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Kelty Junction 2.0 Child Carrier

The Kelty Junction 2.0 child carrier serves double duty as a daypack with plenty of room for the little one and your gear.
  • $189.95

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  • Harness system securely holds your child in the cockpit for comfortable carrying
  • Curved, molded shoulder straps with load-lifter straps, sternum strap and 2-layer contoured padded hipbelt evenly distribute the load for parents
  • Main compartment has room for a layer of clothes, lunch and other essentials
  • Torso and seat height can be adjusted to the size of the child
  • Carrier easily converts to a daypack by cinching the cockpit area closed
  • Padded back panel has a single stay and an aluminum frame to support load, and features an easy torso-adjustment slider to fit nearly any parent
  • Hipbelt has a small zip pocket for a small digital camera, snacks, ID and money
  • Internal pockets and removable front pocket with shoulder straps let you bring along toys and other items

Kelty Junction 2.0 Child Carrier

Specification Description
Best use Casual
Bag style Baby carrier
Frame type Child carrier
Gear capacity (L) 21 liter
Gear capacity (cu. in.) 1,300 cubic inches
Weight 4 lbs. 13 oz.
Weight - metric 2.2 kilograms
Max. weight (child+gear+pack) 40 pounds
Adjustable torso Yes
Fits torso 11 - 16 inches
Fits waist/hips 30 - 50 inches
Material(s) Polyester
Frame material Internal aluminum frame
Number of stays 2
Suspended mesh back panel No
Pack loading Panel
Pack access Panel
Number of exterior pockets 6
Raincover included No
Dimensions 21 x 12 x 12 inches
Gender Unisex

Kelty Junction 2.0 Child Carrier

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Rated 3.3333/5 based on 6 reviews
Rated 1out of5
by fromUncomfortable Used this last summer with my six month old, tried to put her in it this year and she no longer fits. At 34" tall and 27 pounds, this pack is too small for her and digs into my shoulder blades. Hurt my neck when we used it last summer but we didn't use it much so it wasn't a big deal. Great thing about rei is I returned it with no questions asked and bought the Deuter Kid Comfort II. The new pack cost twice as much but I wish I'd just spent the money for a good pack last year. The Deuter has plenty of room for my daughter to grow. Thinking she might even fit in it next summer.
Date published: 2012-05-11
Rated 4out of5
by fromSolid equipment for child Solid piece of equipment, something that I felt my child was very secure in. Waited until 6 months to use, though she still will list to one side. Straps and waist belt are very well padded, and though you know the weight is there, it is not painful. Note that because of the framing of the pack, and the extra weight of the child, an additional person should be used to mount the pack onto the carrier. Also, somewhat disappointed that there was no area for a camelbak pouch, but not a dealbreaker. Would recomend the sun-shield attachment, which is seperate, but not required.
Date published: 2012-10-04
Rated 4out of5
by fromDon't listen to the negative reviews I bought one of these just before my daughter was born and I have carried her all over creation in it. The only thing you need to remember is that in order to use this bag you are going to have to carry your kid on your back. If carrying 25 or 30 pounds for miles is outside of your working range, you are going to hate this thing, and make everyone around you miserable. My only criticism of this bag, and most child carrier backpacks, is that they have ridiculously small max weight capacities and do not allow enough room for taller children. There are still at least a few men in this world that can comfortably and happily haul 60 or 70 pounds on their back all day long. If only Kelty would scale this bag up to allow a 40"+ child weighing 45+ pounds... I can't stand the idea of wearing a giant frame pack with a tiny little kid in it.
Date published: 2014-05-26
Rated 5out of5
by fromTake a Hike (and take this product!) My wife and I love this product. We wanted something that was more comfortable for our 1 year old son and for us that we could upgrade to after realizing how much our son liked the Baby Bjorn and a carrier my wife liked to use. We wanted something that was safe, comfortable, and of good quality that would be good for our walks around the neighborhood as well as the occasional walking trail in nearby parks. We feel that our boy is safe, comfortable. The pouches are nice for carrying keys and other things. The built in frame is good for stabilizing the pack to get him in and out easily. We passed on awesome but higher end hiking carrier that would have looked silly around the neighborhood. This pack looks fine for everyday use and some light hiking.
Date published: 2012-05-22
Rated 2out of5
by fromOnly use for infants Want to start off by saying I have a little older one of these, with that being said, there's no differences in the support/child carrying portion; only in the storage portion. This is an example of something that's great in theory but bad in practical use. Used this for an ~30 lb child and to carry diaper/wipes and almost immediately regretted it. A 2 mi round trip hike turned into an excruciating slog, and ended up just taking my son out and carrying him directly. The way it's designed the child essentially hangs off your back, so the weight it's distrubuted very well to the hips, unlike the traditional external frame carriers. Also getting the child in/out is a pain in the butt, especially if they're a little squirmy. It might be alright for a smaller child, but heaven forbid you get close to the max weight. On the plus side there is a lot of room for storage and it has a removable daypack incorporated into it. Construction was very good, just overall bad design for heavier child.
Date published: 2013-10-07
Rated 4out of5
by fromGreat Carrier for Toddlers We got this later than we should have. I bought it when my son was already approaching 30 pounds. Had we started using it earlier, it would have been perfect. After he hit 30 pounds, it was too heavy for me (although my husband had no problem...reminded him of carrying his pack on humps). I really liked it though. It fit comfortably on my shoulders with the waist band distributing some of the weight. It wasn't as bulky as the other Kelty backpacks with the frame, which I find to be a huge plus! From personal experience, I know it fits in the overhead compartment in a plane, or under the seat in front of you. The reason I give it only four stars is due to two problems we faced with ours: (1) the backpack was oddly shaped so it was difficult to fill it with our necessary items in a way where the bottom of the bag would collapse on itself when my son was in the seat portion. So, I didn't find the backpack as useful as it could have been in theory. I ended up just stuffing it with diapers and wipes and hanging anything else needed on the straps with carabiners; and (2) there is a mechanism on the backpack that adjusts the height of the lumbar support padding. It's a key-type mechanism that requires a pull and a twist to adjust height. For us, as my son got heavier, that key mechanism would adjust itself and the lumbar support padding would shift into an unconfortable position that would require taking off the backpack and repositioning it. Perhaps ours just malfunctioned (in which case, I'll take back to REI to tell them). I just wanted to point that out. Other than that, we love this backpack and look forward to using it for our next ones.
Date published: 2012-04-15

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