Today is going to be incredibly cold. It’ll be -24 C or -11 F, and while this temperatue is somewhat normal for us this time of year, it doesn’t mean we enjoy it. That’s just life in Canada, it’s always cold and my kids were always cold, and frustated and upset with going outside even though, sometimes you just need to leave the house.
I have tried a vareity of snow suits from Columbia to North Face to Burton and others in between. I’ve always favoured a higher quality product because it’s unbelievably cold and we use for a solid 6 months and I have two kids. I like when things last.
But my daughter is an a different breed of child, no matter how many layers of clothing you put under her, she is always frustrated with the cold. She gets cranky, breaks down, and just doesn’t function. I’m sure you can relate. This isn’t good if the playground is still your ground even in the deep of winter.
This year I decided to try a new snow suit for the kids.
I didn’t expect anything out of it or for it to perform better than anything else I’ve had in my stash. It’s just a random brand name from a small shop in Toronto, but this snow suit has blown me out of the water.
Last year, I met Modern Rascals when I asked on Facebook for suggestions for longer shorts and better clothing options for my kids., And while most days, I don’t really jive with the Scandi inspired prints, there are some solids, and incredible products on her site. We did a collab review and I basically got hooked on awesome.
Not Cheap Snow Suits
They aren’t, I spent more money on snow suits this year than I have ever before. But these snow suits are so warm that if it’s above 0C my kids are over heating in them.
These snow suits are so warm that I don’t even worry about layering. Typically, I get them dressed and toss them into their suits. There’s no wool, or 5 layers of clothing to keep them just a little bit warm.
These snow suits do it all. They keep the kids warm, and dry. During our first snow it was that wet stuff, and they rolled in the wet snow puddles and their clothes were dry. They were dryer than I’ve seen anything and their suits dried out overnight.
Viller Valla Snow Suits for Canadian Winters
If there’s anywhere that masters designing a snow suit it’s going to be Sweden, and I decided to make the plunge on these because I trusted Jana in her experience testing these in an Ontario winter with her young kids.
Not only are these suits responsibly manufactured but they are also free of perfluorinated chemicals.
The details on this suit don’t really mean anything to me because I didn’t know how to compare it to other products which dont’ share the same sort of numbers but it is waterproof (8,000 mm) and breathable (5,000 G/M2/24h)
Most importantly these suits have been a game changer for getting outside in the cold. My daughter doesn’t complain. She’s happy. She still gets frustrated but not nearly as often and usually for different reasons.
In 2018, the jackets cost $125 CAD, the pants $100-108, and the full body snow suits I think were $165 CAD. Their products were available in size 1 – 12Y, and you can find the measurement details online. I bought true to size. I tried buying a size up but it was massive. Anna is wearing a 92 cm snow suit, and Walter is wearing the 4-5 snow pant, and the 5-6 jacket. He will probably get another year of his snow jacket. I think. And Anna is a slow grower compared to Walter, so she might even stil wear the snow suit. I find the snow suit did feel a little big and long in the arms, but it fits everywhere else.
The reflective tape.
How warm my kids are.
How dry my kids stay.
I don’t love…
The detachable hood.
That if it’s warmer than 3C we just can’t even put them on.
I struggle keeping gloves on. It’s really better to put the glove on first and then the jacket.
I also don’t like how the one piece snow suit doesn’t zip down the leg so it took a little to learn how to put it on.
This is the only snowsuit I will ever buy for my kids.
Unless I learn of another amazing brand because I have a passion for trying things, but I already know what next years suits will look like because this has been the best snow gear experience we’ve had and this year has been frigidly cold. Thanks Polar Vortex, #not.
So, yes I totally recommend these forever and always. I have never been so impressed with winter gear, and maybe I just never found the right stuff, but this is going to be amazing for my kids and it has changed how I feel about going outside.
It’s so much easier with these suits because I know my kids are warm, and my kids are happy.