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Phil and Teds Parade Review

Limited adjustments means a poor fit for parents and babies
Phil and Teds Parade
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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Price:   $140 List
Pros:  Lightweight, budget-friendly
Cons:  No torso adjustment, no canopy, thin padding
Manufacturer:   Phil & Teds
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz  ⋅  Nov 20, 2017
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  • Parent Comfort - 30% 1
  • Storage - 20% 4
  • Child Comfort - 25% 2
  • Ease of Use - 25% 5

The Skinny

The Phil and Teds Parade is an inexpensive carrier with a smaller frame and reduced padding that creates a compact pack intended for city life. This backpack is the least comfortable option to wear and testers complained about the unsupportive waist strap, thinly padded shoulder straps, stationary torso length, and the legs poking them in the behind while walking. Little ones were almost as uncomfortable despite a wide padded seat bottom. The harness is poorly padded, the cockpit is too large for a secure fit, it has no headrest and no place for a napping baby to rest. While this option has an attractive price and the smaller design might intrigue city dwellers, we think the disappointing fit and questionable comfort will have you wishing you'd spent more even if your outings are short and few.

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Pros Lightweight, budget-friendlyUseful storage features, comfortable fit and seat, removable day packEasy on the wallet, fit for narrower builds, comfy for passengers and parentsBudget-friendly, good storageInexpensive, sun and rain canopy
Cons No torso adjustment, no canopy, thin paddingStiffer shoulder strapsVery limited storage, canopy costs extra, no dedicated spot for a hydration bladderLower quality, not very comfortable for parent or childHard to access storage, convoluted adjustments, poor child comfort
Bottom Line Limited adjustments means a poor fit for parents and babiesComfortable 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 inAwkward functionality in a poorly fitting pack
Rating Categories Phil and Teds Parade Thule Sapling Elite Deuter Kid Comfort... LuvdBaby Premium Clevr Cross Country
Parent Comfort (30%)
1
10.0
9.0
6.0
5.0
Storage (20%)
4.0
9.0
6.0
7.0
3.0
Child Comfort (25%)
2.0
9.0
9.0
5.0
4.0
Ease Of Use (25%)
5.0
7.0
7.0
6.0
4.0
Specs Phil and Teds Parade Thule Sapling Elite Deuter Kid Comfort... LuvdBaby Premium Clevr Cross Country
Usage Ranges //Min/Max:// 16 lbs - 40 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 - 33 lbs
Max Pack Load 40 lbs 48 lbs 48 lbs lbs 40 lbs
Weight 4.6 lbs 8.25 lbs 6 lbs 6.4 lbs 5.3 lbs
BGL Folded/Flat Dimensions 14" W x 7.5" H x 24" 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 15" W x 11" H x 30" L
Frame Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Fabric 300d and 600d Fabric 210D Cordura nylon, 420D nylon 210 denier polyamide fabric. Tear and abrasion resistant, watertight to 1500 mm Waterproof 600D & 300D Ripstop Polyester 600d Oxford Cloth
Stirrups No Yes, adjustable Yes Yes No
Canopy No Yes No Yes Yes
Hydration Bladder Compatible No Yes No Yes No
Included Accessories Mirror, removable day pack Changing Pad, Rain Cover
Care Instructions Spot Clean Hand Wash Hand Wash Spot Clean Spot Clean, No Detergent

Our Analysis and Test Results

International company, Phil and Teds, is a creator and marketer of award-winning juvenile gear. The company has been creating gear for 20+ years under brand names like Mountain Buggy and Mokopuna. Phil and Teds have been honored with three Red Dot awards and offers various products that include backpack carriers, strollers, travel gear, car seats, and more.

Performance Comparison



The Parade has limited padding on the straps and an unsupportive...
The Parade has limited padding on the straps and an unsupportive waistband. The cockpit is also large which results in parents leaning forward to get baby closer to their body where it is more comfortable to carry them.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Parent Comfort


The Parade offers the worst overall parent comfort results in the group. The shoulder strap, waist and back padding on this option is poor.

The strap and back padding on the Parade is similar to a book...
The strap and back padding on the Parade is similar to a book backpack and isn't enough to comfortably support the weight of a growing child. The flat back also means it doesn't breathe well which could result in an excessively sweaty back on hotter days or longer hikes.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The inability to adjust the shoulder straps tight enough means little ones are hanging too far away from the wearer making it feel off balance. This design puts excess pressure on the collar bones and front of the shoulders.

Some Parade users made repeated unsuccessful efforts to adjust the...
Some Parade users made repeated unsuccessful efforts to adjust the pack and bring baby closer to their body.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The waist belt is just as disappointing and is the worst for support. The torso length of the Parade can't be adjusted at all, so if your torso is longer or shorter than the pack, you'll end up feeling parts digging into your back because there is little padding to protect you from the poor fit.

The front feet on the Parade stick out of the pack fabric, and the...
The front feet on the Parade stick out of the pack fabric, and the lack of torso adjustability on this pack means these may be poking you in the rear end or back as you walk. Most of our testers reported this problem no matter what their overall height was.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Some testers feel that the frame of the pack or pack legs poked them in the behind or top of the rear end and the lack of adjustability meant this problem wasn't resolvable. Overall, testers reported they wouldn't want to wear this pack for very long.

