Intended use
• Injury may occur if you do not follow
these instructions.
• The freestanding nature of this carrier is
intended to be used only when putting a
child into or taking them out of the
carrier. Under no circumstances should
a child be left in the carrier unattended.
• When carrying a child in the carrier,
the child’s head may be above your own.
Be aware of overhead hazards such
as low doorways or branches
• Carrying a child in the carrier will affect
your balance. Be careful when moving
over uneven or slippery ground.
• Both the adult and child harnesses have
contrast-coloured safety stitching at
critical points. Inspect these regularly
to ensure the carrier is safe.
• If the carrier becomes damaged,
do not attempt to repair it yourself return it to a Kathmandu store.
• Please follow these instructions
and consult our in-store pack fitting
specialists if you need further
Your Kathmandu child carrier is
designed to safely and comfortably
carry a child that can hold their head
up independently and is not more than
100cm tall or heavier than 19kg.
The harness and the child’s seat and
harness need to be adjusted to suit
each user to ensure safe and
comfortable use.
• There is a mirror inside the righthand hip fin pocket. This is to aid in
seeing your child when the carrier
is on your back.
• Inside the left-hand pocket is a
pull-out mesh bottle pocket with
shock cord bottle retainer.
• Inside the main compartment
there is a removable change pad
and two hanging pockets that can
hold a drink reservoir.
There are also two side mesh
pockets for nappies, etc.
Adjusting the adult harness
The adult harness on the Kathmandu child carrier is very easily adjusted to fit different
users. The main adjustment is back length.
1. Loosen the top stabiliser straps (Fig.2) and shoulder straps, then put the carrier on
your back. Do up the hip belt with the top of the belt sitting on the top of your hipbones.
Tension the hip belt so it is very snug and comfortable on your hips.
2. Now check the shoulder strap position. The top of your shoulder should be 5cm
above where the shoulder straps bend away from the harness back panel. (Fig. 2)
Note: On shorter users this point may be below the top of the back panel.
Adjust the shoulder strap position using the central grey webbing found behind the
lumbar pad. The pad is hinged at the bottom and held in place with Velcro and a
stiffened tongue that tucks behind the back panel (Fig.1).
Note: It may be easier to do this adjustment the first time wearing the carrier
with the lumbar pad hanging open.
3. Once the shoulder straps have been adjusted to one user, mark the position of
the buckle on the printed label (Fig 1). By marking each users buckle position,
the harness can be quickly re-adjusted to suit each person.
4. Now start the final adjustments by tensioning the hip belt. It should be tightened
so it is very snug on your hips and cannot move around.
Note: If it is not tight enough, too much weight will be transferred to the shoulder pads.
If it is too tight your circulation may be compromised and/or uncomfortable on your
5. Check and tension the hipbelt side adjusters until the carrier feels stable against
your hips.
6. Once the hip belt is adjusted the shoulder pads can
be tensioned; stand up straight and tighten the shoulder
straps. The shoulder straps should be snug and taking
some of the load.
Note: If they are too tight the hip fins will rise off your
hips. If they are too loose the carrier will not sit against
your back.
7. Once the shoulder straps are adjusted, move the
sliding buckle (Fig. 2) on the top of the shoulder straps
until they are on top of your shoulders. Tension the top
stabiliser so the carrier is drawn against your body.
8. The last adjustment is the Sternum Strap (Fig 2).
Clip the buckle together and adjust the height of the
sternum strap by sliding both sides up or down.
The sliding buckles that attach the sternum strap to the
shoulder straps have a split in them. This enables them
to be removed and repositioned in the upper or lower
part of the slide webbing to suit the user. The Sternum
Strap is properly positioned when the strap crosses your
chest just below your collarbones.
Note: Adjustment while in use may be required to
alleviate any soreness.
This adjustment sequence will give the optimum
carrying comfort. To easily swap between users, loosen
the top stabiliser straps and shoulder straps, then adjust
the shoulder strap height as described above. Use the
markings on the label behind the lumbar pad as your
guide. Put the carrier back on, then re-tension the top
stabiliser straps and shoulder straps to suit.
Adjusting the child seat and harness
The child seat and harness need to be
adjusted as your child grows or if another
child uses carrier. Always make sure the child
seat and harness are properly adjusted before
securing your child into the carrier.
