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The ultimate in comfort for you and your baby.

Kelty include every possible amenity into the Pathfinder 3.0 Kid Carrier to ensure a positive parent/baby hiking experience. From back-friendly features for adults to a supremely comfortable cockpit for baby, the top-of-the-line Pathfinder will make heading outdoors for a hike your go-to weekend activity.

  • Lowered child position offers more comfortable and safer carrying, while fully padded suspension eliminates hot spots
  • Easy-to-access torso adjustment lets you get the fit just right no matter whose turn it is to carry the pack
  • Five-point adjustable harness holds your child securely in place, while padded, supportive cockpit ensures he or she will sit upright in a comfortable position
  • Padded seat adjusts in height for a perfect fit, so you'll get years of use out of the pack before it's outgrown
  • Wide frame base provides enhanced stability on uneven ground for safe loading and unloading
  • Hydration-ready compartment and water bottle pockets on the hip-belt and removable daypack mean nobody will go thirsty
  • Front pad can be removed and washed for improved cockpit hygiene
  • Toy loops allow you to clip on alternatives to the ever-favorite parent-hair-pulling activity.
  • Zip-off daypack stows diapers, snacks, and a change of clothes; additional storage space under the seat ensures you’re fully equipped for your outing.
  • Sun/rain hood keeps you trekking when the sun starts beating down or you hit a drizzly patch
  • Carries up to 50 pounds (child plus gear) in comfort

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There's a handy mirror that tucks into the right shoulder strap. It's perfect for checking out your kid when they're uncharacteristically noisy or quiet.

4 5

Hiking with the Kiddo

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I skipped out of work early to take Rosie out on her inaugural hike in our brand new Kelty Pathfinder 3.0 (Technically, I actually have the FC 3.0., but apart from the name change, it appears to be an identical pack).

We only hiked for a few miles, but Rosie was entertained the entire time by the two travel toys that I hooked onto the backpack's toy loops. The included sunshade kept the bright sun off her tiny head, but I would suggest keeping a floppy brimmed hat on your kiddo for added sun protection. The front of the sunshade has a plastic shield that's presumably for use in wet weather. You can roll the plastic shield up, but there isn't a good way to secure it once it's rolled.

I was impressed by the backpack, it was easy to get Rosie strapped down and secure. The waist strap is very padded, and the sliding back panel ensures that both Lissa and I get a perfect fit despite our different torso lengths. Since we were going on such a short hike I didn't load much gear into the pack (just the baby and a few diapers), but it seems like it will have plenty of cargo space, and I think I'll be able to tie a sleeping bag and sleeping pad onto the frame kickstand for overnight hikes. The child carrier is also adjustable, so when Rosie gets bigger I'll be able to lower the seat so that she still fits into the pack.

The biggest drawback is the mesh bottle holders behind the seat area are impossible to reach without taking off the pack. To solve this problem, we strapped a Camelback Unbottle to the side of the bag, next to the baby carrier. The Unbottle isn't so heavy that it throws off your balance, and the hydration hose easily reaches me and the baby. Be forewarned though?once the baby gets the bite valve in his/her mouth, they won't want to give it up!

There are two load lifting straps just above the shoulder attachment point. Make sure these are even, otherwise the pack will exert too much pressure on one shoulder.

Hiking with the Kiddo
5 5

Deluxe Kid Carrier

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this bag in red. My daughter is 1 years old and we've gone skiing twice and hiking a bunch of times. I like throwing this on and doing some yard work too. She fits in really well, there are tons of great adjustments to get her dialed in just right.