In the vast landscape of outdoor gear, the Cozy Cloak is an innovation that bridges protection and simplicity for families venturing into the great outdoors in less than ideal conditions.
Crafted after a disastrous cross-country skiing trip, the inventors of the Cozy Cloak (and parents of two tiny humans) were determined to extend outdoor pursuits with their children. I’m sure many of us can relate to stopping short on our outdoor adventures due to cold kids. Good thing the Cozy Cloak has come into existence (see discount code below!)
Imagine a softshell jacket that’s big enough to go around both you and a backpack carrier. Now imagine that same jacket isn’t bulky with loads of extra fabric but instead has a strategically sewn-in compartment to go around the pack. The Cozy Cloak in a nutshell.
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Cozy Cloak Product Specs and Features
It’s important to note that this jacket is meant for use with framed kid-carriers (not frameless options). The company has tested the fit on the Osprey Poco Series and Kelty Journey PerfectFIT Series. Our family was able to test out the Cozy Cloak with a few different Deuter Kid Comfort Series options and the fit was perfect on these carriers as well.
If you’re still determining which frame pack child carrier would be best for your family, be sure to check out the several other Tales of a Mountain Mama reviews of specific types. Our team has reviewed and compared several including Deuter, Osprey, and Kelty.
Cozy Cloak Product Specifics
- Price: $349.00
- Sizes Available: Small, Medium, Large/XL
- Colors: Malbec (red-ish), Green Apple, Plum
- Materials: softshell made from windproof, waterproof, breathable fleece-lined fabric paired with mesh-lined vents; water-resistant YKK zippers
Cozy Cloak Features
- Full-side vents for temperature regulation
- Child-sized hood on the back of the jacket to keep your little one snug
- Drawstring hem to tighten around carrier and wearer’s waist to eliminate draft
- Zippered “lid” for child access for easier loading and unloading
- Velcro cuffs
Best for Families That Adventure in…
The Cozy Cloak really shines during inclement weather (more on exactly how it shines later in this post) but if your family tends to find themselves in the following conditions, this piece of gear really deserves your consideration.
The number one advantage of the Cozy Cloak is the fact that it will keep your kiddo warm while out on a snowy adventure. If you regularly hike, cross-country ski, or snowshoe in wintery conditions, the Cozy Cloak could be incredibly helpful.
The Cozy Cloak serves as a great windbreak for you and your little one. If you play outside even when there might be hurricane-force winds, this piece of gear will keep your bodies protected. You’ll still need hats (and perhaps even some vaseline or Dermatone for little cheeks) but the blustery conditions are much more bearable.
Frosty Fall and Spring Mornings
For those of us in locations that routinely have below freezing mornings in both the fall and spring, the Cozy Cloak is the perfect piece of gear to make these trips enjoyable. Who says you need to wait until the sun pokes out to hit the trail!
What We Love About the Cozy Cloak
The Cozy Cloak’s claim to fame lies in its weather protection capabilities. The jacket’s exterior, fortified with water-resistant and windproof features protect against the elements, ensuring that both parent and child remain dry and warm even in changing weather conditions.
Our family tested the Cozy Cloak in a variety of weather conditions. For most of our adventures, our daughter stayed toasty in just baselayers (nothing fancy, simply a long-sleeve onesie, pants, and boots).
During a particularly cold hike (8 degrees Fahrenheit), we opted to keep a down jacket on her but ended up unzipping the “lid” and loosening the hood to regulate temperature (see more about that below).
The jacket proved to be great while it was snowing as well. Snow brushed off easily without melting and creating wet spots. We even double-tested this element by wearing it during a mostly tame snowball fight. Both me and my daughter stayed dry!
I warmed up quickly while wearing the Cozy Cloak. Despite the varied temperatures in which we were out, I always wore only a wool base layer on top and managed to stay toasty warm. If you’re looking for more insight on layering, check out our team’s blogs on layering yourself and layering your kids in cold weather.
As I embarked on my first adventure with the Cozy Cloak, I found myself thinking “how do I even get this on?” However, the seemingly complex process of putting it on solo proved to be remarkably straightforward:
- Slide the Cloak over the carrier.
- Put child in carrier through zippered “lid.”
- Hoist carrier onto back.
- Slip arms through hanging sleeves.
No complex set-up meant that adding in the Cozy Cloak didn’t delay our outdoor adventures at all. I will say that removing the jacket arms is more difficult solo. Having an extra hand to help with that step is convenient. With some practice, it can be done alone.
The inclusion of two full side zips demonstrates a level of thoughtfulness in the design, acknowledging the dynamic nature of outdoor activities. This feature not only enhances the user-friendly aspect but also caters to the practical need for temperature regulation, especially during uphill hikes.
In addition, we could unzip portions of the “lid” as well as unzip the child hood to regulate the temperature of our daughter.
I went for the L/XL sized jacket in an effort to fit both me and my partner who is a foot taller than me. This meant I was somewhat swimming in the sleeves of the Cloak but the hem drawstring allowed me to cinch it up so it wasn’t long enough to impede my movement.
What We’re Not as Crazy About
Most of the following were inconveniences but didn’t detract from the fact that the Cozy Cloak was a good fit for our family’s outdoor adventures.
Quality often comes at a cost, and the Cozy Cloak’s higher price point may require careful consideration for budget-conscious families. For our family, the durability of the jacket and ease-of-use would justify the expense given the fact that we live in an area where the weather is often not perfect and the jacket would get very regular use.
While the Cozy Cloak excels in cold weather, its usability may be limited during warmer shoulder seasons. In our hot summer season, the Cozy Cloak becomes unnecessary.
Families should assess their specific needs and consider the jacket’s seasonal suitability based on their typical outdoor activities and the climate where they live.
Limited Hand Freedom
A notable consideration, and one we wouldn’t have realized without going on longer skis, is the limitation to your child’s hand freedom when the lid is zipped and the hood is zipped. As someone with a kiddo that loves to grab at vegetation as we pass by, this became an aggravation for her. While we could unzip one side of the lid to allow one hand out, a two-way zipper would have been better so both hands could be free.
Our daughter also tends to fall asleep in the carrier and is a thumb sucker. With the hood zipped, she couldn’t get to her thumb which made her very cranky. The easy answer was to undo the zipper and the hood, however, as predicted, this drastically compromised her warmth.
Where Do I Put My Hands?
Whether it was due to the size of the jacket or the attempt to have the vents serve as pockets, they weren’t in a place where I couldn’t use them comfortably. They were too far back where my hands couldn’t really reach them.
When hiking uphill, I like to hold onto the backpack carrier shoulder straps. This wasn’t possible as they’re under the jacket. If this is you, maybe consider whether this will be an inconvenience for you.
Cozy Cloak Removal
Initially, I had hoped to “delayer” by removing my arms from the cloak while hiking if I got too hot, all while keeping my child covered. However, the reality proved a bit challenging. The process of removing arms, whether by oneself or while in motion is cumbersome.
Cozy Cloak Final Thoughts
In conclusion, the Cozy Cloak is a thoughtful companion for families seeking a blend of comfort and protection during outdoor exploration. While considerations such as seasonal limitations and price point exist, the fact that your child and you are protected from cold weather conditions provides such a big advantage. Completely worth it for our family.
Where to Buy
For those intrigued by the prospect of adventures with the Cozy Cloak, the product is available for purchase on the official website thecozycloak.com. The website provides pictures of the different colors, a FAQs page, as well as the history of the creation.
The Cozy Cloak Review
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