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Kelty FC 3.0 Child Carrier (Blue)

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Product Features

  • Child-view mirror and changing pad included
  • 50 pound weight limit
  • Removable, washable cockpit pad

Product Information

Technical Details
Item Weight3.4 Kg
Product Dimensions38.1 x 76.2 x 48.3 cm
Item model number20010000
ColorBlue
Weight3.4 kilograms
Number of Items1
Brand NameKelty
  
Additional Information
ASINB002YXY0AC
Best Sellers Rank #59,339 in Sports & Outdoors (See top 100)
Shipping Weight3.5 Kg
Date First AvailableMay 20 2011
  
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Product Description

Amazon.ca Product Description

Five-point, adjustable child's harness. Sliding backpanel toso-length adjustment

Product Description

This top-of-the-line trail-based carrier has a unique five-point, adjustable child's harness for your youngster. This pack is easy to use and comfortable for parents, thanks to the convenient torso-length adjustment. It includes extras, like Kelty's Sun/Run Hood, Child-view Mirror. Changing Pad and a cell phone pocket.

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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  32 reviews
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Backpack with Amazing Kelty Warranty July 5 2010
By Scott the Bartender - Published on Amazon.com
I love this pack and I will tell you why but if you read anything... read the end of my review about the warranty.

I began using this pack when my kid was 21 lb's and 7 months and he is now 1 year and about 25 lb's. He rides safe, secure and comfortable in this pack. When I first began using the pack he would fidget or whine a tiny bit when strapping him in but once in he is quiet and happy. Once I used the pack for a couple of weeks he was thrilled to be put in it. I have carried him around for three hours in a theme park and he was content and excited to see all of the action from a grown-ups point of view. He has fallen asleep in it with his head forward and face turned to the side resting on the very soft and plush dribble pad (removable and machine washable). Security and comfort are certainly not an issue with this backpack. There are circulation worries with some packs because of dangling feet. On the FC 3.0, the childs feet have a resting area. For larger children you can use the optional Kelty stirrup accessory when your childs is tall enough that their feet have to go to the outside of their seating area. The stirrups are an older item but the rings they clip onto are present on this pack. You shouldn't need these until your child is closer to two or older.

Next... I am very comfortable wearing the pack. I am 5'11" and about 180lbs. When I first tried out the pack with the factory settings it felt good. I put my kid in it and tightened some straps up and it was fine although the shoulder and chest area seemed to be carrying the lion share of the load. Then I raised the torso belt some and it was better. I went to a theme park for a day and pulled the shoulder straps even tighter and it raised the pack a little higher on my back. At this point the torso buckle was just about at my belly button and the pack just sort of hugged my back and the weight distributed nicely and I knew I found the sweet spot. This was our first major outing. We logged three hours on a sunny 70 degree day.

On the subject of sun; The sun/rain hood is well designed. The child will have a great view off to both sides. I have heard some grumbles from fans of other brands about the Kelty hoods because they obstruct the front view a little. What these people do not realize is that the child does not need to see straight ahead very well because Mom and Dads head is in the way anyhow. They will have a good view of the back of your head so they are comfortable knowing it's you carrying them and they will have a great view on the sides to see everything else.

The generous storage areas consist of four compartments. One compartment stores the sun/rain hood which is included. One compartment holds an included padded changing pad and has room for a jacket or extra clothes etc.. The third compartment is a small compartment and the last is a very big one at the bottom. I can fit a small picnic blanket in there. You can actually leave the diaper bag at home. I fit diapers, wipes, toys, bottles, extra clothes... I really do not bring a diaper bag with me when I use this pack.

Putting on the pack is generally safe and fairly easy after you practice a few times, take your time and use caution. The FC 3.0 pack is tall so the shoulder straps are higher off the ground. I have very little trouble strapping on the pack from the floor. I can just loosen the shoulder straps, squat down and put the shoulder straps on. Then I lean forward to get him off the ground and shift his weight onto my back (rather than have him flop over to a side) and then stand and buckle the torso and buckle the chest and tighten the shoulder straps. I am a little overprotective yet I feel very confident and safe loading this pack onto my back with my little guy in it. Unloading involves loosening the shoulder straps, squatting down and resting the kickstand on the ground. With that said... Loading and unloading from a raised area such as a bed or the back of an SUV is far easier. Also, you will find park benches make is easy to load and unload.

