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Craghoppers Kids’ Grayson Waterproof Jacket

See how this waterproof jacket for children held up over the course of autumn and winter.

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
Catalogue image of Grayson butterscotch colour kids coat

Our review

A great little coat for late autumn and early spring – perfect for action-packed walks.
Pros: Durable
Breathable
Warm
Attractive natural colourways
Wind and rain resistant
Cost
Cons: Needs regular washing, unless you don't mind smears
High collar is ripe for chewing

This is an excellent coat for the mild bookends of winter. The lining is warm, the outer is breathable and durable – and kept my five-year-old son dry and snug during drizzle, short downpours and while splashing about in a New Forest stream.

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This is a lightweight jacket, designed to be worn over warmer layers, and like many technical fabrics these days, is made from recycled plastic bottles. Unlike many fabrics however, it’s breathable – essential for little people running, climbing and splashing about. The butterscotch colour is lovely and looks natural and earthy – even more so towards the end of your walk, as it will retain every splash and smear until you next wash it. There are also bright red and navy blue options if this bothers you.

The fleece-lined hood is gently elasticated and warm around the ears. However it comes all the way up to my son’s nose when zipped up all the way, and he’s developed an annoying habit of chewing it. When open, it sits in the same position but either side of his nose, so it also gets a chew at those times, too. If you have a ‘chewy’ child, consider this when buying – or get crafty and modify it yourself with some little strips of Velcro underneath the shoulders to hold it in place. For most children, this won’t be a factor to think about.

Other great features include adjustable velcro cuffs to keep arms warm and dry, plus two large pockets at the front that are easy for little fingers to deal with and waterproofed – there’s no flap for the zip to get tangled up in. There’s a pull cord at the waist.

A lightweight, warm and durable coat that fits really well, and keeps kids well protected in milder conditions.

Craghoppers Grayson coat is great for kids for the milder ends of winter.
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Craghoppers Grayson coat offers good protection on exposed hills.

Facts at a glance:

  • Material: 100% recycled polyester. Aquadry Rain Defence with Hollowfibre fill and fleece lining.
  • Pockets: 2 x large front pockets, easy for little hands to open and close.

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