Terramar 2.0 Kids Ride Free Base Layers Set ($40)
Terramar’s silky midweight set is just right for cold to moderate days and dries in under 30 minutes, which salvaged a 34-degree two-yard-sale day.
Hydro Flask Kids Insulated Food Jar ($35)
This 12-ounce jar delivered après-ski chicken soup still piping hot five hours after being warmed up at home. Thanks to an extra-wide lid, our toddler tester could easily spoon noodles into her mouth. But the MVP move is that it never leaked.
REI Timber Mountain Bibs ($100)
REI’s bibs are priced for kiddos but plenty featured. We love the fleecy interior, articulated knees, and two-inch grow cuff that grants several seasons of use.
Ledlenser KidLed 2 Headlamp ($20)
Two simple buttons mean a three-year-old can toggle through the KidLed’s seven white, red, and blue modes on their own. The modest 40-lumen bulb is easy on parents’ eyes.
Flylow Mighty Unicorn Mittens ($50)
These waterproof leather mitts make toddlers look like patrollers. They have 220-gram insulation on the back, and kept hands dry after three hours in the snow.
Lil’ Ripper Gripper Harness ($89)
Two retractable leashes on this harness operate with a glove-friendly button, so we could reign in sendy tots and help them turn. A handle at the shoulder blades enabled us to hoist kids up to 50 pounds.
Giro Crue MIPS Helmet ($90)
The Crue’s dial-based cinch system is easy for toddler hands to use, and produces a snug fit. That security gets a boost from MIPS technology, which we’re used to seeing on adult helmets with price tags north of $200.
Helly Hansen Kids Vertical Insulated Jacket ($150)
Full waterproofing, ten baffles stuffed with 170-gram synthetic fill on the front, and a high-vis detachable hood brim made this jacket an all-star on cold and stormy bunny-hill sessions.
Giro Buster Goggles ($40)
Goggles slipping down little foreheads can obscure vision, which is one of the quickest paths to meltdown town on the mountain. Paired with the Crue helmet, the Buster stays put for hours of pizza-ing and falling.
Bogs B-Moc Boots ($70)
The B-Moc topped our list because of a 6.5-inch insulated cuff that prevents snow from getting to tiny ankles. A cinchable top boosts snowproofing, yet also makes the boots a breeze to get on. (Pull handles help.) Bonus, if a bit overkill: the negative-22-degree rating.