This pack is perfectly designed for neighborhood walks, a day at the park or zoo and even serious hiking and overnight camping. I originally thought it was overkill for grocery shopping or a mall but after using this pack for several months now I take it and use it everywhere. My kid makes it about 10 minutes in the grocery store/Target shopping cart. He is good for 30 minutes or more in the pack.

Finally; I need to tell you about my warranty experience with Kelty. One of the best reasons to buy a Kelty product is their Lifetime Warranty. I had an older Kelty child-carrier backpack in which a strap and buckle wore out (this was a less important strap not jeopardizing child safety and the new models have a reinforced version of this strap and buckle). Kelty has a lifetime warranty and they advised me that they do not usually repair the child carriers but will replace them. I was instructed to cut the straps off of my pack (making it unusable), the tag from the pack showing the model number and mail them to the company along with a simple form I filled out from their website. One week after mailing the straps I received a brand new FC 3.0 from UPS. The model they replaced was an older and somewhat less expensive model. I was shocked at how fast they shipped it out to me and that they sent me their top of the line carrier. I paid about $5.00 to ship the straps back and they paid the shipping on my replacement pack. Wow. There are a lot of choices out there for child carriers but I have not seen a lifetime warranty on any brand but Kelty.

This warranty experience has made me a big fan of Kelty as a company. My experiences with this pack has cemented that loyalty. This child carrier provides a generous amount of storage, a comfortable carry for Mom and Dad and most importantly a comfortable and safe ride for your child. If this is what you are looking for than you have found your carrier.

Update Feb 1, 2011. My son is now 18 months and and 26 lb's and still likes being in the pack. I put him in it for hiking and walks. It is still a good choice for theme parks because of all the storage it has. He likes to run around a lot more these days but never gripes when I put him in the pack!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get it on sale Dec 13 2011
By Alizabeth Szilagyi - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
I've seen this pack on 50% off sales several times (each color has different pricing at different times). Wait for that deal.

Having this pack really makes me wish I still lived in the Rockies. It would be fabulous for even strenuous hikes. We still plan on using it in the flat Midwest. Our son will appreciate the higher view (vs stroller view).

There is plenty of storage. I love that it comes with the sun shield, changing pad, and kick stand. The straps are easy to adjust, and the child insert is quickly removed.

I'm 6', 165lbs. My hubby is 6' 4" 250lbs. Our boy is 32" and 30lbs. We all find this pack comfortable, tho I know my shoulders will hurt after long distances (my husband says he can wear it all day tho). We love camping and will be much happier now that we have this pack. If it fits comfortable in your budget, it is worth the splurge.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! Jan. 13 2012
By olive2528 - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
The pack is just about perfect! Fits my husband really well (he's 6'2'') on the lowest setting and my daughter 6 months just ADORES it and cries when we take her out!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for infants Jan. 5 2012
By stacey grogan - Published on Amazon.com
Color Name:Curry|Verified Purchase
I purchased this for my son and his fiance. They were frustrated in dealing with their jogger stroller while shopping and exploring the city. Their two year old (35lbs) loved! the back pack. She was able to see everything and take her nap comfortably. My son 6'3" felt great even after hours of hiking around San Francisco. Said he could use it (with baby) to train for trips. His fiance (5'7") also was able to size/fit the pack to her height. They will be using this pack for years/ babies to come.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Carried a 30-lb. around the Grand Canyon with no problems Aug. 15 2010
By Trevor - Published on Amazon.com
We were planning a trip to the Grand Canyon and were trying to figure out the best way to carry our daughter around, the Kelty was suggested from family members and am incredibly glad we did. We planned on purchasing the Kelty 2.0 but after buying the sun shade seperate it would have cost a few cents more than the 3.0. We decided to go with the 3.0 and have not second-guessed our purchase at all. Our daughter loved it from the first time to when we had to leave the canyon. The weight was evenly distributed throughout the pack and the only annoyance I found was over time the shoulder straps would need to be re-tightened. My daughter fell asleep on the way to the next view-point and we were able to put her in the carrier and she slept for 20 before she woke up. The side vents allow for air to cool the child as well. The carrier did make me sweat on the back but that is almost un-preventable being that I was in 80-90 degree heat. We receieved numerous compliments as well as some admiring looks and I am extremely glad we bought this prior to going to the Grand Canyon.
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