Back in 1944 they didn’t start out making children’s clothing fit for the cold conditions, however their first range of women’s workwear was made from old army snowsuits! After a long and successful journey of developing durable, breathable, water repellent clothing, Reima now focus purely on clothing for the 0-12 age group and is a leading brand in the functional kids wear market.
Reima have over 50 years’ experience of clothing children in cold conditions so I think they are rather well placed to give us some top tips on keeping active kids warm in chilly temperatures:
How do you know if your child is cold? (I know, the moaning usually gives away, but cold hands don’t necessarily mean cold body!)
“The tip of the nose feels very cold, paleness, a blue tinge to the lips and skin, shivering. There is no need to worry if the hands and feet are slightly cold – this is the body's natural way of transferring heat to where it is needed most.”
As we always say, layers are key:
“When the temperature drops below +10 °C, it is usually a good idea to wear a hat and gloves. As it gets colder, the hands and head require more protection with breathable accessories that let moisture out.
Air is the best insulator – clothes that are too tight will not provide warmth.
Gloves should have space for additional mittens and footwear should have space for a second pair of socks. Footwear should be chosen according to the weather and there should also be sufficient space for winter insoles.
When appropriate, use lighter-weight clothing for children who are moving and playing actively. This helps to ensure that they do not sweat too much.”
And for the little ones:
“The younger the children, the warmer they should be dressed. Babies who sleep in prams need an extra layer of warmth – a sleeping bag or a very warm blanket. Increase the warmth of the outfit the longer you plan on being outside.”
And here are some of our top picks for layering up and keeping warm on the slopes:
This kids' jumper is made from a cool new material that's resistant to pilling and creasing! The fabric is also moisture-wicking, stretchy and comfortable to wear. It gives the same warmth as fleece with great breathability but doesn't pill or wrinkle. It's perfect as a mid-layer on chilly days outside.
This kids' down ski jacket is super functional. Made from a technical Reimatec stretch material, it's water- and windproof as well as dirt-repellent and breathable.
The smooth lining and durable zipper make dressing easier, while snowlocks at the waist and cuffs ward off wetness. Designed especially for winter sports, there's a special pocket for goggles, a handy inner chest pocket to store a smartphone and loops for headphones.
The windproof and breathable material used in these kids ski pants ensure that kids can stay out sledding, skiing and playing in the snow for the whole day, and stay warm and dry. The fleece bib style provides extra warmth to the core area and features a zip fly and two zip pockets and the straight cut ski pants can be adjusted at waist and leg ends to ensure a secure fit.
Expertly crafted with a water resistant and windproof shell, this trusty pair feature a soft brushed lining, a reinforced palm and thumb, a full-length zipper and reflective piping throughout.
An easy pair they can slip on and off, depending on the weather, these mittens are an absolute-must have for the cold days.