Friday, November 21, 2008
Product Review: Kelty FC 2.0 Baby Backpack
The first time I ever saw a Kelty backpack I was in Guadeloupe hiking up to Carbet Falls. We were halfway through the excursion when I was forced to move aside for a family that was treking past me like I was walking on the street.
It was at this point that I noticed that not only was this young family energetic, but dad was carrying a young child in a Kelty Framed Carrier. I was impressed! He made it look so easy.
Now that my son is too big for a traditional baby carrier, we have been looking for something that will keep him comfortable and keep him happy while we are traveling. This is how we found the Kelty FC 2.0 Baby Backpack.
Created for children of up to 50 lbs, the FC 2.0 Baby Backpack is perfect for the family on the go. We have been using ours for a few weeks now and both my husband and I find it easy to carry our son in. He sits perfectly in the 'cockpit' that is equipped with a 5-point safety harness.
My husband loves the lightweight (weighs just 7lbs 14ozs) of the backpack and it's ease of use. It's auto-deploy kickstand and load lift straps, make the Kelty FC 2.0 easy to put or remove even when you are doing it solo.
It stands on it's own, we load our son in, buckle him in and then put it on - that easy.
Because I am in my third trimester, I am no longer using this or any carrier to shuttle my son around. My husband has been our tester for the last few weeks.
I was, however, able to carry him in the FC 2.0 until I was 24 weeks, but stopped because I didn't want to chance it.
We have found that having our guy up so high allows him to see the world from a height he doesn't normally experience. He likes to dangle his feet and hang out while we stroll through the park or neighborhood.
Parents will notice that Kelty has thought of everything when designing the FC 2.0 Baby Backpack. For longer trips, it is equipped with under-seat storage, waist belt storage pocket, a zip-off diaper bag with shoulder strap and loops to attach toys to.
For your comfort, the company has added a two-layer, padded and contoured waistbelt, curved, padded shoulder straps and backpanel and a Scherer Cinch waistbelt system.Little features like the vented back panel and adjustable seat with custom fits leg straps make this carrier a pleasure to use for both parent and child.
I would highly recommend this carrier to parents who love to travel and want to keep things simple.
Please visit Kelty's site for more information