The FC 3.0 is Kelty's top of the line child carrier. Having kids is no longer an excuse for not hiking because it provides comfort for both you and your child. Mounting and adusting the FC 3.0 takes some practice and getting used to. However, it will not be long before you can easily and quickly load your child into the carrier. In addition, using it provides your child an opportunity to sleep while you focus on enjoying an outdoor adventure.
On level ground, it does not add much stress to your hike. However, hiking up and down inclines and declines is a full body workout that requires mental focus. Thus, I recommend that you reduce stress on your knees and ankles and improve your balance by using LEKI walking poles.
My daughter and I have hiked over 200 miles using our Kelty FC 3.0, including hikes of seven miles and climbs of elevation over 1,000 feet. In this time, it has remained strong and has not shown any signs of undesirable wear and tear. We really enjoyed using it from the ages of 14 months to three years. However, we found that the weight of the bag and child became too heavy as she approached 35 pounds. An easy way to reduce the weight of the bag is to remove the small backpack in the back and leave the bottom compartment empty. In addition, at around three years she became more interested in walking and less interested in riding.
Key features of the Kelty FC 3.0:
Tips for using the Kelty FC 3.0: