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.
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.
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).
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.
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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