It doesn’t matter whether they’re jumping in puddles or throwing snowballs – children should get through the winter well protected in snow suits. Danish consumer magazine Taenk tested nine snowsuits. The testers checked how waterproof and water-repellent the suits are after washing them several times. They also searched for critical fluorine chemicals and examined whether the winter overalls are breathable and hard-wearing. Not all keep children dry through the winter.
Good winter overalls for 80 and 160 euros
The Danish testers can recommend three snow suits. The two test winners are also available from us: Reima Trondheim for around 160 euros and the name It NMN Snow10 (80 euros), which is half the price, proved to be hard-wearing, waterproof and breathable. However, the Name It model has no pockets and is only available up to size 110.
Reima snowsuit grows with the child, but is heavy
The Reima snowsuit is available up to size 140. It can be adjusted at the waist and legs as the child grows, but is quite heavy. Also good and cheap: the Wind and Waterproof All-in-one Suit from H&M (80 euros). It remains waterproof after washing. However, children can sweat more quickly in it because it is less breathable than the best in the test.
Ticket to Heaven is little heavenly
The test loser is the Othello snow suit from Ticket To Heaven (approx. 121 euros). His seams weren’t waterproof enough. The outer fabric proved to be less robust and prone to holes. The testers also detected critical perfluorinated and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) that can accumulate in the environment.
Parents can look out for this when buying
So that the child feels comfortable in winter overalls and does not whine when getting dressed, parents can pay attention to a few things when buying.
- The snowsuit is too small if the child squats down and the suit is tight on the back.
- The sleeves should be long enough to cover the wrists.
- A long zipper makes it easy to put on and take off.
- Adjustable sleeve and leg widths and an elastic band at the waist are practical. This keeps the legs of the overalls up and prevents trouser legs that are too long from dangling on the floor.
In an easily adjustable suit, children can play effortlessly and, at best, it can be used for several winters. The Danish testers also recommend models with a detachable hood. Hoods pose an accident risk if the child gets caught in them. They can also be a nuisance to children. When the weather is suitable, it makes sense to remove the hood.