Looking for a good value, high quality snowsuit? We tested a wide range of snowsuits for children. To be named as Best in Test, a snowsuit must have a good fit, keep the child warm and dry, and cope with crawling and climbing activities.
We carry out our tests ourselves and test all snowsuits as they are intended to be used in reality. In our independent test of snowsuits, each snowsuit is used by three different children aged 1 to 10 years old The test runs from November to March, and the snowsuits are used for sledging and playing in snow and temperatures below zero, as well as on bare ground and in slush in milder winter weather.
At the end of the winter, the state of the snowsuit is evaluated by the child's parents, who responded to a comprehensive questionnaire focusing on these areas:
Functionality: Does the snowsuit keep your child warm and dry regardless of the weather? Does the snowsuit cope with play in puddles and slush without leaking? Is the material strong enough to withstand the wear and tear of children crawling and climbing?
Ease of use: Is it easy for your child to take off and put on the snowsuit? Is the fit roomy without being bulky? How well do the zip, hood, and arm and leg openings work?
Refinements: Is the snowsuit dirt repellent and can it be easily washed if necessary? What’s the design like? Are there enough reflectors?
The families’ reviews of the snowsuit have been looked at in view of the price to give its final score. We also place great weight on the durability of the snowsuits. A test-winning snowsuit should be in good enough condition to be able to be used for several winters.
Looking for a snowsuit for a small child? Read our baby snowsuit test, for our evaluation of snowsuits specifically designed for children under 3 years old
Excellent durable, warm and waterproof snowsuit, suitable for all kinds of winter.
Test year: 2020/2021 Price: £160 Material: Polyamide, PrimaLoft® padding, recycled polyester lining. Water resistance: 12000 mm Breathability: 5000 m2/24h Taped seams: Yes Available sizes: Navy blue 86-128 cm, pink, grey melange 86-116 cm Available colours: Navy blue, pink, grey melange Impregnation: Yes, BIONIC FINISH® ECO Machine washable: Yes Maximum wash temperature: 40°C Tumble dry: Yes, on low heat Drying cabinet: Yes, low heat Maximum drying temperature: 40°C
Polarn O. Pyret are a well-known manufacturer of children's clothing, with a popular range of outdoor clothing. And this year’s snowsuit is perhaps the result of long experience in the industry? Because the PO.P WeatherPRO is a real hit.
The fit is good, it’s easy to get on and roomy in the body, with a waist that can be adjusted. PO.P are known for having large sizing, but the WeatherPRO is more true to size, or slightly short in length in the back, and some children will need to go up in size. Particularly for younger children, the long zip, which goes all the way down to the crotch, is a big plus.
The leg and arm openings do their job well. The arm opening can be adjusted with Velcro, so you can easily choose between having the mitten above or below it. The legs have a fairly stiff elastic strap that goes around the shoe, with the advantage that the snowsuit stays watertight.
Slushy weather poses no problems for the PO.P WeatherPRO. The snowsuit has never leaked, either through the fabric or into the arms and legs. In fact, the snowsuit doesn’t even feel particularly wet after intense play in slushy weather.
But if the winter is cold and with lots of snow rather than mild and wet, the WeatherPRO works just as well. Our test families consistently gave the highest ratings for thermal retention, protection against the wind and ventilation. The children never get cold, while the snowsuit breathes and has a high but quite wide collar. This makes possible active play without a risk of sweating, and calm play without getting cold.
The wear resistance too was praised by our testers. After a long winter, the snowsuit looks like new. It also helps that it’s easy to keep clean. Dried mud can easily be brushed off. If you have to wash it, the snowsuit can be tumble dried, but even drip dries efficiently overnight.
More reflectors would be desirable, and this would neither be difficult nor expensive for the manufacturer to correct. Other than this, Polarn O. Pyret have outdone themselves. The WeatherPRO is a stylish snowsuit, well worth every penny. Particularly if you take into account the fact that the quality is so high the snowsuit can easily be used for at least one and probably several more winters.
