On the horizon in a few months time is H’s first school residential and I’ve been thinking I’ll need to get him some more waterproof gear because he’s outgrown so much of his things. Luckily though Dry Kids came to the rescue and offered us the chance to review some of their products. The only thing is that we haven’t had much rain, but there were a few wet days in the middle of all those dry ones, so we were able to put their clothes through their paces.
Kitting a child out for a school residential trip can be an expensive business, but I was pleasantly surprised that the waterproof overtrousers are only £6.95. At that price it doesn’t matter if they don’t get a huge amount of wear out of them. Sizes run up to 14 years and I guess after that you would be looking at adult sizes anyway. They are elasticated at the waist and it fitted H with his slim waist nicely, but there was plenty of scope there for children who are more generously proportioned. There are poppers at the ankle which makes it easy to wear the trousers both inside and outside of wellies. There are also openings at the side, so a child can still access that hanky in their trouser pockets if they need to.
We also tried the waterproof jacket. In the summer you could just wear it over clothes, but in winter you’d need something warmer underneath. Like the trousers it’s made from a waterproof fabric that’s been tested to 3000mm of hydrostatic head and it has taped seams. The jacket folds up into its own front zip pocket for when it’s not in use and there’s also a foldaway hood in the collar. The cuffs are elasticated and there are two further pockets at the front. For safety’s sake there’s reflective tape to make sure your child can be seen by road users.