Unpacking winter clothes from the previous year often remind us how much our bundles of joy have grown in that 12 month period. That will make any parent very happy and proud, but in most cases it leaves him unprepared for the upcoming season since none of the clothes fit anymore. Luckily, there are tons of street retailers, department stores, and online shops eager to fix that problem. Each year the selection gets better and better, but with so much to choose from, it might be a bit difficult to make the right choice. Kids do grow very fast, and all probably find themselves shopping for the same type of clothing in a year or two, but still it would be nice to make a good, well informed purchase.
When faced with a problem of this type, it does not make much of a difference whether one buys online or prefers going to the store: most of the same shopping concept apply. Shopping for the same type of clothing over and over again can make anybody an expert on the subject, but there still might be some aspects that one might not have even considered. This guide covers the essentials features of the snowsuits, and the things everyone should look for or avoid in each of them.
The materials should never be overlooked when buying any type of clothes. Granted, most of the clothes combine the same types of materials, but the devil’s in the details. It is wise to always look for that tag that explains the detailed content of each part of the snowsuit, or research the piece of clothing on the vendors’ website. This will help select clothes that do not take in water and preserve heat better which are the two most important things regarding winterwear.
Cotton is a decent insulator and keeps the heat well while allowing the skin to breathe at the same time. This makes it both good and bad for this type of clothing. On one hand it is hypoallergenic which makes and it very comfortable to wear, but on the other hand it takes in water and can cause a lot of problems. Staying dry during harsh weather is a very important aspect that one cannot overlook, so make sure all the parts containing any percentage of cotton are on the inside. This way all worries about rainfall or residual snow melting on top of the snowsuit will be set aside. The insides do not have to contain any cotton too, since the snowsuit is often combined with a lot of clothes underneath.
Polyester is the most common component used in snowsuits. It protects from humidity and is also a great insulator. There might be some materials that offer better insulation, but overall it is a very nice light weight material that does a good job keeping warmth. The exterior of the snowsuit is usually 100 per cent polyester to prevent outside humidity from entering deep in the clothing. It might be a bit troublesome in places like the hood of the snowsuit, where the polyester can come in direct contact with the skin, so ideally the interior of the hood should be covered in a more agreeable material.
Polyamide is also a very nice material that protects from humidity and is largely used for the outer layer. It is very sensitive to heat and it is usually very thin which makes it easier to damage or rip. Since only clothes that do not need to last more than a season or two, it still can be a good choice.
Wool is one of the best insulators. It takes in a lot of water and it is pretty difficult to dry out but it is irreplaceable when it comes to conserving ones body temperature. That is why most of its use is in the insulation layer. The only backdraw is its weight, which is considerably greater than the polyester. If there are concerns that a certain snowsuit does not offer proper insulation, adding a wool sweater underneath it can help with that problem. Still, this will leave the legs more exposed to the cold.
Areas That Require Attention
With any boy’s snowsuit there are a few specific areas that require additional attention before making a purchase. Reinforced areas, pocket zippers, and elastic guards are three important areas that one should look for when deciding on which snowsuit to choose. Take a look below for additional information on how these areas are beneficial.
Kids in general can be rough on clothing. One of the things that require attention during selection is whether the most important regions are reinforced. The knees and the behind are the obvious places to look especially for the smaller ones. Those are the regions that are most exposed to wear and tear so if durability of the snowsuit is of importance, make sure they are covered. Still, have in mind that the area around the knees must be flexible. When buying online, check reviews for comments on this subjects.
Nothing ever stays inside the pockets while playing in the snow. So, if one wishes to have realistic expectations that the kids will not lose their keys or pocket money somewhere where no one will find them until spring time, zippers should definitely be considered. They not only keep stuff from falling out of pockets, but are also easy to manage with gloves. If not all, insist on there being at least a pair of pockets covered with zippers for the most important stuff.
All ends of the snowsuit are potential entrances for humidity. That is why elastic guards are of great importance all-around. The sleeves and the bottom of the jacket (if it is a two part suit) usually take in a lot of snow which can lead to great discomfort. The bottoms can be tucked in the boots, so that end is not that critical, but the other ends must be protected. Adjustable elastic guards work best because one can make them tight enough to fit perfectly without putting unhealthy pressure on the wrists. Excessive pressure on the wrist can decrease blood circulation in the hand, which leaves the hand less capable to cope with the harsh weather conditions.
Picking a Size
When it comes to picking a size, it is always best to try the clothes on. A sizing chart might give the general idea, but without actually trying on the clothes it is mostly guess work. Usually this kind of charts provide pretty accurate information, but in this case it is very hard to account for the amount of clothing a child wears underneath the snowsuit.
If there is a chance to try the clothes on, make sure to come fully prepared. Dress the child in clothes for the upcoming season and pay close attention on how the suit fits. This type of clothing looks baggy on the outside but that does not reflect the overall comfort and the clothes can still be tight under the arms or between the legs.
The overall bagginess of the clothes does present a unique opportunity. One can buy the clothes a bit bigger so that the kids can use them longer during their years of rapid growth. Do not overdo it though, as too big clothes can be uncomfortable too.
This strategy also applies well when shopping online. When in doubt, always choose a bigger number. Even if the clothes prove to be too big for this season, the kids will surely be able to use them next year.
Find Boys’ Snowsuits on eBay
eBay offers a wide selection of products in this area. They can be easily located by typing ‘boys snowsuits’ in the search bar, and filtering the results afterwards. Some results labelled as ‘kids snowsuits’ might not appear using this search method, so in order to seek out all the clothing matching this criteria the following method should be used: from the ‘Clothing’ menu select the ‘Kids’ Clothes, Shoes & Accs.’, and then carry on to the ‘Boys' Clothing (2-16 Years)’ option. This will list all results within this category that are either boys’ or unisex.
Not much can go wrong when shopping for this type of loose fitting clothing, so there is no reason to overthink the decision. The one thing that one really need to pay close attention to is the colour of the suit. Be careful to choose the desired colour and check if the price is the same for all colours. other than that, everything else is pretty straight forward.
There is a lot of choice when it comes to boys’ snowsuits and most of it is pretty good. Always look for the best combination of materials that will offer best protection and comfort for the children. Choose clothes with the right amount of insulation and avoid materials that take in a lot of water. Make sure that the clothes lock in tightly around the edges to prevent snow from coming in, but not too tight to obstruct circulation. Try to find clothes that are reinforced in the areas most likely to rip and remember that zippers on the pockets are very practical. And above all, always select the size wisely. Choosing the right size can greatly influence comfort and will make the clothes usable for more than one season. Good selection can always be found on eBay, but watch out for the colour and when in doubt always choose the bigger size.