Top critical review
Product should be recalled
Reviewed in the United States on February 15, 2019
I bought this pack for my daughter. I have had some time to evaluate its performance, the pack carries my granddaughter, who is 1.5 years old and of normal size and weight. The carrier has a number of serious flaws:
1. The parent’s shoulder pads are grossly undersized for the weight advertised – they are far too small to acceptably distribute weight and way too ‘mushy’ to safely be used to pick up the pack with the child. Look at any overnight hiking backpack, which is rated for similar weight – the straps are far more substantial and stiff.
2. The child’s shoulder straps allow for minimal adjustment and are impossible to secure if the child is wearing a winter coat.
3. The worse part of this pack is the frame. There are two supports running down each side of the pack “secured’ by clamps on a vertical support at the bottom of the pack. These easily pop out of the clamps and stick into your back. The clamps cannot be tightened enough to be re-secured. On my last visit to my daughter, I put the vertical shafts through these clamps and secured them on the other side with hose clamps. The frame has stayed together since.
The overall design of this pack was visually ‘clean’ however, the pack is so poorly engineered, it should be recalled. I expected far more from Kelty, who has been building packs for decades. They clearly did not apply their knowledge of carrying heavy loads to this pack – this thing was engineered by sock-monkeys.