High performance snowsuit, suitable for those who can invest in quality
Test year: 2020/2021 Price: £200 Material: Outer fabric in 100% Nylon Taslan, PrimaLoft lining in 100% polyester, with 80% of the fibre recycled. Water resistance: 15,000 mm. Membrane on the inside of the outer fabric ensures water tightness and breathability. Breathability: 15.000 g/m2/24 h Taped seams: Yes 100% Available sizes: 86-128 cm Available colours: Love—Petrol—Mole—Navy—FrostPink—Saffron—SwedishBlue Impregnation: Bionic Finish ECO 100% PFOAS-free Machine washable: Yes Maximum wash temperature: 40 C° Tumble dry: Yes **Drying cabinet: **Yes Maximum drying temperature: 40 °C
The Isbjörn Penguin is a snowsuit in the premium price class. The snowsuit has an attractive classic design with functions that impress the parents, and a cosiness and comfort that were very popular with the children.
Choosing the size isn’t easy, as the Penguin is larger in size in most other snowsuits. Both the legs and arms can also be extended, so even if you choose the smaller two sizes, the snowsuit can conveniently grow with the child during the season. The fit of the Penguin is superb. The snowsuit is flexible and responsive, making it easy to play and climb in the snow.
The fact that the material feels thin doesn’t mean your child will be cold. Instead, the children feel just warm enough after they have been out, even at several degrees below zero. The material in the Penguin snowsuit breathes effectively and releases the child’s excess heat so the snowsuit doesn’t feel sweaty. And the fleece-lined collar keeps cold winds away from the throat and neck.
The water resistance, breathability and abrasion resistance are very good. The Isbjörn Penguin's sleeves have a tight, elastic cuff that effectively locks out the snow. The trousers have a rubberised elastic strap, which can’t be adjusted but stays in place around the shoes. The fabrics are also tough, water never gets in to the child’s skin, and the snowsuit doesn’t absorb moisture.
The Penguin looks almost unused after the winter. If you look carefully at the knees and backside, you can see very, very minor abrasion. But there’s no doubt that the snowsuit is in a good enough state of repair that it can be used for several more seasons. It’s also easy to wash in the machine. The Penguin drip dries overnight, but can also be quickly dried in the dryer.
The price of the Penguin is quite high compared to other snowsuits. After a winter’s use, where the Penguin lived up to all expectations in terms of function and quality, we still come to the conclusion that the snowsuit is worth its price.
And if you consider the fact that the snowsuit can be used through many winters, either being passed onto siblings or sold on to another family, there’s no doubt that you get maximum value for money – and good sustainability – with the Isbjörn Penguin.
High quality snowsuit, suitable for those who want a snowsuit that can be passed down
Test year: 2020/2021 Price: £150 Material: 100% PES + 100% PU lamination Water resistance: 10000 mm Breathability: 5000 m2/24h Taped seams: Yes Available sizes: 92-140 cm Available colours: Navy, yellow, dark red Impregnation: Fluorocarbon-free water and dirt repellent finish Bionic finish ECO Machine washable: Yes Maximum wash temperature: 40 C° Tumble dry: Yes Drying cabinet: Yes Maximum dryer temperature: Low heat 40 C°
The Reima Tromssa is a classic snowsuit, with clean lines and a sober but attractive colour choice. At first sight, the reflectors look a little too subtle. But even if they’re narrow, they cover large parts of the body and make your child highly visible in the November darkness.
The Tromssa has a roomy fit, the child can put the snowsuit on by themselves and there’s plenty of room for an extra layer, especially for smaller children. Something that’s only necessary in really cold weather. Otherwise, the snowsuit retains the heat very well with only everyday clothes on.
The Tromssa’s zip is of high quality and the child’s freedom of movement isn’t limited at all when they want to play. And even when the winter is mild and slushy, the Tromssa will keep your child warm and dry. If it’s really wet, the snowsuit may feel heavy after a while, but the dampness always stays superficial.
The sleeves of the Reima Tromssa have a good cuff that’s easy to use with winter mittens. The trouser legs have press studs to adjust the opening. This is useful if your child has bigger boots or wants to use ski boots. But the press stud can be tricky for your child to fasten, and in the open position it makes the end of the leg wide so snow can get in.
The Reima Tromssa is very durable and in very good condition after the winter. If you feel the knees and backside, you can make out a little surface bobbling, but it’s only visible if you look closely. There’s no doubt that the Tromssa is a snowsuit that can be passed on to younger siblings.
The Tromssa is a snowsuit that can withstand everything. Dirt, wear, cold - it doesn’t matter what kind of winter the snowsuit is exposed to, because Reima have thought of everything. Including the details, with the handy inner pocket or how the hood can be snapped together in front of the chin for complete protection from the wind.
