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Children’s snowsuits: 4 models tested

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Updated September 5, 2020

Looking for a warm, water-resistant and durable snowsuit? We tested snowsuits in a range of price classes, and designate the Gneis Supershape as our best in test. This is a durable snowsuit with top class fit that always keeps the child warm and dry. After the winter, it’s in such good condition that you can sell it on or pass it down to a younger sibling.

And once again, we name the Isbjörn of Sweden Penguin as our best premium choice. This high quality snowsuit justifies its price with excellent durability, water resistance and a fantastic fit. Our best budget choice is Ticket To Heaven’s Noa. This is a good value for money snowsuit that’s warm, comfortable and resists slush and wear.

How we did the test

We carry out our tests ourselves and test the snowsuits as they are intended to be used in reality. In our testing of children’s snowsuits, three examples of each snowsuit have been tested, by ordinary children aged 1-10 years. The snowsuits have been worn to go sledging, sit in puddles and climb up piles of snow. They’ve got dirty, been washed and used during all winter weather conditions – at temperatures below zero and in fresh and melting snow and slush. At the end of the winter, the parents have carefully examined these condition of the snowsuits and completed an extensive questionnaire. In our evaluation, we have primarily focused on the following:

  • Function: Does the snowsuit keep the child warm on cold days and does the material breathe properly during milder winters? Does the external fabric resist slush and moisture, and does the snowsuit resist wear without becoming frayed?

  • Use: What's the snowsuit fit like, and is it easy to dress and undress the child? Can you tighten up the legs and arms properly, and how protective is the collar?

  • Details: What’s the snowsuit design like, how easy is it to clean and how many reflectors does it have and in what positions?

The different assessments of each snowsuit model have then been compiled into a final score, which has also been compared to the price of the snowsuit and whether the condition at the end of the winter makes it possible to reuse or sell. After this, we have chosen the test winner. Snowsuits for younger children?

Do you have a younger child who also needs a good snowsuit that works for both playing in the snow and sitting in a pushchair or sledge? If so, read our tests of baby snowsuits.

1. Isbjörn of Sweden Penguin – BEST PREMIUM CHOICE

Expensive but well-designed high quality snowsuit that can grow with the child.

Test year: 2020 Price class: Premium Material: Nylon66 (Taslan), PrimaLoft® lining. Bluesign® licensed material. Water resistance: 15,000 mm Breathability: 15,000 m2/24h Taped seams: Yes, 100% Available sizes: 80-128 cm Available colours: Love, Navy, Saffron, Bordeaux, Petrol, Mole, Dusty Pink, Ice Impregnation: BIONIC Finish Eco® (PFOA, PFOS free) Machine washable: Yes Maximum wash temperature: 40 C° Tumble dry: Yes Drying cabinet: Yes Maximum drying temperature: 40 °C

Isbjörn of Sweden Penguin Snowsuit - Dusty Pink (470)

The Isbjörn of Sweden Penguin is one of the more expensive children’s snowsuits on the market, but it’s really great quality, which makes it good value for money even so. The Penguin get top marks in almost all categories, and is loved by both children and parents. If you have the budget for a Penguin, this is a snowsuit purchase you won’t regret.

Clever snowsuit that grows with the child

The Penguin is large in terms of sizing. The snowsuit also provides innovative room to grow. The legs and arms can be extended by slitting open a seam on the inside. For some children this means that the Penguin lasts for two years. For others at least that there’s no risk of gaps between snowsuit and shoes or gloves even at the end of the winter.

The fit is very good and is spacious without being bulky. The snowsuit is easy to put on. The elastic in the legs and arms is quite tight and smaller children may need help to get the trouser legs over their shoes. The advantage of this is that the snowsuit is close-fitting at these points and the Isbjörn Penguin never let in snow during our tests. The snowsuit gets top marks for water resistance. Moisture doesn’t get through even when the child has been playing on their knees in a slushy puddle.

Warm and durable snowsuit with one weak point

The Isbjörn Penguin breathes very effectively and the child never feels damp with sweat despite active play during a mild winter. The snowsuit is also wind resistant. The collar is fleece lined on the inside, and the end of the zip covered so it doesn’t chafe on the chin. Freezing cold winter weather is no match for the Penguin. The child feels just warm enough with normal clothes underneath. You only need to add an extra layer at really low temperatures.

