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||Useful storage features, comfortable fit and seat, removable day pack||Easy on the wallet, fit for narrower builds, comfy for passengers and parents||Budget-friendly, good storage||Inexpensive, sun and rain canopy|
|Cons||No torso adjustment, no canopy, thin padding||Stiffer shoulder straps||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|
|Bottom Line||Limited adjustments means a poor fit for parents and babies||Comfortable fitting pack with cozy seat and useful features||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|
|Rating Categories||Phil and Teds Parade||Thule Sapling Elite||Deuter Kid Comfort...||LuvdBaby Premium||Clevr Cross Country|
|Parent Comfort (30%)|
|Child Comfort (25%)|
|Ease of Use (25%)|
|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|
|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|
|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.
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 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.
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 very long.
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 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, 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.
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 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.
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 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 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.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz
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