Before putting your child in this carrier,
remember that they must be able to hold their
head up independently, be less than 100cm
tall and not be heavier than 19kg.
1. With someone else to help stabilise the child carrier and hold your child,
place your child in the child carrier.
2. Start by adjusting the seat height. Release the seat side straps (Fig. 4). Adjust the
seat height using the seat height adjustment strap (Fig. 3). Pull the strap up through the
adjuster buckle to raise the seat. To lower the seat, pull the edge of the adjuster buckle
away from the strap to release it. For younger children, the saddle is set at the correct
height when your child’s is resting against the headrest.
Seat Height
3. Once the seat height adjustment is complete, adjust the shoulder straps.
Loosen both shoulder straps at the quick-release buckles on the sides (Fig 5).
Clip the chest strap buckle together. Slide the webbing up or down and adjust the
tension on the chest strap until the shoulder straps are comfortably held over your
child’s shoulders.
Note: If the chest strap is set too low and loose, the straps can fall off their shoulders
and your child can climb out of the harness. If the strap is set too high and tight,
it may cause your child some discomfort.
4. Tighten the shoulder straps at the quick-release side buckles.
The shoulder harness should be snug to provide a secure fit.
Seat Side
5. The last adjustment is the seat side straps (Fig.5). Pull them in to adjust the
position of the padded side fins. Your child’s arms should be inside the fins.
Seat Side
Care Instructions
Seat Height
The padded cushions and head rest are all removable for washing.
Clean in warm water with a mild detergent. Do not use bleach.
Ensure that the cushions are completely dry before storing the carrier
as mildew can develop. We recommend the pads are placed in a protective
wash bag if going in a machine as the Velcro patches may damage other clothing.
Loading and lifting the carrier
Never leave a child in the carrier unattended as the carrier could fall over if on uneven
ground or if the child moves. Always load your child with the carrier on flat level ground
or on a floor. Place your foot on one of the webbing loops on the side of the carrier base
to hold the carrier stable. They are designed for this purpose.
This carrier has a built-in sun shade inside a zip pocket behind the child headrest.
The shade is fitted to a flexible plastic rod that twists in a loop to fold it away.
Open the zip and pull the shade out. Untwist the shade, taking care that it does not flick
your child in the face. Pull the shade tapes forward one at a time and hook the loops on
the ends over the small plastic hooks situated by the top stabiliser strap buckles (Fig. 6).
Use the small buckles on the edge of the sunshade to adjust the tension. Folding the shade
away is a reversal of the above procedure. Once again, be careful not to flick your child in
the face.
Either loosen the shoulder straps, or unclip one or both of the quick-release shoulder
strap buckles. Lift your child into the carrier. Once your child is seated into the carrier,
clip the chest together and tighten the chest strap webbing as described earlier.
Re-attach and tighten the shoulder straps snugly.
Never leave a child in the carrier unrestrained. Once the child is secure adjust the
padded side fin straps so the child is as close as possible to the back of the wearers
harness. This will bring the load closer to your back making the loaded carrier more
stable on your back and easier to carry.
Once the child is loaded and secure and the side straps adjusted lift the carrier onto
your back. This can be initially difficult. There are several ways to make it easier:
you can lift the loaded carrier onto a higher surface such as bench, table or chair and then
turn around and put the carrier onto your back. Another option is to crouch beside the
carrier and with one knee on the ground lift the loaded carrier onto your other knee.
Pivot your torso to get one shoulder (same side as the knee that has the carrier on it)
under the shoulder strap. Lean forward so the carrier is on your back and put your
other arm under the other shoulder strap. You can now stand and secure the hip belt.
If there is someone to help you, the front and rear carry handles can be used to lift the
carrier up to a comfortable height with the child sitting in place.
Care Instructions:
The sunshade is removable for cleaning by unclipping the two quick-release buckles
inside the shade zip pocket. Hand wash separately in warm water. Do not wash in a
machine and do not remove the plastic rod. The sunshade is re-fitted by inserting the rod
ends back in the sleeves in side the zip pocket. The ends of the sleeves are high-lighted
with a contrast colour to assist this.
Please note that the
sunshade will not
provide complete
sun protection.
Always make sure
your child is well
protected from
harmful UV rays.
We do not recommend that you lift the loaded carrier by only one handle to put it on your
back. It may not be stable enough. When the child is in the carrier, only lift it using both
handles together.
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