The Reima Tromssa is a good example of a snowsuit where attention has been paid to design, while it has never been allowed to get in the way of function. Apart from a few small details, there’s nothing at all to be dissatisfied with in the stylish and cosy Reima Tromssa.
Warm and convenient snowsuit, that helps your child be more visible in the dark
Test year: 2020/2021 Price: £160 Material: 100%recycledPES + 100% PUlamination,reinforcements: 100% PA and 100%coating Water resistance: 10000/12000 mm Breathability: 8000 m2/24h Taped seams: Yes Available sizes: 92-140 cm Available colours: 3, Pink, brown andpetrol Impregnation: Fluorocarbon-free water and dirt repellentfinishBionicfinish ECO Machine washable: Yes Maximum wash temperature: 40 C° Tumble dry: Yes Drying cabinet: Yes Maximum dryer temperature: Low heat
The Reima Bergen is very well-designed snowsuit, with an ingenious solution to make your child more visible in the dark. As part of the snowsuit design, the fabric is covered with small reflective stripes that effectively light up in the dark. The pattern is also very nice and is popular with both children and parents.
The Bergen is roomy and comfortable, normal in sizing but with sufficient room for growth to last throughout the winter. All parts are characterised by Reima's quality. The collar provides excellent wind protection and the Bergen is really warm, without ever getting sweaty. Your child will only need to wear normal clothes underneath to keep their body temperature just right. The water resistance is also very good.
Other than noticeable wear on the sleeve elastic, the Reima Bergen is in very good condition after a season's use. Neither seams nor fabrics show any signs of wear, not even on the knees or backside. There’s no doubt that the construction is so solid that the Bergen can be used for several winters.
There’s some room for improvement on the ends of the legs and arms. The arms have no snow cuffs but have sturdy elastic. However, some children feel that the elastic is a little too tight.
The rubber straps that run under the shoes prevent the trouser leg from sliding up. However, the trouser legs are quite wide at the bottom, but can be tightened with a press stud. With lined boots the snowsuit is sometimes too tight and the press stud comes undone. Then slush can get in. Here it would be a good idea if the width of the leg could be adjusted, for greater variation in the size of the opening.
Although the Bergen has some weak points, they’re things that can be lived with and which are easy for Reima to fix in the future. For a snowsuit in a lower price class, these minor shortcomings would have been accepted. But with one of the more expensive models from Reima, you expect perfection.
As for the basic functions, the things a snowsuit must have for you to even consider a purchase, our expectations are definitely exceeded here. Fit, snowsuit durability, heat-retention capability and exceptionally good reflectors – the Reima Bergen gets all of these spot on.
Good value and effective snowsuit, suitable for the active child in both snow and slush
Test year: 2020/2021 Material: 100% polyamide Water resistance: 10.000 mm Breathability: 4000 m2/24h Taped seams: Yes Available sizes: 80-140 cm Impregnation: PCF-free water repellent. Machine washable: Yes Maximum wash temperature: 40 C° Tumble dry: No Drying cabinet: No information
If you’ve ever researched the best snowsuits, you’ve probably already heard of Didriksons. The brand is strongly associated with rainwear and functional clothing for children and often receives praise for its high quality. After a winter’s use of the Björnen snowsuit, we can only agree.
The fit gets top marks. The snowsuit is flexible but close fitting. The Björnen also has what’s known as extended size. If you unpick a seam in the legs and arms, the snowsuit can last the entire season even if the child has a growth spurt during the winter.
Both ventilation and wind resistance get top marks. The collar fits tightly around the neck and has a softer inside to avoid chafing. The Didriksons Björnen is a warm snowsuit. If the child is going to spend a long time outdoors in really cold weather they may need an extra layer, but otherwise ordinary clothes will be fine.
The water resistance is also of high standard. The legs have a snow cuff in the form of an inner lining with a strong elastic, and an outer layer of fabric that’s attached around the shoe with Velcro. Together with the rubber strap under the shoe, this means the legs are completely sealed. In the sleeve there is a ribbed cuff with a hole for the thumb, and an outer fabric that’s also adjusted with Velcro.
Slush and water never reach the child’s skin. If the child sits in a puddle, the snowsuit may feel slightly wet on the outside, but remains dry inside. The wear-resistance is good too. Slight roughening can be seen on the backside, but otherwise the Björnen is in very good condition after the winter. A contributing factor is the dirt resistance. Impressively, mud and sand fall off as soon as the snowsuit has dried.
