With its majestic landscapes and breathtaking scenery round every corner, Iceland is a hikers paradise! Something we loved during our stay here were the stunning drives through the long empty roads, where we’d find ample opportunities to pull over and take in the nature around us. On one occasion we spotted a perfect empty black pebbled beach, which we just had to check out. The sun was starting to set so we parked in a large layby and decided to go for a late afternoon family walk.
The boys were tired after a full day of adventures so we decided it would be better to use our carriers. It also gave us the perfect opportunity to test out our new Phil & Teds Escape child carrier, which we had neatly packed in the boot ready for such an occasion. The Escape is a back carrier designed for babies from around 6 months up to 3 years old (3kg to 18kg). For those wondering, Finlay is 3 years and 2 months here and fit comfortably into it. You simply slide and adjust the safety harness to suit you and your child.
The Escape has a ton of handy features, including large side pockets roomy enough for any extra bits like a hat or some snacks, plus bottle and key pockets to store everything you need for your day out. There’s also useful extras such as a change mat, mirror and foot stirrups which help maximise your child’s circulation. For longer treks, there’s a specialised hydration station for a water bladder if you have one (it’s not included). My husband used his and loved this feature.
In addition the carrier comes with an all important rain hood to protect your little one. For this it uses rods, which you fix into the back of the carrier and then hook the little elastic straps onto the front to keep it in place over your child’s head. I like how it still allows headroom and doesn’t make them feel claustrophobic when it’s up. The Escape itself is waterproof, but if you think you might get caught in showers then it’s best to put your little one into some waterproof bottoms to stop their legs getting wet.
Now let’s talk comfort – The Escape has a “dual core waist belt” and “advanced lumbar support” which helps distribute weight evenly. The carrier itself is pretty lightweight considering everything it stores and how robust it is. Finlay is pretty heavy so not even the Escape could mask that we were trekking around with a 3-year-old on our back. However, it’s definitely comfortable for parents to wear and even more so for the lucky baby or tot inside. The inner material is made from soft fleece and the moldable headrest means their neck muscles remain well supported.
At 5ft 4″ I was nervous testing this out myself with Finlay, especially if I needed to use it on my own without a helpful hand! Luckily I read a great tip somewhere that you should try place your child into the carrier using the boot of the car to help give you some height, that way when you strap it on you needn’t worry about not being able to stand up again once it’s on. Being a bit bigger my husband didn’t find this such an issue, but it’s a handy trick for those with toddlers.
All in all we’re seriously impressed with the Escape carrier. It’s been purposefully made for long hikes and it more than lives up to the challenge. Once Finlay outgrows it we’ll definitely have Parker in it, which if you have more than one child is handy as the quality feels like it will stand the test of time. On a less practical note I’m also a big fan of the sleek grey design, it looks great and quickly wipes clean to keep it looking nice. We wouldn’t hesitate recommending the Escape to fellow friends and parents looking for a robust carrier to take on outdoor adventures!
*Thank you Phil & Teds for sending us your Escape carrier for the purpose of this review. As always all opinions are 100% our own, we’d never recommend a product we don’t genuinely love or wouldn’t buy ourselves.