HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF KIDS' SKIWEAR
Hitting the slopes with the kids is one of the best things about snowsports season - but we know getting them geared up every year can be a stress. Getting the most out of the kids' skiwear saves money, avoids hassle and is great for the environment, too - so here are some tips on how to do it from kids' brand Reima.
Buying quality gear for your kids is the best way to guarantee it'll last - but that's not the only reason to invest in the good stuff. Gear from a quality brand will use technical fabrics which ensure your children stay warm and dry on the slopes for longer, thanks to enhanced breathability, warmth and wind-proofing. You're also more likely to find features like pass pockets, preventing ski passes getting lost, and snow locks to keep snow from getting underneath jackets or up pant legs, and garments won’t wear out as easily, meaning they can be passed from child to child. Look for clothing that’s waterproof, windproof and breathable and that uses fluorocarbon-free finishes like BIONIC-FINISH® ECO; it’s better for the planet and safer for your children as fluorocarbons can irritate young, sensitive skin.
Multi-functional skiwear like jackets and accessories that can be used in winter generally, not just for ski season, are great options if you’re keen to use clothing more than once. Check out Reima’s Regor and Roxana jackets, which have a removable snow lock, ski pass pocket and handy zip pockets, making them great for the school playground and the slopes.
Did you know regular household detergent will block the pores of technical gear, causing it to become ineffective quickly? Detergents with bleach, fabric softener, colour brighteners or whiteners also leave residue on DWR (durable water repellent) coatings, allowing moisture to absorb into the fabric. Opt for technical cleaning solutions that are made for cleaning – and re-waterproofing – your children’s gear. Not only will it help it last longer, but also keep little ones warm and dry on the slopes. A great, eco-friendly brand to look out for is Nikwax.
Some skiwear brands have a high re-sale value, and social media selling pages and auction sites are good ways to offer someone else the opportunity to buy skiwear with life still left in it. You’ll also make some of your money back! Quality brands expect clothing to be handed down which is why you’ll find extra space for names on the tag.
Because no-one wants a snow experience that’s cold and wet, especially young ones, ensure you have plenty of layers for your children to wear. Layers are great because they can be added or removed as necessary. Thermal underwear is a great option for children as it’s comfortable and easy to put on and take off. Look for thermals for children made from Merino wool, which is naturally anti-microbial meaning it can be worn over and over again without getting smelly. Wool is also great for regulating temperatures and is soft against skin, making it great for mid-layers, too. Reima’s Svalbard and Nordlig are super cosy mid-layers great for skiing trips.