In our household there’s no such thing as bad weather, it’s just an excuse to wear all the gear and enjoy the great outdoors all by ourselves! There’s nothing like a torrential downpour to ensure the best parks are empty, and there’s nothing like a bit of snow to clear the forest trails of fellow walkers!
However, there are also few things worse than a small child whinging about being wet, cold, miserable and wanting to go home…
…Cue online shopping activity to ensure that every climate-eventuality is catered for.
Having seen other children togged out in Muddy Puddles gear in the past, and deducing that the name of the company probably represented their product offering quite well, I opted to buy a Muddy Puddles Originals all-in-one waterproof suit for the worst of Britain’s wet weather.
There’s a lot to like about this product – but a few things which I really don’t like…
As a result of a couple of significant short comings I’m going to have to purchase an alternative waterproof – and at least then I will have something to compare this Muddy Puddles all-in-one with. You never know, all children’s waterproof all-in-ones may suffer the same list of issues.
- Very lightweight and easy to scrumple up and shove in a backpack or under a pushchair
- Relatively affordable compared to similar products on the market
- Sufficiently malleable so that the wearer can run, jump, climb, slide etc.
- Elasticated cuffs and stirrups to ensure the garment stays in place and doesn’t ride up
- Errrrm, it’s started to leak at some of the seams after a few wears and washes which means it’s not actually waterproof anymore
- It’s not breathable and so condensation also builds up on the inside
- It picks up and brilliantly retains bad smells such as cow poo and silage
- The single zip only comes down as far as a belly button (as opposed to having a double zip all the way down the legs for example) which makes getting it on and particularly off (when it is wet and filthy and you are desperately trying to a) keep your child from getting any wetter and b) trying to keep all the muck off your car/carpet/sofa/own clothes) less than easy
- My daughter despises the stirrups as they make the suit harder to run about in apparently (could just be her personal preference)
Not sure if this is a pro or a con…
When wearing on a wet day and sliding down a wet slide, speeds of up to 100 miles per hour* (*rough guesstimate) can be achieved, as can a launching of the wearer across the park.
One final comment – if in doubt about the sizing, buy ahead in terms of your child’s age, as in my opinion the sizes are not generous.
I’d give this a 2.5 – 3 hammer rating. It was really quite good until it started to leak and smell! I shall now go in search of an alternative waterproof, and you can rest assured I shall be reviewing the competition!
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