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On the hunt for girls ski jacket and salopates. Looking for a shell (no insulation) and pit zips anything else is a bonus (lift ticket pocket, snow skirt etc). Girls are 5 years old 120cm would prefer in pinks or purples. Only stuff I have came across is skogstad and dare2be. High end brands ie norrona dont seam to make anything this small but to be honest probably to expensive. Any help appreciated.
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We have bought Obermeyer, Patagonia and CMP (cheaper), most of the kids stuff I've seen for that age seems to be insulated but try here if you are looking for new https://www.winterkids.com/ - its a US site but can ship overseas, there are a few unknowns in terms of what you might get stung on in duties etc but the low US prices will probably offset this.
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Decathlon? Or I buy for my kids on eBay - usually kids only use it for a week or two so everything I bought was like new
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Had a quick look on the US site and decathlon and they all seam insulated. Maybe I am going the wrong direction with a shell, all the manufacturers can't be wrong!
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Kids get cold easily, why do you want a shell ?
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Last feb was very warm they where even skiing with no gloves. I believe a shell with selection of base layers would be a good solution for a range of weather.
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Do 5 year olds need pit zips? That will probably limit some very good options. We've had cmp and dare2be via amazon/ebay all of which didn't last, but my daughter is very rough on her gear.
We've been happy with Mountain Warehouse, tough as nails and cheap. This 3-way jacket just came in the post. It came up small/slim but will do perfectly for autumn/spring skiing, plus playing outside and wearing to school. Might be worth a look?
https://www.mountainwarehouse.com/kids/jackets/kids-3-in-1-jackets/lightning-kids-3-in-1-jacket-p13476.aspx/bright%20pink/
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Bergans (of Norway), Haglöfs, Peak Performance, and Didriksons all do good quality kids stuff.

https://www.outnorth.com/children/children-s-clothes/children-s-jackets-vests

https://www.outnorth.com/children/children-s-clothes/children-s-trousers-shorts?f%5Bsize%5D%5B%5D=5-6%20yrs&page=2
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Keep an eye out for Lidl (Crivit brand name) and Aldi offers. Their outers are cheap & cheerful, however their merino underwear has been worth it.
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Surfanic.

Skiing without gloves is a bad idea IME.
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@Layne, why is skiing without gloves a bad idea?

@Canuck, I find the pit zips one of the most valuable tools i have for controlling my temperature why would it change with kids? they get equally peaky if they are to hot as to cold.

@Spoons good call with bergans came across sjoa 3l, i should have looked there 1st as their current gear is bergans which has been exceptional quality!
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Kids can have different thermal management requirements as well as physiological differences than adults such as differing thicknesses and distribution of sub-cutaneous fat & muscle.
If they are separate from you (i.e in a ski school), they may forget to adjust pit zips once open
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Get some Norwegian onesies from Bergans with insulation. A shell for a wee one is not ideal IMHO
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You know it makes sense.
WASHOUT wrote:
@Layne, why is skiing without gloves a bad idea?

I once left my gloves in the chalet, only realised after getting on the first lift. On the ski back down I put my hand down when turning a bit sharply and the ice ruts cut into my hand. Maybe I was unlucky.
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If you want 'nice' colours for girls we used Boden at that age. It was good stuff and always lasted two seasons. Also bright colours help you spot little ones easily. See loads of solid pink, grey and blue jackets. Never needed armpit zips for my girls, kids don't sweat in those areas like we do. It is insulated but in warm weather they just wore less under layers and undid the front. They wore the trousers as well, and rarely needed thermals underneath. As long as they drink, getting hot is not really a huge issue for kids skiing. Better to err on the side of caution as you never know when chairs etc will stop. Leaving them at the mercy of winds in shells is not conducive to enjoying their time on skis. Once older we swapped into Decathlon and one has a Roxy jacket now. I'd love to be able to afford the more costly brands but prefer to have 2 trousers, 2 sets of gloves etc. Word of warning I got an Aldi / Lidl shell and found it was fine but it did not keep my arms warm which I really did not like and did not think the Aldi/Lidl kids gloves were up to much. The Aldi/Lidl merino base layers are very good though and the snow boots for kids were great, warm but also kept the water out, as icy puddles are completely irresistible at that age.
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WASHOUT wrote:
@Layne, why is skiing without gloves a bad idea?



Sharpened ski edges I'm guessing, and not necessarily their own.

A while ago I was lucky enough to have a week's group lessons from a guy that was responsible for instructor education in the area, had previously fractured his spine in a MTB accident and didn't believe that skiers should feel pressured into wearing a helmet. So not overly concerned with health and safety, but he absolutely wouldn't let anyone in his groups ski without gloves, "for protection". I follow his advice and make sure my kids do too.


As for jackets, I think you're overthinking it, My daughter's currently got a lightly insulated HH jacket that got passed down to her after my son outgrew it. It's done Norway in -25 and Italy in +15. No pit zips, just unzip the front or ditch it in a restaurant if it gets too hot.
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