|Warmth is important in our family and we take winter seriously|
Layering for Outdoor Warmth
When we dress for winter outdoor activities, we focus on three layers of clothing.We start off with long underwear or non-cotton base layers, add a second fleece or wool mid-layer, and top it all off with an outer layer consisting of a warm jacket and insulated waterproof pants.
Base layers are easy and we aren't all that fussy over which brand we wear. While I'm partial to Columbia base layers, my husband will wear any non-cotton base layer set, and my son makes do with a very affordable set of base layers from MEC.
Outer layers are also relatively simple. There is no "best" jacket or set of ski pants. We are partial to one-piece snow suits for kids from Ducksday, but most snow pants and jackets will keep you warm if you have good base and mid-layers.
|We get outside all winter long - even when it's -30 C|
Choosing Mid-Layers for Winter Warmth
Choosing a good mid-layer has always been the tricky part of the layering process in my mind. For myself, I don't usually bother with a second layer because I wear quality long underwear and then just make sure my outerwear is super warm. It makes things easier and I don't have to worry about overheating as much. Children are different though and my son usually needs that extra layer between his long underwear and his snow suit.
|TUBES Wool Pants|
The product we're trying out is a thick, warm unisex pair of wool pants called TUBES that have been made by a Norwegian mom from the United States.
Ella's Wool was established in 2012 out of Becca's mission to try to get kids to play outside all year, even during the “indoor season.” She's passionate about finding a way for children to stay warm in cooler climates and her son loves his TUBES so much that he wears them every day.
|My son displaying his TUBES wool pants on one of our backcountry trips|
What We Love about the TUBES Wool Pants
One - Comfort
I love that these pants are made of high quality wool that's super comfy to wear without being itchy. My son wears them as a mid-layer so they are not directly against the skin, but he has still never complained about being itchy or uncomfortable. He has worn them for upwards of 8 hours without ever saying he was too hot or begging to take them off. I don't even think he notices he has them on.
We recently spent a weekend at a backcountry hut and my son wore his TUBES all day long until it was time to change into his pjs. He wore them while snowshoeing and sledding outside and then he wore them in the drafty hut over his polyester long underwear while playing games and running around. He was even wearing them in a game of "Yoga," otherwise known as "Twister" and showed great flexibility and range of motion in them.
|TUBES (great for yoga and other indoor activities)|
Two - Temperature Control
Ella's Wool explains why wool is so great with these words below:
"Wool is not only suitable for freezing cold winter days. In fact, it’s a naturally heat regulating fabric, meaning that you can wear your merino garments in any weather conditions and be sure to feel perfectly comfortable. This is one of the reasons why wool is recommended for babies, since they are unable to express whether they’re feeling too cold or too warm."We appreciate this with our son who will rarely tell you if he is too hot (despite being 6.5 years old.) And I can definitely tell that the TUBES feel comfortable both inside and out based on our recent experiences with them (as mentioned in the previous paragraph.) Children can wear the wool pants outside and then just keep them on afterwards without overheating or sweating to death.
|TUBES pants are great for cabins and other wilderness locations|
Three - Ultimate Warmth
These TUBES perform when you most need them. I've pulled my son's ski pants off a couple of times now to find him practically radiating with heat. I can only imagine how warm he'll be when it gets down to -30 and he has to ski into a backcountry cabin this winter. There is no way he will ever complain about being cold this winter.
The photo below was taken last weekend when we went skating and cross country skiing for a few hours, went inside for a couple of hours, and then stood outside waiting for Santa to show up in a local parade. My son was comfortable the whole time (inside and out) in his TUBES and they worked well whether he was working hard and exercising outside or just sitting in a restaurant. (We never even took his ski pants off in the restaurant and he was still comfortable!)
|Can you tell he's wearing wool pants? He's warm, comfortable, and dry - and doesn't even notice them|
For More Information and to Buy a Pair of TUBES...
Visit Ella's Wool Website to find out more about this amazing product and to purchase a pair for your child this winter. The site has a great section that explains "Why Wool."
|TUBES for babies, toddlers, and children|
My son is wearing the 5-7 size and I would expect a family to get three seasons out of the TUBES. Wash them gently with special laundry detergent for wool, and you should be able to pass them on to a second child.
Follow this link for more info on the TUBES pants, sizing, and to order a pair.
Enter the giveaway below to win a pair of TUBES in the size and color of your choice. The contest is open to all residents of Canada and the United States. The contest closes at midnight on December 15th and a winner will be contacted the morning of the 15th. The winner will also receive free shipping. (no guaranteed shipping in time for Christmas unfortunately.)
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Disclaimer: I was given a pair of TUBES for this review but all words and opinions are my own. This story was not sponsored or paid for.