Reviewed by David Savage
The British summer has arrived which means sun and rain. So, while it too hot for a winter coat, occasional showers and heavy rain means the kids required a lightweight waterproof coat/jacket. Didkriksons have the right jackets and we received two for review for the children to put to the test.
As it is summer, we didn’t want a jacket that was too heavy, something lightweight but waterproof. We received the Jezeri Kid’s Jacket in Sharp Blue (Navy and Fuchsia also available) and the Jarkos Kid’s Jacket in Flag Red (Navy, Fuchsia and Sharp Blue also available). Both these jackets are unisex, lightweight, waterproof, windproof and breathable so are perfect for British summertime. They are both available in sizes from 80 to 140 (1 to 10 years).
Over the past few weeks the jackets have had a lot of use with showers and heavy rain, mixed with the hot sunny days. They have both proved to stand up to the British weather, keeping the kids dry, warm and protected, and they look great.
The Jezeri jacket we received in Sharp Blue with bright yellow on the chest and shoulder and is great for kids that love Minions as it the colouring is very reminiscent of them (at least, I think so anyway). It is a soft-shell jacket. As for practicality, it’s great. It’s 100% windproof and waterproof (using Didriksons STORMsystem™) with a PFC-free finish, the zip is covered so no rain gets in that way either. It has a detachable hood, extendable sleeves (so great as kids get bigger; this is a red seam inside the sleeve that can unpicked to extend by approximately one size), it features a chin guard and adjustable hem (adjusted inside) and has reflective strips for those dark or dull rainy days, so kids can be seen by cars.
The Jarkos jacket has most of the same features as the Jezeri jacket, it just doesn’t feature a zip cover (although rain does come in through it either).
I haven’t had to wash either jacket yet, I have just wiped them down with a wet cloth. The have had a fair amount of use in the rain and both keep the boys dry. They are also light enough to carry around. The quality of both is excellent and as the boys have both had Didriksons winter coats in the past that are still in great condition after 2 years, then these jackets should last just as long.
I’m very impressed with the rain jackets. They keep the kids dry and warm and not too hot when the sun comes out. They are a great summer rain jacket. The quality is excellent and they are definitely value for money; they retail at around the £50 mark but the quality, durability and extendable use are worth the cost.
As Didriksons have been in business since 1913 (the numbers you see on the jackets) making workwear for fisherman, you know it’s a brand that you can trust and will be more than capable for everything the British weather can throw at us.
For more information or where to buy visit www.didriksons.com.