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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Great Backpack with Amazing Kelty WarrantyJuly 5 2010
Scott the Bartender
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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!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Carried a 30-lb. around the Grand Canyon with no problemsAug. 15 2010
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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.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Get it on saleDec 13 2011
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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.
Child moverSept. 16 2011
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Let me start off by saying I an not a avid hiker or backpacker. I was years ago though we have been going on more day trips since this pack arrived. The Kelty FC 3.0 is a well constructed pack that distributes the weight well. More importantly it has enough straps to redistribute the weight over a long walk or a day at a wing and rib festival. There is plenty of room for diapers and a picnic lunch. The "kick-stand" works reasonably well but the initial push out sometimes need some extra manual help. It has two loops on the child area which are great for attaching a toy and sippy-cup leash. The sun/rain hood is semi-quick to attach, but could be a little taller for better viewing for the little one. Overall I like the pack and so does the little one. She tolerates it better than any of our strollers for long outings.
Things I would liked: 1. A removable cover over the seat and anterior portion of the seating area for easier cleaning. Lets face it children are messy and and washable cover would increase the longevity of this product 2. A cooler area to keep water, milk, lunch and anything cool. Sure you can pack a cooler but with the compartment sizes it would need to be a very small one. 3. Taller sun/rain hood for better viewing.
Things I love: 1. Great pack, well built with a sturdy frame. All the straps and adjustments of high end frame pack with a child seat built in. 2. Appears very safe for the little one. Good harness straps and adjustable seat. Putting the pack on and taking it off takes some practice but gets easier with each use. 3. Love that my little one loves to ride in it which is the only thing that counts in the end. If she is not happy no one else gets to be happy.
baby loves this! great product!Feb. 4 2011
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I personally would never spend this much $ on a baby carrier. My father is actually the one who bought it. He had been looking at different backpack style carries as soon as my daughter was born, it's his first grandchild and he remembered having a backpack carrier when we were little. He had found this same carrier at local stores for $250 and when he saw it on amazon for $165 he freaked! he hasnt gotten to take his granddaughter in it much seeing as how we live in the northeast and its january right now. But i think he likes it even more than the baby does. It is comfortable and extremely easy to put on, it keeps the baby very protected from the elements when you have the hood on. i'm sure it will get alot more use this spring and summer. if you are an active family then this is a fantastic carrier. thats really all this is made for, it would really be impractical around town for simple outings. we live in the mountains so we do alot of hiking and this thing is fantastic to have because not only does it carry baby but it has enough room for extra clothes, diapers, and snacks plus because of its size grandpa or daddy will be stuck carring baby! (i'm very petite and this thing with the baby in it is half my size)for as large as it is once its empty it winds up being pretty easy to transport.