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Kelty Journey PerfectFit Child Carrier – Review


Alright, this post is for my outdoorsy mommas, or the mommas who simply want to carry their child on their back comfortably.

We all know how straining it can be to carry our babies on our hips. Let’s be honest it’s a workout all on its own, so when it comes to hiking or even navigating through a big crowd at the summer fair, carrying your child on your back, hands free is obviously a much better option.

But that leads us to another question, which carrier is going to be the most comfortable for me and my baby? And which carrier will lend the most support to my back and shoulders without weighing me down? Well mommas, the answer is the Kelty Journey PerfectFit child carrier, more specifically, the Signature series.


This backpack has all the options for any momma, including the avid hiker. With tons of features designed for maximum comfort for both mom and baby, this backpack is a must-have for any outdoorsy family. Keep reading as I go in depth, covering all the bases of the Kelty Journey PerfectFit child carrier, including specific features, price, personal experience and evaluation and more.

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Which Backpack Is Right For You?

Before I get into it, how do you know if the Kelty Journey PerfectFit child carrier really is the best option for you? In order to help you decide, I’ll walk you through the buying process that Darin and I went through when looking to purchase our backpack.

Darin and I have always been an active couple and we wanted to share that with our kids, so when we had our daughter we knew that in order to bring her along on our hikes we would need a backpack with great support. We did a lot of research and looked into countless hiking backpacks, but ultimately decided upon the Kelty Journey Signature Series.

Compared to all other brands and similar models, the Signature Series had the most to offer for the price. When compared to similar models in other brands such as the Thule Sapling, and the Osprey Poco AG Plus, the Kelty Journey PerfectFit child carrier, was overall better. Unlike the other brands, the Kelty backpack was more sturdy, lightweight, easier to adjust and was the only backpack with a sun canopy.


For these reasons, it’s clear to see why we chose to go with the Kelty brand. Once we narrowed it down to the brand, we were then faced with the hard decision of which model to go with. There were three models that stood out to us:

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We went with the Kelty Journey PerfectFit Signature carrier for a couple of reasons. We are an active couple, but we don’t consider ourselves to be avid hikers, so we knew we didn’t need the top model which eliminated the Kelty Journey PerfectFit Elite. However, we are active enough and lived in Las Vegas at the time so we knew we definitely needed the canopy feature, which eliminated the Kelty Journey PerfectFit base model.

So, we landed on the Kelty Journey PerfectFit Signature, and we couldn’t be happier. It’s the best bang for your buck, and let’s face it, these child carriers are expensive, so you want to get your money’s worth and know that you are getting the best deal.

The Kelty Journey PerfectFit Signature Series Overview

The Kelty Journey Signature backpack is the mid-level package, compared to the Kelty Journey PerfectFit (base level) and the Kelty Journey PerfectFit Elite (top-level). It is the perfect child carrier backpack designed for a day at the park or a day on the mountain trails. Its ingenious design makes hiking comfortable and easy.

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Kelty Journey PerfectFit Signature Series Comfort Features For Mom:

  • Mesh Padded Shoulder Straps
  • Mesh padded Hip Belt
  • Easy Adjust Pull Straps (adjustable to fit both men and women)

Kelty Journey PerfectFit Signature Series Comfort Features For Baby:

  • Cushion padded wide base seat
  • Stirrups, that mimic your child’s natural rested state for foot support
  • Canopy for shade and protection against the sun
  • Machine washable cushion padded drool pad

Safety Features:

  • Five-point safety harness to keep baby secure
  • Aluminum frame roll-case to keep baby secure and protected

Ease of Use & Convenience Features:

  • Large zipper and pocket for storage
  • Aluminum kickstand for unloading and stabilization
  • Easy pull release for adjusting five-point harness
  • Zipper hip belt pockets for easy access storage


Overall, we love our Kelty Journey PerfectFit child carrier and there are many positives that are worth noting.

Lightweight – This carrier is lightweight and extremely supportive, the mesh straps and hip belt really make the difference. As with any hiking backpack, you will most likely feel more pressure on your shoulders at first, so it is worth noting, that you should start off with a shorter hike to get used to hauling your baby around. But other than that, I feel that the Kelty brand gives the best support in comparison to any other brand.

Adjustable For Mom & Dad – This is a great perk, when the load gets too heavy, or I become tired, I can simply hand off the backpack to my husband and the adjustable pull straps make it so easy. For one thing, I love that the carrier fits both men and women, and for another thing, I love just how easy it is to readjust the straps. This is one of our favorite features.Kelty-journey-perfectfit-child-carrier


Easy Storage – Something we absolutely love about our Kelty child carrier, is the storage and the easy access hip belt pockets! When we hike we are able to bring everything we need, and the hip belt pockets make for easy access to your cell phone or chap stick.

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Drool Pad – The machine washable drool pad is a nice feature because we all know how much our babies can drool and slobber. And in our case, this drool pad made for a nice pillow on a hike we recently took with Hayvn. It’s so cushioned and padded that she leaned forward and actually fell asleep and napped during the entire hike! Now that’s not what it’s intended for, but I thought it was funny and worth mentioning.

Sun Canopy – Obviously, this was a major part of our decision-making process when we looked into buying a child carrier. We love the sun canopy and living in Vegas, you definitely need one of these if you’re taking your baby outside. It works amazing and gives me a little more peace of mind knowing my baby has even more protection against the sun and heat.


No Hydration Feature – As with any product that you purchase they can’t all be perfect all the time, however, our Kelty backpack is a pretty perfect fit for us. If I had to make one criticism, I would say I wish our backpack had the hydration feature that the Elite model has, but we purchased our child carrier knowing that it lacked this feature, and we made this decision based on price.