At the end of the winter, two out of the three snowsuits we tested were in as new condition. The third had holes on the inside of the knees where the taped seams had chafed through the outer fabric in one place. In all other respects, the snowsuits demonstrated minimal surface wear and were in good condition for use for many winters to come. The Penguin can usually be brushed clean, and the washing time is reduced because it can be machine washed and then tumble dried.

Very expensive but still good value for money

There’s every reason to hesitate before spending several hundred pounds on a child's garment. But the Penguin thoroughly justifies its price. Partly because the snowsuit can grow with the child in an intelligent way. And partly because the quality is such that the Penguin will last for many winters’ use.

This is a carefully designed snowsuit with a highly functional design. And whether you pass the Isbjörn of Sweden Penguin down to the next sibling or sell it on when the winter’s over, a snowsuit with a long lifetime is good both for your wallet and the environment.

Flexible fitwarm and water resistantarms and legs can be extendedgood breathability
Not enough reflectorspossibly sensitive seams

2. Reima Stavanger

Incredibly functional and tough snowsuit, with long durability and a flexible fit

Test year: 2020 Price class: Medium Material: Reimatec Duraplus Water resistance: 12,000 mm Breathability: 8000 m2/24h Taped seams: Yes Available sizes: 92-140 cm Available colours: 9 Impregnation: PU coating Machine washable: Yes Maximum wash temperature: 40 C° Tumble dry: Yes Drying cabinet: Yes Maximum drying temperature: 40 °C

Reima Stavanger Overall Winter - Raspberry Pink (520265-4650)

Reima is a brand that many people associate with quality, and their Stavanger snowsuit is one of Reima’s flagship models. And for good reason. The Stavanger is a rare good snowsuit where all the families who tested it were in complete agreement.

Adaptable fit and perfect heat retention

The Reima Stavanger is a wonderfully spacious snowsuit that’s easy to put on without it feeling bulky. Elastic at the waist allows you to adjust the fit. The fact that the snowsuit permits more adaptation contributes to the Stavanger’s freedom of movement. The child can climb trees, run and play just like normal.

During active play, it’s important that the snowsuit breathes so the child doesn’t get damp with sweat. And the Reima Stavanger it is very effective at dissipating the child’s body heat. At the same time, the snowsuit doesn’t let out so much that the child gets cold. The heat retention ability gets top marks from all three families who tested the snowsuit. Children just won’t get cold wearing the Stavanger.

Superb water resistance and good resistance to abrasion

The collar has a very good fit, reaching up just to the right height and providing coverage all around the neck. The wind resistance also gets a good score. The hood has a fur collar, and both this and the hood are detachable. The snowsuit’s water resistance is also excellent. The Reima Stavanger has elastic in both the arms and legs, and the trousers can also be secured around the shoes with press studs. The Stavanger stays dry even in the slushiest of winter weather. The moisture stays superficial, the snowsuit doesn’t feel heavy and the child never gets wet. It has excellent wear resistance. The overall impression after a winter’s use is that all three snowsuits look like new. But on closer examination one snowsuit has developed small holes on the inside of the legs. Due to friction, the edge of the taped seam has rubbed through the fabric. This is the type of hole that occurs in several other snowsuits in this test.

Top class snowsuit that will last for many winters

The Stavanger is surprisingly easy to brush off. Even it looks like the child has been playing in a pool of mud, most of it simply falls off as soon as the snowsuit has dried out. The snowsuit can also be machine washed and tumble dried. The darker colours come out completely clean after washing, while the lighter ones have a slight colour change in the outer fabric if you look carefully.

The children who used the Reima Stavanger quickly decided this snowsuit was their favourite. Warmth and water resistance are first class and durability also gets top marks, although one snowsuit had some problems with the reinforced seams. The price is high. But given its durability and function, the Reima Stavanger is worth every penny.

