Application - Kelty Kids FC 2.0 backpack - Jen P
- Please accept my application to test the Kelty Kids FC 2.0 backpack. I know
the testing requirements and have submitted my tester agreement. If
selected, I would prefer the green pack. Thank you for your consideration.
Name: Jennifer Pope
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.7 m)
Weight: 145 lb (66 kg)
Email Address: Jennifer.Pope@...
Location: Los Angeles, California
Intermediate. I've been a car-camper as long as I can remember and started
backpacking in Northern California when I was 16. I have backpacked for
about 5 years but I am currently on a hiatus after giving birth to my first
child in May 2008. I hike and car camp all over California; the deserts, the
coast, alpine mountains, and lower elevation mountains. I sleep in a tent
with my husband and daughter and I dayhike with a small daypack or with my
daughter on my back.
Age: 13 months
Height: 31 1/2"
Weight: almost 22 lbs
Thus far my parents have been too wimpy to take me backpacking or too weak
to carry me, all my gear and all their gear. They do frequently take me on
dayhikes. So far we've hiked several times in the Santa Monica mountains
and we've taken one weekend camping trip to Joshua Tree National Park where
we did some hiking. I love riding on one of my parents' backs. It reminds
me of being in the womb and it's a good place to take a nap. I usually
carry a sippy cup, my little blanket, pacifier, a couple diapers, a small
package of wipes, a sweater, some snacks, and a few toys.
I will use this pack dayhiking throughout various areas of California. The
majority of my time is spent in the Santa Monica mountains in LA
I hike in other wilderness areas immediately surrounding Southern
California. Deserts are a possibility but it will likely be too hot by the
time the pack arrives and not cool enough by the end of the test period. It
might see the beach a few times over the test period. Less frequently I
also hike in San Diego county and northern California (Shasta county area). I
get two types of weather conditions, warm to hot sun or moist marine layer.
Rain is unlikely. Terrain is rarely flat, it's usually rocky, and trails
are typically well-maintained and travelled.
My daughter is several years away from being able to hike on her own. She's
also very large for her age, so a well-performing backpack carrier is very
important (97th percentile for height and 75th percentile for weight). We
currently hike with a Dueter Kid Comfort II pack and it has worked extremely
well for us. We've been very satisfied with how it carries weight and how
my daughter feels in it. We purchased the optional sunshade to keep her as
much out of the sun as possible.
The most important feature of a kid carrier is how well it distributes
weight. With one item in the pack starting out at about 23 lbs and not
getting any lighter, the pack has to be good. The hipbelt has to be
comfortable and the pack has to put the weight there. The shoulderstraps
have to be comfortable. The pack itself is also 7 lbs, so I'm looking at a
base weight of 30 lbs if I carry nothing else. Thankfully my husband always
hikes with us and he'll be carrying the daypack with the hydration bladdar
so at least I don't have to carry the next heaviest item, the water.
I guess realistically, the most important feature should be if my daughter
is comfortable in the pack herself. If she isn't it doesn't much matter if
the pack carries weight well! Luckily this has never been a problem for us
with other carrying devices so I don't anticipate any problems. There are a
few things that could make her ride more enjoyable. How does she sit in the
pack both when it's on the ground and on my back? Does the "seat" push her
forward so she's pressed against my back? Is the harness comfortable? Does
she pull at it or does it leave marks on her neck after a hike? Where are
the toy loops located? Are they reasonable to hold toys during a hike? How
easy is it to zip off the diaper bag and the washable interior? Can I
easily adjust the pack to fit my child? Where do her feet hang when she's
in the pack? Are my arms and sides and easy kicking target? What are the
"leg straps" and how do they work? They sounds like enhanced interrogation
devices. Can she pull my hair? (My daugher loves me, I swear!) Is her
head significantly lower than mine so that I don't have to worry about
low-lying branches hitting her? Does my Dueter sunshade attach to this
pack? How does the auto-deploy kickstand work? It doesn't seem like it
could really be automatic but maybe it is?
Other than that any other features are bonuses. Storage is nice. I will
report on all storage pockets (backpack, underseat and hipbelt) and how
useful they are. It seems slightly odd that the backpack is up on the
child's back. It seems like that would make the pack a little top heavy and
put my center of gravity up more towards my shoulders. But I'll report on
that. And anything else that comes up during the test period.
Happy to test other kids items as well! I'm glad BGT is going back in this
*Other BGT duties*
Monitor on Big Sky Mirage Tent and Exxel Outdoors kids sleeping bag.
I�m often late with reports. It�s not something I�m proud of but it happens
nonetheless. I work full-time, I�m a mom, my husband is in graduate school
and is working in his lab 60+ hour a week and I have other responsibilities.
BGT is pretty much on the bottom of the list unfortunately. I never plan to
be late but things come up frequently. I do try to be a good citizen and
I�ll never disappear into thin air. I'm trying to be better!
My LTR for the Gregory Jade daypack is due a week from Tuesday. The test
will be over before this new test would start. I plan on trying to get an
application in for the Outdoor Research Women's Cypress S/S Sunshirt.
All my reviews are here:
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