buying childrens waterproof clothing
Posted on January 19th, 2012
Childrens wateproof clothing – so many choices! Waterproof jackets, trousers, all in one suits, dungarees, which should you choose?
1. Waterproof Jackets
If you want a waterproof jacket make sure it is waterproof and not just showerproof. An adjustable hood that can be altered so as not to obscure vision is something to look for, if it’s adjustable it should stay up better too! Waterproof jackets come in different lengths, so think about what the jacket is going to be used for. A longer jacket is more practical for walking to school but can restrict movement, so you may want to choose a shorter jacket for outdoor play and walks.
2. Shell Jackets, 3 in 1 Jackets or Insulated Jackets
Each have their own advantages:
- Shell jackets have a lightweight or no lining, making them ideal for warmer conditions or to layer up underneath in cooler weather. This is an ideal jacket if children are going to be active as they can add or take off layers as they warm up or cool down.
- 3 in 1 waterproof jackets come with an inner fleece which can be removed and worn separately. This allows the jacket to be worn all year round plus having the benefit of a fleece jacket. Some shell jackets have an interactive zip, allowing you to add a fleece jacket or gilet at a later date. Gilets are sometimes preferred as children find it easier to slip their arms in and out.
- Insulated waterproof jackets have a layer of polyester wadding sandwiched between the outer shell and inner lining, making them ideal for cold weather. It’s also worth looking at ski brands for this type of coat, they produce jackets without a snow skirt which can double up for school and outdoor use.
3. All In One Suits
A good quality all-in-one suit is one of the most important items of childrens waterproof clothing you will ever buy for youngsters. It covers everything keeping them clean and dry! Different brands have different types of zip arrangements which can help with changing and ease of getting on and off. When it gets really cold consider a lined waterproof suit or a 3 in 1 suit which allows the fleece inner to be removed and used separately. For cold snowy weather down filled all in one suits are worth considering as they are so snug!
4. Waterproof Dungarees
Waterproof dungarees are a good progression from all in one suits as they still offer a reasonable amount of coverage. They are also great for warmer weather when a jacket isn’t always necessary. Waterproof dungarees are now available with hems that can be lengthened to make them last a little bit longer. Braces are usually adjustable and have chunky buckles to make them easy for getting on and off.
5. Waterproof Trousers
Waterproof trousers are ideal for any outdoor activity which involves the prospect of getting damp or wet or dirty. Lightweight waterproof trousers can be slipped over existing clothing with the minimum of fuss. Lined waterproof trousers are great for cooler weather or more comfortable for wearing on their own. Team with thermals when it gets really cold. Check for ankle zips which make it easier to navigate over boots.
Top tip! Always follow the manufacturers washing instructions. You will need to use a special technical washing solution designed for waterproof clothing or pure soap flakes. Don’t use normal washing detergent as it will affect how waterproof the coat is.