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Outside Magazine | The Best Kids’ Gear of 2024

High-quality kids’ gear equals a higher likelihood that kids will have good times in the snow. Parents can get away with poorly made products in the summertime when the stakes aren’t as high, but they just can’t pull off a full day of playing in freezing temps if their kiddo doesn’t have gear that stands up to the elements. Below are six pieces that have been heavily vetted to avoid those miserable core winter memories.


Iksplor Kids Merino Baselayer Set

The longer a kid is willing to keep on their baselayers, the better quality the product likely is. These supple 18.9-micron merino wool layers were comfortable enough that Kwak-Hefferen’s daughter wore them as both outdoor playtime gear and as camping pajamas. “We would hear about it if they were uncomfortable or itchy, and we did not hear about it,” Kwak-Hefferan said. “My daughter wore them at night and then into the morning, all through the winter. They do what merino is supposed to do.” Namely to add nice few-degree thermal bump and to significantly mitigate odor while worn continuously over the course of multiple days. The medium-weight base layer kit served testers well in temps ranging from zero degrees to 40 degrees and the purple colorway made them a favorite for fashion-focused toddlers.

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