Easy to keep cleanvery water resistantdurablegood warmth and adaptable fit
Too few and too small reflectorssome problems with reinforced seams on the trouser legs

3. Lindberg Colden

A spacious and durable snowsuit that breathes effectively and retains the heat

Test year: 2020 Price class: Medium Material: Polyester softshell with stretch, reinforced sections in Cordura © (knees and bottom), waterproof membrane, warm winter padding in polyester and polyester fleece lining (back, bottom) and nylon lining in sleeves, legs and front. Water resistance: 15,000 mm Breathability: 6000 g/m2/24h Taped seams: Yes Available sizes: 80-160 cm Available colours: Black, Yellow, Green, Orange, Camel, Plum, Petroleum, Rose Impregnation: Yes, Bionic Finish Eco © Machine washable: Yes Maximum wash temperature: 40 °C Tumble dry: No Drying cabinet: Yes Maximum drying temperature: 40 °C

Lindberg Colden Overall - Black (31058000)

The Lindberg Colden is a sturdy and functional snowsuit. The fit is spacious, which gives plenty of room for growth for a long winter season. The snowsuit is a straight model without feeling tight. It was easy for the children to put on, and the large tag on the zip made it easy to grip even with gloves on. The snowsuit is ideal for active children, as it is flexible enough for them to play, crawl, cycle and run in.

Lets out the sweat but retains the heat.

The Colden is a snowsuit that breathes well, and our young testers didn’t get wet with sweat while wearing it. Even during more high-frequency activity, such as cross-country skiing, the snowsuit breathes well. The suit’s wind resistance is also very good. The soft fleece collar goes well up the neck and is spacious, so there’s room for the child’s chin together with an extra scarf if it’s really cold.

There’s minimal risk that the child will get cold in a Lindberg Colden. For a full day in the mountains, you can add an undergarment and an intermediate layer, but for a normal day at preschool the child will be warm enough with just ordinary clothes under the snowsuit. After being outdoors, the children have a perfect level of warmth, and are never cold. The Colden was easy to brush off after use. The snowsuit is machine washable and is then completely clean again – even after the child has been playing in the mud.

Durable as long as you’re careful with the adjustments

The Lindberg Colden has snow cuffs in the trouser legs, and together with the elastic straps to be worn under the shoes, these create effective protection against snow. However, the snowsuit has only a single adjustable elastic in the sleeve cuffs, no internal cuff or other type of protection against snow. With short gloves there’s a risk of gaps at the wrist.

Water resistance was good. The trouser legs can sometimes become wet, but only on the surface. And the durability also got positive reactions. The reinforced Cordura parts on the knee and bottom look new after the winter. However, one of the snowsuits developed small holes at the leg openings where they rubbed on the ground. But according to the test family this was because the leg length wasn’t set correctly at the start of the season.

Excellent and good value for money snowsuit

The Colden has a reasonable number of reflectors, but could be improved with a few more on the chest. Some of the reflectors on the front of the trouser legs also became quite worn.

The Lindberg Colden quickly became a favourite with the children and families who tested the snowsuit. It’s a spacious model that retains the heat well, keeps the snow out and gets high scores in pretty much every category. At the end of the winter all three snowsuits were in good enough condition to be sold or passed down to younger siblings, which makes the Lindberg Colden even better value for money. Manufacturer’s comment: We’re aware of the fact that the reflectors around the leg openings didn’t meet our demands for durability, so we have improved them for this season. The snowsuit included in the test is from last year’s range.

Durable kneesspacious fit with plenty of room for growthvery warmattractive design
Reflectors wear easilyno snow cuffs in sleeves

4. Lego Wear Jordan

Warm and well-ventilated snowsuit with many fun and clever touches

Test year: 2020 Price class: Medium Material: 100% Oxford nylon Water resistance: 10,000 mm Breathability: 4000 m2/24h Taped seams: Yes, all seams Available sizes: 104-152 cm Available colours: 496, 995, 590, 553 Impregnation: ECO Bionic Finish, fluoride free Machine washable: Yes Maximum wash temperature: 40 C° Tumble dry: Yes Drying cabinet: Yes Maximum drying temperature: Low

Lego Wear Jordan 720 Tec Snowsuit - Black

The Lego Wear Jordan is a classically designed snowsuit with fun details in the form of Lego block-shaped reflectors. But it’s not just the appearance of the Lego Wear Jordan that our testers appreciated. It also offers plenty of functions and high quality.

Adjustable and very warm snowsuit

The elastic at the waist gives the Lego Wear Jordan an adjustable fit. The snowsuit is spacious and easy to put on. The sizing is large, and on thinner children can be a little bit bulky on the upper body. The children can move around as usual while wearing it, and the snowsuit rarely feels sweaty even after more active play.

The wind resistance also gets a high score. The collar feels slightly low, but fulfils its function and there’s room for a scarf to complement it. The Lego Wear Jordan has very good heat retention properties. With a layer of normal clothes underneath, the Jordan keeps the child’s body temperature just right. None of the children who tested the snowsuit got cold while wearing it.

