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Kelty Tour 1.0 ReviewPrice: $190.00 List | $139.95 at Amazon - 26% off
Pros: Budget-friendly, better rider & wearer comfort, on the fly adjustments
Cons: No canopy, less storage
Bottom line: Budget-friendly, comfortable option that is lightweight with on the go adjustment
Max Pack Load: 50 lbs
Weight: 4.6 lbs
The Kelty Tour 1.0 is a minimalist backpack carrier that does a good job for a friendly price. This pack has padded supportive shoulder straps and waistband that can be adjusted while wearing the carrier. Combined with the torso adjustment this backpack fits most users well, and minor tweaks for optimum comfort can happen with your baby in the pack. The pack is comfy for your baby with a close fitting cockpit and a padded face rest for napping. The Tour has a firm adjustable seat pad with supportive wings and enough storage for a fun adventure. While the Tour doesn't come with a canopy, we think parents will appreciate the simplicity and price of the Tour. Plus, you can purchase a canopy as an accessory if this feels like a deal breaker.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
In 1952, Dick Kelty started making backpacks for friends out of his garage. Dick welded the frames, and his wife sewed the packs. Kelty packs were used by the participants of the First American ascent of the Mount Everest West Ridge in 1963. By 1978, Kelty had introduced Gore-Tex clothing and six new models of daypacks. In 1992, Kelty expands to include child carrier packs with tubular frames and inspiration from the classic Kelty pack. By 1999, Kelty extends their kid carrier collection to six models and additional gear for kids. Kelty designs gear that is built to last and lets you enjoy every moment. Kelty strives to make every journey carefree and fun.
The chart below shows the overall score for the Kelty Tour (blue) and the other products we tested for this review. While the Tour didn't score as well as some of the competition, we still consider it to be a good value for the price.
The information below includes details on how the Tour performed compared to the competition.
The Tour earned a 6 of 10 for parent comfort.
Overall, this pack is a comfy fit for the price. The shoulder straps and waistband are nicely padded and have a stiffer structure to help support baby's weight when you are wearing the pack. The straps aren't as adjustable as some of the competition, with no upper strap adjustment, but tightening the chest strap brings the cockpit closer making it more comfortable for the wearer.
The back of the Tour is padded and has a breathable mesh layer to help prevent a sweaty back. The waistband is supportive and easy to tighten making it a quick fit even on the go. It has less adjustability than the Kelty Pathfinder 3.0 but the padding and structure make up for this disadvantage.
The torso adjustment is easy to manage and has a range of 4 inches, so most users can find a fit that works well for them. Despite the broader range and the ability to adjust on the go, some shorter users might end up with the bottom of the carrier digging into the top part of the rear end.
The Tour earned a 7 of 10 for child comfort.
Child comfort is important for those longer adventures.
The cockpit has padded shoulders in the 5-point harness, and the adjustment doesn't impede comfort with hard clips. The cockpit is roomy enough for movement but not roomy the passenger is floppy or feels like they will fall out. The seat is well padded and more substantial with a structure that doesn't fold under the baby's weight. It has flexible wings that hold the child for a snug fit, and soft fabric covers the entire seat.
The face pad is cushioned and covered in soft fabric, but it could be angled somewhat for a more ergonomic napping position when little ones fall asleep and fall forward. You can feel the frame under the pad, but it isn't as significant as some of the competition. The Tour has no stirrups which will leave legs dangling, and this may bother some children.
Ease of Use
The Tour earned a 6 of 10 for ease of use.
Adjustment of the shoulder straps move smoothly, and the buckles work well, but the range is limited. The torso strap is adjustable when the pack is on, and the waistband is also smooth with a clasp you can operate with one hand.
The seat height is easy to adjust by clipping the two carabiners onto the loops on the back side of parent pack. It is operable with little ones in the seat, but it is far easier to do with an empty carrier.
Both the chest clip (above left) and waistbelt (above right) can be adjusted on the go. They have smooth moving belts, and the buckles work well on both.
To adjust the harness, you grab the buckles above the padding and tilt as you slide them up or down (above left). This process is easy and works with a baby in the pack. The cockpit has a side opening with a buckle closure (above right) you can tighten to achieve a snug cockpit and a better weight distribution for the carrier.
This pack has a single carry handle on the back of the carrier. It is lightweight and the carry handle works well. The leg brace pops out from the back and creates a stable base.
The Tour earned a 5 of 10 for parent comfort.
Storage options can be the difference between a short jaunt and a more extended hike. If you don't have enough space for your supplies, you'll be taking a shorter trip or carrying an extra pack.
The storage on this pack is located on the back with only the waistband pocket being within reach of the wearer.
Both back pockets (above left) open from the top unlike some of the competition with oddly placed upside down zippers. The pockets have zippered openings and can hold a jacket, diapers, wipes, and snacks. You'll need help accessing the contents, or you'll have to remove it to reach your supplies. The waistband pocket (above right) for this pack is small with a zippered closure. It is much like the others in the review and won't fit a larger smartphone.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz
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