Outdoors clothing

  1. Winter apparel 101

    Winter apparel 101
    The right kit keeps kids outside for longer. Regardless of the activity, you’re likely to go at a slower pace than you would do without kids, assuming they are beginners. So make sure your own patience isn’t impacted by cold feet two hours into your ski trip. Outer layers The most common mistake is to put your money and effort...
  2. Outdoor carnival wins for children

    Outdoor carnival wins for children
    Low on sequins and bikinis, big on humour – the Cologne carnival is the perfect street party for children. This German city hosts a party for a million plus spectators every February, and the locals are absolute champions at dressing up. A great kids’ carnival outfit should be wearable outdoors, with some homemade touches and preferably not linked to a recent film release...
  3. Base layers for kids - the lowdown

    Base layers for kids - the lowdown
    Southern Europeans love a huge chunky overcoat for themselves and their kids – “Bring on winter weather!” This is only good if your idea of a great day out is standing at bus-stops. But kids love a good run-around any time of year. And they’re on the ground much more than us – inspecting leaves and bugs, comparing puddle depths...
  4. Learning skiing - do's and don'ts

    Look no poles Customers keep telling me that it’s important to get the kids skiing first, only introducing them to snowboarding once they’re competent with their slaloming. Personally I don’t think techniques get in the way of each other, so this wouldn’t be a bugbear of mine. I would rather follow the kids’ enthusiasm, because enthusiasm saves a lot...
  5. The risks of using sun-screen

    A worried parent is a good parent, or so we feel. And modern people worry massively about sunshine. Some pretty massive controversies about skin cancer have been knocking about in the public domain. Studies showing sunscreen causing cancer.  Studies showing that lack of sun exposure causes more cancer than over-exposure does. Studies showing that the higher the SPF, the less liberally it’s...
  6. Dress for success: Layering for winter

    It isn’t about the expensive overcoat. It certainly isn’t about the matching hat and gloves. Each autumn British stores are filled with kids’ winter clothing which just doesn’t do the job. The goal surely is to stay outdoors for the length of time which suits the parents. Secondly to minimise kids’ complaints. These two tie in! So start with the...

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