We discover the only shortcoming we can find in the Didriksons Björnen at the end of the season. The taped seam on the inside of the legs has worn tiny holes in the outer fabric of two of the snowsuits. A problem we have seen from many other manufacturers in previous years. On the Björnen, the holes don’t seem to affect the function, as neither water nor cold has leaked in.
The Didriksons Björnen deserves the praise the snowsuit gets. The design is appealing and the functions are very good in relation to the price. All of our test families gave it high marks and stated that the Didriksons Björnen is a snowsuit they’d be happy to buy again.
Very nicely designed snowsuit that fits best on slimmer children
Test year: 2020/2021 Price: £150 Material: Outer material, 100% recycled nylon, PVC-free and fluorocarbon-free. Lining, 100% recycled polyester Water resistance: 10,000 mm Breathability: 5000 g/m2/24h Taped seams: Yes Available sizes: 86/92-122/128 Available colours: AW20, Harvest + Field Green – AW21, Blackberry/Field Green + Frosted Green/Red Clay Impregnation: No Machine washable: Yes Maximum wash temperature: 30 C° Tumble dry: Yes, low temperature Drying cabinet: No
The Tretorn Sarek Expedition is a snowsuit it’s easy to say good things about. The first thing that strikes you is that the Sarek has a design that gives off a real premium feel. The colours, the cut and the details are neutrally stylish without being dull.
The Sarek is a very functional snowsuit, including in terms of its appearance. Even after playing in a damp sandpit, the dirt can easily be wiped off with a damp cloth. Where the snowsuit has got dirtier or the child has had a bit of a toilet accident, it’s useful that the snowsuit can be both machine-washed and tumble dried. This makes it quickly ready to use again.
The Sarek is a snowsuit that tolerates slush and water. The external material sucks up some moisture, and the snowsuit can feel damp. But the dampness never gets through and the child stays dry. And warm. Because this snowsuit keeps the heat in extremely well. The Tretorn Sarek Expedition gets top marks from all of our test families on this point. A layer of normal clothes underneath it is perfectly sufficient.
The fit of the Tretorn Sarek is on the narrower side. For chunkier children there’s a risk that the Sarek will feel a bit tight to get on, particularly over the shoulders, by the end of the season. The snowsuit is normal in sizing, even if the double sizes can make it tricky to find the right one. The material is flexible so the Sarek is a good snowsuit for the active child.
The leg and arm openings are effective as snow cuffs. The extra Velcro attachments on the trouser legs do their job, but for younger children mean that an adult has to help tighten them.
The collar is a good height and has a soft lining, but some children may find it too tight. And if they prefer to have the zip pulled down a bit as a result you’ll need to make sure they’re wearing a scarf or neck warmer. The durability is good overall. The external fabrics are resistant, and it’s only if you look carefully that you can see slight signs of wear on the reinforced fabrics on the knees and backside.
But one of our test snowsuits develops small holes in the taped seams on the inside of the legs, and this is a problem we’ve seen in other manufacturer’s snowsuits too, generally on the smaller sizes. Other than a few minus points, the Tretorn Sarek Expedition is a snowsuit that’s popular with our test families and will keep your child warm and dry throughout the winter.
Tough, warm and compact snowsuit, best suited for areas with really cold winters
Test year: 2020/2021 Price: £140 Material: 100% nylon (Lining 1: 100% polyester, back and backside. Lining 2: 100% nylon). Extra durable material on knees and backside in a bluesign material. Water resistance: 15000 mm Breathability: 6000 m2/24h Taped seams: Yes Available sizes: 80-160 cl Available colours: Blue, Cerise, Olive, Sudan Brown Impregnation: Yes, fluorocarbon-free water repellent ecological impregnation (Rudolf Bionic Eco finish). Machine washable: Yes Maximum wash temperature: 40 C° Tumble dry: Yes Drying cabinet: Yes Maximum drying temperature: 40 °C
Snowsuits that can grow with your baby are very practical. The Lindberg Snowpeak is equipped with “grow cuffs”, which are seams in the arms and legs that can be unpicked if the child starts to grow out of the snowsuit at the end of the season.
The fit is perceived as normal, but more roomy around the stomach and hips. In contrast, the Snowpeak’s collar is on the tight side. A feeling that’s perhaps primarily due to the collar being made from rather hard and lumpy material compared to the rest of the snowsuit.
