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Children's winter coats

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LightOfAThousandStars · 08/11/2019 14:45

Where have you bought your children's winter coats this year? I need some ideas, it's getting very cold and a warm coat is a must for school.

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Itsashame · 08/11/2019 14:50

Ah, I want to know too! It seems like the choice is a Decathlon type one which will be waterproof but not that warm and not bum covering.
Or m&s and the like which are toasty and warm and long but not waterproof!

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legalseagull · 08/11/2019 14:52

Mountain warehouse for my toddler. Really warm and waterproof. It's basically a tiny ski coat. It was £30 down from 60

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Expressedways · 08/11/2019 14:54

North face. It wasn’t cheap but it stands up to all weathers.

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Itsashame · 08/11/2019 14:56

How long are these ones? All the outdoor shop types I’ve found don’t cover the bum and my kids really need that as walk to school in all weathers

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Shockers · 08/11/2019 14:57

I bought DD a ski type jacket from Boden, in the sale; it’s lovely- waterproof and warm!

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HickoryDickoryDot · 08/11/2019 14:59

Polarn o Pyret padded winter coat - bum covering, waterproof and warm. Coveted a Spotty Otter explorer parka but very expensive!

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Expressedways · 08/11/2019 15:05

The north face is bum covering although we did size up to prolong wear. It’s so warm that it might be a bit much for British winters though, I wouldn’t have bought it if we still lived in London.

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EssentialHummus · 08/11/2019 15:06

GAP in their (neverending) sale.

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JassyRadlett · 08/11/2019 15:12

I’ve been buying my kids’ winter coats from GAP (the ‘warmest’ thickness) for 7 years and have never had any issues - they are hard wearing and the smaller ones have now been resilient against two very active boys. I particularly like the length (over the bum even on tall kids) and large hoods (my kids have big heads). They’re really warm and properly waterproof. And as a PP said GAP are always having a sale - I’ve never bought one for more than 40% off.

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EssentialHummus · 08/11/2019 15:21

There's also an extra 5% off (jassy and anyone else) if you use their app to buy. I tend to buy in spring/summer for the following year - DD's current one was £13 down from about £50.

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WellTidy · 08/11/2019 15:25

//www.johnlewis.com/john-lewis-partners-boys'-core-parka-coat/navy/p4263421?size=13-years This coat]] is the one DS has. It is very warm and bum covering. Not waterproof but it is showerproof and Ds has never got wet underneath it.

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user1374384 · 08/11/2019 15:26

VillerValla, such good quality, scandi weather proof and lovely colour choices. I don't lose mine in a crowd.

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JellyBellies · 08/11/2019 15:30

Landsend. Warm and waterproof. And the 40% off ends today.

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LightOfAThousandStars · 08/11/2019 15:36

Thanks for all the suggestions. Are the GAP Parkas better or their Padded Puffer coats??

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ParkheadParadise · 08/11/2019 15:42

I bought dd a coat from Asda yesterday. It's lovely and warm, fur inside and covers her bum. A bargain at £22.
Ideal for nursery in the cold mornings.

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JassyRadlett · 08/11/2019 16:11

I’ve just checked the website - the one we have is the ColdControl Max Puffer Parka. They change the name more often than the design!

Thanks for the tip Essential!

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Simkin · 08/11/2019 16:13

La Redoute. Nice and warm and waterproof. Usually I buy 3 sizes too big in the Landsend sale and they are stuck with them for 3 years, but there were complaints this time!

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JassyRadlett · 08/11/2019 16:14

(And for under 5s they just seem to call it the coldcontrol max puffer...)

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LightOfAThousandStars · 08/11/2019 16:33

Thanks @JassyRadlett, that's the one I was looking at, seems very warm and comfortable! Have ordered that one for my son and now need to find something for my daughter as well.

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ZenNudist · 08/11/2019 16:38

Next, got a fab warm waterproof fully reflective one that is really blingy. Looks grey in the pics. Ds(9) loves it, so I secretly bought one for ds(6) for him to grow into as hes wearing his brothers cast off. Also from Next.

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JassyRadlett · 08/11/2019 18:02

Hurrah! I’m an evangelist for them. My pair are always toasty warm and they are incredibly hard wearing (they have to be to survive two lots of nursery and forest school!)

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Millie2013 · 08/11/2019 18:03

DD has the Boden Sherpa lined cost. It’s soooooo cosy (I want one too!)

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DarkLikeVader · 08/11/2019 18:07

Mountain Warehouse here. We went to Clark’s Shopping village and got them a bit cheaper, lovely and warm!

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neversleepagain · 08/11/2019 18:26

Mine have the Boden sherpa lined ones and the Boden 2in1 padded coats for when it's very cold.

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HuloBeraal · 08/11/2019 18:35

I have lived on the US East coast where the temperature drops to ridiculous levels. But it doesn’t rain.
So here is my UK coat advice for kids:

  1. Mountain Warehouse do a 3 in 1 which is fab. It’s waterproof and warm especially when warn over a sweater. It is almost always enough for the UK.

Jojo Maman Bebe do a similar one and they are also warm.
2. If you want to buy a padded coat you should buy one with down or a down alternative. My boys wear Patagonia down coats which were about 99 dollars to 120 dollars in the US. But they often didn’t need a sweater under it in the UK they were so warm.
3. Gap does down coats for boys as well and they are reasonably priced. Not the bog standard puffer ones though. Just look through what the inside filling is.
4. Boden does a parka which is again quite warm and waterproof.
5. In the US my son’s school recommended Lands End. They are durable well made and again have down coats with a waterproof exterior that is perfect. (And much less bulky than the Gap equivalent).
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