Best Kid's Fishing Gear for Fishing in Alaska in 2017
Big Agnes Kids Ice House Hoodie
This is by some distance the warmest kid’s coat we’ve ever tested. At 800 fill down, it is suitable for a day out on the ice with your toddler, and if you pair it with a good set of snow pants and quality base layers, your little one should stay warm.
Hot Chillys Youth La Montana Zip-T
Our young tester stayed toasty-warm in this polyester fleece top. He used it in active pursuits and reported that it fit well and wasn’t restrictive. It also worked well as the base layer on cold mornings on the river.
Patagonia Baby Torrentshell Jacket
From the Big Su to Bing’s Landing this rain jacket performed as needed to take our toddler camping and fishing in Alaska all summer through late fall.
Oakiwear Camo Kids Waders
These little neoprene waders might possibly be the cutest things on the planet and they are also really functional and versatile. With a built-in rubber boot, these waders are great for the rainiest camping spots and the muddiest days in Alaska. Perfect for fishing your toddlers and bigger kids, even if not fishing, as they’re ideal for riding four-wheelers and generally traipsing around in the mud.
Molehill Mountain 4-Way Stretch Hoodie
The creators of Molehill brand seek to make the highest-quality kids gear around and this warm, fast-drying, moisture-wicking hoodie stands up to that goal.
KEEN Toddler’s Kootenay
Functional, waterproof and warm, these boots are even easy for toddlers to put on themselves. They’re really adorable to boot.
The Original Bug Shirt Kid’s Bug Shirt
Your day will go a lot better if you can protect your little ones from biting insects, and this shirt does exactly that. Our tester’s whole family wears The Original Bug Shirts.
Redington Crosswater Youth Wader and Youth Boot
Your young angler will get a good grip on slippery rocks with Redington’s Sticky Rubber soles. The toe cap gives additional abrasion-resistance and protection and the boots have neoprene-padded ankle support and stud-compatible soles. Waders have integrated gravel guards, wading belt, adjustable suspenders and an inside storage pocket.
Sorel Toddler 1964 PAC STR
These ultra-warm, sturdy boots are perfect for taking your mini-ice-fisherman on a family adventure, and the felt inner boot comes out to be washed, which parents appreciate as well.
Marmot Boys Rincon Hoody
This hoody is light, comfortable and striking in color, making it one of the favorites of Charlie Weiner in 2016. Hand-warmer pockets helped get fingers warmed up after holding big, cold Nushagak Chinook, and the hood was utilized while motoring between runs.
KEEN Little Kid’s Pagosa Low WP
This is a good, quality, waterproof hiking shoe for your kids, as attested to by one of our junior field-testers. It’s got a beefy sole that allowed him to hike in steep, rocky terrain and it’s easy for him to get them on and off thanks to a speed-lacing system that eliminates the need to tie the laces.
Bogs Classic Animals Kids Insulated Boots
One of our tiny 2-year-old field testers wants to wear these boots no matter the weather, and that’s just fine since these boots are rated to -30°.
Mustang Survival Lil’ Legends 70 Youth Vest
Our 6-year-old tester reports that the PFD is comfortable to wear and the he thinks the camo pattern is cool. We’ve noticed that when we outfit our kids in similar products as ourselves they then feel more like they are part of the team and want to fish and hunt even more. And that’s good for all of us. Mustang improved on this proven design by making it easier for kids to move while wearing it and by helping them cool off quicker with the addition of a cooling-channeled rear panel. Three sizes are available to accommodate kids to 90 pounds.
Simms Kid’s Gore-Tex Stockingfoot Wader
This is a basic wader for your kids that should keep them dry and on the water. We like that the knees and seat sport reinforced fabric as our young testers are not easy on gear. These waders should last long enough to be handed down to younger siblings.
Oomingmak Qiviut Baby Hat
Soft and warm, this is an heirloom item for your family and a performance piece for your kiddos. They are high quality and worth the cost and the Qiviut stretches so it grows with your child for several years. We prefer 100% qiviut because of the stretch but they also offer a pattern design which is 80% qiviut and 20% silk.
MyMayu Summit Wrist Gaiter
Keep water, mud or snow from getting up the sleeve, plus kids have a harder time taking their mittens or jackets off!
Grundéns Kids Clipper Jacket & Bibs
Our kiddos loved being decked-out just like the adults on our boating adventures in 2016. Made with typical Grundéns quality, the Clipper jacket and bibs performed admirably and feature a detachable hood, raglan sleeves and covered snaps and a storm flap, while the bibs are cut chest-high with speed-lock fasteners.
Oakiwear Children’s Winter Puffy Jacket
The coat is warm and water-resistant, and when you take your kids on the water, we recommend you bring something like this. You may be able to handle fishing in a t-shirt, but the little ones need more clothes and this is a good choice. The 100% polyester coat has an attached hood and adjustable toggles, and is available in sizes from 2T to 10/11.
Obermeyer Ultragear 100 Micro Zip T and Tight
This set is warm, soft and lightweight, making it an ideal bottom layer when it’s cold or a top layer on warmer days. The fleece is water-resistant with an interior wind-guard, which we really like as the little ones tend to get cold in the wind. The top has a ¼-zip that aids in taking it on and off; we also like that it’s not a full-zip, as that’s hard for kids to manage. Our 1½-year-old-tester couldn’t articulate his thoughts on the product, but we could tell he was warm and cozy.
All Good SPF50+ Water-Resistant Zinc Sunscreen Butter
This all-natural sunscreen offers protection from UVA and UVB rays, is very water-resistant and is certified organic. It’s made from six ingredients: zinc oxide, organic coconut oil, organic beeswax, organic calendula flowers infused in organic jojoba oil, and vitamin E. You have to have sunscreen for the kids under Alaska’s midnight sun.
Fox River Snow Day Socks
Our youngest field-testers were big fans of these soft Merino wool over-the-calf socks, and so were their parents, as the socks helped keep the little ones warm and comfortable on the boat and in the field, allowing for more time outside, and the wool helps to wick moisture vapors and reduce odor.
Hot Chillys Youth Pepper Bi-Ply Crewneck and Bottoms
Keeping kids warm in the field is critical, and the unique double-layer construction in this outfit from Hot Chillys traps warm air between the two layers for excellent thermal retention, while the special seasonings and provide additional moisture management to wick away the damp, keeping little ones dry.
Helly Hansen Kid’s Shelter Jacket
Offering a clean and attractive Helly Hansen design, this kid’s shell features fully waterproof fabric and fully seam-sealed construction to create an all-weather protection winner. Breathability enables high activity and comfort since moisture is not trapped on the inside, helping to make this the jacket our youngsters reached for when heading out last year.