We bought this carrier for our holiday to Ireland, and I am so pleased we did! It was comfortable to use on our front or back, and our one year old son found it comfortable too and he didn't mind nodding off in it. He enjoyed the view he got and the cheeky smiles he could give to other people going by! Climbing spiral staircases in castles was easy and something we wouldn't have considered if we had been carrying him ourselves.
On our holiday we helped each other to get our son in or out of the carrier, but since coming back I have tried getting him onto my back by myself. It was easier than I thought it would be so I'm feeling confident that I'll be able to do it again when we go out and about on our own.