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Deuter Kid Comfort 2 Review

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Adina in her new Deuter Kid Comfort II

The folks at Deuter Backpacks were kind enough to send over a Deuter Kid Comfort II Child Carrier so Adina could come along on all the hikes, trips, and disc golf sessions we have planned for the summer. We have been selling Deuter packs for about 5 years here at TMS and I had yet to actually field test a Kid Comfort II, and I must say that just like all the Deuter packs I test out, this one was no different. It was great, super comfortable, Adina didn’t cry once and I enjoyed carrying it. She is about 4 and 1/2 months old right now, weighing in at 16 pounds and she fit in the pack with no problem. The seat that the child sits on is totally adjustable, so as they grow, you can lower the seat so their head stays in the right place. The Air Contact/Vari-Quick back system is also very adjustable so my wife, who is 5ft. 5in. can use the pack on a smaller torso setting, while I can then quickly adjust it when I am carrying the pack. Also, the new waist harness works independantly of the pack and therefore moves with you and adjusts itself as necessary while you walk. With plenty of room for storage, extra diapers, the Sun and Rain Cover, and even a Deuter streamer, you really can’t go wrong with this awesome child carrier. And whoever thought I would be writing reviews about child carriers anyways:)

Adina and Dad in the Deuter Kid Comfort II

UPDATE (August 13, 2010):

Adina is now 1 year 8 months old, at 28 pounds, and still fits in her Kid Comfort 2!

If you’re in the market for a kid carrier, take a look at the entire Deuter child carrier backpack line, in stock on our site.

Kid Comfort III has all the bells and whistles, and added carrying capacity, making it perfect for those who need to carry it all. The extra details,  in addition to those found on the Kid Comfort II, are: integrated sun roof, knee pads on the frame, a detachable, washable padded pillow pad and a rear view mirror stowed in the hip pocket. Here’s a review from Jeff C. of Sparks, Nevada, a happy customer on our website:

We looked at all the other top rated kid carriers out there and found the Deuter out perform them all. The comfort for both the parent and the child is outstanding and the features are impressive as well. The top of the pack sits above the child’s head and the built in sun cover is a saver. The customer service of TMS is top notch, they added the rain cover to my order after it had already been placed, and didn’t act like it was an inconvenience. If they had what you’re looking for in stock, then I would recommend giving them your business!

The Kid Comfort I is the parred down pack, great to carry the bare necessities and, of course, your child. It is not hydration compatible, like its sister carriers, but is certainly the most affordable of the bunch.

If you want to go even lighter, the KangaKid is a convertible pack great for day hikes, positioning your child between the pack and your back. Carrier section can be zipped up and hidden when not in use.

Shop around on the Tahoe Mountain Sports site and find the perfect pack for you and your little one!

4/19 Angora Peak – Halls of the Gods

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

After my first trip up to the Angora Peak area a couple of weeks ago the Halls of the Gods couloir jumped up to the top of my to do list. This time the gate was open and we were able to park about 2.5 miles closer than last time, making the approach and exit much more enjoyable. This time we approached from the bottom and set a bootpack up the Mini Halls Couloir, getting us to the top of the Angora-Echo ridge just a few yards from the top of Halls of the Gods. We topped out at about 11:45, which turned out to be perfect timing because the couloir itself is sheltered from the sun by Indian Rock until around this time of day. After lounging on the summit for a few minutes the couloir looked ready to go. We decided the center entrance looked the best although the skiers left entrance was skiable as well. The top 1/3 was perfect corn while the snow in the middle 1/3 was pretty rotten and manky due to it being very narrow and close to warm rocks. The bottom 1/3 below the choke was great corn snow again.  Another great day in the Tahoe backcountry!

Easter Sunday at Carson Pass – Moon Crescent Couloir

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

Conditions looked good for getting some of the last wintery snow of the season on Sunday so we decided to get an early start and head down to Carson Pass to ski the Moon Crescent Couloir on Round Top. Our early start was rewarded when we were already on the summit when we saw the first of several other parties approaching the area. We got a couple of amazing powder turns on the hanging snowfield then a quick traverse into the couloir for some more steep turns on nice chalky winter snow. A quick traverse at the bottom of the couloir got us untouched boot deep pow turns down to Winnemucca lake where some friendly fellow skiers shared their whiskey with us. Talk about an awesome Easter morning! (click on any of the pictures below for the full size version)

Crater Crest 4/5/09

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

For a follow up to the guys big day on Mt. Walt we chose to ski Crater Crest, the peak literally in the back yard of the sweet cabin we were lucky enough to stay in at Twin Lakes. We summited the peak and then skied a 4000 vertical foot gully right back to the cabin. We encountered  conditions ranging from nice soft corn to chalky winter hardpack so it was nice to have my Stubai Ultralight Pro Crampons and SMC Capra Ice axe with me on the way up. I also used the Cloudveil Inertia Peak Pants on this trip and I think they are a perfect light spring skiing softshell pant for the Sierra. The weather was beautiful and the skiing was great, I hope to come back and explore this area more again soon. 

Mt. Walt – 4/4/09

Monday, April 6th, 2009

Got a sweet birthday present this year, the opportunity to go and stay down in the Twin Lakes subdivision and ski the killer terrain in the area. So, a bunch of us headed down to this brand new, 2 bedroom, 2 bath, huge loft and full furnished house in the Twin Lakes subdivision right outside of Bridgeport, CA. This house is 3/4 for sale and the owner is looking for some partners to help spread the costs. Check out the house and all the amenities here.

Heading out the end of the campground at the end of Twin Lakes road, we took the second drainage (Blacksmith) up to the south. Once we bushwacked and waded through the steep trees, the route opened up to some easy side hill skinning up to the pinch. This “pinch” and the peak ascent are probably the 2 most technical parts of this trip. With very steep slopes and about 1 inch of dry wintery snow on top of a hard crust, we all pretty much hiked for our lives to get through this section. Jeff had the easiest route as he decided to boot it early on and headed lookers left for the short boot pack and then back on his skins, while the rest of us struggled through a tough section. Once through there, it is pretty clear sailing up to the next high ridge and saddle just before the summit. As the conditions were super firm, we cramponed up a couple hundred feet shy of the summit and proceeded safely from there.

The ski down was pretty hard and wind packed with the corn slope goodness not really showing its face until the bottom sections. Stubai crampons, SMC ice axes, BD skins, bindings, and skis, and lots of Cloudveil and Mammut clothing made up the full wardrobe. Here are a few pics, Crater Crest post will be next.

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