Gear Review: M.A.P. Footwear

A good pair of water shoes is one of our “family essential items” in the summertime. Whether wearing them just to the pool or waterpark or using them on the trails and lakeside, we are always looking for water shoes that have good traction, durability, and comfort for our kids. M.A.P. Footwear, a children’s shoe brand…

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New Gear: Ecoths Clothing for Men

Today we get to introduce you to new clothing line called Ecoths, pronounced “Ecos”, for all you men. Their clothing is 100% natural and blends elements of style with practicals from the rugged outdoors. One of the things that caught my attention about this company was their desire to give back – for every garment they…

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Gear Review: Enlightened Equiptment’s Backcountry Quilts for Kids

As our kids get older, we have gotten bolder. Our adventures have migrated from family car camping to multiple backpacking trips a summer. But always the gear… sleeping bags that are heavy and bulky. So we jumped at the opportunity to try out backcountry quilts by Enlightened Equipment. And I must say, we’ve been won…

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Gear Review: Bogs Summit Women’s Boot

Tested in: Wasatch Range, UT; Fall and early Winter conditions Cost: $100 Best Use: Casual Outdoor Wear in Fall/Spring or locations with semi-mild Winters. Significant Specs: Rated from temperate to 14°F/-10°C Crafted from super-soft, 100% waterproof fabric with plush Vegan friendly lining for extra warmth. The Summit features 2mm of Neo-TechTM insulation, a dual-density, contoured…

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Gear Review: Stonewear Designs Toaster Top [Fall Colors you Wear]

Another super snuggly performance top to keep you covered this fall/winter! Toaster Zip Top Location: Wasatch Range, UT Activities: Hiking, Climbing/Bouldering, Daily Living Best Use: Skiing, Snowshoeing, Backpacking/Hiking, Casual Wear Yays! Fit: Sleeve length was near perfect for me, not too long. But then I am short with short arms… The fit is relaxed in the…

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Gear Review: VivoBarefoot Kid’s – When barefoot kids need shoes…

I read a great article by my fellow blogger, Cragmama, about the benefits of letting your kids go barefoot indoors and out. I’ve heard the stats before, benefits that include: Promoting natural development Increased body awareness relative to its space Increased strength and agility in the feet, ankles and legs. I love the lifestyle bare feet…

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DucksDay Kid’s Mitten

We’ve just recently been introduced to DucksDay kid’s clothing products. Our two-year-old is pictured here in the kid’s mitten and DucksDay snow/rain/wind suit (review coming soon). And we are pretty stoked about these products! As an outdoor blogger, I get a LOT of questions about how to keep kids warm, and “are there any mitten…

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Expect[ing] to Thrive: Park workout and Monkey Mat Giveaway!

Do you have a case of the Mondays? Even though we had a long-ish weekend, it still went too fast. But we have an action packed day around here for you! We have a winner from our first giveaway, another giveaway starting today AND an awesome park/anywhere workout that will bless your socks off. Or…

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Friksn Climbing Review

So, this isn’t really an “outdoors with kids” topic, but rather a, “I’m a dad that likes to be outdoors with kids and wear clothes while doing so” topic. I don’t know about you [or your husband], but finding shirts that don’t suck is a challenge. Old Navy sells crap shirts that don’t fit and…

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Newborn Chronicles [Tales of a milk machine]

Today, we are addressing the awkward subject of breastfeeding and specifically how to do it in the outdoors. In case you are just joining us, this is the third post in a series all about newborns! We’ve already addressed those hard and sleepless first weeks. Truth: breastfeeding isn’t easy. When they first brought my baby…

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Strider Bikes!

We love our Striders and they go everywhere with us. They are marketed as a “No Pedal Balance Bike” teaching kids to balance and steer before the complicated task of pedaling. We got our first Strider for our son at about 22 months old. One plus: as they transition to pedaling, they never need training…

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