Families can now enjoy more of the time they spend outside with new gear and gadgets that make life easier.
Jenny Wilden is the editor of Outdoor Sports Guide magazine and shows some of her new favorite items.
Osprey Poco Premium Child Carrier
Tote your little one and all your gear with this fully featured, innovative kid carrier.
· A fully adjustable torso and hip belt accommodates parents of differing heights.
· Junior rides in comfort with padded shoulder straps, out-of-the-way buckles, and foot stirrups.
· A built-in sunshade deploys quickly when needed and stows completely in a zippered pouch.
· Stay hydrated without putting your pack by using the rear compartment with your favorite reservoir
· An included diaper changing pad, detachable daypack, spacious pockets, and a machine-washable drool pad make this pack a new parent’s dream!
Available at REI in SLC or Sandy and at rei.com for $299.
Kelty Big Dipper Sleeping Bag
Kids grow at an alarming rate! Save yourself cash on replacing outgrown sleeping bags with this expanding model.
· An expandable foot section increases the bag’s length by 12″.
· Rated to 30 degrees F for warmth.
· Sized to fit juniors up to 5’4″.
· Designed with pillow and storage pockets.
· Includes compression sack.
· Made for boys and girls.
Protect your family from sun, wind, and rain while camping or attending sporting events with this giant umbrella.
· 8′ wide with side coverage for weather protection.
· Takes just three seconds to put up or take down.
· Fit the whole family under one umbrella!
· Made with UPF 50+ sun protection rated fabric.
· Umbrella has side flaps and wind vents for comfort in any weather.
Get one locally at Costco, Sports Authority, Dicks Sporting Goods, or online at sport-brella.com.
The retail price is $60, but sale prices are often offered at the end of summer.
Warmze Bottle Warmer
Keep milk warm for your baby while traveling, hiking, and camping with this simple and effective bottle warmer.
· The warmer sock fits around most bottles sized 8-11 ounces and uses biodegradable warmer refills to heat the bottles on the go.
· Each pad heats a bottle to tepid temperatures (90-104 degrees) without overheating. This mimics the body and benefits the baby’s health by reducing colic and increasing nutrients.
· The warmers are air activated and fit in a purse or diaper bag.
· Heat several bottles throughout the day with one warmer as each one lasts for up to 10 hours.
Available at Babies”R”Us and Toys”R”Us or online at ontheflybottle.com.
Bug Band Insect Repelling Wristbands and Towelettes
With West Nile virus cases skyrocketing around the U.S., protecting your family from insect bites is a no brainer. Instead of DEET-based products, try these all-natural alternatives.
· Wear a band on your wrist and it will release vapor around you that keeps insets away. One can work for up to 120 hours!
· The repellent is built into the band and won’t wash off with sweating or swimming.
· Repels mosquitoes, flies, gnats, no-see-ums, and fleas.
· The active ingredient, Geraniol, comes from geranium oil and is an extremely effective natural insect repellent.
· For those with sensitive skin, attach the wristband to a stroller, backpack, or clothing.
· Need heavy-duty protection? Try BugBand Towelettes. These lightweight wipes completely cover exposed skin with Geraniol lotion.
But locally at Sportsmans Warehouse, Target, Walmart or online at bugband.net.
Wristbands are $5 each and towelettes are $1 each. Discounts available when buying larger packages.
Jenny Willden is the editor of Outdoor Sports Guide Magazine. She dabbles in (almost) anything outside, be it surfing or rock climbing, but focuses most on snowboarding, horseback riding, and running. Jenny received a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications from Seattle University and is passionate about sharing her love of outdoor recreation, fitness, and health with others.
Outdoor Sports Guide Magazine is Utah’s premier publication for outdoor enthusiasts, featuring engaging stories, how-tos, a comprehensive race calendar, and gear reviews. View the event calendar and read the magazine online at sportsguidemag.com.