Do you remember the first time you were on the mountains? You probably descended the slope in a heavy, unbreathable jacket and warming trousers. And do you remember rolling in the snow for a little while and then the fun was suddenly over – you were wet through straight away. Your kids will have a much easier time on the slopes: if you select the correct winter jacket for them, they will stay warm and dry.
THE BASIC CHARACTERISTICS OF A SKI JACKET? WATERPROOFNESS AND BREATHABILITY
A jacket for skiing, sledding and other winter outdoor sports must have a functional membrane or coating to protect the child from water and moisture. Resistance of this protection is indicated by a water column, but you don’t need to get the one with the highest value. Children don’t last too long on the slopes anyway and when it rains, you probably change the skis for a visit to an amusement park or swimming pool. For typical family skiing, a water column of 3000 to 5000 mm will be perfectly adequate.
When selecting, pay attention to the breathability so the child doesn’t sweat during movement. The breathability value indicates how many grams of water vapour passes through a square metre of the material per 24 hours. So what is the number to look for? A breathability of 3000 g/m²/ 24 hours is satisfactory enough, look for the higher value if your child is more active.
A GOOD JACKET WITHSTANDS A LOT
At one point they’re skiing, then they are making snow angels or going down the slope on their bottoms. Well, that's kids. Expect the jacket to be used in a variety of situations, so choose one that is resistant to mechanical damage. Fortunately, for children's clothing, manufacturers often expect children to do all kinds of stuff.
SMALL DETAILS WHICH MATTER
The jacket must have a snow belt to prevent snow from entering. Draw-strings on the sleeve endings and the option to remove the hood are also very useful features.
If you buy an overall (especially suitable for smaller children) instead of jacket, take a good look at the bottom section detail. Straps that stretch over the feet – are ideal and thanks to that the trousers don’t rise-up
Don’t forget to study the zips too - they should be quality so the child can easily manage to put on or take off the jacket. The fascinating features also include a zip fastener cover below chin: whereby, the zip doesn’t feel cold to the child and it also avoids accidental pinching.
So your little skier is easily spotted out there on the ski slopes, get their jacket in distinctive colours. Since it’s dark earlier in winter, don’t forget the reflexive elements on the jacket.
WHAT JACKET SHOULD CHILDREN WEAR TO SCHOOL AND THE CITY?
If there is no Olympic sledding going on at school, don’t give the ski jacket to your child – it’s designed for movement. When selecting a classic winter jacket for school or city, the main role is the insulating filler. Make sure the jacket or coat is long enough to keep their back warm so your child doesn’t feel the cold on their kidneys or urinary tract.
LOAP tip: Some jackets have a name tag sewn-in. But if you buy a jacket without a name tag, it’s okay: just put the phone number and address of the hotel where you’re staying in the mountains, in the child’s pocket.