It has been said many times before but we are big believers in the quote which goes something along the lines of;
There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing.
We like to get outside whenever we can and always have an array of appropriate waterproof jackets but earlier this year on our trip to the beach with the Mini Travellers team, I realised that actually our coats just weren’t warm enough. No amount of jumpers, scarves and gloves layered underneath our waterproof jackets was going to be a substitute for proper thermal insulation!
Over the last few weeks I’ve been extremely grateful for the children’s new Reima jackets – they have kept them warm and dry in all weathers – from pouring rain to the -5 temps and heavy snow that the #BeastfromtheEast has treated us to!
Finnish company, Reima are global leaders in functional kidswear – determined to help children discover the wonder and fun of being outdoors whatever the season, whatever the weather.
The Reimatec winter jacket is totally waterproof and windproof made from technical material which is water and dirt repellent as well as breathable with thermal insulation effective to -20 (which I don’t plan on testing any time soon so I shall take their word for it!)
All three kids love their Reima jackets – the inner lycra cuffs and smooth polyester lining makes them super comfortable. The shaped cut, adjustable cuffs and hem means that whilst really cosy, their coats don’t feel overly bulky – they can still get one with whatever it is they want to be doing be it running, climbing or chucking snow at each other! (The jackets also feature a snow lock at the waist which is obviously great for winter sports but hasn’t proved to be a necessary feature in Manchester as yet!)
The fleece lined hood features a visor and also a flap to fasten up around your neck – Amy isn’t a big fan of this as she doesn’t find it very comfortable, but on a really cold and windy day being able to tuck as much of your face away as possible is a lifesaver! The velcro fastenings on the coat are substantial and we’ve found that sometimes the neck flap can end up caught on inside of the hood which I suppose over time could cause a little superficial damage but it’s really the most minor of irritations. I’m generally not a fan of detachable hoods (kids pulling them off in playgrounds or losing loose hoods in cloakrooms is a right pain) however I totally get the point of them from a safety point of view – should the hood get caught on anything, it will come off easily.
Although this Reima jacket would be totally at home on the slopes, it doesn’t look out of place in the park or on the school run in Manchester – in fact we’ve had so many compliments on the kids’ jackets, especially Amy’s with it’s bold stripe! Chloe wasn’t completely convinced by her bright blue coat initially but she loves it now – and I like that their vivid colours makes them easy to spot when we’re out and about on an adventure!
As you’d expect, these are not cheap jackets – you get what you pay for and in this case that’s high-tech, weather-proof clothing. With bit of shopping around you can currently find Ben, Chloe and Amy’s coats at around £70 – £90.
*We received the kids’ Reima jackets free of charge for the purposes of review however all thoughts and opinions remain our own*