If your kids are anything like my kids, socks don't have a chance at long term survival. In the hiking/backpacking world, though, having the right type of socks can make or break a trip. Thorlos socks seemed to have found the right formula between comfort, functionality and surviving the sock life in a kids boot. Over the past six months, my two oldest kids put 506 miles … [Read more...] about Thorlos Socks – 500 Miles of Kid Tested Socks
Quite a few different PLB's (personal locator beacon) are out on the market these days. A quick Google search will get you started on the varieties and comparisons. Like most products you invest in, it will come down to functionality, product cost and subscription cost. I have tested three different PLB's, and came to the conclusion that the Delorme InReach Explorer was the … [Read more...] about Delorme InReach Explorer
In January, Deuter sent us two Fox 40 backpacks for each of my two kids to help them on their journey of backpacking 1000 miles this year. It was like Christmas Gear Day when the two backpacks arrived. We immediately sized the backpacks to each of the kids and went backpacking for the weekend to trail test the packs. Now it has been six months and these backpacks have seen 460 … [Read more...] about Deuter Fox 40
Like my last post, I hope you read this and get an idea of what a 10 year old may be able to carry in his/her backpack for a multiday trip. However, not all 10 year olds are the same, and I caution you to just use this as a reference. My son weighs 68lbs and averages 12-15lbs. of weight (including the backpack itself) on his back. This comes out to 17-22% of his body weight, … [Read more...] about What’s in my 10 year old’s backpack?
My hope is that you read this and get an idea of what an 8 year old may be able to carry in his/her backpack for a multiday trip. However, not all 8 year olds are the same, my 10 year old was carrying a little more weight at 8 years old than my current 8 year old. I caution you to just use this as a reference. My daughter weighs 60lbs and averages 10-12lbs. of weight ( … [Read more...] about What is in my 8 year old’s backpack?