+ Why are your thermal layers sleeveless?

The core function of the trailhopper is to help regulate a little one’s core temperature. Similar to an adult’s vest, sleeveless provides the thermal properties without adding excess bulk and decreasing mobility. Characterized in this way, the TrailHopper facilitates easy layering up and down according to changing environmental conditions.

+ You encourage using mineral sunscreen with your UPF 50 sun suits, won’t children also be exposed to the sun while wearing your other performance layers?

Absolutely! In many cases it’s even more important parents are mindful of using mineral sunscreens in cooler temperatures. UV radiation may be equally, if not more powerful, during winter months (snow reflects 80% of UV radiation, compared to grass, soil, and water reflect less than 10%!). If it’s cooler, it may mean you’re increasing your elevation. Remember, UV exposure increases roughly 10% for every 1,000ft of elevation gain. Here’s a great article from the World Health Organization that breaks this down a little more.

+ Why did you partner with a sunscreen company?

Our products are 100% complimentary. For example, using Goddess Garden Organics mineral sunscreen for your little one’s face, hands, and feet while wearing a UPF 50 GrassHopper, provides a parent with a complete, chemical-free sun screen solution!

We chose Goddess Garden Organics in particular because our visions are so closely aligned– providing chemical free protection from the sun. Our stories of why we embarked on this endeavor are also incredibly similar. Nova and Paul, founders of Goddess Garden, found that their daughter, Paige, was allergic to many chemicals in bath & cosmetic products. Inspired, they developed their line of safe skincare solutions.

It just so happens that Ari, Jill’s grandson and Jake’s nephew, was also allergic to chemical based products. Solving the same problem in a different way, Jill sourced a chemical free UPF material to create a performance sun suit. Together, their aligned visions brought two products together in serendipitous harmony.

+ The Caribou has genuine coyote fur…Excuse me but how can that be environmentally sustainable?

We'll be first to admit, this is a tricky issue and there are compelling reasons both for and against genuine wild sourced vs synthetic fur.

We based our decision to use genuine wild sourced fur using a long-term frame of reference. We asked two key questions moving forward:

A: What resources are required to produce wild sourced vs. synthetic furs? B: What is the recycling lifetime between wild sourced vs. synthetic?

It turns out that synthetic furs (based nearly 100% from petroleum resources) take nearly 1,000yrs to decompose– not unlike plastic bags from the grocery store. Genuine fur however, naturally decomposes (although chemical additives decrease their rate of decomposition, however still turn over quicker than purely synthetic).

With this frame of reference, we concluded that genuine fur had a lower carbon & environmental footprint than using faux fur.

We source 100% of our pelts from the Colorado Trappers Association. The CTA helps ensure that the populations of coyote are adequately kept in check so as to prevent disease and ensure rodent populations are kept in equilibrium within the ecosystem.

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