The Iksplor Family - Father and DaughterThe Iksplor Family - Sisters and Brother Hiking
The Iksplor Family - Sisters and Brother on LakeThe Iksplor Family - Mother and Daughter

welcome to the family

We're two sisters who grew up exploring the outdoors as a family. We hiked and camped, sailed and biked, climbed and skied. Not only did these childhood adventures bring us closer, they ignited our passion for the outdoors and protecting our fragile environment.

As we begin families of our own, we knew we wanted to share this same love of nature and spirit of adventure with our children. In a fast paced, digitally-connected world, a deep bond with nature is as fundamental to our own physical and emotional health as it is to our children’s. Outdoor adventure sparks confidence, independence, a sense of awareness and stewardship for our environment and so much more. 
But we get it, with everything on your plate, carving out time to get outside with your kids is easier some days than others. That’s why we are on a mission to create easy-to-use resources, easy-to-care-for clothing and community inspiration to help you get out the door and into nature with your littles.   

Living in Jackson, WY, we see our fair share of surprise weather changes and learned quickly that nothing ends an outing faster than a cold, wet kid. While merino has always been our go-to baselayer fabric for the outdoors, finding merino wool layers in little explorer sizes wasn’t so easy. So, we set out to make our own.

Iksplor Founders Karissa Akin and Kailey Gieck with 100% Merino Wool Swaddle Blanket

a different way of doing things

What we didn’t realize when we started this journey, is that the clothing industry is one of the planet’s biggest contributors to global warming and environmental degradation. In the U.S. alone, we throw away an average of 70lbs of textile waste each year.

From sheep to shop, we wanted Iksplor to be different – and better. So we created a transparent and ethical business model, supply chain and product lifecycle to help protect the environment for future generations. We source the highest quality wool in the world, use Blue Sign approved dyes, and work with a woman-owned manufacturer right here in the U.S.

We couldn’t stand the thought of Iksplor's textile waste sitting in our landfills for 100's of years. Our merino is high quality and long-lasting, but when the adventures are over, it can be composted within 6 months. That is a fraction of the time of a polyester product. Send your Iksplor clothing back to us using the Iksplor More Send Back Program. We ensure your iksplor merino will be responsibly reused or recycled and in return, you will receive 15% off your next order! 

We’re excited to follow along and be inspired by you and your family adventures big and small. #letsgoiksplor. 

Cheers to new adventures,   

Iksplor Co-Founder Karissa Akin Signature
Iksplor Co-Founder Kailey Gieck Signature
Iksplor Founders Karissa Akin and Kailey Gieck with 100% Merino Wool Swaddle Blanket