We knew that we didn’t hike nearly enough to justify spending more money on the Elite model, and therefore we forewent the hydration feature.

If you are an avid hiker, or the hydration feature is a must-have for you, then, by all means, purchase the Elite model. Just be aware that if you purchase the Kelty Signature child carrier (the model I have) it will not come with the hydration feature.

Happy Hiking!

Overall, I would give the Kelty Journey PerfectFit a 9 out of 10 rating simply because I would love to have the hydration feature while hiking. But seeing as Darin and I already have a hydration backpack and we aren’t avid hikers, this child carrier is perfect for our family.

I would recommend the Kelty child carrier to any outdoorsy momma who loves to hit the trails, or to any momma who likes to comfortably carry their child on their back. It’s a great way to enjoy the outdoors with your family. With all of the safety features, the added comfort, and extra storage space, you can’t beat the quality of the Kelty Journey PerfectFit child carrier.


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Did you find this review helpful? If you still have any questions or comments, I would love to hear them. Please leave them in the comments below!




  • Daniel Jönsson

    Ive been hiking since I was very young. Now that I have my own kids, I would like to involve them in what I enjoy and get them outdoors. I’ve been doing some research on hiking carriers, and this carrier looks really good, it’s popped up a couple times, and I loved your review and I think I will order this one.


    • Madysen

      Hi Daniel!
      It’s always fun when you can involve your kids in something you love and have grown up doing. I love this carrier, because its the perfect way to bring your babies along on a hike and get them involved in nature and the world around them. I’m glad you found my review helpful, enjoy your new Kelty Journey PerfectFit child carrier! It’s awesome. Happy hiking!

  • Bobby


    Thank you for your review! I really liked the comparisons you made to other models, which made it easier for me to see what we could use to suit our needs.

    This would have been so nice to have for when my kids were younger! Oftentimes my wife would bring the stroller to parks or the splash pad and she would have to haul that stroller, with child in tow, and follow the other one on the playground. It got pretty challenging when it was just her. Having the Kelty Child Carrier may have made it more comfortable for her instead of moving the stroller everywhere. But that’s just for the playground!

    Hiking-wise, I can see the huge advantage that would bring. The side pockets would be perfect for snacks, a spare diaper, a couple of wipes or other small things all wile enjoying nature:) I’ve seen a ton of parents with these already, especially for those who are more into hiking and backpacking.

    I really enjoyed your review! Thank you for your thorough research!

    • Madysen

      Hi Bobby!
      I’m so glad you found this review helpful, too bad you didn’t find it sooner haha your wife would have thanked you! I can totally relate to juggling all the baby items + your baby when you go anywhere, and let me tell you its quite the struggle sometimes. This backpack is great for any occasion, like the park, a carnival or fair, and of course hiking. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Nate

    This seems like an awesome carrier for people who are active. I like the fact that it adjusts well to fit either a male or female. I have found that some are not as user-friendly when it comes to being able to expand enough.

    The price is very reasonable and most of all it is very safe. I really like the cover from the sun it provides for the baby as well.

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Madysen

      Hi Nate!

      Yes this carrier is awesome, and the fact that it adjusts to fit both me and my husband is a HUGE bonus, I love that I can hand it off when I get tired and it’s so quick and easy! Not to mention, the support it gives to your back and shoulders is amazing for both men and women, the mesh straps and padding make all the difference! And of course, like you mentioned the sun canopy is awesome, it was a must-have option for us when it came to purchasing a child carrier. I’m glad you found this review helpful, thanks for reading! 🙂

  • Temekia

    I loved this review and have been doing tons of research on the perfect child carrier to buy for our family. We are a very active family and love to get our kids involved, however carrying them up a mountain on my hip is obviously not an option. I love this carrier, and thank you for all the side by side comparisons, I know exactly which carrier I am going with. thanks!

    • Madysen

      Hi Temekia!
      I love that you want to involve your babies in your fun outdoor activities, it’s a great family bonding experience and let me tell you the Kelty Journey PerfectFit child carrier, makes the experience so much more enjoyable. You and your baby will love it, and its a MUCH better alternative to carrying them up a mountain on your hip lol 🙂

  • Marius Mickevicius

    Wow, what a great and informative review of child carriers. I loved that you compared so many different carriers in different price ranges and with different features so everyone could find a perfect carrier. I and my wife love traveling and hiking and child carrier will be a lifesaver for us. I love to exercise and this can be a great addition to my active life as I can carry extra weight while we are hiking.

    Maybe for some people, it would be a CON to buy a heavier carrier, but I would prefer heavier one, and I would definitely prefer the one with the hydration system. The hydration system is very important to me, and that’s why my favorite carrier would be The Kelty Journey PerfectFit Elite. I love that it has a hydration system, it is adjustable and has great safety features, because the safety of our baby always comes first. And as I mentioned that it’s slightly heavier that other models is not even a CON for me. Thank you for sharing this great post!

    • Madysen

      Hi Marius!

      I am so happy that you found this review helpful! I can totally see where you’re coming from with wanting a heavier carrier for the extra exercise and weight lifting, haha I am too much of a wimp, so for me, that is a con lol. But it just goes to show there really is something out there perfect for everyone’s needs!

      I agree with you on the hydration system as well, I would love if our carrier had one, but like I said we already have a hydration backpack, so it wasn’t a huge deal-breaker for us. It sounds like you have found your perfect backpack in the Kelty Journey PerfectFit Elite. Thanks so much for reading and I’m glad you found this review helpful 🙂

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