Gear Review: Patagonia Puff Ball Jacket for Infants and Toddlers
One of the downsides of bundling kids up for winter is the BULK. After a few layers they start wobbling around and risk the “falling down and can’t get up” problem.
I find that our own kids show the most resistance to getting outside when they simply can’t move (and who can blame them?)
Patagonia’s solution has been the Puff Ball Jacket. Available in sizes 6M – 4T, the jacket provides excellent warmth without the bulk. It is THE best jacket I have ever found for keeping kids warm and managing to still fit them in a car seat. When J was an infant, we had the same jacket that was awesome, and I was curious how it work out for older kids. We were not disappointed.
What we love about the jacket:
– Super warm (we are continuously surprised how many layers under it he doesn’t need.)
– Blocks wind, moisture and the cold
– Super soft and pliable meaning kids move freely
– Because it is so pliable, it means buying big is an option that doesn’t result in a kid totally swimming in the jacket. **And Patagonia kids’ tends to run big!**
– Generously-sized hood that fits over winter hats
– Reversible (great for changing up colors, moving to a cleaner side OR helping convince the next sibling it is a brand new coat!)
– Easy to layer over and under.
-Washes well (though I try to wash any outerwear as little as possible.)
– It holds up excellent – J plays hard and we have had no issues with tearing, etc.
What we aren’t so crazy about:
– I honestly don’t have much to say here. For what the jacket is (and it’s NOT a rain jacket) – it’s awesome. Unfortunately, it is also $89, but worth it when you can pass it on (and on and on!)
St. Bernard Sports generously provided me this jacket for the purposes of facilitating a review. As always, the opinions expressed here are completely and honestly my own.
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The Bottom Line
The best jacket out there for kids that don't want the bulk (but may need some extra layers!) Great for using alone or layering up!