My husband and I bonded over hiking through Yellowstone National Park and shortly after moved to Colorado to go to school and explore the outdoors on the weekend. Regardless to say, hiking is almost in Harry’s blood, and with our recent move to Germany (a hikers mecca, I tell you!) we’ve been making good use of our hiking boots. Still too small to walk alongside us, we’ve made good use of our hiking backpack and I’m here reviewing our Kelty Kids Transit Carrier for the outdoorsy Mamas and Papas today!
The Transit carrier is a great, great option for bringing your little one along with you everywhere… we’ve used it not only hiking but through airports, in busy cities, and around the house (you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do when dinner needs to be made and a little guy is fussing at your feet). Harry always feels secure and safe in it. It adjusts to not only me or my husband or whomever is wearing it, but the five point harness tightens comfortably on Harry, holding him close to my body, but still high enough to see what’s going on ahead. Needless to say, we love the Transit.
The pros: As I’ve already mentioned, the Transit feels secure not only on my back, but also on Harry’s body, and though it cinches nice and tight, it’s very comfortable. Keeping all of Harry’s weight (plus the weight of the backpack and it’s cargo) close to my body makes it possible for me to hike for a while without any major complaint. It’s very easy to size up or down depending on who is wearing it. It’s fully adjustable for both the carrier and the carried.
I love, love the removable “diaper bag” feature. It’s basically a small backpack that zips to the Transit, allowing you to store diapers and wipes, snacks and water, toys, etc. in it, with the added bonus that if you’re hiking with someone else, they can wear the small backpack and take some of the weight off your shoulders. We’ve packed a lunch in there, and worn the “diaper bag” separately, then when it was empty after our picnic, we zipped it right back onto the backpack and got back to our hike.
There are so many pockets for storing your supplies on the Transit as well, ranging from large backpack compartments to easy access compartments on the padded waist belt, perfect for storing keys or cell phones (though I’ve yet to fit my iPhone in there), And speaking of the padded waist belt, the whole carrier is padded generously, making it very comfortable. It feels like my very expensive Gregory hiking backpack.
The cons: I have two complaints about the Transit, neither of which are deal breakers. First, the carrier itself is 5 pounds, which doesn’t seem like much until you add a baby and snacks and water (and a spare diaper or two) to it. It can feel heavy very quickly. Luckily, the support systems in place as well as the padding make the weight somewhat negligible, but it’s definitely something to note that after an hour or two of wearing the Transit, my husband and I like to switch off to give the other’s shoulders and back a rest.
Also, it can be difficult to get the Transit on and off without help. You should never put the Transit with your child in it on a raised surface in order to get it on or off, for fear of falling. There is a learning curve to getting the Transit on and off, but once you figure out exactly how to safely wiggle into it, you’ve got it for good. The first few times wearing it, however, you most definitely will want help getting into and out of it. And remember to always, always ensure your child is properly strapped in before putting the Transit on.
Overall, we love the Transit. It does have a higher price tag, but I believe you really get what you pay for with this backpack. As I’ve mentioned, it feels like a very upscale hiking backpack in it’s support and padding. It beautifully designed and after getting through the slight learning curve putting it on and taking it off, it’s the kind of carrier I’d list as a “must-have” for anyone who enjoys an adventure.