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Kids’ gear isn’t just shrunken grown-up gear. The smaller set has its own needs and features that should be front-and-center in their own products. From high-quality sunglasses shaped for smaller faces to the ergonomics of a hiking pack intended for young hikers, gear for children should be just as well thought-out as its adult counterparts.
If you’re like us, you’re mapping out some big adventures in the new year, and now’s the time to make sure your pint-sized companions are kitted out in style. To that end, we’ve collected some of our favorite pieces of hiking, camping, and backpacking gear that’s all available in the new Outside Shop. We can promise that not only are these items pretty adorable, they won’t skimp on performance while you’re out on the trails.
8 Gifts for the Outdoorsy Kids on Your List
Kelty Mistral 20 Degree Sleeping Bag
Finally, a three-season sleeping bag that doesn’t skimp on features and quality just because it’s for kids. The Mistral 20 is identical to the super-popular and trustworthy adult version, just in a length designed for little campers up to five feet tall. Packed with synthetic CloudLoft insulation, so wetting-out in damp conditions is not a worry, and boasting off-set quilting to avoid cold spots, the Mistral can be counted on to keep kids warm in temperatures down to 20 degrees. $55
Buy Now: Mistral 20
Nite Ize Taglit Rechargeable LED Magnetic Marker
Ask kids what their favorite part of camping is, and we guarantee that “flashlight” will be a Top 3 response. Make their next trip even better with the TagLit Rechargeable LED Magnetic Marker. Like your typical flashlight, only more fun, useful, and versatile, this push-button light has a super-strong magnetic closure so they can attach it to just about anything. (Bonus: Less chance of losing it, too.) It comes in two color options, red and neon yellow/green. $20 (on sale for $16)
Osprey Daylite Kids Backpack
A backpack is a backpack, right? Not when it comes to hiking or backpacking. After all, you wouldn’t strap on your commuter bag for a long hike, right? Osprey’s 10-liter day pack has a ventilated back panel, two mesh side pockets for trail treasures and water bottles, and a hydration-compatible interior sleeve. There’s even a safety whistle (always hit with the intended audience). $37.50
Buy Now: Daylite Kids Backpack
Namuk Peak Merino Hiking Socks and Merino Snow Socks
The biggest favor you can do for your kids is teach them the importance of taking care of their feet on the trail and the slopes. That starts with the right socks for each activity, made from soft, wicking, anti-microbial, and anti-odor Merino wool. Namuk’s hiking and snow socks are made from Merino wool from New Zealand and are constructed with blister-free zones to keep from bunching. They also come in several adorable patterns and colors. Hiking socks, $25; Snow socks, $29
Buy Now: Hiking Socks | Snow Socks
Sunski Mini Headlands Sunglasses
These polarized kids’ frames are lightweight and stylish, made to sit comfortably on small faces for all-day protection from all UVA, UVB, and UV400 wavelengths. They’re also durable, so you don’t have to worry about them getting manhandled on the trail. But even if they are, Sunski’s lifetime warranty will kick in, and they’ll replace or fix them for free. That’s a sweet deal. $48
Buy Now: Mini Headlands Sunglasses
Quarto National Parks of the U.S.A. and Outside Books Eric’s Big Day
What’s the perfect substitute for not actually being able to spend time outside? Books about spending time outside. The perfect inspiration for little minds that are impatient to get back to camping, hiking, and biking season, these books encourage a little daydreaming and stoke the imagination. National Park of the U.S.A. features fun facts and beautiful illustrations of some of our country’s most amazing parks; Eric’s Big Day is a sweet story about a kind-hearted boy who finds more adventure than he bargained for on his way to a summer picnic. National Park of the U.S.A., $30; Eric’s Big Day, $15
Buy Now: National Parks of the U.S.A. | Eric’s Big Day
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