Looking for the best new gear for your outdoor family? Mountain Mama has you covered. 

In recognition of the challenges that face families who want to stay active outdoors, Mountain Mama is honoring the best innovations in the outdoor industry with the Mountain Mama Outdoor Family AwardsTM.

Each winter and summer, we’ll announce our picks for the coolest products we spotted for the outdoor family at the Outdoor Retailer tradeshow. The five categories are Outdoor Parents, Nursing Mama, Outdoor Baby, Outdoor Kid, and Outdoor Pet. Here are our picks from Winter 2012 for the Mountain Mama Outdoor Family AwardsTM.


Kid Comfort II Kid Carrier

We loved Deuter’s original Kid Comfort II, so we were excited to see that the little things lots of parents had been jury rigging on the bestselling kid carrier are now standard on this pack. These include a pocket for a hydration-pack as well as a removable, washable chin pad perfect for soaking up the drool that will pool when your kiddo surrenders to sleep.

This pack carries beautifully, and the suspension system works great on people of disparate heights, so parents can easily take turns carrying the kiddo.


  18 oz Wide Mouth
  Stainless Steel Water Bottle

It's no secret that HydroFlask is the preferred water bottle around Mountain Mama HQ, but nobody has put it through the paces as much as our CEO and founder, Teresa. Having breastfeed for 35 months (and counting), she's always on the lookout for gear to simplify nursing and pumping on the go.

The wide mouth hydroflask is perfect for keeping pumped milk cold in the absence of a refrigerator. Just drop in a bag or narrow bottle of milk and fill the rest of the bottle with ice water. Stored like this, milk stays refrigerator cold for about 24 hours – perfect for road trips or when mama is on a multi-pitch route!


Kid Kanteen Baby Bottle

Kudos to the folks at Klean Kanteen for creating a baby bottle that does it all. Like all their products, it's BPA-free. What makes this stainless steel bottle extra special are the thoughtful bonuses: extra wide nipples mimicking the human breast, easy to hold hourglass shape, the ability to switch the nipple top for a lid to allow for airtight storage in the same bottle, and even a surface that you can write on (and then wash off!) to keep track of when milk was pumped or defrosted.

The measurement markers – legible from inside and outside the bottle – are ingenious. Dishwasher safe is a huge bonus.


   Ski Trainer Kit

If teaching your kids to ski has not been the idyllic bonding experience you dreamed of, it’s probably because you aren’t using Lucky Bum’s Ski Trainer Kit. Next time, attach the Tip Clip to the kiddo’s skis, suit them up in the Ski Trainer harness, take the reins, and let the fun begin.

You’ll be amazed at how much more enjoyable family skiing becomes when you can stop yelling, “pizza, pizza” as junior careens out of control. For the occasional, inevitable spills there’s even a handle to make pick-ups easy, mittens and all.


   Trail Buddy Bowls

This cool, flat-folding bowl has everything going for it! Not only will it keep your four-legged pal happy and hydrated, but you’ll feel great about purchasing a product made right in Portland, Oregon of used bicycle inner tubes.

The bowl is light enough to add negligible weight to your pack but rigid enough to keep from collapsing when full.