Snowsuit that can be used during mild and slushy weather too

In mild winters, playing outdoors often means more slush than snowdrifts. The Lego Wear Jordan handles different weather conditions really well. The legs and arms have sufficiently tight cuffs, which larger children are able to pull on over their shoes or gloves, but which are simultaneously tight enough to keep the snow out. In wet weather, the snowsuit gets wet on the legs and bottom, but the moisture never penetrates to the child.

Two out of the three snowsuits were in very good condition at the end of the winter. Despite very frequent use, even on bare ground, there was barely any wear at all on the fabric. The third snowsuit developed holes on the knees and at the leg openings where they dragged on the ground. The reflectors were still in good condition, although they could have been larger and more numerous, particularly on the chest.

Good value for money snowsuit that’s great for play

After playing in the mud, it was easy to wipe down the Lego Wear Jordan with a damp cloth, or brush it clean after it had completely dried out. Washing and drying periods were normal. The design is understated and stylish, and the previously mentioned Lego details were much appreciated by the children. But above all, they felt that the snowsuit was easy both to put on and play in. The Lego Wear Jordan is a well-designed snowsuit, with a little peak on the hood, adjustable elastic at the waist and built-in attachments on the arms for Lego Wear's winter gloves. The snowsuit gets good scores from our testers, and given that after a season’s use it’s still in good enough condition to be passed onto siblings or sold, the Lego Wear Jordan is very good value for money.

Warm but simultaneously well ventilatedwell-designed detailseasy to put onlight and flexible
Rather bulky on the upper bodyslightly prone to wear on the knees

All about snowsuits

There are now more quality snowsuits for children than ever before, and the best ones are fantastically high quality. But if you want the best possible performance in your child's winter clothes, you do have to pay for it. A really good snowsuit generally costs about £150, but you can also get good value for money snowsuits for less than £100. However, these can’t measure up to the very best snowsuit in terms of quality, and often the fit and wear resistance aren’t quite up to the mark either. And the fact that the very best snowsuits have a high price doesn’t mean that they’re expensive in the long run. High quality outerwear can be worn over several seasons by younger siblings. Some models of snowsuit can also be sold for a good price on the second-hand market, which also reduces the overall cost. Some children prefer thermal trousers and a winter coat, which makes it easier to just use the coat, for example, if they’ll only be outdoors more for transport than for playing in the snow. The advantage of a snowsuit is that there’s only one garment to put on and that there are fewer joints where the snow can leak in. When it comes to ski clothes, a snowsuit can be the best choice for an adult for the same reason.

A more expensive snowsuit can be expected to perform better than a cheaper one. We think that if you buy a quality snowsuit it should be able to cope with a lot and have a long lifetime too. So it isn’t sufficient for the snowsuit to perform well when you buy it – this performance must also be maintained over time. But most expensive isn’t always best, and the quality of a snowsuit can vary from one year to another as most snowsuit manufacturers have a continuous product development process.

When you choose a snowsuit, you should also bear in mind the age of your child. A larger, more mobile child is tougher on their snowsuit than a baby who’s primarily sitting in the pushchair. If you’re choosing a snowsuit for your baby, the most important thing may be plenty of padding in the bottom because small children spend more time on the ground, sitting in the snow, than they do running around. Another thing that’s important to bear in mind is that a snowsuit with a good theoretical performance doesn’t always live up to this in practice. In other words, you shouldn’t worry too much about how many millimetres of hydrostatic head a snowsuit can cope with. Or how many grams of water per square metre per day the breathability figure indicates. In other words, a snowsuit with a lower theoretical performance can be better than one with a higher one. So we always test snowsuits as they should be used – by normal children going to preschool or school, sledging with their families at the weekends and building snowmen or climbing on heaps of snow with their friends.

Important properties in a snowsuit

To determine which snowsuit is best in test in the different price classes, we took into account a number of different properties divided into several categories. You can read in detail below about these properties with explanations of how and why they are important and advice about what you should consider in terms of your child's needs.

Water resistance

There are many different materials on the market which are waterproof, and different snowsuit manufacturers use different materials. In the outerwear industry, water resistance is traditionally measured by how high a hydrostatic head the material can support. To understand what this means, you can picture a glass tube several metres high and open at both ends. You set the glass tube upright with one end on the material you want to measure. Then you fill the tube with water from above and see how full it gets (in other words, how high what’s known as the hydrostatic head gets in the tube) before the water penetrates the material at the bottom of the tube.

