Kelty is a manufacturer of outdoor sporting and camping goods and have become known for the excellent quality of all their products. Unsurprisingly there is a nice Kelty baby carrier range especially meant for hiking. They were the first company to offer child carriers to be used in outdoor activities.
Something to consider when choosing your Kelty baby carrier is how you intend to use it. Yes you are going to take your little one out for walks – but for how long and for how far? Are you expecting to go for the occasional walk in the park? Or are you more likely to be going on long hiking holidays through the wilderness? This is important so as to decide the size and durability of your carrier as well as additional compartments required.
Don’t forget that the carrying weight includes your baby and any items carried. And while that may be sufficient today – will it be next year or the year after as your baby grows? A Kelty baby carrier will also be perfect as a toddler carrier but this will impact upon the other goods that you can carry in your backpack.
The Kelty Baby Carrier Range.
The base model is the Mijo, a simple basic model that is perfect for walks in the park or a day of running errands. This is your ‘every day’ carrier that is made to the same top quality you would expect from Kelty – but not an actual hiking or backpack carrier like those below.
The Tour 1.0 has a suspension system that is adjustable, a system that ensures that makes it easy for the child to get in and out of the carrier, and a patented Auto-Deploy Kickstand that gives you a safe way to load and unload your child.
Next up is the Junction 2.0 which has a 5-point harness that is adjustable for your baby and it easily adjusts in length and in the torso for a perfect fit for mom and dad. Perfect for an afternoon of hiking.
The Transit 3.0 is just the carrier for active families as well as travelers. It is light and compact folding up to fit into the overhead compartment on a plane, in the trunk of your car, or even in the backseat. It received the “Babble Favorite Baby Carrier” award from the parenting blog Babble.com.
Created for the comfort and safety of parents and their little ones, the Journey 2.0 has the patented Auto-Deploy Kickstand, the 5-Point Harness, and their No-Pinch hinges. The removable sun shade will keep baby protected from the glare of the sun, and the padded harness, shoulder straps, and waist belt add to mom and dad’s comfort levels.
The Pathfinder 3.0 is for serious outdoor fanatics and is a top of the range hiking baby carrier. It has an improved adjustable suspension system that is easier to get to and provides a perfect fit for the parent. It has a 5-point harness and leg-secure straps. The daypack can be zipped off when you don’t need to use it but you’ll be glad to have it when you do. It has a pad for changing diapers and a compartment to handle beverages for hiking excursions.
A handy accessory for all the above Kelty baby carrier product range is the Kelty frame sun hood with a mesh window + weather and brush protection. Just fix it over baby using hook and loop attachments.
Finally we have the Wallaby which is different from each Kelty baby carrier above in that it is certainly not a hiking backpack carrier. However it most definitely adheres to the quality standards we expect from Kelty with padded seat, waistband and shoulder straps. It can also be used as a front facing baby carrier.