Introducing The New Alpha Sherpa: Review and GIVEAWAY!

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Manitoba’s Baby Sherpa, has introduced a new backpack called ALPHA SHERPA. While this heavy-duty bag was specifically designed for families on the go with little ones in tow, it also is a versatile bag for everyone from teens to senior citizens. Now that my youngest child is almost two years old, I figured I was ready to ditch the diaper bag and give the ALPHA SHERPA a shot at being our family’s tote bag of choice. Inaugural mission: a day at the beach.

Fitting

Initially, my first thought was that the fitting instructions were pretty complicated(there are 9 steps!). But, after I figured out how to get the hip belt across my hips (and not directly under my boobs!), I was able to take advantage of the ergonomic design. It was a good fit and I certainly didn’t look like I was carrying a diaper bag.

Features

I then began the task of loading up for the day. Exploring all the features of the ALPHA SHERPA was a lot of fun. I was happy to pack our picnic lunch and snacks in the integrated soft-sided cooler, which eliminated the need to bring a traditional cooler. I used the insulated bottle holder to pack milk for the kids and put an additional bottle of water in the mesh holder. I then added towels, bathing suits, diapers, extra clothes and hats in the main compartment.

There is no shortage of space for personal gear with individual, zippered pouches for my cell phone, digital camera, sunscreen and wallet. One of my favourite features was the key retriever; great peace of mind when you’re at the beach… my keys weren’t going anywhere! I decided to use two karabiners to hook some pails and shovels to the D-rings and then I slipped our beach umbrella through the open pouch on the front of the bag.

When it was fully loaded, I was carrying almost 30 pounds (yes, I weighed myself) and I managed it comfortably as we made the trek from the parking lot to the beach. As soon as we hit the sand, everyone’s shoes came off and I hung all four pairs from the bungee X for the remainder of the day. Though I didn’t feel the need to cart my notebook to the surf, I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the laptop sleeve and found a change pad that I used both as a seat on the sand AND a place to change my daughter.

Style

The ALPHA SHERPA is a great looking hiking pack that hides all the parent essentials that usually have to be toted around in a diaper bag. The most telling evidence of the SHERPA’s style is that my husband can’t wait to steal it for himself, and not just for use when he’s on Daddy duty.

The ALPHA SHERPA bills itself as “the first total parent hybrid diaper and laptop bag”. It truly is a hybrid, offering parent-focused versatility in a smart, comfortable design. I was impressed by the SHERPA’s sheer carrying potential, its well-thought-out organization, and its gender-friendly style. It had definitely earned its new place as our family’s go-to tote for family outings.

To receive 20% AND free shipping off use code Blog20 until Oct. 31, 2009.

Baby Sherpa is offered one(1) Growing Your Baby Reader the opportunity to win an Alpha Sherpa Backpack.

Congratulations to our reader Vickie!

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  1. Carol says:

    I really appreciate this bag because we do a lot of hiking and birding with our little one, and this bag can stash our baby’s needs as well as our supplies. Really attractive bag, one my hubby would be happy to wear too. Thanks for the chance to win!

  2. Carol says:

    I follow on Twitter (cdziuba) and tweeted http://twitter.com/cdziuba/status/4439246432

  3. Jill L says:

    I love the built in cooler. We have started hiking and the kids are always needing something cool. This is a great way to condense all of our needs.

  4. Heather Diotte says:

    I LOVE the fact that it has room for everything from mobile devices and media players to lunches and laptops!!

    roxxyroller(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  5. Heather Diotte says:

    I own CoolCanucks.ca, which is a Canadian Contest and Freebie site. This giveaway is shared here:

    http://forum.coolcanucks.ca/24418-growing-your-baby-baby-sherpa-giveaway-oct4-canada#post125282

    roxxyroller(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  6. Heather Diotte says:

    I follow on Twitter as coolcanucks

    roxxyroller(at)hotmail(dot)com

    Canadian Contests, Freebies, Coupons, Deals, Games and Chat – join us at http://forum.coolcanucks.ca/

  7. Heather Diotte says:

    I tweeted!!

    http://twitter.com/coolcanucks/status/4442606788

    roxxyroller(at)hotmail(dot)com

    Canadian Contests, Freebies, Coupons, Deals, Games and Chat – join us at http://forum.coolcanucks.ca/

  8. Susan says:

    I really like the idea of the built in cooler and that it has lots of room.

  9. Josie Fiorda says:

    I love that it has a built in cooler and compartments for everything! Great giveaway!

    josiefiorda@yahoo.ca

  10. moncia jensen says:

    I LOVE THAT IT CAN FIT PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING BUT THE KITCHEN SINK! WITH 2 KIDS AND A HUBBIE EVERYWHERE WE GO I FEEL LIKE I HAVE TO PACK A SUITCASE!!

  11. Margaret Smith says:

    I really love that it has a soft sided cooler. Thanks so much.

  12. brittney says:

    i love that it has a ton of compartments for just about everything

  13. Mike C says:

    My last backpack gave me such bad back pain. This looks like it would be a pleasure to carry.

  14. Monique Rizzo says:

    Perfect for our allergic family!! Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill@comcast.net

  15. Linda Lansford says:

    I like that it is weather resistant

  16. L.D. says:

    I love that it is versatile for even a teenager to use. I think it is good looking and I like that it has a separate area for things like cell phones. I also saw that you can get the insulated pocket for the baby bottle.