The Lindberg Snowpeak is a snowsuit ideal for those who live where the winter is really cold, or for children who get cold easily. Because the Snowpeak is a very warm snowsuit. When the weather is around zero or warmer, and especially if your child is more active outdoors, there’s a risk they will become sweaty.
In other respects, the Snowpeak is ideal when the temperature is above zero. Slushy snow has no chance against the snowsuit’s water resistance. The fabric is resistant, it doesn’t suck up moisture, and the children stay dry despite playing in puddles. Both the arms and legs efficiently shut out the snow, with inner fabric or cuffs that together with the outer layer create a barrier against the snow.
The Lindberg Snowpeak also resists wear as well as it does water. Not a single hole develops on any of the snowsuits tested. The parts over the knees and backside are reinforced. You can see slight abrasion, but the condition of the Snowpeak is good enough to be used for at least one more winter.
The only thing that breaks are the elastic straps under the shoes. This is a part that feels a little cheap when most manufacturers have switched to more robust rubber straps. On the other hand, extra foot straps were included.
The Lindberg Snowpeak is a durable snowsuit that easily copes with play on bare ground and in puddles. At the same time, its warm compactness makes the snowsuit most suitable for areas where there’s a lot of snow in the winter and temperatures well below zero. All in all, the Lindberg Snowpeak is a warm and robust snowsuit that offers good value for money in terms of both function and quality.
Generously roomy and durable snowsuit, suitable for children who love Lego
Test year: 2020/2021 Material: 100% nylon Water resistance: 12000 mm Breathability: 7000 m2/24h Taped seams: Yes Available sizes: 104-152 cm Available colours: Dark Navy, Dark Turquoise, Dark Pink, Black, Dark Purple Impregnation: Bionic Finish ECO without fluorides Machine washable: Yes Maximum wash temperature: 40 C° Tumble dry: Yes, low temperature Drying cabinet: Yes Maximum drying temperature: Low temperature
The Lego Wear LWJipe is a snowsuit with Lego details – although these are sadly limited to an icon on the zip and a reflector on the back. Why not a colourful lining with Lego people or more and bigger references to Lego as a toy?
The LWJipe has a roomy fit, which can be adapted using elastic at the waist. The snowsuit offers good freedom of movement and room for an extra layer of clothes without becoming too tight. The roomy fit also allows the child to grow during the winter without the LWJipe becoming too small.
Leg and sleeve ends on the snowsuit worked satisfactorily. The leg openings are of the larger type, so the LWJipe works well over a pair of ski boots if required. The wind resistance feels reasonable, but the collar is slightly low. The snowsuit gets a major plus point for being lined with soft fleece on the inside. This means the collar doesn’t chafe on the chin.
Some of the test families found the Lego Wear LWJipe to be normally warm, almost a little too warm in temperatures above zero. But if your kids get cold easily and are less active outdoors, you may need to add extra layers of clothing beneath the snowsuit to avoid the child feeling cold.
The feeling of cold may be related to how the LWJipe reacts to slushy snow. The watertightness is good; none of the snowsuits in the test leaked and made the children wet. But the snowsuit can absorb water in the outer fabric, in which case it feels cold and heavy. The sleeves and trouser legs don’t have specific snow cuffs, but do a good job of keeping snow and water out anyway.
The wear resistance of the Lego Wear LWJipe is very good. After the winter all of the snowsuits are in very good condition, with perhaps minimal wear on the backside. The reflectors and zips are also like new. If the snowsuit gets dirty, it can usually be brushed off. If you want to wash it, it will drip dry effectively overnight.
The LWJipe gets most criticism for its design and material selection. Our testers found the outer fabric to be as stiff and a little rustly, which feels cheap. The fact that the fabric can also absorb water affects the final score. Perhaps it’s just the Lego name that makes our expectations high? But you still get a lot of snowsuit for your money with the Lego Wear LWJipe.
Warm but not very durable snowsuit, suitable for those who appreciate a roomy fit
Test year: 2020/2021 Price: £170 Material: Main: 100%polyester/Lining: 100% polyester/Fake fur: 100% polyester/Padding: 100% polyester Water resistance: 10000 mm Breathability: 5000 m2/24h Taped seams: Yes Available sizes: 104-140 cm Available colours: Black iris/Marlin Impregnation: Bionic Finish ECO Machine washable: Yes Maximum wash temperature: 40 C° Tumble dry: Yes Drying cabinet: Yes/No Maximum drying temperature: Low heat
The Hummel Icy is a long and roomy snowsuit. In fact it’s actually so roomy you may sometimes have to go down a size. The roomy fit allows an extra layer of clothes underneath, making the snowsuit very easy to wear. It also means the snowsuit can be used throughout the winter, without being too tight or too short in the crotch.
