11 best kids' ski jackets 2018-19
From snug one-pieces for younger children to street-style options for older kids, these are the best coats on the slopes
When choosing a ski jacket for your children, it’s so important to pick technical outerwear that will keep them warm and dry. Kids feel the cold far more than adults and letting them freeze their way through a ski holiday is a sure-fire way to guarantee they’ll never want to go again.
Aside from insulation and waterproofing, fit is important, as baggy clothes let cold air in. So even though it’s frustrating having to constantly shell out for rapidly growing kids, you need kit that fits. Look out for brands with room-to-grow technology in their jackets, and of course lots of these jackets can double up as their main winter jacket back home, as well as being suitable for a ski holiday.
Polarn O Pyret Kids Ski Jacket: £105, Polarn O Pyret
This jacket from Swedish brand Polarn O Pyret is a top quality product at a more than decent price. The insulation was one of the thickest on test, which did give the jacket a heavier feel, but our young tester found it incredibly warm and comfortable. We were also impressed with its waterproofing and windproofing qualities. The hand-warming sleeves worked well, and the detachable hood could be adjusted to ensure a tight fit in a blizzard. Suitable for ages two to 12; also sold in camo and black/white.
Burton Toddler Boys’ Striker One Piece: £135, Burton
US heritage snowboard brand Burton is one of the most reliably technical options on the market. This makes it a perfect choice for younger kids who will have a miserable time if they get remotely cold or wet, particularly as this age group tends to roll around in the snow a lot more than older children. Along with keeping our tester completely dry and warm, we rated the room-to-grow system of this suit with its removable stitches, so it could last for younger siblings or friends. The hood was snug, and we liked how the thumb-gator kept their hands warm. Suitable for ages 18 months to eight years; also available in black, blue/red and green/red patterned.
Helly Hansen Junior Sky High Jacket: £200, Helly Hansen
The Junior Sky High from Norwegian brand Helly Hansen is one of the more expensive jackets on test but we rated it highly for waterproofing and warmth, as did our eight-year-old tester, who also loved the style and fit. They felt they could move easily in the jacket too, which is good for kids who like the snow park. Older children will like the “Lifepocket” function which provides extra insulation for your camera or phone so the battery lasts longer in the cold. Suitable for ages eight to 16; also sold in cerise camo, blue camo and blue green.
Reimatec Down Waken Jacket: £150, Reima
Designed with Nordic winters in mind, the Down Waken jacket from Reimatec was one of the warmest jackets on test. It also had fairly decent waterproofing, which isn’t usually the case with down jackets, and the fabric was treated with a dirt-repellent, so you could wipe it clean to keep it looking fresh for longer. We liked that the fit could be tailored at the hem, and the cuffs were well designed to keep snow from sneaking up your sleeve. Suitable for ages four to 14; also sold in navy.
Tog 24 Kids Bedlam Jacket: £120, Tog 24
The Bedlam from British brand Tog 24 is a nice looking winter kids’ jacket, and our tester liked the way it felt on. It wasn’t as waterproof as some of the other jackets on test, but it had a lightweight feel, and the lining was warm and the padding soft and comfortable. The hood is detachable and elasticated to ensure a secure fit in bad weather conditions. Available in sizes 124 and 140cm; also sold in red and navy.
DC Union Snow Jacket: £105, DC
The Union jacket from DC was really popular with our older tester, who liked the way it looked and felt on; they wanted to wear it to school as well as on the mountain. The insulation is solid, and the waterproofing held up well in snow, though it wouldn’t function as well in a heavy rain downpour, especially as the hood is made from jersey rather than jacket material. Suitable for ages eight to 16; also available in black and cream.
Wed’Ze Ski-P 100 Kids’ Jacket: £14.99, Decathlon
The Wed’Ze Ski-P 100 from French brand Decathlon is by far the cheapest jacket on test. Our younger tester liked the design; found it comfy and the zips easy to use. We liked the lightweight feel, but the insulation did seem a bit patchy in places, which would be fine in spring conditions but we wouldn’t recommend it for use in really cold mountain weather. The water-repellent fabric should keep them dry in the snow, though it wouldn’t function as well in heavy sleet or rain. Suitable for ages three to six; also sold in pink/red.
Didriksons Kids’ Kure Parka: £79.99, Ellis Brigham
Our younger tester liked this parka-style jacket from Didriksons. They were especially taken with the furry hood and wanted to wear it back home as well as on the mountain. The hood is detachable which is good as the faux fur wouldn’t do so well in a snowstorm. Overall the jacket was warm, not as bulky as it looks, and the waterproofing was good enough for all but the most serious downpour. Suitable for ages two to seven; also sold in turquoise and navy.
Muddy Puddles Blizzard Winter Jacket: £68, Muddy Puddles
We love the design of this jacket from British brand Muddy Puddles, which is inspired by David Hockney’s Yorkshire paintings. And our younger tester was keen too. They said it kept them warm and dry in the snow, so it would be a great ski holiday choice, though less good in really heavy rain. They also found it comfy and the zips easy to use. The fleece-lined hood is removable. Suitable for ages two to 12; also sold in three other patterns.
KJUS Formula DLX Jacket: £229, KJUS
The Formula DLX from KJUS is a top quality ski jacket for fashion-conscious older kids. The fit is flattering, and it was also the lightest jacket on test with good stretch in the fabric, which is good for teenagers who like to hit the snow park or just ski or snowboard hard on or off piste. As you’d expect the jacket is also well insulated and water-repellent and it dries quickly when wet. Available in sizes 116-176cm; also sold in bright blue and navy blue.
Quiksilver Kids’ Little Mission Snow Jacket: £89.99, The Snowboard Asylum
The Little Mission jacket from California boardsports brand Quiksilver boasts great insulation and more than decent waterproofing. Our younger tester liked the loudness of the graphic design. The hood is helmet-compatible, which is important for keeping kids cosy in a blizzard, but it’s also removable for sunnier days on the mountain. There is a room-to-grow system and the fabric felt durable. Suitable for ages four to six; also sold in a black/red print.
The Verdict: Best kids’ ski jackets 2018-19
We rated the Polarn O Pyret Kids Ski Jacket highly for keeping kids warm and dry on a ski holiday at a good value price. The Striker One Piece from Burton is also a great, reliable option for toddlers and young children.
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