Gear Up Kids for Winter

O.F.F. L.L. Bean for Kids

O.F.F. = Outdoor Fashion Friday. 
Our (almost) weekly segment featuring our favorite styles for the season. Everything I share are pieces that can be worn all day long and stand up to the “use and abuse” of serious adventures. As a family, we appreciate clothing that is worth our hard-earned money. It’s what we wear and trust!


I’ve been an avid fan of L.L. Bean for years and years. At least since I started being concerned about my own clothing, but quite likely far before that. But, for some reason I’ve never turned to them to keep my own, active kids warm and comfortable. I really don’t know why I waited so long.

This fall we’ve had at the opportunity to try out three different versions of their insulated jackets for kids. We recommend all three, depending on your need and budget. These are the kinds of jackets you buy and have them wear daily, then pass them down. Plus, L.L. Bean has fantastic customer service if ever there were a problem.

O.F.F. L.L. Bean for Kids

Ultralight 650 Down Jacket $129

The most technical in our line-up, I especially appreciate that this one comes with DownTek fill. Admittedly, I worry about it a bit more when J is out playing rough, especially with sticks, etc. but we haven’t had any issues with it yet at all. The ripstop exterior is holding up well to it’s name. The goose fill is very warm and will be perfect for layering and skiing this winter. Finally, down tends to pack down super small – great for traveling or, more importantly, keeping while skiing, etc. as a “just in case” layer. This one packs into its own pocket.

O.F.F. L.L. Bean for Kids


Puff-N-Stuff Jacket $59

This one is rated for slightly more mild temperatures than the Ultralight 650, but we love how it has a rugged ripstop exterior that sheds water and wind and handles the life of a rugged little boy too. I also love that the loft is mild enough to allow him to wear it in his carseat safely if needed. This one in particular is made for easy layering, which we always appreciate with drastic temperature changes throughout the day/season. It’s a bit more “silky” and also great for kids who tend to run hot (and wouldn’t like the warmer-rated jackets).

O.F.F. L.L. Bean for Kids


Power Puffer Jacket $59 (for infants and toddlers)

Thicker than both the other jackets, this one is lined with ultraplush fleece which makes it more comfortable and warmer. L is at such a weird size right now between 18 months and 2T, so this one is admittedly big on her. BUT, I love how the hood is lined (especially when she is refusing to wear a hat), the “core” is lined for extra warmth,  and that it’s also very durable. It’s great in low 40s now when she doesn’t really need a full snow suit, and we anticipate will perform well sledding and skiing and all that snow fun later.

O.F.F. L.L. Bean for Kids

This post will be updated as we head into much colder weather this winter…..


Per our request, L.L. Bean generously provided us this gear in order to facilitate this review.  However, as always, the opinions expressed here are completely and honestly our own.

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5 thoughts on “O.F.F. L.L. Bean for Kids”

  1. Your kiddos are so cute! My youngest dd is close in age to yours. Thanks for the reviews- I have been eyeing that puff and stuff and a few similar options to keep as an extra layer in my “diaper backpack.”

    I live in Oregon where it is a bit wetter and milder and we have recently purchased the trail fleece hooded jacket (nice and thick), trail rain jacket, and discovery rain pants from LL Bean and have been very pleased with the quality. My girls can wear their hooded fleeces to and from the car and we just throw a rain layer on when we get outside if needed unless if gets super cold (which it hasn’t yet). When it gets colder we also put their snow jackets on backwards after they are already strapped into the car seat in the fleece if it is super cold so we can keep the straps tight and they can take them off once they warm up and not overheat.

  2. Hi I’m trying to figure out which size to get. My son is in that weird stage too where he fits 18months well but 2t is to big. The website says the coats come in 12-18 month and size 4 ahhh what do I do?! Oh and do you have any coat recommendations that are a bit cheaper we live in a the house so it mild most of the time but travel and camp too. Oh and do you have a llbean affiliate link?

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