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Trails or Around Town: Get Out With Kelty

Getting out with kids is all about the gear. Whether you're hitting the trails for a walk, strolling through a Saturday farmer's market or spending the day at the amusement park, the right baby carrier makes it easier to do life with kids in tow.


Kelty's been making backpacks since 1952 so it makes sense that they'd know how to make a good backpack carrier too. Kelty currently offers 6 different kid carriers including the award-winning Kelty TC 3.0 - a kid carrier/backpack combo that will make your next day hike or all-day excursion a breeze. Like Kelty's other carriers, the TC 3.0 is a backpack first which means it's designed to provide appropriate support and padding, allow for adjustments, disperse the pack weight and be comfortable to carry.


Here are just a few of the reasons that you'll love it.

Adjustable: Just like Kelty's traditional backpacks, the TC 3.0 lets you adjust the shoulder straps, waiststrap, sternum strap and torso length to find the perfect fit for your body

Supportive and comfortable. No one said it's easy carrying your kid on your back for hours on end, but with a curved and laminated waistbelt and padded shoulder straps and backpanel, Kelty makes it as good as it's going to get. The child seat also offers an adjustable seat and torso height and padded straps.

Storage for you and baby. The Kelty TC 3.0 has lots of convenient storage. Dual waistbelt storage pockets keep items like your phone, camera or wallet close at hand, and two mesh bottle holders ensure that you and baby stay hydrated. The backpack has a large main compartment that is roomy enough to hold clothes, diapers, snacks and more as well as an exterior mesh pocket for quick access items.

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Safe and secure. Your child stays secure with a 5-point harness, load-lifter straps help with taking the backpack on and off and the foot stabilizer cut-out provides added stability when loading and unloading your child.

The extras. The TC 3.0 comes with a removable changing pad (with pockets to hold diapers and wipes), a detachable sun/rain hood (also good for preventing branches in the face) and toy loops to keep binkies or favorite toys close by.

The quality. Kelty makes packs for serious back country hiking and camping and so they don't slouch on details. If you can get your hands on a Kelty at a local retailer, you'll be impressed with the quality of the materials and the attention to detail.

Color selection. You've probably seen an old-school Kelty available on Craigslist or eBay and while they are still great carriers used, the old color scheme of purple and teal has been replaced by a modern selection of blue, green, orange and black.


Summer is a great time to get out and explore, and with a Kelty TC 3.0 you'll have have a carrier that provides the comfort, support and storage that you'll both need to make it through any summertime outing. Visit to learn more about the TC 3.0 or see all of Kelty's carrier options. Buy on Amazon $179.95

Kate Bayless is a writer, editor, gear guru and mom of 3 boys. You can visit her and @katebayless.

Momtrends was not paid for this post. Kelty provided a sample for review.

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