The sleeves have a long, tight cuff that effectively keeps snow out, but also makes it harder to get your mittens on. The leg openings don’t have a specific snow cuff, only an elastic strap that runs beneath the shoe. The opening in the trouser legs isn’t adjustable and with slightly larger winter shoes it feels quite tight.
On a cold winter day, the Hummel Icy really comes to its own. The snowsuit feels both waterproof and warm. The collar goes up high and together with the hood gives good protection against the elements. The child only needs to wear ordinary clothes under the snowsuit, and none of the test children complained of being cold even when the weather was at its coldest.
Water resistance is essentially good. But where the snowsuit leg opening doesn’t fit around the child’s winter shoes, the leg can easily slide up and let slush in. The outer fabric of the Icy also seems to be rather porous and absorbs moisture, and does so more and more the longer the snowsuit is used. The moisture doesn’t reach the skin, but the snowsuit feels wet.
Resistance to wear – or rather a lack of it – is the major problem with the Hummel Icy. Two out of three snowsuits have become unusable. Friction and use have made the fabric worn and bobbly at exposed points. First the colour has worn away and then holes have formed, both under the arms and on the knees and bottom.
The Hummel Icy is a warm and comfortable snowsuit that was popular with the children who tried it. There are more reflectors than on many other snowsuits, and it was very easy to just brush off to keep it clean.
It’s when we take the parents’ opinions into account that the score drops. For the relatively high price, you expect much better durability. If the Hummel Icy had stayed in such a good condition that it could be resold or given to a sibling, the snowsuit would feel like much better value.
Thin, convenient and warm snowsuit that works best on a slightly thinner child
Test year: 2020/2021 Material: Outer fabric 1: 100% polyamide (nylon) Membrane: 100% polyurethane, Outer fabric 2: 95% polyamide (nylon) 5% elastane (Spandex) Membrane: 100% polyurethane Lining: 100% polyester Insulating lining: 100% polyester. All of the fabrics are bluesign® certified, which means they are produced with the least possible use of hazardous chemicals and impact on the environment and human beings. Water resistance: 10000 mm Breathability: 10000 m2/24h Taped seams: Yes Available sizes: 80-140 cm Available colours: Dark Riviera Blue/Navy Blue, Dark Creamy Rouge/Solid Charcoal, Forest Frost/Solid Charcoal Impregnation: DWR “C6” in accordance with Norwegian regulations Machine washable: Yes Maximum wash temperature: 30 C° Tumble dry: Yes, low temperature and limited time Drying cabinet: Yes Maximum drying temperature: 40 °C
The Bergans Lilletind is a snowsuit where the zip stands out. Instead of being central, the zip runs along one side and diagonally across the body. Some children find the zip difficult to pull up, others find it a unique and convenient solution.
The Lilletind has a narrower fit and is perceived as sitting tight around the child's body. On more slender children this is positive, and the child has good freedom of movement. But on a more rounded child, the fit is too tight – which affects how quickly the snowsuit is grown out of, but also makes it harder to fit an extra layer of clothes underneath.
Otherwise it’s easy to put on. The Bergans Lilletind has leg and arm openings that are easy to get over shoes and work well with mittens. The snowsuit provides good wind resistance. However, the collar could be slightly higher, as you’ll often need to add a scarf to keep your child’s neck warm.
The Bergans Lilletind may feel thin, but that doesn’t affect how well it retains the heat. Children who otherwise get cold easily will never be chilly in the Lilletind, so you don’t need to worry about the thin material. The water resistance is also good. The snowsuit can feel wet on the outside, but nothing leaks through to the child.
After the winter light abrasion is visible on the knees and the backside, and one snowsuit develops small holes in the legs. The general condition of the Bergans Lilletind is very good and the snowsuit can be used by younger siblings in the coming winters.
The price of the Lilletind is relatively high, which affects expectations of what the snowsuit should be able to cope with. Some families feel the snowsuit is too tight and the oblique zip also receives criticism.
The Bergans Lilletind is a very convenient snowsuit. It keeps the cold, wind and water out. Of course a tight fit doesn’t work as well for every child. But when the Lilletind fits well, it’s a thin yet warm snowsuit that gives very good freedom of movement for the active child.
