Reviewed by New_Mama
We spend a lot of time outdoors as a family and I am a big believer in children learning through play outside so good quality outdoor wear is always a must. I was therefore very pleased to be chosen to review the POLARN O. PYRET lightweight waterproof shell jacket for my little boy.
It arrived in a simple yet stylish postal bag made from recycled material which can be reused or recycled again. A plus again with the clothing brand bearing the environment in mind even in its packaging. I was sent one of their new style lightweight jackets in the ‘brown’ design. Immediately the design stood out as beautifully child friendly with a print of cute friendly forest animals but also classic in its use of a more natural colour palate. I much prefer this to bright typically child friendly colours and it feels more fitting for a coat designed for outdoor exploration. The jacket also comes in a block purple colour option which offers an alternative design and is equally a good shade choice, although without the animal print.
After the design, the first thing that struck me was the softness of the jacket’s material. Made from a waterproof fabric designed to be water repellent and windproof, even the outer layer is far softer than any other waterproof jacket I have come across. The dark grey inner fleece lining has an almost velvet feel to it and, whilst made from recycled material, you would never have guessed sustainability was at the heart of it as it feels incredibly luxurious and I immediately wished that they did adult versions! The jacket has fully taped seams and elasticated cuffs to ensure no water seeps in so most importantly keeps your child warm and dry at all times. We have been lucky with the British weather this week so unfortunately, I have yet to test the jacket for its 100% waterproof claims however I have no reason to doubt them. Bionic finish (an eco friendly technology) is the water repellent component added to the material and states that not only is it breathable but also quicker to dry and helps colours last longer. There are many claims here that will need to be tested over time however the visible high quality of the jacket makes me optimistic it will meet these high expectations.
The jacket has 2 zipped pockets, perfect to keep hands cosey or store items collected on your child’s adventure. Safety is also considered, and reflective material is added on both sleeves and down the zip edge which is aimed to make your child more visible at night. A detachable hood (with sturdy but easy to undo and redo metal poppers) is another great feature. The jacket can be washed in a washing machine and is even suitable for tumble dryers so no need to worry about waiting for the opportune time to wash your child’s coat.
A quick look through the brands website gives details of all sizing options (from age 1 year to 10 years). I would certainly now consider this Swedish make as an option for future jackets and coats as well as other items. The range is extensive with other items available including baby sleepsuits and pyjamas to children’s swimwear. The cute forest animal design of the jacket I received also comes as a backpack (RRP £26) so perfect to buy as a set.
I have to admit I was impressed by this jacket and would give it my first 5 out of 5 star rating. A great gift option for the cooler or wetter months so a perfect Christmas gift choice for your own or other’s children.
Available to purchase on the brands own website here.