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- Lightweight aluminum frame
- Weighs 5 pounds 4 oz
- Min: Babies must be capable of holding their heads up, around 6 months of age
- Max: 40-pound weight limit (includes child + gear + pack)
- Storage: 1300 cubic in
- Laminated, curved, and padded shoulder straps
- Laminated, and contoured waist belt
- Laminated, padded back panel
- Sliding waist belt torso-length adjuster
- Five-point, adjustable child’s harness
- Padded, adjustable-height child’s seat
- Foot stabilizer for safe loading and unloading
- Carry/lift handles
- Mesh water-bottle pockets
- Hip belt water-bottle pocket
- Waist belt storage
- Organizer pocket
- Sun/Rain hood
- Changing pad
- Toy loops
Kelty TC 3.0 Child Carrier Review
The Kelty TC 3.0 is ideal for parents on the move. It’s a stroller, diaper bag, and daypack all in one. It is designed for everyday use, at home or around town, short hikes, and traveling. It even fits perfectly into an airplane overhead compartment.
What I Like
What’s nice about the Kelty TC 3.0 is that it comes with almost all of the same features that you would find on a full-featured child carrier, but without the bulk. You get the adjustable harness and height adjustable seat that grows with your child. You also get the sliding torso adjuster, which is the same one found on the higher priced models. Not to mention the thermo-formed shoulder straps and back panel.
The Kelty TC 3.0 also offers a 40 pound maximum weight limit which includes your child and gear. And believe me, there’s plenty of room to store the extra gear. In fact, the Kelty TC 3.0 actually beats out the Deuter Kid Comfort II and matches the Osprey Poco Plus in terms of storage space.
I also like the fact that the Kelty TC 3.0 comes with a rain/sun hood. You don’t have to buy it separately, like you do with other child carriers at this level. Plus, you also get extra storage on the hip belt for your phone or camera, and then an extra water bottle holder as well.
What I Don’t Like
There’s really not much I don’t like about the Kelty TC 3.0, aside from maybe the sunshade. It’s nice that they’ve included a sunshade, it’s just kind of a pain to use, and not near as nice as some of the competitors. On a side note, if you don’t think you’ll have much use for the sunshade, I’d recommend checking out the Kelty Junction 2.0, which is basically the same thing as the Kelty TC 3.0 without the sunshade. It’s also less expensive.
As for customer reviews, the Kelty TC 3.0 did pretty well. With 7 out of 8 rating it 4 to 5 stars, that’s an 88% customer satisfaction rating. Keep in mind, this is the new model, so there’s not a whole lot of customer feedback out there yet. The old model had 20 out of 22, in other words, a 91% satisfaction rating.
Most of the reviewers really seemed to love it, especially its compact size. The ample storage was also mentioned quite a few times, as was the overall look and feel of it. The kids really seem to love it too.
As for complaints, one reviewer noted that the sunshade on the Kelty TC 3.0 just wasn’t as nice as the one on the Osprey Poco Plus. I do agree, but you’d also have to pay about $50 dollars more to get that nice sunshade.
Another reviewer complained about the Kelty TC 3.0 being mildly uncomfortable for extended wear, like 2 hours or more. This particular reviewer also complained about the packs weight distribution, and compared it to a few other full-featured packs that he had used in the past. The thing is, the Kelty TC 3.0 is not considered to be a full-featured child carrier, so you don’t get load weight adjustment options. Some child carriers, mainly higher priced ones, offer load-adjuster straps that allow you to center the load on your back, therefore giving you a better center of gravity, and a better weight distribution. The Kelty TC 3.0 does not offer this option.
If you were to compare the Kelty TC 3.0 to other child carriers in this price range, I think you’d find that you actually get a lot for your money. For instance, the Osprey Poco and the Deuter Kid Comfort I are both listed for the same price, $199.99. The Kelty TC 3.0 offers more storage, 450 cubic inches more. And even though you can’t carry quite as much weight with the Kelty, about 8 pounds less, it does come with the sunshade, whereas you’d have to purchase one separately for the other two.
Having said that, I’d have to say that the Kelty TC 3.0 Child Carrier is not a bad deal. Especially if you can find one on sale.
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