Hubs and I love outdoor activities and now that we have two kids, we would like to continue and bring them along. We have been hiking with Kenzie a couple of times when she was an infant in the baby carrier. However, due to the weather, carrier or something else, she ended up throwing up and crying. I was thrilled to receive the Kelty Pathfinder 3.0 Child Carrier to test out so we could continue our fondness for hikes with the kids.
I immediately noticed how light the carrier was (7 lbs) for the actual size of the carrier and its features. This matters to me if I am going alone with Kenzie because I am weak sauce haha. Hubs has no problem with the carrier weight and even said I could pack it full and he would carry it. The child's limits for the Pathfinder 3.0 is min. 16 lbs and max. 40 lbs. which means years of use! The maximum load weight is a whopping 50 lbs. When we were placing Kenzie into the carrier we noticed it was a bit tight but that was due to all the fantastic padding for comfort. The nylon straps were easy to adjust as you just pull to desired position and the over shoulder padded 5-point harness just clips right to the back straps of the carrier. The toy loops will be handy once Mason can be carried in this.
As you can see from the side profile, the pack is pretty substantial in size. However, when Hubs was carrying Kenzie (roughly 26-27 lbs) he had no problem. There is a waist clip and a chest clip that are both easily adjustable to accomodate a wide range of bodies. The waistbelt and shoulder straps as well as back panel are all well padded providing comfort even on long hikes.
I told Kenzie to put her feet on the leg-secure straps but she preferred to let them dangle. The plush chin pad is removable and washable which is perfect for Mason's drool later.
You can see that there is a full size daypack that zips right off. There are many zippered compartments that one can really be organized while hiking. There is also a fairly large changing pad so your little one can be protected from the elements. It can also be used as a clean place to sit for toddlers. There is also ample space in the underseat zipper pocket to stash some wipes/snacks/etc. There are pockets galore to store liquids so you don't get dehydrated as well as the pack being hydration ready.
I love that there is a sun hood included. It fits right into the middle pocket of the pack and attaches easily by placing the poles into the top of the carrier. I had a bit of difficulty as Kenzie would pull each one out as I was placing them in! A front storage pocket located at the hip is convenient for phones, keys or money. The latter being more important if an ice cream truck is nearby. I've seen people using this type of carrier at events such as the Halloween Park we went to. I do suppose it is more convenient than trying to weave a stroller through mass crowds if you have a child who doesn't need to be in a stroller.
The Pathfinder is truly the top of the line frame child carrier due to all the safety features as well as comfort for both the carrier and child. We just went on a little hike near our neighborhood and Kenzie had a great time being high up on daddy's back and looking at all the nature surrounding her. I can't wait to take this pack on long hikes to waterfalls in Hawaii.
Buy It: You can purchase the Kelty Pathfinder 3.0 Child Carrier for $279.95.
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