August 2020

    The Best Jackets and Bags for Back to School

    Back-to-school may not mean back-to-normal, but some of the most crucial back-to-school gear includes the things you use outside the classroom – the gear to keep warm and dry on the way to school. Check out our guide of all the best jackets and backpacks to keep your kids warm and prepared for chilly fall days.


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    Rain Gear

    Rainy days don’t mean you have to stay inside. For juniors, the Jr Active Rain Jacket is a popular choice for both rain protection and everyday style. Featuring waterproof and breathable HELLY TECH® Protection fabric, a detachable hood, and eyelet ventilation under the arms, the Jr Active Rain Jacket is less likely to make your kids overheat during active days outside.


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    Kids, from babies up to about nine years old, often need more thorough rain protection –- from head to toe. Our Kids PU Rainset has been a favorite in our home base of Norway, where rainy days can outnumber sunny ones, for every active kid. This rainset includes a 100% waterproof bib pant and jacket constructed with HELOX+® fabric. This waterproof fabric was initially designed for fishermen who needed complete rain and water protection. When your kids are splashing through muddy puddles, the PU rain set will keep them dry.


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    A warm and versatile jacket or parka

    One of our favorite jackets for this fall is the Junior Champ Reversible Jacket. One side features a warm plush fleece in fun prints and colors. The other side features a PFC-free DWR for excellent water repellncy. This two-for-one jacket gives your junior some versatility for both style and function. When it begins to drizzle, put the water resistant side out, but when you want to mix up the look, face out the fleece. Both ways are wind resistant and comfortable.

    Another popular choice with younger kids is the Kids Vika Parka. Like all Helly Hansen products, it’s exceptionally well-made and long-lasting. Plus, since it’s available in a unisex golden glow and navy, so it makes a great hand-me-down jacket that the next wearer can enjoy. Puffy, high-loft synthetic insulation will keep your little ones warm on winter’s coldest days. 

    The Best Backpacks for Kids

    Many people don’t think about safety when it comes to backpacks, but we’ve built the Hopalong with many safety features to give you peace of mind. Featuring reflective silver stripes and piping, the Hopalong is more visible in the early morning and dusk light. Keep your kids as noticeable to any passing traffic and other people, too. The Hopalong also features an emergency whistle that’s built into the sternum strap so your kids can call for help if they ever feel lost. The Hopalong also features two water bottle pockets, internal pockets, and padded straps. Available in a variety of colors and prints, there’s a style for every kid.


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    For a more understated look, the Kitsilano Backpack is a popular choice for juniors who prioritize style and function. Available in a cool slate or black with synthetic leather trim, the interior features a subtle pop of color. With a front pocket, key clip, and organization slots, the Kitsilano has the key features every junior needs to store their school books and supplies –- in a more grownup design.

    For younger kids, the Kids’ Outdoor Backpack is a perennial hit. Perfect for kids three to seven years old (give or take), this backpack won’t overwhelm the little ones. With two water bottle pockets, plenty of internal space, and an external strap for stuffing in a jacket, this backpack will fit all your kids’ belongings without weighing them down.

    little girl in the outdoor backpack

    Most importantly – stay warm and dry!

    When you send your kids out the door, it feels better if you know they’re warm and dry. Gear up for the changing weather that comes when the leaves begin to fall.


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