The industry requirement for a garment to be classified as waterproof is 1300 mm – in other words 1.3 m. Some high performance snowsuit materials are claimed to withstand hydrostatic heads of up to 20,000 mm – that’s 20 m! Although it’s hard to see what a water resistance of more than 4000-5000 mm would actually achieve in practical terms, our tests showed that snowsuits with very high water resistance values were in fact the most waterproof ones and withstood moisture extremely well. The snowsuit that came out as our best in test had a value of a full 10,000 mm. At the same time, several snowsuits with a theoretical water resistance of 8000 mm didn’t stand up to moisture sufficiently well.

And the fact that the snowsuit material is waterproof doesn’t necessarily mean that the snowsuit itself is waterproof. As well as the openings for the feet and hands, and at the neckline, water can also penetrate through zips or seams. So the snowsuit should have as few seams as possible, and the seams it actually does have should be taped, which was the case with all of the snowsuits in this test. Zips should also have a folding protective strip. All of this should prevent water or moisture from entering. Several of the snowsuits we tested had excellent water resistance and consequently didn’t just have sufficient waterproof external material. They also had arm and leg openings protected well enough that the water couldn’t enter there either.

Heat retention capacity

Together with the water resistance, the heat retention capacity is the most important characteristic in a snowsuit. This is primarily determined by the material and the quality of the snowsuit lining. And of course the colder the climate where the snowsuit will be used, the more important the heat retention capacity is. But the heat retention capacity also often has an inverse correlation with its breathability and flexibility. So the better the heat retention capacity, the lower the breathability and flexibility. But the very best snowsuits have both good heat retention and are breathable and allow the wearer to move around freely.

Some snowsuits have removable linings, so they can be used from the autumn right into the spring.

Wind resistance

Wind resistance is a property closely related to heat retention capacity, as the latter is often dependent on the former. When you want to know how much colder the outdoor air makes something, you measure the wind chill. As well as the temperature, the strength of the wind also affects the wind chill. For example, if the outdoor temperature is -10 °C, and the wind is blowing at 10 m/s, this wind chill corresponds to a temperature of -30 °C when there's no wind. In other words, for a snowsuit to be able to keep warm in all weathers, it must be sufficiently wind resistant. At the same time it should also have good breathability and the best children’s snowsuits fulfil both of these requirements.

As well as a wind resistant material, it’s important that the wind doesn’t make its way in through the openings of the snowsuit. So the snowsuit should have sleeve and ankle cuffs, as otherwise cold air is easily sucked into the sleeves and along the trouser legs, cooling the child down. Some snowsuits have sleeve cuffs with holes for the fingers. Sleeve cuffs help the arms of the snowsuit to seal tightly on the arm and keep the warmth in. One potential problem with this can be that the cuff sticks out from the sleeve and can absorb water. So they aren’t really suitable for children who love playing in puddles.

Second-hand value

A snowsuit’s wear resistance is closely related to its second-hand value. For a snowsuit to have a high second-hand value, it obviously has to last long enough to be sold in good condition. The type of snowsuit you can buy cheaply in supermarkets generally have a much shorter lifetime than the high quality ones that cost more than £100. So choosing a cheap snowsuit actually turns out not as cheap as you might think, because the less expensive ones have a significantly shorter lifetime than the more expensive, quality snowsuits. This is particularly true if the child has younger siblings who could use the snowsuit or if you plan to sell it after the child grows out of it. A durable snowsuit often has a high second-hand value. A high quality snowsuit wears less quickly than a budget one and generally performs better in terms of heat retention capacity, breathability, fit etc.

Tear strength

The tear strength of a snowsuit is its ability to resist tears if the garment gets stuck on something sharp. Children tend to not only be more active than adults but also not particularly careful about their clothes. So they easily get their clothes stuck on things, especially if they’re playing outdoors in the woods or on a playground. It’s therefore important that a good snowsuit is made of a material that's sufficiently strong not to rip when the child gets stuck on something. This will often be branches and other wooden objects, but unfortunately sharp metal is also a common cause of tears. So a good snowsuit should cope with the child getting stuck on branches, roots and fences. Resisting an iron nail is probably too much for even the most tear-resistant snowsuits, however. Then again, there shouldn’t be too many metal objects near places where children are playing, so tears caused by nails, scrap metal etc. shouldn’t be a problem if your child isn’t playing in unsuitable places.

