You just need to set them in the right direction. Teach them to fish with Redington's Minnow Kid's Outfit ($160; redington.com; see item 1 in photo), which includes an eight-foot, 5/6-weight graphite fly rod and casting games. Camping is also a good first step. It's getting easier to find good kid-specific gear, like Kelty's new pint-size, 20-degree Little Tree sleeping bag ($55; kelty.com) and Pacific Outdoor's Kids Mat ($40; summithut.com). Or introduce them to winter hiking with Ecco's insulated, Gore-Tex-lined Freeride Boots ($85; eccousa.com) and L.L.Bean's budget-friendly, kid-size Winter Walker snowshoes ($50; llbean.com).
2. Removable liner. A slew of vents. Giro's low-profile Revolver has everything but a high price. $70; giro.com
3. BCA's Arsenal Shovel With 240 Probe is the best combo we've ever tested. $100; backcountryaccess.com
4. Sorel's insulated Fairbanks Drift: warm down to single digits but still low-key enough for the bar. $100; sorel.com
5. Fuel your friends' next margarita party: Patron Silver, Cointreau, fresh lime juicemixed 2:1:1. $43; patronspirits.com
6. Timex's Expedition WS4 has all the info you need (altitude, barometric pressure, temp, etc.) on its oversize face. $199; timex.com