Well it’s that time of year when we have to bundle the kids up in all of their winter clothing to go out and about. Anyone with kids knows how well kids can complain when they’re cold and you’re making them walk that little bit further because you’ve got a dog to walk, a place to get to, fitness goals to achieve! Therefore when we kit the kids out with winter gear we choose wisely and Mountain Warehouse is the perfect one stop shop for both quality and value for money.
The walking shoes are a massive hit as they have flashing lights in the sole, major thumbs up from the kids on that feature. The pink for the girls is great because my daughter loves to look girly yet they are so practical and comfortable. The velcro fastening makes them easy to take on and off even if the grown ups are too busy to assist. The size range in the shoes meant that we could have both kids in matching / coordinating pairs despite the fact that they are different in size and age. It’s nice for them to look like coordinated siblings. Overall though for the shoes is fantastic fit and comfort with accurate sizing.
Generally the kids are in jeans or leggings however the practicality of them on colder winter days is not great so we opted for the lined navy walking trousers which offer both comfort and warmth. The best thing about them is that they are unisex so both children can have the same pair of trousers and navy goes with everything so it’s an easy colour to match to. The various pockets are a bonus for the kids as they can collect things on our walks and put them in their many pockets! Size wise they are on the big side so order carefully when choosing the size for your child. To coordinate with the trousers we opted for a knitted cream and pink jumper for our daughter and a really cool dino hoodie for our son. The quality of them is excellent, they are really thick and warm not to mention how super cute they look.
With a young, energetic Hungarian Vizsla, as a family we go out in all weathers. No such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing! So the only choice for the coats was a 3-in-1 style so that we can ensure the kids are both dry and warm. The beauty of the 3-in-1 style is that we can adapt the coat throughout the seasons so the waterproof top layer can still be worn on wet days in the warmer months. The fleece inner can be worn throughout the year either as an extra layer or on days where it’s dry but still a little chilly. However, during the winter the full coat is needed and the layering element of it keeps the kids really warm, the bonus of which is no complaining! They fit really well and look great. The girls styles are really pretty and again turn practicality into girly chic. Improvement suggestions on the coats would be a shiny inner to the fleece sleeve as they can be awkward to get on and off over jumpers. The velcro fasteners on the wrists are really handing for making sure they are snug and secure and the hoods are a fantastic fit and even go easily over the top of a woolly hat.
The winter woollies from Mountain Warehouse have the novelty factor which for kids is a big plus point. Our son chose the black and white penguin hat and our daughter chose the pink and purple owl. They are both fleece lined and shaped nicely so they cover their ears really well. The lining means there’s no complaints of itching heads which can often be the case for woolly hats. Finally the gloves are thinsulate and again, nice choice of colours. Our son chose the black ones and our daughter chose the purple ones. Super thick and a tight snug fit once they are on. In hindsight we probably should have encouraged our daughter to choose mittens as the thinsulate style of glove are probably on the big side for a 3 year old and she struggles to do anything once they are on. Not such a bad idea for keeping her out of trouble though!
Overall – as parents wrapping our children up to go out and brave the winter elements, we cannot recommend the Mountain Warehouse range enough. Great quality, great choice and all at a great price.