Breathability

The breathability of a snowsuit is important because if it doesn’t let out the moisture it can’t keep the child dry. For example, if your child gets sweaty while they’re playing, or water manages to penetrate the snowsuit in some way, good breathability means that this moisture gradually seeps out of the snowsuit. But if the snowsuit isn’t sufficiently breathable, this moisture will instead remain and risk cooling the child if they're inactive and not keeping themselves warm by moving about. And we all know how unpleasant it is to wear a garment that’s damp on the inside and won’t dry out. It’s like the difference between the good breathability of a pair of jeans and the poor breathability of a pair of leather trousers.

There’s often an inverse correlation between a snowsuit’s breathability and thermal insulation. A snowsuit with good breathability therefore often has poorer thermal insulation and vice versa. Paradoxically, a snowsuit with very high thermal insulation can have a poorer heat retention capacity than a snowsuit with good breathability. But there are also really effective snowsuits with both good breathability and good thermal insulation.

The clothes the child wears underneath the snowsuit also affect breathability and therefore heat retention capacity. With the right clothes under the snowsuit, even a snowsuit with poor breathability can perform well, and with the wrong clothes even a snowsuit with good breathability can perform poorly.

Safety

Safety is often a slightly neglected but still very important aspect when considering a snowsuit. Basic safety functions, such as the snowsuit not having loose strings or anything else that can pose serious dangers to the child, are obviously important. But fortunately this type of safety risk is unusual today, as the industry has learned from past accidents. Instead it’s more often snowsuit visibility that is the most common weakness from a safety viewpoint. It’s very important for the child's safety that the snowsuit is clearly visible. Reflectors are perhaps the most important factor in ensuring good visibility during the winter months, particularly close to traffic. A snowsuit should therefore have several reflectors on different parts, so that at least one reflector is clearly visible regardless of the child’s position and the angle from which the viewer sees the child. Reflectors on the arms and legs are particularly visible, as reflectors in motion are most easily seen.

For optimal visibility, however, it isn’t just a matter of the right number and right position of reflectors. The snowsuit’s colour is also important for visibility, at least in daylight. Even though the days are short in the northern hemisphere during the winter months, there are still several hours of daylight, and this is when your child is most often outdoors. So in daylight a colour that stands out from the surroundings is essential to make the snowsuit clearly visible. And at dusk, clearly visible colours are just as important as reflectors. But good visibility in daylight isn’t just important from a road safety perspective. If your child gets lost on a countryside walk, a snowsuit that’s clearly visible in daylight can make it much easier to find them again. And in really cold weather, finding the child before darkness falls is often vital as the cold night air can quickly lead to hypothermia. However, visibility often takes second place to fashion when it comes to colour, as neither manufacturers nor parents take into account the importance of colour in making the snowsuit visible from a distance. But several manufacturers offer at least one bright option amongst the various colours available for a given snowsuit model.

Fit

The fit is another important property when assessing a snowsuit. It isn’t easy to create a snowsuit with a perfect fit. This is because different children have different body shapes and the snowsuit will be worn by a growing individual, often over an entire winter season, during which the child can grow by several sizes. However, in recent years we have seen an impressive move towards snowsuits with increasingly better fit, at least among the high quality snowsuits.

It should be easy for both parent and child to dress the child in a well-fitting snowsuit. The cuffs should be sufficiently large for the child to be able to keep their gloves on when putting on the snowsuit, and it should be easy to get the snowsuit legs over shoes or boots. At the same time, the snowsuit should be close fitting at both wrists and ankles. Children become stronger and develop better motor skills as they get older, and snowsuits should be designed with this in mind. This means that the cuffs should be looser for younger children and more tightly fitting for older children. Our experience is that if this isn’t the case there’s a risk that the cuffs will be too tight or too loose. It is most common that cuffs are too tight for the smallest children.

