...
The LT pack comes with a zip-on cover that protects the straps when traveling or storing the pack.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The torso adjustment on this pack has very grippy Velcro, and while it isn't as challenging as some of the competition to change, it can be frustrating if the Velcro connects before you are ready. Also, it seems to have a shorter range than some of the competition, and we had it maxed out on our 5'9 tester. We recognize fitting a pack is somewhat subjective to wearer preference, but it might be noteworthy that taller than average parents might find the length wanting.

Adjustments for the cockpit all need to be done with the baby out of the pack, and some were harder than others, thanks again to the super Velcro involved. We aren't convinced that the one size fits all shoulder harness is the best design.

The canopy for the LT is easy to deploy and tucks away into a zippered pocket when not in use. It seems to sit low and could be a problem for older kids as it was a close head to canopy spacing for our 7-month-old passenger during testing. It does, however, provide good coverage, and we like it when a pack offers a canopy as all-weather types require some cover. This pack also has a designated pocket for a hydration bladder, and it is easy to use and well-placed.

Oddly, the kickstand on this pack is always out unless it is folded for transportation or storage. To fully set up the carrier for use, you must close the safety lock buckles, which are very tight and take significant effort. They create a stable frame for overall use. Even with the kickstand out all the time, the pack does not feel or look bulky.

The large bottom pocket on the Poco LT has a zipper that works...
The large bottom pocket on the Poco LT has a zipper that works smoothly and provides easy access to contents in the pocket.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Storage


The storage on the Poco LT is only average, with some options offering significantly more and others less storage.


The larger pocket on the LT doesn't have any interior organization...
The top pocket on the LT is smaller and best utilized by flatter...

This pack has a larger lower compartment and a medium-sized compartment higher up on the pack. The lower compartment has a large zippered opening. It is easy to get things in and out, and the zippers run smoothly. It does not include any interior organization, so you will be searching for smaller items you place inside. The upper compartment has the same smooth zipper, but the opening is not as wide, so it is better suited to flat items like diapers, wipes, and sunscreen. The smaller size means less fishing around to find what you need.

The waistband pockets are easy to access when wearing the Poco LT.
The elastic-top pockets on the waistband of the Poco LT are large...

The waistband on the Poco LT has 2 pockets; one medium-sized pocket on either side of the buckle. Both pockets have elastic closures, and it is easy to get things in and out. We didn't experience anything falling out during testing, and the mesh fit our iPhone X without a problem.

The included canopy for the Poco LT is a nice addition and we...
The included canopy for the Poco LT is a nice addition and we appreciate that it comes with the pack and isn't an accessory you have to pay for after you buy your pack.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The canopy and hydration bladder both have their own dedicated pockets, which is good for keeping things organized and prevents using valuable space for these accessories. The hydration pack hangs on a loop inside the pocket, and the pocket sits between the child seat and the back padding.

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