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Phil and Teds Parade Review

Limited adjustments means a poor fit for parents and babies
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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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RANKED
#9 of 9
  • 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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Our Analysis and Test Results

The Phil and Teds Parade did not perform well compared to the competition  and it was the most uncomfortable option for both parents and children.
The Phil and Teds Parade did not perform well compared to the competition, and it was the most uncomfortable option for both parents and children.

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

Performance Comparison


Shown below in the comparison chart are all the backpacks included in the review and their overall performance scores. The Parade (blue) earned the lowest score in the group.


The sections below provide details on the Parade's performance compared to the competition.

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.
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.

Parent Comfort


The Parade earned a 1 of 10 for parent comfort. 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 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.
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.

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

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 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.
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.

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 flop around inside it. Also  the back of the cockpit isn't tall enough to provide head support to even the littlest of riders.
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.

Child Comfort


The Parade earned a 2 of 10 for child comfort. 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 straps near the chest buckle.
The 5-point harness on the Parade only has padding on the front of the straps near the chest buckle.

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 should be more comfortable  but the additional space only translates to a less secure feeling.
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.

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 prevents it from folding in on itself. It is the nicest thing about the child area.
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.

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

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.
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.

The headrest also lacks sufficient padding, and you can feel the frame bar underneath it. The face pad (where 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 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 dangle without the option of support.
The Parade doesn't provide stirrups which leave little legs to dangle without the option of support.

This pack also has no stirrups leaving 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 result of only 5 of 10 it isn't anything to brag about.
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.

Ease of Use


The Parade earned a 5 of 10 for ease of use. This score is below the average for the group. This pack has no canopy, but you can buy the Phil and Teds Escape canopy, and it will work with this pack. 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 isn't very substantial and it failed to provide support for the pack to help adults more comfortably carry little ones.

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 fully open. This means the base is narrow and could tilt or topple over if you aren't careful with it.
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.

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 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.

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 can detach  a larger pocket under the pack  and a medium sized easy access pocket on the waistband.
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.

Storage


The Parade earned a 4 of 10 for storage. This pack 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.

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

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 design of the upside down zippers means items may fall out when you open it.
Detaching the Parade child's pack requires sliding the loop through the D ring with a slit in it. It isn't difficult to operate  but it isn't the best method either.

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 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.
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.

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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