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Kelty Tour 1.0 Review

Best Value Award
Price:   $190.00 List | $145.10 at Amazon - 24% 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
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Manufacturer:   Kelty

The Skinny

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

Review by:
Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz

Last Updated:
Monday
November 20, 2017

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The Kelty Tour 1.0 is a simple well-structured pack that is comfortable for the wearer and passenger.
The Kelty Tour 1.0 is a simple well-structured pack that is comfortable for the wearer and passenger.

In 1952, Dick Kelty started making backpacks for friends out of his garage. Dick welded the frames, and his wife sewed the packs. In 1963, Kelty packs were used in the First American ascent of the West Ridge on Mount Everest. 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.

Performance Comparison


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.

We feel the Kelty offers several features that ensure a good fit for overall parent comfort while carrying a baby.
We feel the Kelty offers several features that ensure a good fit for overall parent comfort while carrying a baby.

Parent Comfort


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 with a mesh back cover that improves breathability and helps prevent overheating while hiking.
The back of the Tour is padded with a mesh back cover that improves breathability and helps prevent overheating while hiking.

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 on the Tour isn't enough to bring the bottom of the pack up high enough to avoid digging into the top of the bottom on shorter testers.
The torso adjustment on the Tour isn't enough to bring the bottom of the pack up high enough to avoid digging into the top of the bottom on shorter testers.

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 design of the Tour cockpit helps prevent little ones from hanging awkwardly out the side when they are trying to see or fall asleep.
The design of the Tour cockpit helps prevent little ones from hanging awkwardly out the side when they are trying to see or fall asleep.

Child Comfort


The Tour earned a 7 of 10 for child comfort.


Child comfort is important for those longer adventures.

The harness on the Tour is a padded U shape of fabric that is height adjustable in the back. The padded portion covers the adjustment buckles for increased comfort.
The harness on the Tour is a padded U shape of fabric that is height adjustable in the back. The padded portion covers the adjustment buckles for increased comfort.

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 on the Kelty is well padded with only a slight hard feeling where the frame is. It isn't removable making it harder to keep clean and the handle is positioned so it could be chewed on by mouth oriented little ones.
The face pad on the Kelty is well padded with only a slight hard feeling where the frame is. It isn't removable making it harder to keep clean and the handle is positioned so it could be chewed on by mouth oriented little ones.

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.

The color-coded adjustment and features of the Tour are easier to use than some of the competition.
The color-coded adjustment and features of the Tour are easier to use than some of the competition.

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 Tour seat pad has clip adjustment on the outside of the pad so little ones can't feel them. They can be moved with the baby in the pack for a custom fit.
The Tour seat pad has clip adjustment on the outside of the pad so little ones can't feel them. They can be moved with the baby in the pack for a custom fit.

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.

The chest clip on the Tour will help draw baby closer to your back for increased wearer comfort. This buckle is super easy to operate and can be tightened or loosened without stopping.
The Tour waistband buckle is super easy to use and the straps can be adjusted with just one hand while you are moving.
 

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.

The Tour harness chest clip is housed inside a fabric flap for better comfort. The clip works well and isn't too stiff.
The Tour cockpit has a side adjustment flap that helps create a snug fit to prevent little ones from flopping around. The strap is color-coded so you know it does something.
 

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.

The Tour has a cozy and secure cockpit with dual carry handles on the front and back.
The Tour has a cozy and secure cockpit with dual carry handles on the front and back.

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 storage is primarily on the back of the pack out of the reach of the wearer. There aren't a lot of pockets  but what there is should hold enough supplies for an adventure up to half a day.
The Tour storage is primarily on the back of the pack out of the reach of the wearer. There aren't a lot of pockets, but what there is should hold enough supplies for an adventure up to half a day.

Storage


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 Tour is simple without a lot of additional features and pockets that add weight to the overall unit.
The Tour is simple without a lot of additional features and pockets that add weight to the overall unit.

The storage on this pack is located on the back with only the waistband pocket being within reach of the wearer.

The pockets on the Tour open from the top unlike some of the compeititon with awkward upside down zippers.
The Tour's waistband pocket isn't large enough for most smartphones which is a disappointment given the ideal location for this regularly used item.
 

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.

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Accessories


  • The Kelty frame sun hood
    Kelty Frame Sun Hood — This canopy accessory increase the usability of the pack by allowing baby to ride more comfortably in inclement weather. This canopy is designed to work with the Tour and can be stored in the main pocket when not in use.

Other Versions


  • Kelty Pathfinder 3.0 — We tested the Pathfinder in this review and were impressed with the comfort for parents and passengers. This pack has more storage than the Tour and is overall larger with more structure to the pack. This pack comes standard with a canopy, so there is nothing else to buy. It earned an Editors' Choice award.
  • The Kelty Journey 2.0
    Kelty Journey 2.0 — The Kelty Journey 2.0 is a child carrier with quick suspension and hydration capabilities. The Journey has a 5-point harness, a removable sunshade, padded shoulder straps, toy loops, water bottle holders, and more.
  • The Kelty Transit 3.0
    Kelty Transit 3.0 — The Transit 3.0 is a lightweight pack that is good for travel. This pack fits easily in the overhead compartment on a plan and even in your luggage. It remains functional even with the smaller size with adequate storage and features for comfort.
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