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Pathfinder 3.0

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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

Child Carrier Comparison Chart


Safety Features:

  • Auto-deploy kickstand (US Patent 5,626,271)
  • 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

JPMA Certified


  • 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
Bob Wards:
Kittery Trading Post:
Mountain Sports:
Intended Use: Hiking and Backpacking
Al's Sporting Goods:
Gander Mountain:

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    1. 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

    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. 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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