7 important aspects to look for in a high-quality snow suit

by Chava Sanderson

Danish winters are cold and wet, but according to the Danes, “there is no bad weather, only bad clothing”.  Most children who attend daycare spend at least 1-2 hours a day playing outside, and older children spend an average of 3-4 hours outdoors in all types of weather. A high-quality snow suit does not necessarily mean it should have a high price tag, but there are some important aspects to look for if you want to ensure that your child stays warm and dry throughout the long Danish winter.

1. It should be waterproof

It is very important to choose a waterproof snow suit if your child will be spending a lot of time outdoors. Waterproof snow suits usually have taped seams, snaps to cover zippers, and are made of materials that repel water droplets from seeping into the fabric. An extra water- and dirt-resistant coating is sometimes applied to give added protection. Snow suits that typically receive the best reviews from parents have a waterproof rating of at least 10,000 mm. These types of snow suits keep children dry for several hours in rain or snow. They should also retain their waterproof quality, even after multiple uses and machine washes. Children who attend kindergarten and older nursery-aged children will usually need fully waterproof snow suits.

Some nursery groups with babies and younger toddlers stay indoors or play in covered areas on rainy days. They may often play in damp sand or take a walk in drizzling rain, but will not necessarily need a snow suit to help keep them dry for several hours in pouring rain. In these cases, children can probably get away with wearing a snow suit with a lower waterproof rating. Most experts recommend a snowsuit with a minimum of 5000 mm, but snow suits that have a waterproof rating of 3000-4000 mm will usually keep children dry and warm for short periods of time in light rain or snow.

It is important to note that some snow suits with low waterproof ratings use a water-resistant coating that may become less effective over time, especially if the snow suit is washed. It may be necessary to apply extra coatings in order for the snow suit to remain waterproof.

2. It should be breathable

Children who are very active can sometimes sweat inside warm snow suits, which can cause them to become wet and cold. Snow suits made with breathable (åndbar) materials ensure that moisture does not build up inside the snow suit during the day. Children who are very active – and children who sweat easily – should have a snow suit that has a high degree of breathability (5000-8000 g/m2/24h). Less active children can use a snow suit with a lower degree of breathability (2000-3000 g/m2/24h). 

3. It should be durable

Depending on how active your child is, a snow suit can receive a lot of wear-and-tear throughout a single season. Durable (slidstærk) snow suits stay intact, even when children crawl around on the ground or climb trees. A snowsuit is usually classified as durable if it has an abrasion resistance of at least 30,000 rubs.   

4. It should have elastic cuffs

Most snow suits have elastic cuffs in the arms and legs, and some even add velcro. These added protections keep rain, snow and dirt from getting into the arms and pant legs of the snow suit. Some snow suits also have quick-drying, internal flannel cuffs for added comfort.

5. Reflectors are a must

It is common for daycare children to go for walks in the local area and even travel by bus or train. It is important that a snow suit has multiple reflectors (reflekser), which will help your child remain visible in traffic on dark winter days. 

6. It should have a fully detachable hat

Most snow suits are equipped with hats, which are great for rainy or snowy days. It is very important that the hat is attached to the snow suit with snaps or velcro (no buttons or strings!) and is fully detachable. This safety feature ensures that a child will not become strangled or suffocated in the case that the hat gets caught or hung on something while the child is playing. 

7. Shoe straps come in handy

Snow suits usually have straps at the bottom of each leg. This is not a necessity, but is definitely an added bonus. The straps can be wrapped under the child’s boots, which keeps the snow suit from riding up the child’s legs while playing. Straps made out of rubber or silicone are more durable and will not break as easily as elastic straps.

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