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Children’s Winter Outdoor Clothing – From Tiny Trolls Of Norway.

We received a very exciting parcel in the post from Tiny Trolls of Norway.  They had very kindly kitted out my double trouble for the Swedish winter with a whole winter outdoor wardrobe, and popped a few surprises in there for my little lady (their sizing only goes up to 8 years, and she’s a very tall 9 year old).  Tiny Trolls of Norway is a high quality children’s outdoor clothing company for ages 1-8 years.  The main aim of the business is to motivate and encourage families and their children out into the great outdoors. So, you can see similarities between my blog ethos and their’s already! Their motto is “There is no such thing as bad weather, just poor clothing”, and by making such high quality winter outdoor clothing for children, they are ensuring that children can play outdoors whatever the winter weather throws at them!  So what had they sent us?

Tiny Trolls Winter Outdoor Clothing:

  1. Trollungen Winter Jacket:  They had kindly sent us this in 2 different colours as I like my boys to be able to tell at a glance whose coat is whose, if possible.  This jacket is waterproof to 10000mm!!  That is a serious substantial amount, meaning they can play outdoors in the snow or winter rain for hours with no discomfort.  It is 3000G breathable, and is also windproof.  It is lined with the softest cosiest fleece ever. It has reflective detailing on the outside (very important in the long dark winters so the traffic can see the children), and the hood is detachable.  
  2. Trollungen Winter Pants:  These are made to the same high spec as the jackets.  They are 10000mm waterproof, 3000G breathable, and also windproof.  They are warm and padded, but so the child can still play and move, they have an adjustable waist and over the shoulder straps, there is a snug elasticated fit for the boot area, with a popper to undo to make it easier to get on and off, and there are stirrup straps to pop under boots, to prevent trousers riding up and letting the elements in.  These also have some reflective detailing too.
  3. Tommel-Liten Winter Mittens:  These gloves are again 10000mm waterproof, 3000G breathable, and windproof too.  They are lined with the same softest, cosiest lining as the coats, and have large cuffs so they fit well either over the top of jackets, or underneath (which would prevent that unpleasant cold snow up the coat arm sensation).  
  4. Lykketroll Winter Hat:  These are so soft and warm 🙂  The outside of the hat is knitted, but on the inside it is lined with the softest fleece…plus they are very cute!  
  5. Lurvehette Neckwarmer:  As well as a hat for our little lady, they popped a neck warmer in as well for her.  These are so useful in the winter as you can pull them up high over your face as protection against the elements and more often than not the freezing biting wind.  They are very comfortable and soft.  The boys and I live in our neck warmers in autumn, winter, and spring, and I have a feeling she will do too now!

So, these beautiful clothes needed to be put through their paces, so off we headed into Swedish nature for our Friday afternoon weekly adventure.  I feel we certainly put the clothing through their paces as we spent three solid hours in driving rain with the children climbing trees, scrambling rocks, and crawling through very wet mud. So how did we get on?

Pros of Tiny Trolls Winter Outdoor Clothing:

  1. They certainly have not overstated the protection this clothing gives the child from the weather.  It was nothing short of fantastic.  The rain was just repelled by these garments and not soaked into the fabric at all.  The twins were so cosy too, they only had base layers underneath.  It was driving cold rain (only a degree or 2 too warm for snow) and blustery icy winds.
  2. The gloves are so easy for them to put on….a huge plus in mine and their eyes (twin 2 gets frustrated very fast with clothing that isn’t easy to manage).  Plus they too repelled the wet so well.  Often their gloves are soaked through by the end of a trip out as they are almost constantly touching wet objects…sticks, rocks, trees, sea water….but we might finally have found a pair that can go the distance (we haven’t before).
  3. We love the colours (not such a practical point!)
  4. They have such lovely detailing with the very cute Tiny Trolls embossing, as well as the reflective strips, and leather markings.
  5. They are very very warm, soft, and cosy.  
  6. The clothes are very cute and look good too.
  7. They are very robust and made to last.  My trio were climbing trees, scrambling on rocks and there was not a mark on the clothing.
  8. They dried fast from the rain and all the dirt seemed to just brush off, so they weren’t filthy after they dried.
  9. The hats were very comfy too.  I get frequent complaining about hats being “scratchy” so this is good, especially as they wear them for 6 months of the year.
  10. Our little lady found the neck warmer so cosy and she spent most of the afternoon tucked into it hiding from the weather.

Cons Of Tiny Trolls Winter Outdoor Clothing:

I have scrambled around to find some cons, but it wouldn’t be a balanced review if I didn’t 🙂

  1. It’s 2 pieces…..this is fine for 1 of them, but twin 2 will take any excuse to venture out without the bottom half on, so I am going to have to make sure that the staff are on their toes at school!  The all in one from Tiny Trolls don’t come large enough for my mini men.
  2. The trousers only come in the one colour….this won’t be an issue for everyone, but it’s nice for my twins to know whose is what at a glance.  Boys clothing is often so limited anyway that they do have lots that are the same, it’s just handy when it is different.  

