Kelty Journey 2.0 Child Frame Carrier (Rio Red)
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- A new and improved easy-access adjustable suspension system assures a perfect fit for mom and dad; and, our new leg-secure straps and 5-point harness keep your little one nestled in place.
- Added comfort and convenience comes from underseat storage, removable, washable chin-pad, front storage pocket, and hydration ready compartment.
- Child stays comfortable with padded adjustable-height childs seat and an includs a Sun Hood to keep the sun at bay.
- The patented Auto-Deploy™ Kickstand, with No-Pinch Hinges, provides a safe platform for loading and unloading your child.
- Sliding waistbelt torso-length adjustment fits torso between 15"-19" (38-48cm).
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Built equally for parents and little ones alike, the Journey provides guaranteed comfort and safety to both parents and child with the patented Auto-Deploy Kickstand, 5-point™ Child Harness and No-Pinch™ hinges. Added comfort and convenience comes from a removable sun shade (included), padded child harness and padded shoulder straps and waist belt for the parent. Volume: 1300 Cubic Inches, 21 Liters Weight: 7lb 2oz 50 Pound Total weight limit. JPMA Approved Easy To Use: New Easy Torso Adjustment: Torso adjustment at hips (not shoulders) keeps child positioned lower, at parents center of gravity for a more comfortable and safer carry. Auto-Deploy Kickstand: Loosening the shoulder straps automatically deploys patented kickstand, creating a safe and secure platform to load and unload your child. Adjustable Seat: Your child won't outgrow this pack for years, thanks to the adjustable seat and custom fit leg straps in the cockpit. Comfortable for Child and Parent: Padded, Supportive Cockpit: The comfortable, secure cockpit guarantees that your child will sit upright, in an ergonomic and comfortable position. Soft, Contoured Shoulder Straps and Hip Belt: Two-layer, contoured shoulder harness with sternum strap for stability, plus padded hip belt with accessory pockets enhance comfort and convenience. Comfortable Carry System: Strong internal frame transfers child and cargo weight effectively to your hips for all-day comfort while hiking. Safe: No-Pinch Hinge: Patented No-Pinch Hinge ensures neither parent nor child will hurt their fingers in folding frame. Roll-Cage Protection: Padded, aluminum V-Bar structure prohibits cockpit from collapsing, creating a safer environment for your child. Safe/Secure Child Harness: Five-point adjustable harness offers unparalleled security and comfort for your child.
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The Journey 2.0 when adjusted properly is designed to keep the weight of the pack secure and close to your spine, and your center of gravity low. You want to adjust the carrier so that the majority of the weight is carried on the waist belt and not on the shoulder straps. This helps keep your center of gravity lower, but also reduces strain on your shoulders. Shoulder straps should be loose enough that you can fit a few fingers easily between the top of your shoulder and the bottom of the strap. There are cinch straps on the top side of the shoulder straps that should be pulled tight to keep the pack close to your back and stable. Finally, there is a sternum strap connects the left and right shoulder strap - this doesn't carry any load but it helps keep the shoulder straps close together and reduces armpit chaffing. The waist belt can be adjusted higher or lower to accommodate people of different heights. I'm 6'1" and my wife is 5'10" and we are both comfortable with the belt at the same height.
As for fitting the child - there is a harness that the child buckles into that can be adjusted based on length of your baby as well as girth. The harness secures over his shoulders and around his waist as well, so you don't have to worry about bending over and having him fall out (use your best judgement obviously). The manual recommends adjusting the fit so that the baby can rest his head on the padded bar at the top front of the carrier (imagine him sleeping with his head resting forward). He can either dangle his feet out the sides of the carrier or stand on the bottom of the carrier. there zipper just below his feet which opens to a space where you can put a water bladder (Camelbak) or a couple of 1-liter water bottles (or pretty much anything else you want), but you also have the option of leaving the space empty so that your child can extend his feet into the pocket. Unfortunately there are no stirrups included.
The Journey 2.0 includes features common to similar carriers - a kickstand that deploys when you take the pack off your back (very stable, even on gently sloping surfaces), and a rigid vented shade canopy that attaches securely with 4 posts-in-slots and velcro that stows easily (provides decent share from top, front and back and leaves plenty of space on the side for your child to still see the landscape without obstruction). Also, tons of storage - more than enough for your entire diaper bag contents plus extra stuff (water bottles, a light jacket, etc). There are plenty of strategic handles to assist in putting on/taking off the carrier which is possible by yourself but much easier if you have a second set of hands to help.
For me, this carrier is more comfortable and versatile than something like a Baby Bjorn, and more convenient and manageable (especially in large crowds) than a stroller. But there are trade-offs: it's more bulky than a Baby Bjorn and doesn't allow as much rest as a stroller. But honestly, we hardly use a stroller anymore because of this (our son is 10 months - may change as he gets older / heavier). It also takes up a lot of room in the trunk of your car (closer to a stroller than a Bjorn).
When flying, we bring this in lieu of a stroller and generally haven't had any problems checking it plane-side much as you would do with a stroller. We did have one attendant give us hell because he didn't understand that it was a baby carrier (it looks just like a backpack when broken down) Now we know to make sure the attendants see it before we board and we specifically call it a "baby carrier" and not a baby backpack, stroller, or anything else. There's nothing worse than having to de-plane while people are boarding b/c the attendant is on the intercom yelling "whoever's backpack this is better come get it before we take off."
I spent the better part of my teens and twenties backpacking around the US in my free time so I felt destined to prefer this type of carrier. The Journey 2.0 very closely resembles the fit, feel and functionality of a hiking backpack with a very similar list of pros and cons. This type of carrier lets you carry more weight comfortably, with the added benefit of lots and lots of extra storage. The trade off is a bulky carrier in both weight/size compared to a more simple carrier like a Baby Bjorn.
This was worth every penny, and it's something we expect will last quite a few more years (and more babies too).