Warm snowsuit with puffy fit, suitable for a cold and dry winter
Test year: 2020/2021 Price: Budget Material: Outer fabric: 100% polyamide. Lining: 100% polyester. Water resistance: 15000 mm Breathability: 8000 m2/24h Taped seams: Yes Available sizes: 92-152 cm Impregnation: Water resistant and PFC-free BIONIC-FINISH®ECO impregnation Machine washable: Yes Maximum wash temperature: 40 C° Tumble dry: No Drying cabinet: No
Kuling have a good feeling for trends and this snowsuit has an attractively low price. But perhaps the focus should have been a little more on function than on design. Because when it comes to practical use there’s room for improvement in the Kuling Verbier.
The Verbier is an attractive and nicely warm snowsuit, which works for temperatures well below zero degrees. Nor are cold winds a problem. The collar goes up high enough to cover the throat and neck, and is lined with a softer material that doesn’t irritate by chafing on the chin.
The fit leaves a lot to be desired. The Kuling Verbier is very roomy, which can be a good thing. But even if you tighten the elastic at the waist, the bulky feeling remains. The legs of the snowsuit are wider than normal and several of the test children weren’t happy that the snowsuit was baggy on the backside.
The arm openings are flexible and tight enough. The considerably looser elastic of the legs makes it easy to put the snowsuit on over shoes. But then the snowsuit leg slides up again just as quickly. Perhaps because the press stud to fasten the end of the leg so easily comes undone.
The lack of snow cuff means the Kuling Verbier just isn’t up to the job during wet winter weather. Moisture repeatedly comes in through the leg openings of all the snowsuits tested, and the children quickly become wet. Slush and water never penetrate right through the snowsuit. But the outer fabric absorbs a lot, which makes the snowsuit heavy and means it feels cold and damp on the outside.
Nor is the wear resistance up to expectations. Buttons come undone, the backside and knees become worn and bobbly, small holes develop, and the reflectors on the trouser legs are worn off almost completely on some of the snowsuits. The impression at the end of the season is that there have been some compromises in terms of the quality of the materials.
The Kuling Verbier is warm and dirt-resistant, and of course the price is attractive. Perhaps the snowsuit might work where the winter is cold but not slushy. However, the puffy fit combined with the lack of snow cuffs means that two out of three of our test families advise against buying a Kuling Verbier.
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 or the toddler in the family when they grow up. Some models of snowsuit can 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 areas where the cold snow can get 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 lifecycle 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 the most expensive isn’t always best either, and the quality of a snowsuit can vary from one year to another as most snowsuit manufacturers will change their designs.
When you choose a snowsuit, you should also keep 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. Thus, 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.
To determine which snowsuit was the best in test in the different price categories, 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.
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.
Just because 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 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.
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 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 a balance of good heat retention and are breathable - and allow the wearer to move around freely.
Some snowsuits have removable quilted linings, so they can be used from autumn right into spring.
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 through the openings of the snowsuit. 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.
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 hope, because the less expensive ones have a significantly shorter lifetime than the more expensive and better 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.
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 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 is playing. This will often be branches and other wooden objects, but unfortunately sharp metal is a common cause of tears. A good snowsuit should cope with the child getting stuck on branches, roots and fences. Resisting an iron nail is probably too much of an ask 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 is playing in safe outdoor spaces.
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 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 is often a slightly neglected but still 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 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 limbs 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 important for visibility too, at least in daylight. Even though the days are short in the northern hemisphere during the winter months, there are still many 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 quickly. 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.
The fit is another important property when assessing a snowsuit. It isn’t easy to create a one piece snowsuit with a perfect fit. This is because 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 several sizes. However, in recent years we have seen an impressive move towards snowsuits with an 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 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 crucial 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, as this can affect the heat retention of an otherwise warm snowsuit. For the best fit, a snowsuit should 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.
Outdoor play, with all the movements it entails, provides great exercise and builds up your child’s muscles, coordination, motor skills 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 significantly 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.
A snowsuit is exposed to a lot of dirt, as unlike adults, children often enjoy playing in water, mud, soil, sand etc. 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 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.
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 trendier colours when clearly visible colours aren’t so fashionable. You will probably have to take into the account of the colour snowsuit that your little boy or girl wants to wear as well.
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 enough 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 ideally be coarse but simultaneously difficult for dirt to stick to its surface.
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