Compared to others in our lineup of baby backpacks, the Phil and Teds Parade is an inexpensive baby-carrying pack with a smaller frame and reduced padding that creates a compact pack intended for city life. This backpack is one of the least comfortable options to wear. 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, and it has no headrest and no place for a napping baby to rest. The Parade's price is attractive, and its smaller design might intrigue city dwellers who are getting around with their baby in tow, but we think the disappointing fit and questionable comfort will have you wishing you'd spent more, even if your outings are short and few.Editor's Note: We updated the Parade's gear review on September 8th, 2022, to check that the product is still available.
Phil and Teds Parade Review
Pros: Lightweight, budget-friendly
Cons: No torso adjustment, no canopy, thin padding
Manufacturer: Phil & Teds
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|Pros||Lightweight, budget-friendly||Easy on the wallet, fit for narrower builds, comfy for passengers and parents||Budget-friendly, good storage||Inexpensive, sun and rain canopy||Plush lumbar padding|
|Cons||No torso adjustment, no canopy, thin padding||Very limited storage, canopy costs extra, no dedicated spot for a hydration bladder||Lower quality, not very comfortable for parent or child||Hard to access storage, convoluted adjustments, poor child comfort||Limited adjustability, no storage, no stirrups, inadequate canopy|
|Bottom Line||Limited adjustments means a poor fit for parents and babies||This high-quality, less expensive pack is comfortable for babies and parents with narrower builds but the storage is limited||Inexpensive option with good storage, but it isn't that comfortable to wear or ride in||Awkward functionality in a poorly fitting pack||A bare-bone backpack carrier with limited adjustability or features|
|Rating Categories||Phil and Teds Parade||Deuter Kid Comfort...||LuvdBaby Premium||Clevr Cross Country||Chicco SmartSupport...|
|Parent Comfort (30%)|
|Child Comfort (25%)|
|Ease of Use (25%)|
|Specs||Phil and Teds Parade||Deuter Kid Comfort...||LuvdBaby Premium||Clevr Cross Country||Chicco SmartSupport...|
|Usage Ranges||//Min/Max:// 16 lbs - 40 lbs||Min-Max: When child can sit upright independently - 48 lbs||Min-Max: 16 lbs - 40 lbs||Min-Max: 16 lbs - 33 lbs||Min-Max: 17 lbs - 40 lbs|
|Max Pack Load||40 lbs||48 lbs||N/A||40 lbs||40 lbs|
|Weight||4.6 lbs||6 lbs||6.4 lbs||5.3 lbs||5.8 lbs|
|BGL Folded/Flat Dimensions||14" W x 7.5" H x 24" L||16.5" W 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||17" W x 11" H x 35" L|
|Fabric||300d and 600d Fabric||210 denier polyamide fabric. Tear and abrasion resistant, watertight to 1500 mm||Waterproof 600D & 300D Ripstop Polyester||600d Oxford Cloth||90% Polyurethane Foam Pad
10% Polyester Fiber Batting
|Hydration Bladder Compatible||No||No||Yes||No||No|
|Included Accessories||Changing Pad, Rain Cover||None|
|Care Instructions||Spot Clean||Hand Wash||Spot Clean||Spot Clean, No Detergent||Wipe Clean Only|
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 offer various products, including backpack carriers, strollers, travel gear, car seats, and more.
The Parade offers the worst overall parent comfort results in the group. This option's shoulder strap, waist, and back padding are poor.
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 the front of the shoulders.
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.
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 long when toting baby around town.
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 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 it to a higher position.
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 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.
The headrest also lacks sufficient padding; you can feel the frame bar underneath it. The face pad (where the baby rests while sleeping) 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.
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.
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 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/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 in the front of the pack, and the fabric can be spot cleaned only.
The Parade has one large and one small compartment on the pack's body and a pocket on the waistband. The pack will not accept a hydration bladder. The lack of storage features makes it one of the worst in the group of baby backpacks for storage.
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 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 bag's opening 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 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, baby 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.
Should You Buy the Phil and Teds Parade?
A baby backpack can make the difference between a successful outing and one that frustrates both child and parent. Unfortunately, the Phil and Teds Parade leaves the parent and child wanting more for comfort. It's also one of the lowest-ranking baby backpacks in the group. Therefore, we suggest passing on this option, especially since there are better-performing backpacks in the lineup.
What Other Baby Backpacks Should You Consider?
If the cost of the Phil and Teds Parade is what attracts your attention, consider the LuvdBaby Premium. This pack's overall performance (although not outstanding compared to high-ranking options) is an improvement from the Parade and is relatively similar in price. If comfort is your main priority, the Deuter Kid Comfort Active SL offers notable comfort, especially for parents with a shorter torso or slimmer body type, and it's still wallet-friendly for the baby backpack world. If you want one of the best packs, the Kelty Journey PerfectFIT Elite is a high-quality, worthy option, especially for avid hikers.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz
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