Tiny Trolls clothing is fantastic and there really is “no bad weather” when you are wearing it 🙂

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*We were sent the clothing from Tiny Trolls of Norway for free, to put through their paces and test, in exchange for writing the review.  All opinions are honest and my own*

 

Isbjörn of Sweden Husky Base Layer – “Equipping the Adventurer of Tomorrow”.

Our little lady is very lucky to have been sent a set of Isbjörn of Sweden’s Husky base layer.  So who are Isbjörn of Sweden and what is the Husky base layer?  Isbjörn of Sweden design technical outdoor wear for babies, kids, and juniors, and they have a very clear vision:

“We aim to equip the adventurer of tomorrow.  We aim to make the best possible outdoor wear ever for ones who need it most, our kids.  And to do so with the environment in mind.  All the way!”

Isbjörn of Sweden is very much on the same wavelength as me, believing that children should be allowed to explore and play in the great outdoors, but they also see that children need equipment of as good quality as the grown ups do, and their aim is to do the “best possible outdoor wear ever”.  However, there is another key point to this company, they aim to have sustainability and consideration of the environment.  They aim to produce clothing with a long life (that can be handed down many times) to prevent over production and further impact on the environment, and they also use recycled materials wherever possible.  With three little adventurers in our home, we felt we sounded perfect to give these a run for their money.  With the plummeting autumn Swedish temperatures and our outdoor lifestyle, the concept of this base layer would fit into our little lady’s life very well.  We could put them through their paces in our normal everyday life.

So what exactly had our little lady been sent to try out?

Isbjörn of Sweden Husky Base Layer:

The Husky base layer consists of a pair of long johns and a top.  Our little lady had chosen the colour “ice”.  These are made from 50% merino wool, and 50% polyester.  They are made to offer “the perfect balance of durability, function, and softness”.  The design is clever as well as practical with the “teeth” like images on the waist band representing both peaks (for a mountainous outdoor adventure symbol), and resembling polar bear teeth (Isbjörn is the Swedish word for polar bear).

So how did we get on?  We were off on a late afternoon adventure that day, and so decided to put them straight into action to give them a test run.  Our little lady started off with them as her base layer, and then once she’d climbed a tree or two, stripped down to them as her top, before reapplying layers as the sun went down.  It was all she was wearing under her winter coat and trousers and the temperature was hovering around 0 degrees Celsius that afternoon.

Pros of the Husky Base Layer:

  1. They are extremely soft and comfortable to wear.  Children won’t even entertain putting something on again if they haven’t found it comfortable the last time, so this is a huge plus.
  2. They are quite thin but keep you toasty warm without further bulking the child out (when they are already wearing quite bulky top layers!).  This is really important in allowing a child manoeuvrability so they can still play, climb, and generally behave as a child does.
  3. The material wicks sweat away from the skin.  Once we start hauling our sledges up and down slopes and generating a lot of sweat from our hard work, this element will come into its own.
  4. There are no irritating size or washing labels….believe you me, this is very important in a child’s life!
  5. They are very good under outdoor clothing, but they are lovely enough to wear on their own too.  Our little lady has worn both the top and bottoms teamed with a short skirt to school, she loves them that much, and you can also chill out in them around the house after your outdoor adventures.
  6. This next point should appeal to all the mothers out there….they are made to last, and to be handed down 2 or 3 times (with three children in the house I try and salvage as much as I can to hand down!).
  7. The size I requested for her was spot on in fitting her.

We found these garments really without fault for the short time our little lady has been using them, but to give a balanced review I needed to find a con, so I dug deep!

Cons of the Husky Base Layer:

There was only one really.  If I had been buying a set of three, as that is how many children I have, I would have found them to be stretching my budget.  However, I have to say the price reflects their quality and durability.

In conclusion I have say Isbjörn of Sweden have certainly fulfilled their own criteria of allowing a child to play freely without constraint with these clothes.  They also declare (very correctly) that children are “multi sporters by nature” so their clothing needs to be very adaptable, and there are certainly many situations children can wear these versatile garments in.

