Kelty - Journey 2.0 (Fall 2016)
Technical specifications & features
|Weight||7 lbs.2 oz.|
|Gender||Men's & Unisex|
|Mfg Sku/Part Number||20651312|
|Cubic Inches||1300 c.i.|
|Material||420D Polyester Ball Shadow / 420D Polyester Oxford|
|Torso Length Range||15 - 19 in / 38 -48 cm|
|Weight Capacity||50 lbs / 22.6 kg|
|Other Features||Auto-deploy kickstand (US Patent 5,626,271)
Five-point, adjustable child's harness
No-pinch hinges (US Patent 5,626,271)
Sun Hood included (US Patent 5,609,279)
Padded adjustable-height child's seat
50-pound weight limit
Removable, washable chin-pad
Lightweight aluminum frame
Front storage pocket
Water bottle pocket
Sliding waistbelt torso-length adjustment
Two-layer, padded and contoured waistbelt
Curved, padded shoulder straps
Waistbelt storage pocket
- Baby likes it
I tried on one other pack (not Kelty) at another store and the baby started crying almost immediately. She's 6 months old. They didn't have any Kelty's. After looking at some reviews on-line I decided to take a chance on the Kelty Journey 2.0 without first testing it out on the baby.
The pack is comfortable, the baby loves it, and it has plenty of space to put other stuff like diapers. The shade works ok but has one flaw. There is a metal bar covered in fabric at the top that you place horizontally across the two sides to keep the two sides from collapsing in on each other. It's sewn in on one side but not the other. There is no velcro on the non-sewn in side to keep it in place, so if the baby touches it or you are hiking over rocks it's possible that the bar will fall down and collapse the shade. It doesn't really collapse all the way down, just part way but it will annoy the child. Not that big of a deal though.
I'm 6'0" and the wife is 5'4" and it works for both of us. I have it on the tallest torso adjustment so it may not be ideal for someone taller than 6 foot
Kelty is usually a lower priced alternative to some of the more expensive brands like Osprey or Deuter when it comes to backpacks in general. Quality has always been good but features and weight were usually sacrificed to get the price cheaper. In this case, the prices are about the same, but Kelty matches up well with the other brands of baby carriers. And since the baby liked it, Kelty wins in my opinion.
Overall and most important, the baby loves it and the wife was impressed. Her and the pack get a lot of looks. I don't think the average non-backpacker even knows packs like this exist.
Note: Definitely wait until your baby is at least 6 months old like the manufacturer recommends. The pack will be too big for babies under 6 mos.
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