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Phil and Teds Parade ReviewPrice: $140.00 List | $139.99 at Amazon
Pros: Lightweight, budget-friendly
Cons: No torso adjustment, no canopy, thin padding
Bottom line: Limited adjustments means a poor fit for parents and babies
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 Hands-on Test Results
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.
The comparison chart below includes the overall performance scores for the backpacks we tested in this review. 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 earned a 1 of 10 for parent comfort. 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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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 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 baby pushes up off the ground.
The Parade has a front carry handle and is spot clean only.
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.
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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