Kelty Transit 3 Child Carrier is an award-winning nicely designed lightweight tool suitable for outdoor activities and for around town use. It comes with a price tag that is hard to match. Read more below.
- Very good price.
- Nice and useful features.
- Very lightweight.
Best price & place to buy
- The best place regarding the price and shipping conditions is usually Amazon.com.
Kelty Transit 3.0 has been around for a number of years already. In 2012 this child carrier has received “Babble Favorite Baby Carrier” award from the gear experts.
This is a rather lightweight but fully-featured and comfortable tool, ideal for outdoor activities and around the town use. It is JPMA certified and safe for kids and parents. It fits into an overhead compartment and in a trunk. You will see that it also offers a lot of storage space.
The child seat is with adjustable height, with great padding, and with a five-point adjustable harness for the kid. Being so adjustable it will grow with your child. You can see it in the picture below.
On the front of the pack you have a large storage space with a top zippered entrance and several pockets, see the picture above.
The carrier comes with an adjustable and removable sunshade.
The suspension system
You have a very comfortable system in place, with an adjustable harness to fit any torso length in the range 14 – 18 in (35.5 – 46 cm). You will see in the video below how easy it is fixed to the desired position. This is an elegant and unique system (well, this is so typical for Kelty), so that both parents can use it when they are on the go. The back side is thermal-molded and anatomic, and with a pleasant padding.
The hip belt is pre-curved and very pleasantly padded, and the same is with anatomically contoured shoulder straps. The frame is aluminum and designed to stand up on its own.
You have 6 pockets in total. On the hip belt, you have two pockets, one is mesh stretchy for a water bottle and the other is more sturdy, for camera or phone.
One large zippered pocket is on the front, plus a mesh pocket below it, you can see it in the pictures. You also have dual mesh water bottle pockets on both sides.
All these features of the Transit 3 child carrier you can see in this video by Kelty:
- Weight: 5 lb 4 oz (2.4 kg).
- Maximum weight load (child + gear + pack): 40 lbs (18.1 kg).
- Child weight:
– Minimum 16 lbs (7.3 kg).
– Maximum: 30 lbs (13.6 kg).
- Size: (L x W x H): 12 x 12 x 21 in (30 x 30 x 53 cm).
- Volume: 1300 cub in (21 L).
- Adjustable harness.
- Torso fit: 14 – 18 in (35.5 -46 cm).
– Body fabric: 420 D polyester ball shadow.
– Accent fabric: 420 D polyester oxford.
- Safety features: five-point, adjustable child’s harness.
- Sun hood (US Patent 5,609,279).
- Changing pad included.
- Padded adjustable-height child’s seat.
- Toy loops.
- Carry/lift handles.
- Laminated and padded back panel.
- Laminated, padded, and contoured waist belt and shoulder straps.
- Organizer pocket.
- Load-lifter straps.
- Front storage pocket.
- Foot-stabilizer for safe loading.
- Sternum strap.
- Hip belt water bottle pocket.
- JPMA certified.
Comparison with competitors
Where it comes to competitors, of course, the first models that come to mind are those from Osprey and Deuter. So in the table below I give a few basic data for comparison. To see more, please follow the links.
Kid Comfort III
|Removable day pack||no||yes||no|
|Hip belt pockets||yes||yes||1|
The prices at the moment of writing the text are respectively: $190, 300 299. So you see again, Kelty’s product with the price which is hard to match. This you can see also with many backpacks presented on the site, just have a look into this Kelty Catalyst 65 backpack as an example.
Pros & Cons
Here is my summary, not much in cons really:
Kelty Transit 3.0 is indeed a nice tool. Its weight is well below its competitors and the same holds for the price. It has received very good reviews from Amazon customers and the average rate is very high 4.5/5.
It does not have a rain cover but the same holds for its competitors.
To conclude this text about the Kelty Transit 3 Child Carrier, as you see from the text, here again, you have Kelty with:
- a great product,
- some unique features (see the harness adjustment system), and
- a great price.
So what more to expect? I like this small and compact tool, and I can fully recommend it.
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