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Keith93514 wrote a review of on December 5, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

As soon as your child develops head/neck controll, ditch the bjorn and upgrade to the KC 1. It's got a bomber harness for your child, and ample side and chin padding - so its nice and cozy. It's on an external frame and carries so well- no more slumping back ache. The child's seat is adjustable - so you can make it longer/lower as your child grows. We cinched it up all the way and had our daughter riding in the back at about 6 months. Both parents can adjust the pack with 1 simple strap (takes less than a minute) so trading off is a snap. The child's weight transfers to your hips, which becomes important as they grow from 15 to 35 lbs. The pack is light-weight with one big storage compartment for your child's necessities; one parent can bring this pack and have everything they need for a half day adventure. It's got a removable sun-shade option - which is a must-have while hiking - but it pulls right out for packing up in the car or bus. We used the pack hiking, fishing, and frequently around the block to induce sleep. Eventually we moved up to a KC3 (more storage to bring climbing gear on longer adventures) and all our friends were drooling over the KC1 for a hand-me-down. It's a great pack and will get you outside with your little one.

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Keith93514 wrote a review of on December 3, 2013

Great bag that gets bigger
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great sleeping bag for your little one. We got the Little Star when Ali was 1 and1/2 and we’ve used it to camp, car camp, and while traveling. It’s warm, easy to zip, and easy to clean. It’s a little big, but usable, for a 1.5 year-old; Ali is now three and fits perfectly; but the bag also has an extension that you can unzip (awesome) and add about 1 foot in length. It’s been durable and we are excited to keep using it for the next couple years. It’s kept Ali plenty warm camping in a tent at 10,000 feet in the summer/fall.

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Keith93514 wrote a review of on December 2, 2013

4 5

This is a very lightweight, slim profile pack. It?s got enough room for hydration bladder, an extra layer or two and snacks. It has a center zipper on back so you can get to everything easily; and also has two big stash pockets on the back for water bottles, skins or layers. It carries very close to your back and doesn?t mess up your balance when skiing or biking. We use it when we go light and fast either day hiking, side hill or short tour skiing or biking. It doesn?t have a lot of extra room or volume for longer outings.

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Keith93514 wrote a review of on December 2, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love this pack- it?s super light but also very, very comfortable. It?s got enough support and padding to it that you can carry climbing gear or a stove and not feel it burrowing into your back all day. It can handle a heavier load of gear and still keep the weight on your hips. It has triple external straps on both sides that are great for a foam pad, A-frame skis or snowboard carrying, crampon bag, etc. Also the straps allow the pack to expand to its full width or contract to minimal volume when climbing or bushwhacking. There?s lots of space for a long day or two day outing, ax loops for the alpine, and all the hydration, pockets, and features that you want. The Speedlite 30 is an amazingly versatile, light weight trooper, that isn?t just a flimsy bag with two straps thrown on it..

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