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bring the kids | kids merino wool that's built for adventure 

I’m sure that you’ve probably heard the saying “There’s no bad weather, just bad clothing”, and when it comes to kids, this couldn’t be more true. My kids don’t care if it’s -10 degrees or if it’s a scorching 105 degrees – they all seem to have this innate desire to get outside as much as possible.

After nearly 13 years of motherhood, I’ve learned that there’s little I can do to keep them inside when they’re getting that itch to be outdoors and run wild. But, the one thing that I can do is make sure that they’re comfortable while they’re outside. That means that I’m constantly on the lookout for clothing that will keep them warm when it’s cold and cool when it’s hot. For me, it’s also a necessity that it’s excellent quality so that I can buy it once and pass it down through all five of my kids.

I recently was introduced to a new brand of Merino Wool Adventurewear for kids made by the brand Iksplor, and it’s already a major hit at our house. See also Base Layer Round Up by Bring the Kids. . 

the FUNemployed family | the best winter travel gear for kids

Wondering what to pack for a winter vacation with your little ones? They key to a successful winter getaway with kids is being prepared, keeping them comfy, and keeping them fed! Today we’re partnering with Iksplor to chat about our favorite gear for winter travel! Be sure to read to the end of this post for our printable packing guide. We’ve made a travel essentials packing list of everything you’ll want to pack for a winter getaway with your kids.

jackson hole news and guide | Iksplor set for Kickstarter campaign to launch base layers for kids

Iksplor, a Jackson startup specializing in cuddly clothes for tots, will begin a Kickstarter campaign on Tuesday to fund the introduction of a new line of base layers. Iksplor is looking to raise $20,000, said Kailey Gieck, who founded the business with her sister, Karissa Akin. The new merino wool shirts and bottoms come in sizes zero to 6P and "six really fun, bright colors," Gieck said. They'll be ready for delivery in January.

mountain mama tails | best gear for outdoor babies

This blanket is fairly new to the outdoor kid scene and is a local brand here in Jackson, WY. Let me be honest with you – I didn’t really think it was going to be all that different than what I already have, but has now become my #1 suggested baby gift.

It’s merino wool so breathes well and is super soft. Plus it has a great stretch so makes an AMAZING swaddle blanket. We keep ours in the car and ready for anything – traveling, picnicking, hanging out by the water, keeping warm when Mama forgot extra layers….you get the idea.

I can also attest to the fact that they wash and dry very well since ours require that WAY more often than I care to admit.

mountain mama tales | christmas in july: travel & adventure

We are so excited about this brand new company based here in Jackson, WY who are making awesome merino wool products for outdoor kids. This month we took their Adventure Blankets with us to Alaska and they were SOOOO much better than I had even hoped.

Not only are they super soft, have a great weight AND are packable, they also machine wash and dry very well. A wash was required after the germs of the airplane/airport.

jackson hole news and guide | iksplor unveils 'adventure blanket'

Nearly a year after winning a prize at Pitch Day the sisters behind the young children’s clothing company Iksplor have released their first product and are taking orders for a second.

Karissa Akin and Kailey Gieck have begun shipping a merino wool blanket they’ve had manufactured by a woman-owned business in Minnesota. The “Adventure Blanket,”48 by 48 inches, comes in navy blue and teal and costs $120 at Iksplor.com.

jackson hole news and guide | entrepreneurial family ready to iksplor

When Karissa Akin went shopping for base layers for her daughter, Everleigh Akin, now 2, she didn't like the items she found. They were made of cheap material that deteriorated quickly and stained easily.


“Fast fashion has not only invaded our closets, but also our children’s closets,” Akin said. “We wanted to create something better.”

wonderkin | Q&A with co-founder of iksplor, karissa akin 

Karissa Akin and Kailey Gieck are the co-founders and sister duo behind Iksplor, a 100% merino wool clothing line for newborns and kids. Their mission is to create functional layers born for adventure, to help get kids get outside and stay outside longer! Iksplor is currently in the prototype phase, and Karissa and Kailey are excited to be building a community passionate about getting little ones outside in quality clothing that lasts! 


At Wonderkin, we’re passionate about quality gear and highlighting female entrepreneurs and thought leaders working to advance the children’s nature play movement. We know you’ll enjoy learning more about Karissa’s story…

local news 8 I jackson start-up wins kickstart grant 

JACKSON, Wyo. (KIFI/KIDK) - A Jackson "startup" company has been awarded a $50,000 Wyoming Business Council "kickstart" award.  


Iksplor is a Jackson apparel designer that creates multi-season, essential layers for babies and children. The company focuses on the outdoor consumer market.

Their product line includes a swaddle, long-sleeve shirt, pant, neck warmer and hat all made of Merino wool.  

jackson hole news and guide | two sisters, mom ready to launch their line of woolen kids’ wear

Everyone in Jackson Hole knows the secret to dressing for playing outside in mountain weather is layers.


But when Karissa Akin shopped for her young daughter, Everleigh Akin, she couldn’t find the type of clothing needed for a Jackson lifestyle. The clothing wasn’t durable. The only base layers she could find were made of cheap material that deteriorated quickly and stained easily.

“Fast fashion has not only invaded our closets, but also our children’s closets,” Akin said. “We wanted to create something better.”

silicon couloir | pitch day 2018 winners

The Bob Arndt Community Caretaker Award:

Invitation to join Silicon Couloir's TEAMS Program

The Bob Arndt Community Caretaker Award is presented to that entrepreneur or venture whose person/ team and company best embodies the core values and mission of Silicon Couloir, which is to align entrepreneurship with community vision to promote a diverse economy and healthy environment for current and future generations.