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With sadness, regret and, I am not ashamed to say, a few tears we passed our Kelty Trek kid carrier on to my younger climbing partner. I bought the thing in Leavenworth, WA over 13 years ago for what I thought was the outrageous price of $170 at a full price retailer (wife REEEALLY wanted it).
In that time I carried the FIVE kids all over this and five other states on both coasts on activities such as Christmas tree cutting, pheasant hunting (makes shooting harder but achievable) up and down mountains and beaches and everywhere our adventures took us. I can't think of a time in the last almost decade and a half where we were without one or two kids who fit this thing.
Yes I did write a review though this model is discontinued.
This kid hauler outlasted my dog even and traveled to more destinations than he ever could (due to legal considerations).
My point is not to praise this pack but to mourn the turning point in my life. My Mrs. and I finally admitted that we are done having kids (never really planned on five, or four, or three but thats another story) and it was time to pass the kid pack on to another family. My climbing partner and his Mrs. had their 1st last year and we gifted the pack to them with the understanding that they were its caretakers and, should it last their child raising years as I think it will, they will pass it on in kind. I think they'll have a bigger family too.
The tears from paragraph #1 were not as much for the pack but in loving memory of the years and joy we had in its employment.
Anyone else have such a relationship with a piece of gear?