There is a wide range of kids outdoor gear available nowadays, from manufacturers making scaled down versions of mens and women styles through to manufacturers specialising in kids waterproof gear e.g. Muddy Puddles.
Kids enjoy outdoor fun, splashing about in the puddles. They all love to wear colourful Wellington’s but waterproof trousers are often needed in a downpour. A lightweight pair can be tucked away easily and are light enough for kids to carry themselves.
Kids waterproof trousers offer the best protection for below the waistline. Raindrops will quickly run off the surface and you have the flexibility to remove them quickly when the sun comes out again.
Schools and playgroups have always favoured waterproof trousers for younger children, together with a waterproof jacket. An all-in-one waterproof rain suit is a good option for toddlers as are waterproof dungarees, which cover the waist and lower back so that draughts are kept out.
Breathable Goretex-type fabrics are brilliant for long periods of outdoor play or extreme sports as they prevent perspiration and therefore greater comfort. Coated nylon or polyester is fine for a short walk in light showers but not so great in heavy rain.
Nylon is great for packing up small for carrying and can be coated to make the finish breathable and wind resistant as well as waterproof. Nylon is a cheap fabric to produce and can be strengthened further with a thicker thread running through the fabric to make a ripstop finish.
“Condensation control” or “directional” fabrics are an ideal choice for longer periods of wear or more energetic activities due to their exceptional breathability. Such fabrics will keep the child dryer as the water vapour is directed away from the body as well as keeping the rain on the outside. As they are also breathable fabrics, they will keep you dry during most activities.
Taped seams should be used to make the trousers fully waterproof. The problem with stitching waterproof fabrics is that the stitch holes allow water to leak through. A coated tape is applied to the seams on the inside of the garment.
You need to ensure your kids waterproof trousers are safe and comfortable. Any buckles need to be plastic coated and safe for kids to use and draw cords are a definite feature to avoid. A flexible waistband is a must for comfort and reinforced knees and seat are great for the rough and tumble of kids outdoor play.
A stuff-sac is usually provided with kids waterproof trousers. This enables kids to carry them easily or you can stuff them into your own rucksack. Pockets are also a good idea for kids to store stones or shells they have collected from their travels.
As comfort is so important in kids clothing, you need to carefully read the label to make sure the waterproof meet your needs. Parents and kids will both be reassured to know that they will be wearing garments which are comfortable enough for playing outdoors whilst being fully protected from the elements.
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