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We're going somewhere super-cold at Christmas - think -25C daytime, feel-your-lungs-freeze temperatures - and I'm panicking slightly about finding warm enough clothes for the DCs (6yo and 10 months). Obviously we'll be indoors most of the time! But even for walking from cars to houses/shops, they'll need to be properly wrapped up. Can anyone recommend any affordable UK brands that make clothes for those kinds of temperatures? (We definitely can't afford fancy skiwear or anything like that!)
Are you visiting family? Could someone get something suitable there ready for your arrival? I have family in Canada and would do it that way as they can pick up appropriate winter coats and boots in supermarkets quite cheap.
TBH Minnie I think that's probably what we'll wind up doing, but I just wondered if there was outerwear in the UK that's up to the task.
The reason I'm asking is that I saw a tag on snow boots in Decathlon boasting that they'd keep feet warm to -10C and it struck me that if that's the standard for cold weather gear here, none of it might cut it. We'll definitely be getting thermal underwear though, thanks iseenodust!
Think layers and wool! When I dressed up for extreme cold, think -30, it was all about the inner layers rather then the actual outer layer. The outer layers, jackets need to be windproof and waterproof with some padding. So thin wool base- a bit thicker sweater type, wool or fleece, jacket. Same with legs, thin wool base, another layer of thicker wool or fleece and a water+windproof trouser. Wool socks and padded boots. Tbf the items I find the hardest is gloves and a decent winter hat as for young babies and children you want it to protect as much of their face as possible but still be able to breath. The rest is easy enough with some hunting but the other two are tricky as those are the areas that normally get really cold fast, the hands and face, neck. www.lestricotsdemargot.com/products/153-cashmere-baby-balaclava-hood-grey.aspx is a good one for the youngest maybe with www.lestricotsdemargot.com/products/172-emily-bicolor-mittens-darklight-grey.aspx ?
Thanks for all the advice (and for the Aldi tip, Silverstreaks!) Shifty, we may have to avoid wool due to allergies - do you know if synthetic alternatives (like Heattech, I guess) would be as effective?
Am expecting them to both go waddling out like the Michelin man now.
Aldi ski stuff is amazing. Ebay is your friend aswell, I bought DD tresspass salopettes and ski coat for under £20 on eBay. When we weren't skiing she wore thermals under her normal clothes which were a bargain from go outdoors.
My kids have Bogs neoprene welly boots which claim to be good up to -30!
Lidl had fleece lined waterproofs in last week so should have some left.
Deffo at least one set of thermal underwear each and if you can afford it I highly recommend the merino/silk mix long sleeve vests and leggings for both adults and kids. I wear mine as top and leggings on chilly days in the UK so they'd be useful beyond the trip.
Patagonia do brilliant kids and baby stuff for the cold - we lived in canada for two years and my kids had tons of their stuff; jackets, fleeces, thermals etc. Definitely do lots of layers, and at that temperature, gloves, hats and scarves will be v important. Moreso probably than the actual clothing. You can wear tons of layers of regular clothes and be fine, but cold hands and heads will be painful.
I’m in Northern Canada, so -30 is a regular occurrence here. Bogs are popular. Stonz with fleece liners for babies/toddlers and their incredibly lightweight winter bootz for older children. Lots of layers is key. If it’s a dry climate, like here, you warm up as soon as you get indoors. Reima is also popular here. I believe they’re Swiss.
I’m in Minnesota and -20 is commonplace here. If you’re coming to the Midwest wait until you get here to buy. For brands, BOGS are great for shoes. Columbia, North Face or Lands End for clothing. Columbia have “omniheat” technology which is phenomenal.