Introducing the JACS Junior Adaptive Carrier System
The JACS Junior Adaptive Carrier System is a completely new kind of baby carrier that launched in the autumn 2015. What’s so different about it is that it’s been created primarily for dads, particularly ones with an active outdoor lifestyle. It’s the most versatile and adaptable baby carrier that I have come across and there’s a variety of interchangeable equipment carrying components to adapt the carrier to suit your needs.
The founder of Babyjacs UK Limited, Scott Haslam, got his inspiration when he was taking his son Jack on his very first plane journey. On the trip, he was using a big brand baby carrier but had to rely on non-compatible shoulder bags or backpacks to carry all the equipment he needed for his baby son. Scott found this solution neither practical nor stylish and that’s what led to the first design of a modular baby and equipment carrying system for dads and the start of the company.
The original concept was born in 2012 and since then it’s been further designed, developed and tested to withstand the parenting battlefield and to offer an alternative baby carrier for dads.
This original baby carrier is constructed from super-tough military grade materials and has intuitive functionality. The JACS offers parents a complete baby carrying system that is uniquely:
The harness is a mounting platform both on the back and on the front that allows for rapid interchangeability of carrying components on the move which allows the user to build a system to match their needs. There are up to 8 different component configuration options and the JACS can be adapted for a variety of activities beyond baby carrying too.
The JACS Starter Package (£125) includes the harness, baby carrier, and standard 12 litre backpack. Optional extras, such as the chest-pouch and back-carry straps, can be added at a later stage, and are also included in The JACS Complete Package (£150) as standard.
The backpack can be used on the harness with extras such as the chest-pouch or on its own. It’s got great padding on the inside against the back and fits quite a lot of nappies, wipes, snacks and other parenting essentials.
Below you can see how it fits on my husband. We were going to use it with our first born daughter who is now two-years-old but she’s a bit too big for it and when carried on the back, she sits too far down for her liking. She’s used to being higher up. We’re expecting another baby in the spring and think the JACS will be more suitable for us with a smaller baby.
The JACS sits above the hips (to demonstrate this, my husband tucked his t-shirt in!) nearer the waist which means most of the baby’s/toddler’s weight is carried on the shoulders. When carrying bigger children, this can become quite heavy but with babies this should not be a problem. The carrier is not as padded on the shoulder straps as some other brands on the market so might not feel as comfortable if you’re used to a lot of padding. Scott’s told me that more padding might be added to the JACS in the future to meet this need.
The JACS is however the most adaptable baby carrier that I’ve seen. It’s got so many options and though it might take a while to master all the different set-ups, you can change it in so many ways to make it the best for your lifestyle.
The JACS also comes in a Camo pattern for the dads who love the army look!
We were sent the JACS baby carrier to review. As always, all my reviews are 100% honest and all thoughts and opinions are my own.