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*We were sent the clothing from Isbjörn of Sweden for free, to put through their paces and test, in exchange for writing the review.  All opinions are honest and my own*

 

 

 

 

 

Friluftsbyxor By RevolutionRace – Take An Adventure

I have been very lucky to have been sent a pair of RevolutionRace women’s Friluftsbyxor GPx pants.  So who are RevolutionRace and what are Friluftsbyxor?  RevolutionRace design urban outdoor clothing for ladies and men.  It is a Swedish company.  Their goal is to produce clothing that fits well, and can survive adventures in the wilderness (there is a lot of that here!), as well as be suitable for travelling around in the towns.  They “use durable lightweight materials in our outdoor garments to withstand all weather conditions.  The more you wear them, the better they get”.  Well that sounded like a little challenge to me, to put them through their paces 🙂  Frilufts translates from Swedish as “free air”, but means “outdoors”.  And friluftsliv here (outdoor activities) is a very important concept.  It means getting out into nature and connecting with it, and enjoying the great outdoors….we do this in our “fritid”….free time.  So, you can see how the concept of these friluftsbyxor fit into our lifestyle extremely well already.  I could put them through their paces in our normal everyday life.

What Are Friluftsbyxor GPx?

These are defined by RevolutionRace as a multi functional hybrid stretch trouser (the black parts of this pair are stretchy).  They are reinforced in places for extra protection and life (knees, backside, and lower legs).  They are made to be suitable for a broad range of outdoor activities, and the reinforced parts are also wind and water resistant.  The stretchy parts add both a further level of comfort and manoeuvrability, as well as some ventilation.

I decided there was no time like the present (she thought having just opened the packet!), quickly changed, and put them on for our adventure for that afternoon.  This involved climbing trees, hiking a little, and making a fire pit supper.  So how did I get on?

Pros of the Friluftsbyxor GPx Pants:

  1. They fitted so well!!  I have a huge issue with trousers (my behind is on the larger side, compared to a very tiny waist, so usually to be able to pull trousers up, I have to have a baggy saggy waist on them).  These trousers have the simple concept of a substantial elasticated rear part to the waist. So for people like me they fit everywhere…..well nearly, but you’ll find out about that further along.
  2. The colours are so funky.  A lot of outdoor clothing can be dull and dreary looking, but these come in a selection of colours that are guaranteed to brighten up your day, and leave you feeling fantastic, although you’ve dressed to spend the day in the freezing muddy Swedish wilderness 🙂  The men’s colour selection is just as great too.
  3. They were so comfortable to wear.  I was climbing in and out of a large tree, running over rough terrain after the children, and getting up and down lighting a fire and cooking on it.  I could move so freely in them.  The damp parts from kneeling on the ground also dried quite fast, and the biting Swedish winter sea breeze wasn’t allowed to turn my legs to ice blocks, despite not wearing my usual over trousers.
  4. There are lots of pockets…I love this.  Once we are out in the great outdoors doing something like lighting a fire and cooking, we seem to always need everything all of the time.  I was shovelling things into the pockets as I was using them for quick easy access at a later moment.  They were very handy and practical pockets.
  5. The adjustable Velcro, teamed up with the elastic around the ankles, made for a cosy snug fit over the boots I was wearing.  This was good as then they didn’t ride up exposing skin to the elements.  I can also see this being fantastic in the other three seasons as a tick defence mechanism!
  6. I wasn’t worried that the trousers wouldn’t be able to cope with all the scrabbling around as they have reinforced stitching.

Whilst I was happy they performed well in those dryer, if not a little damp conditions, I also know I can wax or treat them (as stated by the company), for a higher level of protection from the elements.

Cons of the Friluftsbyxor GPx Pants:

It wouldn’t be a balanced review if I left out any bad points, however, I did struggle to find any!

  1. The length was too long for me….however, at 158cm this is a very common problem for me, and was offset by the adjustable ankles.  I could tighten them up around my boots and my trousers weren’t trailing like they usually do.
  2. They do fade….now this is actually part of the garments marketing, but I know some people may not like that.  The garment is made to fade with washing for a “perfect authentic worn look”.

I would definitely recommend these trousers as part of your outdoor lifestyle.  They are so versatile, comfortable, and hard wearing.  I know a Dadda who is coveting them……but maybe in the male version and not purple camo!!!!  Do you think these would compliment your outdoor lifestyle?  Comment below and let me know your thoughts, and don’t forget to share to let others know!

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*We were sent the clothing from RevolutionRace for free, to put through their paces and test, in exchange for writing the review.  All opinions are honest and my own*

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Tiny Trolls of Norway children's outdoor clothing www.mammasschool.co.ukTiny Trolls of Norway is a high quality children’s outdoor clothing company for ages 1-8 years.  The main aim of the business is to motivate and encourage families and their children out into the great outdoors. So, you can see similarities between my blog ethos and their’s already!  Our trio spend a huge amount of time in the great outdoors, and living in Sweden, this is pretty much in every kind of weather there is!  When Tiny Trolls of Norway contacted me and asked if my twins would like to put some of their clothing to the test, we felt we could certainly put it through its paces in our normal everyday life.  Not only is this the type of clothing we need for our lifestyle, this is the sort of clothing my double act need to turn up to förskola in to ensure they are dressed appropriately for that too.

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