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Gear: Carrier offers a new way for kids to get up and go

A backpack-like carrier gives kids a 'platform' to stand on while strapped in with a six-point harness

Tots have a neat new ride with the Piggyback Rider Standing Child Carrier, designed for children 2 1/2 years and older and weighing up to 60 pounds.

The foam-core carrier mounts on the adult’s back like a backpack (minus the pack). The child is buckled into a six-point safety harness tethered to the shoulder straps, but instead of sitting, he or she stands on a wide non-skid foot bar that is also mounted to the shoulder straps.

Grab handles at the top of each shoulder strap give junior extra grip. The harness system distributes the weight for less strain on the adult. When not in use, the carrier rolls up and stashes in an included 17-by-9-inch carry sack.

A deluxe model includes a 1-liter HydraPack water bladder that attaches to the carrier and incorporates 36 inches of flexible drink tubing.

Info: The Piggyback Rider Standing Child Carrier basic model costs about $105. The deluxe model with HydraPack water bladder is about $125.

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