Baby backpack

Thule Sapling Elite

Safe, comfortable child transport with quick adjustment to fit both parents, viewing mirror, removable backpack, and roomy hipbelt pockets.



  • Fully adjustable back panel and hipbelt provide a perfect fit and comfortable carry and make the transition between parents quick and easy
  • Store water, diapers, clothes, rain gear, and other essentials, thanks to mesh pockets, hydration reservoir sleeve,removable backpack, and large zippered compartment
  • Keep essentials close at hand with two extra roomy zippered hipbelt pockets that store toys, snacks and gadgets
  • Mirror lets you monitor your precious cargo
  • Load stabilizer straps allow on-the-go adjustments to the backpack's center of gravity by pulling the child closer to the parent for a more comfortable carry
  • Deployable sunshade keeps your child cool and protected from the harsh sun
  • Plush, height adjustable, ergonomic seat efficiently distributes the child’s weight by providing inner thigh support
  • Dual access loading allows you to load your child from the top or side of the carrier
  • Removable stirrups let your little one rest their legs and readjust themselves on the trail
  • Breathable back panel provides padding and support at critical contact points, allowing air to circulate around your back, keeping you cool

Technical specifications

Color Dark Shadow/Slate
Gender Female
Material 210D Cordura nylon, 420D nylon
Dimensions 35 x 31 x 73 cm
Weight 3.6 kg
Model number 210102



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Great Backpack - w/a few flaws


So far we are loving the backpack. Our babe, 14 months old, just did her first 4-miler in it and seemed to really love it. She was comfortable and happy the whole time - even dozing off for a bit. After borrowing an Osprey child backpack from a friend, we opted for the Thule thanks to a few good reviews I'd read. I have a just a few comments/recommendations for improvement: (1) Shoulder Straps for Child - the snaps are put on the front down low. This makes it darn near impossible to snap her in easily. They get pushed down when she gets in and I had to dig around for the front clip - which caused her to squirm and cry. Why put it there? Seems like a bad place and really problematic to attach and quickly adjust. (2) Sun Shade - why make this so hard? You can't just slide it up and clip the front (we borrowed an Osprey and loved how easy the sun shade was to put up). (3) Front Pockets - LOVE how big the front pockets are - these are actually usable...THANK YOU! With that in mind though, why not one that could carry a water bottle? I know there's a bladder holder, but I couldn't carry a water bottle (easily accessible to me, the wearer) while hiking. I didn't love that - I don't always want to carry a water bladder. None of these are utter dealbreakers - we will keep the pack. I love how easily adjustable the pack is for my husband and I. I am pretty disappointed though in the child Shoulder Straps. It's close to a deal breaker, but it will just take some getting used to.


San Jose, CA


support legs snap of like twigs


Wow, so much promise and such disappointment. The support leg broke on very first use. Never travel with this, did a gate check with it. Pretty flimsy design, definitely not sturdy for gate checking. Much rather have a traditional backpack that has a looping support legs, that way they don't break. The construction around the support legs, feels flimsy, definitely not like other child carriers.

Avid traveller

Denver, CO


Thule Sapling Elite

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