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Their journey in the world has just begun so you should enjoy it too. With the JPMA-certified Journey kid-carrier, you and your little one can hike the trail safely and comfortably no matter where you head. The security of a 5-Point™ Child Harness will keep them safe on your back, while the kickstand prevents tipping when they’re not. Plus you’ll find an instant fit with quick-adjust suspension that molds to the torso of a mom or dad. And features like a removable sunshade (included) and padded shoulder straps and waist belt will benefit you both. This pack’s a great way to bond with ease while fueling their love of the outdoors.

Kelty Journey Child Carrier Instructions

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Safety Features:

  • Five-point, adjustable child's harness
  • No-pinch hinges (US Patent 5,626,271)
  • JPMA Certified

Carrier Features:

  • Sun Hood included (US Patent 5,609,279)
  • Hydration-ready
  • Under-seat storage
  • Padded adjustable-height child's seat
  • Toy loops
  • Carry/lift handles
  • Removable, washable chin-pad
  • Lightweight aluminum frame
  • Front storage pocket
  • Water bottle pocket

Suspension Features:

  • Sliding waistbelt torso-length adjustment
  • Two-layer, padded and contoured waistbelt
  • Padded backpanel
  • Curved, padded shoulder straps
  • Waistbelt storage pocket
  • Load-lifter straps
  • Sternum strap



  • Maximum weight load (Child + Gear + Pack): 50 lbs / 22.6 kg
  • Child weight: Minimum 16 lbs / 7.3 kg; Maximum: 40 lbs /  18.1 kg
  • Length: 19 in / 48.5 cm
  • Width: 15 in / 38 cm
  • Height: 30 in / 76 cm
  • Volume: 1300 in3 / 21 L
  • Weight: 7 lb 2 oz / 3.2 kg 
  • Suspension: Adjustable

Torso Fit Range: 

  •  15 - 19 in / 38 -48 cm


Body Fabric:
420D Polyester Ball Shadow

Accent Fabric:
420D Polyester Oxford

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  1. 2 weeks and kid/Dad love it!

    I wish I had gotten this product 6 months earlier. I have gotten out on hiking trips up to 8 miles with the kid and have been amazingly happy with spending intimate time with my daughter while being able to enjoy the outdoors at the same time. The entire initial set up took maybe 15 minutes to individualize the settings. Comes with sun shade which is important on those longer hikes. on Oct 15th 2017

  2. BEST EVER: durable, comfy, storage, weightbearing, & more

    We are avid hikers, and this was so comfortable for my girls, up to 43# (yeah it says 40# with 10# gear but I'd easily carry them plus 15# gear and this pack took it without a rip of tear for 2 seasons and looked brand new when I gave it to my sister in law less than 1 month ago). That's another plus: we were in dirty dusty muddy environments, and this cleans up like a dream, too, with simple hot soapy water on a cloth wiping down--never scrubbed if ever.

    Comfy for kids and for me (5'5") and my husband (6'1")! Sat well on my hips and didn't strain my back or neck and every part free for maximal movement. No poking or rubbing anywhere (not the case with other packs!).

    I cannot tell you how cleverly designed this is! removable backpack for shorter hikes, picnic time, or if kids want to try carrying gear (starter pack)!! Changing pad and tons of pockets in the removable backpack (zips off easily). Tons of undercarriage storage--food and warm weather gear and baby gear for family of 5! Clever toy loops and loops all over for caribbiner clips' near limitless additional hauling (bear mace, 1st aid kit, extra water, tool kits, whistles, and more for us). Side deep mesh pockets for water. Neat sun/rain canopy with high clearance. Front pocket on waistbelt for small items. Brilliant padding on shoulder straps to perfectly and safely nestle kid but make finding the straps easy for mommy/daddy. And we would lay a comfy blanket across the panel between kid and mommy's neck and our kids always fell asleep no matter how they'd fight it. My youngest is very tall and sturdy, and this pack accommodated her until age 4.5! Nice kickstand feature, too. Only wish: they'd make water bottle pockets on the waistband--really frustrating to have to have someone else help you get a bottle out, if you were using more than the camelpack/waterbladder (yup--has that, too!)--for me I'm flexible enough to reach up behind me to get one out, but very few people bend like that...but then maybe most people wouldn't need more than the waterbladder' supply for water.
    on Nov 3rd 2016

  3. Great Pack!!

    We bought this pack for our first child and loved it so much that when baby #2 came we bought another because the first was still in use with the older (kids are 2 & 3 years old). I am 5'2" 115lbs and my husband is 6'2" 175lbs and this pack adjusts well for both of our bodies. It holds a huge amount of gear and is really comfy. Both kids loved the pack and were comfy. on Aug 30th 2016

  4. Great but missing accessories

    We have only had this backpack for our little one (9 months) for 2 months and have been loving it till we got stuck in the rain the past 2 times we've been hiking. I got online thinking for sure there was a rain cover for this backpack. Kelty usually thinks of everything!! But they don't make a rain cover for the kid carriers. I might see if we can find one of the osprey ones that will work on top of it. We do love it otherwise! Our little girl gets her nap time in and loves to ride along! on Aug 3rd 2016

  5. Customer Review

    This child backpack is the real deal! I'm on my second child with it. When my little girl was younger, I'd take her out trout fishing with me along the edges of the salt creeks. She loved it! I use it for festivals and other activities. It's even great to take shopping. The other day I took my toddler boy to my little girl's soccer practice and coached while he was on my back. Everyone was amazed! It was funny, I'd forget he was on my back until I'd hear a little chuckle as I was running down the field! I trimmed the hedges with him on my back Sunday afternoon too. I love it! on Oct 12th 2014

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