  17. Lisa Witherspoon says:

    I love this bag because of all of the storage compartments, and the built in cooler. Very handy!

  18. Linda Chaput says:

    This looks like a great one.

  19. Ethel says:

    This bag is just perfect. I love the size. I’m gonna have another baby in 2 weeks, so I need a diaper bag that’s enough for 2 kids on diapers. I love that this has a lot of compartments and the built in Cooler.

    luvtosave at gmail.com

  20. Lisa says:

    What I like best? The pockets–and that there is a place for my stuff, not just my kids’! Thanks!

  21. Wehaf says:

    I love that it is ergonomic, so it won’t be hard on my shoulders.

  22. Lisa says:

    I love how roomy it is, I carry a lot of items in my diaper bag & this looks like it can carry stuff for the whole family!

  23. Alison says:

    I think this would be a wonderful gift for the parents of the baby that I am carrying. I know how useful a backpack like this was when my kids were younger. You need ROOM, and it being ergonomic is awesome. 😀

    THANKS!

  24. Alison says:

    Following you on Twitter (under surroali). 😀

  25. AMY says:

    I like the ergonomic design best

  26. Aisling says:

    I like the way it’s designed with waist, sternum strap and ergonomically designed padded shoulder straps.

  27. Julie L says:

    I like the fact that the backpack is multifunctional

    and looks like it is very well made.

  28. Thom Lightle says:

    As a man, I would feel better carrying a backpack rather than a diaper bag.

  29. lea says:

    My fave feature is that it has a soft-sided storage cooler, I no longer have to bring ice packs for bottles!

  30. Paula H says:

    I like the insulated drink holder. The cooler is great, too.

  31. Paula H says:

    I follow you on Twitter- ksh123

  32. John Rasmussen says:

    this would be great for all of the odds and ends that we need to carry.

  33. Sherri B. says:

    I love the amount of stuff that you can fit in it! Super! Nice to be able to actually only have to carry one bag with all of your stuff in it! Thanks!

    sherri419 at gmail dot com

  34. shawna says:

    I love the insulated bottle holder!

  35. Bambi M says:

    I like that it has space for everything, and that it has reflective tape! It sounds silly, but we always have to put tape on our other backpacks. Having it done already makes me much happier!

  36. Chrysa says:

    I love that you wear it on your back. I babysit my nephew three days a week and he just has a shoulder diaper bag. I HATE carrying that on my shoulder to the park – it’s so uncomfortable!

  37. sheri says:

    I like that it has a place for your laptop!

  38. Sheila Hickmon says:

    I really like the built in cooler. There are always times when we are out that my kiddos want something cold and we dont have anything cold! This thing rocks!
    Thanks!

  39. Sheila Hickmon says:

    I follow you on twitter as mom2anutball!

  40. christa marteny says:

    the builtin cooler helps for many things inc. meds.that your children my need when gone for the day

  41. Kara says:

    I like the back pack style as the others fall off my shoulder all the time. I like the visibility too.

  42. Kara says:

    I follow you on twitter

  43. Candie L says:

    I like that it comes with a cooler. thank you

  44. angela m says:

    i love that it has so many different pockets and that it comes with a cooler…i also like the style
    thanks

  45. angela m says:

    i follow you on twitter as
    flower_child_23

  46. Pamela S says:

    I love all the external pockets and that it doesn’t look like a “diaper” bag. Thanks so much! pamelashockley(AT)netscape(DOT)net

  47. Sarah Z says:

    Love that you can use as a laptop bag!

  48. Gloria says:

    I like that it has so many compartments for everything you would possibly need! It’s great!

  49. Sonya says:

    I love that it’s something my hubby would wear!

  50. Sarah C says:

    I love the insulated bottle holder. That’s such a fantastic idea!

  51. Sarah C says:

    Twitter follower soluckyducky

  52. Pat says:

    I love that there are replacement and optional accessories available.

  53. Nikki says:

    I really like the built in cooler, but it’s roominess is really great too

  54. kathy pease says:

    i love the # Insulated beverage holder
    # water bottle holder thats so great we always carry water and juice

  55. Danielle says:

    I would love to win this!!!

  56. Vickie says:

    it would be great for my twins!

  57. Marjorie Whitney says:

    I love that there are so many pouches. It would help me to organize better than I do now because my bag doesn’t have sections or pouches.

  58. Jennifer Jozwiak says:

    this would be great for me and my little one’s stuff!

  59. LeeAnn P. says:

    I love that it has a soft-sided cooler integraed in the pack! this would be so perfect for the kids and me on all of our outings. I hate carring a bag as I like to be hands free when out alone wih the kiddos!

  60. Jason Silvia says:

    The built in cooler would be great to have.

  61. Jay F. says:

    I like that they have the laptop section and room for other electronics like cameras.

  62. Sand says:

    I like that it fits most 14 inch laptops, that’s useful!

  63. Bridget Combs says:

    I love that it has a Padded Laptop backpack-and a
    Cooler soft-sided storage for snacks & beverages

  64. reeva says:

    i like that it has a laptop section ..i love the built in cooler..you can pack a lot of stuff in there

  65. Donna K says:

    I like its well-thought-out organization

  66. Donna K says:

    I follow you on twitter. (donnak4)

  67. Gianna says:

    It has a built in cooler 🙂

  68. Michelle says:

    I love the fact that it is so versatile!

  69. Lily Kwan says:

    I like how the Alpha Sherpa Backpack has a built in cooler.

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