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Share the wonder of hiking without sacrificing a thing. The JPMA certified Pathfinder kid-carrier is designed to be super safe for your little one and ultra comfortable for you. With a 5-point™ adjustable Child harness that locks them in place and has leg loops for added security, they won’t be going anywhere fast. To make your journey effortless, there’s a quick-adjust suspension system so both moms and dads can find the perfect fit and weight distribution fast. 

Along the trail, you’ll both enjoy useful features like a sun hood to prevent unwanted rays, zip-off daypack for essentials like snacks and a changing pad (that’s included), and a hydration-ready compartment to quench sudden thirsts so you can easily nip crying in the bud. This pack’s so fully featured and cozy, you’ll want to keep going even when they conk out.

Kelty Pathfinder Child Carrier Instructions

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Safety Features:

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

Carrier Features:

  • Sun Hood included (US Patent 5,609,279)
  • Zip-Off Daypack
  • Hydration-ready
  • Changing Pad included
  • 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
  • Laminated, padded and contoured waistbelt
  • Laminated, curved, padded shoulder straps
  • Laminated, padded back panel
  • 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 10 oz / 3.5 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. Only down side is all the questions!

    I purchased this in 2012 for my child. I have used it since for the three that came after her. We have hiked in the mountains of Georgia, Colorado, and Wyoming. Used it at the zoo and really anywhere you have some walking to do. The only downside (if thats what you call it) is everyone will stop and ask about it. If you are worried about the price, Don't its well worth it and it will last. on Feb 19th 2018

  2. Needs a rain fly pre- silicone treated with lower attachment to pack body

    Love this pack. My youngest daughter loves it.

    Only complaint was I had to go buy a rain fly from a local sports shop and the attachment for the fly to the bottom of the bag was not in any way compatible. However I did silicone treat the entire bag and the rain fly before we used it....and needed it.

    Went to the Alaska Zoo and got rained on the entire time. But my young daughter stayed dry and warm.

    So Kelty is doing something right but 4 stars for missing the mark with a full rain fly.
    on Jan 6th 2018

  3. The little girl loves her hikes with dad!

    Very comfortable for me. Though she cannot tell me that she likes it, she does not cry. That is good enough for me. on Jul 7th 2017

  4. Great product!

    I've enjoyed the pack. The adjustments allow for a better fit. I'm glad I made the purchase! on Jun 15th 2017

  5. Outstanding customer service and quality guarantee!

    Michael provided quick and friendly customer service! Kelty has always made a high quality child carrier, but now I've had first hand experience with their customer service. I am very pleased and impressed with how responsive Michael was, and he helped resolve the matter in a caring manner. Kelty does "stand up and live up" to their products! Thanks for a positive, stress free experience!! on May 16th 2017

  6. Awesome Carrier - BEST Customer Service in the Industry

    First let me say that Kelty stands by their products and provides hands down the best customer service in the industry. I have contacted them on serveral occasions and always received a timely response that comepletely addresses any question or issues I've had. For this reason alone,
    I will always choose Kelty first and recommend their products to my friends.

    The Pathfinder 3.0 is the top of the line framed Child Carrier. It performs exactly as described and is comfortable and easy to use for both parent and child.

    We love how light and breathable it is and the easy adjustments to get just the right fit.

    It comes fully equipped with all the accessories you'll need to hit the trail with your little one. You'll appreciate the detachable day pack to help distribute the load on longer outings. It's just the right size for keys, wallet, extra supplies, snacks and can easily be sized to fit dad, mom or big brother.

    Highly recommend Kelty and the Pathfinder 3.0.
    on Apr 10th 2017

  7. Customer Review

    I had used a Kelty pack with my first daughter 10 years ago. Now with my second daughter I tried again. This pack is AWESOME! It is the Cadillac of packs, comfortable, easy to use, light weight and the BEST ever! If you like to go to the mall, zoo, mountains. This is the pack to have. Thank You for a GREAT product! Kool Clipz on Jan 25th 2013

  8. Customer Review

    This pack was amazing! I had been looking at this pack for a long time then actually won it on their facebook page. I took it out for a test hike the day I got it and could not be more happy. The most important part was it fit my kid perfectly and he was so secure I didn't have to worry about a thing. Secondly, it was comfortable for me. I am a small girl so carrying a child on my back up a mountain is no easy task. This pack felt great and had padding in all the right areas. It adjusts easily and was large enough to hold everything I needed. Finally, it came with the sun shade for my kid so he was still having fun and not completely miserable in the 100 degree weather. We have only taken it out 3 times but I can not imagine anything else that would make this pack better. Good job with a safe, yet comfortable, design Kelty! on Jun 24th 2012

  9. Customer Review

    The H2O pocket is a GREAT addition! The overall ease of use on the adjustment system is good. The pack carried great and I felt like my kid was REALLY safe in this carrier! on Mar 14th 2012

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