Great Outdoors

Family Hiking Gear

Trail-worthy picks for hikers, big and little

By Cindy Hirschfeld July 23, 2019 Published in the Midsummer/Fall 2019 issue of Aspen Sojourner

Chaos Mirabela Hat
Made of hemp and recycled polyester, this eco-friendly lid one-ups traditional ball caps with its sustainably made fabric and style.


Outdoor Research Guardian Jacket
Ample stretch in this waterproof, highly breathable men’s and women’s shell enhances fit and comfort—and it stuffs into a pocket to stow easily in a pack.





Gregory Icarus 30 Youth Pack
As fully featured as an adult pack, this one includes a breathable foam back panel and adjustable suspension to accommodate a growing kid.




Outdoor Research Solstice Sun Bucket
When sun protection is this cute, it’s hard for kids to say no; hidden bonuses: UPF 50+ fabric and a moisture-wicking band inside. 


Danner Trail 2650
This insanely light, breathable shoe for men and women has enough support and traction to handle any local trail.
$150, Treadz, 812 Grand Ave, Glenwood Springs



The North Face Kids Resolve Reflective Jacket
Lightweight, waterproof/breathable, and mesh-lined, this shell earns props from parents, too. 
$70, The North Face, 405 E Cooper Ave





Keen Kids Targhee Waterproof Boot
With a leather upper, grippy sole, and easy-pull lace system, this hiker provides sure footing and a supportive fit. 
$70, Treadz


Cotopaxi Ostra 30L Backpack
The retro look, padded back panel, water bladder holder, and laptop sleeve easily take this pack from trail to town.



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