Kelty Pathfinder 3.0 Kid Carrier Review

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The Kelty Pathfinder 3.0 is the upgraded version of Kelty FC 3.0. It has many new features that you’ll love. It still has the completely detachable daypack, the handy diaper changing pad, and the washable chin pad which we all know as the drool pad.

This carrier weighs 7 pounds 10 ounces with a 50-pound weight limit all-in-all. It has well-padded back panel that’s comfortable for the wearer. The shoulder strap is easily adjustable and is padded as well.

Introduced your child to nature and to your outdoor hobby with this carrier and let him explore the things that are new to him.

Kelty Pathfinder 3.0 Kid Carrier

Kelty Pathfinder Features 

Easy-to-Deploy Kickstand

When you pull the shoulder straps, the kickstand will pulled and tuck away completely. The opposite happens when it times to put the carrier down. The strap loosens up propelling the kickstand out ready to be used.

V-Bar Structured Cockpit

This is a protective feature that can keep your child safe just in case you accidentally slide or fall down while hiking on trails. The cockpit will not collapse no matter what. It is known as the “roll cage” feature.

Adjustable Torso

Any adult wearer can fit this hiking carrier perfectly because it has a torso height adjuster. Just unlock the pin, slide it up or down according to your height, then lock the pin again.

Adjustable Seat

The child’s seat is adjustable to fit your child’s height. The seat is also padded making it more comfortable for your child.

Hydration Pack

There’s an allocated space for hydration pack complete with straw hole and straps.

Five-point Safety Harness

It has a padded straps and buckles in bright color so that you will not forget to secure your little one inside the carrier.

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Who is it for?

This carrier is great for those who live near mountain trails and doesn’t have to travel to hike.

This is not suitable for newborns and young infants because of the minimal head support.


  • It has additional water bottle pocket so it is easy to stay hydrated on those long hikes. Taking the pack off is a process so having ample water within reach will make your day easier.
  • Lightweight aluminum frame to reduce fatigue and risk of injury.
  • Plenty of storage. There’s storage under the seat, in the front, and even in the hip belt.
  • The detachable sunshade is not adjustable. The only option is to assemble it covering the whole backset area for the child.


  • It is bulky and doesn’t fold completely. It can occupy a lot of space in your car and home. So make sure you leave plenty of trunk space. 
  • There’s no foot rest and the chin pad which also doubles as a head rest is a bit flimsy.

Why you should buy it?

With all the upgrades from the previous model, Kelty Pathfinder 3.0 is really kicking it up a notch. It has notable unique features such as the space for the hydration pack and the kickstand that’s easy to pull out when you need it.

Of course, it still has the little details that we’ve loved from the previous model – the removable daypack, the diaper changing pad, and the storage spaces for all of the necessities that you need in a day’s hike.

It also has the “roll cage” safety feature, which is necessary if you’re hiking in slippery or snowy terrain.

They also streamlined the design of this carrier. The torso adjuster is now neater and easier to use. It is comfortable for the wearer and the passenger as well.

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The Kelty Pathfinder 3.0 is a comfortable and durable hiking stroller. It took into consideration the reality of hiking and the different conditions the wearer might encounter while on a hike.

The integration of the roll cage in the design means that the makers of this carrier are thinking about the safety of your child regardless of the situation you’re in. And because of this, the carrier is a bit bulky.

If you are using this carrier in places near you or something that you can get to by driving because this carrier is not something that you can carry on air travels because it will probably take one whole suitcase to pack it up.

Check out our full list of Hiking Carriers here.

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