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Kids jackets & vests for outdoor activities

Children are particularly prone to rapid cooling and easily loose too much body heat. Luckily, the right jacket or vest will keep kids warm and happy in less-than-great weather. But how do you know which one is the perfect choice for your child?

Children’s jackets come in many shapes and forms so you’re guaranteed to find one that your child loves – just make sure you consider what kind of activities and conditions it’ll be needed for.

Kids' jackets

So, what type of children’s outdoor jackets are out there? And which should you choose?

For cold conditions

Thermal jackets

When the thermometer drops, both children and adults need a comfortable thermal jacket with excellent, efficient insulation. The insulating components of these jackets will either be made up of goose down or a synthetic version. Down offers your child fantastic warmth, longevity, compressibility and light weight but slower drying times. Meanwhile, synthetics are better for smaller budgets and wetter conditions – as well as being easier to clean.

Winter jackets

Winter jackets offer good coverage and warmth for kids in colder months. These coats also tend to come with special design features such as raised necks and hoods for basic protection against wind and rain, as well as more high-tech treatments and materials with weather-resistant abilities.

Fleece jackets are another great option for cooler conditions. These super snuggly and child-friendly jackets are practical, comfortable and versatile – three essential qualities in kidswear!

For windy walks

Windbreakers & wind-resistant jackets

Wearing a windbreaker over other layers makes a good alternative to a puffy winter coat. These lighter, thin designs resist wind chill and repel light showers.

For wet weather fun

Rain jackets are designed to be worn in everything from showers to downpours. Many of these are designed to be light and pack down small for easy transport when they’re not required. Thinner designs don’t offer much in the way of warmth – instead they’re focused on keeping their little wearer dry. This type of children’s jacket is usually made from waterproof fabric with extra moisture-protection features such as welded seams, zipper weatherstrips and hoods.

For variable or unpredictable conditions

When you’re not sure what a day spent outside is going to throw your way (or your child’s!) it’s best to be prepared for all eventualities. In this case, it makes perfect sense to look at some of the more versatile jackets for children out there. Component jackets (2 and more in one designs) and hybrid jacket models offer lots of options for all conditions.

For sports

Specialist jackets for sports need to focus on more than just warmth. They also need to provide breathability and other special features required for the that specific activity. The most obvious examples of these types of jackets are those designed for skiing and snowsport fun.

General qualities to consider

Also ask yourself:

  • Waterproofedness: How waterproof is the jacket or vest? Is it made from a waterproof fabric or does it come with a water-resistant treatment? Does it have taped seams?
  • Size & fit: How comfortable is the cut? And how does it fit? If it’s on the smaller side will it reduce your child’s freedom of movement? If it’s on the looser side will it potentially catch/slip? Can it be adjusted or tailored to your child’s individual size?
  • Durability & quality: Does it seem well made? Are the materials listed of a good quality?
  • Breathability: Does it contain ventilation elements or is it made from a breathable material? If not your child may become hot and uncomfortable quickly. Also, after the initial warmth of activity, perspiration trapped on the skin will overcool kids too.
  • Practicality: Is the jacket machine-washable? Is it easy to put on and take off again or will your child require a lot of help to do so? Does it feature practical add-ons such as reflectors?


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