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The Savvy Five: Snowsuits

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Our home and native land guarantees that pretty much wherever you live in this country, moms are always on the hunt for the right kind of outdoor clothing for our kids. Because there’s no such thing as bad weather—just bad clothing.
Since a snowsuit can be a big investment, it’s best to be well educated before making that purchase. Savvy shopping saves us time and money (because there are a million better things to do than make trips to the customer service department).

We considered warmth, durability and construction, waterproofing, lifespan and value, and came up with our SavvyFive picks for this season’s (and if you are lucky, next season’s) snowsuit:

Patagonia Baby Puff-Ball Bunting
Good for: Kids from 0 to 3 years of age
Why It Made the List: Baby plus car seat, plus heavy snowsuit can make any parent lugging an infant around feel like they gave birth to a sumo-wrestler. This baby bunting bag from Patagonia is very light and it’s reversible, so it feels like you’re getting two suits for the price of one. Its warmth comes from a lightweight polyester wind-resistant shell that’s been treated with DWR (durable water repellent finish) to stop wet weather. The inner material is recycled Thermogreen polyfill which keeps the suit warm even when wet. As your child gets close to age three, fans of the Puff Ball may want to move into the Patagonia Baby Snow Patrol Suit which offers the same features in larger sizes. (From $115 at www.mec.ca)

Good to Know: Recycled polyester comes from yarns made from industrial polyester waste and recycled plastic bottles. These yarns use as much as 75% less crude oil than virgin fibres, and they divert waste from landfills.

JupaJupa
Good for: Parents wanting to make a solid investment in solid outerwear
Why It Made the List: Moms will love the generous cut from this Canadian company that also includes the brilliant ‘grow with you feature’, allowing the temporary inside seams in the arms and legs to be extended by two inches for next season’s wearing. Jupa guarantees warmth in weather as cold as -30 degrees and has a rating of 5000 mm (or 16 feet) for waterproofing, which means that it can withstand that amount of rain in 24 hours before its wearer gets wet. Since the waterfall record in a day is about six feet, we think this more than does the job. All parts of the jacket and pants are seam-sealed, especially on the shoulders, removable hood and wrists where snow and rain typically hit. Kids will love the vibrant colours and the likelihood of them wearing it for two seasons makes the prices easier to justify. (From $170 at www.jupa.ca)

Good to Know: Some Jupa jackets come with cute zipper pulls for girls (a doll) and boys (a snowboarder).

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