Get the kids behind you with the Wallaby backpack child carrier

I went for a walk across the field the other day with some friends with buggy-aged children – bad idea. It was muddy, claggy and clay-ey and as we lifted the buggies over dips and troughs and massive muddly puddles, we realised backpack carriers would have been far preferable.


And just released is what has to be the Rolls Royce of the child-carrying world – the Wallaby. Oddly named, as Wallabies carry their small one in pouches on their bellies, but hey, let’s not split hairs here.

Just released in the UK in time for the lovely weather we’re having and the Easter holidays, the Wallaby, from Vaude, has already bagged the ‘best backpack’ award at the Outdoor Trade Show in the 2011 Novel category.

Its selling point (apart from obviously enabling you to safely carry a small child aged up to two on your back’) is that it is the first child carrier to meet the bluesign environmental standard, which offers a fully sustainable solution for the environment.

It’s designed to be lightweight too (weighing 1.8kg) and has some added features to increase the security of your child and make the backpack more comfortable for the wearer.

It has a roomy pocket at the bottom for nappies, wipes and all those other bits you need for babies and toddlers, as well as some zip pockets.

It has a standing base that can be accessed while you’re wearing it (before buying any carrier we recommend trying it out with wriggling small child, as some oft hem are really difficult to get to grips with!). The belts can be adjusted from the outside, and the shoulders straps have been designed for easy adjustment too. Padded hip wings keep you comfy and an adjustable seat height means your child sits securely whatever their size.

If you’re worried about looks it comes in grey, black and raspberry and costs £150, which is at the more expensive end of the range of carriers available, so you will want to consider just how much you’ll use it.

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Vaude PETros and Rails: Taking your gadgets safely from A to B

We love a good bag here at LG Towers. It’s all well and good being able to curl on an sofa and get your geek on (there’s a chiptune Missy Elliot remix of that floating around I’d wager) but it’s as much fun to take your geek to the streets with all manner of swaddling garb to keep your precious gadgetry safe. Enter Vaude and their serious German engineering credentials.


The Vaude Petros is heavy duty laptop backpack for the serious road warrior with a conscience (the Petros is partly constructed from recycled PET bottles). The 20 litre PETros bag is large enough to fit your 15″ laptop or gym clothes … or both (my how times have changed). There’s a special little padded compartment at the back that should keep laptops safe from minor dents and bumps. There’s also a rain cover tucked away in a hidden compartment at the base of the backpack to stop you from freaking out in a downpour. And my favourite feature? A little dedicated glasses pocket to keep your specs safe.


But what if you want to travel further afield? Well the Vaude Rails 60 has you covered. Not since I saw a suitcase with a scooter built in have I been so impressed with luggage. It’s up there with Rincewind’s travel companion (if you enjoyed that Discworld reference as much as I did then we should hang out). Like the PETros, the Rails 60 has some serious green credentials and is made of at least 90% organic cotton or recycled materials, and colored using the eco-friendly VAUDE ecolour dyeing process. Even better it has secret straps that transform it from a trolley into a backpack. It’s padded on it’s undercarriage so it’s reasonable comfortable to lug around. And the front compartment zips off completely to become a light day bag/hand luggage that you can use around the airport or when strolling through the city.

PETros £85
Rails 60 £190
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