It’s also important that the collar is tight fitting while not restricting the child's neck. Nor should it be so high that it pushes the child's hat up from the back of the neck. Zips should reach right up to the top of the collar so the neck isn’t exposed allowing cold air to leak in and cool the child, as this can affect the heat retention capacity of an otherwise warm snowsuit. For the best fit, a snowsuit should also ideally have functions to allow fine adjustment of the size. One such function is an adjustable waistband, ensuring the snowsuit is tight enough and doesn’t slide down. Another function is adjustable cord in the leg openings to adjust the leg length and prevent the legs from sliding down and getting in the way or dragging on the ground. Functions such as adjustable cords can contribute to a snowsuit fitting for an entire winter despite the child growing several sizes in their normal clothes. The snowsuit should also have elasticated straps under the feet to keep the shoes in place.

Mobility

Outdoor play, with all the movements it entails, provides great exercise and builds up your child’s muscles, coordination etc. So it’s really important that the child’s clothes don’t hinder their movements. At the same time, the lightest and softest snowsuit isn’t necessarily the best one for your child. If you expect the winter to be less cold, it’s perhaps better to choose a thinner, lighter snowsuit with more mobility. But if you think the winter will be a cold one, a slightly heavier and stiffer snowsuit with a more warming lining is preferable.

Good snowsuits will keep your child warm even at very low temperatures without noticeably impairing mobility.

Snowsuits with adjustable cords at the waist and leg openings can also be good for mobility, if they prevent the snowsuit from sliding down over the feet.

Cleaning

A snowsuit is exposed to a lot of dirt, as unlike adults, children often enjoy playing in water, mud, soil, sand etc. So a snowsuit that can easily be washed and dried is important. On the best snowsuits, the dirt barely adheres at all as they repel it like a Teflon frying pan. If the snowsuit does get dirty, it’s easy to wash off and you can often simply run the shower head over the snowsuit or rinse it in the sink.

But even the most dirt repellent snowsuit needs washing sometimes, for example if the child has soiled themselves while wearing it. Unfortunately modern snowsuits are often not as easy to wash and dry as you’d like. This is not least because many snowsuits offer water resistance (and in some cases breathability too) that’s based on a waterproof membrane close to the outer surface of the snowsuit. This coating is often quite sensitive, particularly to heat, which can destroy it completely or weaken it. This is often what happens if you wash the snowsuit with fabric conditioner or on too high a setting in either the washing machine, drying cabinet or tumble dryer. It’s also common for the tape covering the seams to be damaged and come loose if the snowsuit is exposed to high temperatures.

As a result, you should wash snowsuits as rarely as possible, and if you do you should make sure the water temperature isn’t too high. You should also avoid machine drying the snowsuit as far as possible, and only on a low temperature setting. Of course you should always carefully follow the washing instructions to risk damaging the snowsuit. Many manufacturers also recommend that you renew the impregnating agent on the snowsuit when you've washed it a few times, to extend the lifetime of the waterproof membrane. This is usually easy to do and something that really makes a difference.

When the snowsuit gets dirty you can often wash it without having to use a washing machine by leaving it to dry and then simply wiping off the dirt with a cloth or kitchen roll. This is particularly true of the best children’s snowsuits, as the dirt is unable to stick to the material they're made from. But the best snowsuits can cope with both machine washing and machine drying at relatively high temperatures without losing their water resistance.

Design

The most important design aspect for most people is that the snowsuit looks good. But at the same time, the design of the snowsuit mustn’t be at the expense of functionality. Perhaps the most common example of how fashion can negatively affect snowsuit functionality is the colour. Often trendy colours don’t make the child as visible, and to meet consumer demand the manufacturers sell snowsuits in colours such as grey. It’s naturally difficult to blame the manufacturers for this, as they only produce what they think customers want. But some manufacturers are conscious of this problem and always have colourful snowsuits in their ranges. Sometimes as a complement to the more trendy colours when clearly visible colours aren’t so fashionable.

If the snowsuit has a hood, it should ideally create a tunnel that keeps out the wind, rain and snow. It should also be detachable to avoid impeding the child's field of vision. And ideally the hood should be adjustable to the child’s head size.

The zip should be long to make it easier to put the snowsuit on and take it off. On snowsuits for smaller children, two zips can be more practical as this means it’s easier to dress and undress the child.

There should ideally be extra lining and fabric over the bottom. As well as keeping the child warm when they're sitting on a cold surface, this extra padding also acts as a shock absorber if the child falls onto their bottom.

The outer fabric shouldn’t have too smooth a surface, as the child will slide too easily over a snowy or icy surface in their snowsuit. The fabric should therefore ideally be coarse but simultaneously difficult for dirt to adhere to its surface.

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