The Parade cockpit is large and leaves too much space for baby to...
The Parade cockpit is large and leaves too much space for baby to flop around inside it. Also, the back of the cockpit isn't tall enough to provide head support to even the littlest of riders.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Child Comfort


The Parade disappoints for child comfort with the lowest result in the group. This pack has a 5-point harness with shoulder straps with padding only around the chest buckle.

The 5-point harness on the Parade only has padding on the front of...
The 5-point harness on the Parade only has padding on the front of the straps near the chest buckle.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The straps are easy to adjust by lifting the buckle and tightening the belt. The seat bottom is reasonably wide, well-padded and can be moved by pulling on the front strap to raise to a higher position.

The Parade has a very wide cockpit which intuitively seems like it...
The Parade has a very wide cockpit which intuitively seems like it should be more comfortable, but the additional space only translates to a less secure feeling.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The cockpit where the baby sits is too big, even for our larger test baby which resulted in little ones flopping around inside it which is uncomfortable for them and the wearer.

The seat pad on the Parade is wide and relatively stiff which...
The seat pad on the Parade is wide and relatively stiff which prevents it from folding in on itself. It is the nicest thing about the child area.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The seat bottom is wide with thick padding offering comfy support, but the lack of padding on the harness means it digs into the baby's body more than it needs to.

You adjust the height of the Parade's seat bottom by using the strap...
You adjust the height of the Parade's seat bottom by using the strap adjustment on the inside of the backrest. The backrest itself has limited padding and little ones can feel the backpack frame through the padding.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The headrest also lacks sufficient padding, and you can feel the frame bar underneath it. The face pad (where the baby rests while sleeping) also has thin padding like the headrest. You can feel the bar, and it has no slant for better head placement. The drool cloth is not removable, and the baby's position in the cockpit means they can't rest on it anyway.

The Parade doesn't provide stirrups which leave little legs to...
The Parade doesn't provide stirrups which leave little legs to dangle without the option of support.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

This pack also has no stirrups leaving the baby's legs to dangle. While not all little ones use stirrups, it can be more comfortable for taller children if they are available.

The Parade earned its top metric score for ease of use, but with a...
The Parade earned its top metric score for ease of use, but with a result of only 5 of 10 it isn't anything to brag about.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use


The Parade earned a below-average result for ease of use. This pack has no canopy, but you can buy the Phil and Teds Escape canopy. There won't be dedicated storage for it, but it is nice to know it is an option.

The Parade waistband buckle is easy to operate, but the band itself...

The limited adjustability on this backpack makes it fit like a cheap Walmart book bag, and the inability to adjust the torso means you may be frustrated during longer hikes that you can't get the pack appropriately fitted. The chest (above left) and waist buckles (above right) are easy to operate but hard to adjust. The straps and seat for the baby and cockpit alternatively are easy to use even with your baby in the pack.

The kickstand and front legs of the Parade are not very wide when...
The kickstand and front legs of the Parade are not very wide when fully open. This means the base is narrow and could tilt or topple over if you aren't careful with it.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The kickstand/legs are easy to reach and use, but they don't pop out very far so it creates a narrow base that could potentially tip over if the baby pushes up off the ground.

The Parade has a carry handle on the back of the pack.
The Parade has a carry handle on the back of the pack.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The Parade has a carry handle in the front of the pack and the fabric can be spot cleaned only.

The parade doesn't offer much storage. It has a child's backpack you...
The parade doesn't offer much storage. It has a child's backpack you can detach, a larger pocket under the pack, and a medium sized easy access pocket on the waistband.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Storage


The Parade has one large and one small compartment on the body of the pack, a pocket on the waistband and it will not accept a hydration bladder. The lack of storage features makes it one of the worst in the group for storage.

Larger mobile phones won't fit in the Parade front pocket. Anything...
Larger mobile phones won't fit in the Parade front pocket. Anything larger than an iPhone 5 will need to find a home elsewhere.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The waist strap pocket is too smaller for larger mobile phones and is probably more suitable for keys, granola bars or Chapstick.

The Parade has a detachable child's backpack. Unfortunately, the...
Detaching the Parade child's pack requires sliding the loop through...

The Parade has a detachable child backpack (above left) that disconnects from the main pack with D loops that have a split where the strap slides through for detachment (above right). The opening of the bag zips on the bottom and both sides so anything inside can potentially fall out when you open it. The compartment is big enough to fit snacks, a water bottle, a couple of diapers, and wipes.

The larger pocket under the child pack on the PArade has holes...
The larger pocket under the child pack on the PArade has holes designed in the bottom which could result in smaller items falling out. As a result, this pocket is best used for jackets, diapers, and water bottles to prevent the loss of belongings.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The more substantial compartment sits under the child pack below the child's seat. This storage zips on three sides, and it has two holes in it where the front legs come out. This design means that smaller items can fall out through the holes so you'll want to reserve the pocket for bigger things like jackets, diapers, wipes or water bottles.

The Parade does not offer additional pockets or water bottle holders on the front or side of the pack, which is a disappointment since it also doesn't have space for a hydration bladder.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz