You should never pay full price for kids’ outdoor gear: those little buggers outgrow it too quickly. But when that gear gets discounted, like it will at REI’s Labor Day sale, it’s time to go all in. The sale ends on September 3 so don't wait too long to check out these deals we recommend.
Vasque Breeze III UltraDry Hiking Boots ($49; 30 percent off)
Kids hate hiking during the summer heat. But now that fall’s almost here, it’s trail time. Here's the play with these low-cut hikers: size up, make the kids wear a thicker sock, and then they can wear these waterproof, bomber kicks all winter, too.
Darn Tough Dot and Stripe Socks ($10; 25 percent off)
If your kids try to ski in cotton socks, the day will be over before they leave the parking lot. We’d recommend at least a couple pairs of these thick, padded merino socks to keep their toes toasty and dry well past lunch.
Thule Force XL Roof Box ($472; 20 percent off)
The amount of kid gear you have to haul around for any outdoor adventure mind-boggling. To keep things organized, go with a roof box like this one that will carry everything from skis to dirty diapers. We like that it opens on both sides, is easy to install, and won’t totally ruin your gas mileage.
Burley Bee Bike Trailer ($239; 20 percent off)
You don’t have to stop riding your bike when you become a parent. You just have to bring the kids along. (Plus, think about the added cardio value of hauling the extra weight.) We like the Bee because it holds two tykes with five-point harnesses, has a roll cage to keep them safe, and is easy to slap on any bike. When not in use, the trailer folds down in half.
REI Co-op Merino Wool Baselayers ($34; 30 percent off)
Your kid's body needs a good next-to-skin layer like merino wool just like yours does. This set from REI also has mega SPF 50 sun protection for long days on the slopes.
Osprey Poco AG Child Carrier ($187; 25 percent off)
Parents, look to the Osprey Poco AG child carrier. An adjustable harness and seat provide a comfortable ride, while a five-point safety harness and ventilated back system keeps the kid secure and you cool.
REI Co-op Siesta 30 Sleeping Bag ($52; 30 percent off)
Perfect for car camping, this 30-degree sleeping bag has a traditional square shape to help your kid get used to sleeping in a bag. The two-way zipper allows you use it as a quilt as well.