Boys' and Girls' Warm Winter Coats
Cold Weather Clothing for Kids

Weather proof your kids against anything Old Man Winter throws at them.

Kids love the winter - or rather, they love the snow and they love the ice and they aren't so bothered about any of the other aspects that adults are. So as long as they are well wrapped up in a proper winter coat for protection against the cold weather, they can ignore anything apart from the full-time, full-on serious job of being a kid and enjoying the snow and winter fun. Meanwhile you can enjoy your own winter sports or be safely tucked up indoors busy NOT worrying about how cold and wet they are (because they aren't worried in the slightest!).


Features to look for in a winter coat

Antarctica Parka

The outside layer has to put up directly with what the weather throws at it. So it needs to be windproof and maybe waterproof too.

It may be an insulated shell or not. The outer layer for kids especially, should have a hood to stop wind rain and snow getting down the collar and also as it can't be lost in the way that a hat can!

Elasticated or fastening cuffs and draw cords help to prevent warm air being lost while keeping snow, rain and wind out.

Features to look for in a 3 in 1 Jacket

Antarctica Parka

A 3-in-1 Jacket is a great solution for kids outer winter wear. There are two parts, a windproof and often waterproof outer, and an add-in liner jacket of fleece or synthetic insulation. Either layer can be worn alone or they can be worn together for two-layer comfort and performance. If the cold goes on for some time, keep the inner jacket fastened inside the outer so they can both be thrown on together - time is always a pressing issue for kids!

Two layers instead of one traps exctra air in between the layers giving a coat that is warmer than you might imagine.

In very cold weather, a completely waterproof outer layer isn't needed as it will be snow and not rain that is falling. Some waterproof garments don't breathe so well and so can get a bit sweaty after a while unless they are a breathable fabric. They also tend not to be so soft when very cold, so choose according to your intended temperature use.

There are child-versions of adult more formal coats, "looking at coats" as I think of them, often made of wool and with a tailored shape. They might be ideal for special occasions, but they really aren't very effective at keeping the winter out on a daily basis as they aren't usually very wind or waterproof, often having button fronts, loose sleeves and no draw-cords or elastic anywhere to prevent warm air from being pumped out when you move around.

Down - 500 / 600 / 700 / 800 "Fill Power". A measure of the quality and insulating property of down, the higher the number, the better - generally. Take an ounce of down, then compress it and let go - the down expands filling a volume, in cubic inches that volume is is the down's "fill power". A high fill power means lighter weight for the same warmth and more compressibility for packing.

Down is the gold standard insulation material for the most extreme conditions being used in the Far North and Far South alike during the winter months.

Synthetic insulation better where cold and wet may be encountered, less affected by wet than down, though a little heavier for an equivalent insulation level, doesn't compress so well and costs less.

Design - sufficient high quality insulation is key to making a good winter jacket. The design is also very important too, to make the most of the insulation, to ensure there are no cold spots and to provide means of adjusting the warmth as conditions change. Drawcords, adjustable cuffs and vents help If it warms up or if the weather turns really nasty. A storm flap that folds and closes over the main opening zip avoids a thinly insulated region where heat can escape and helps keep wind, snow and rain out.

Bulk and weight - It may be stating the obvious, but a coat that is going to keep you warm at minus a lot and in a blizzard is going to be substantial. Even if filled with the best and lightest insulation it is going to be heavier than a jacket for the fall. Despite what some manufacturers may claim, there is no miracle super light and thin, super effective insulation material, it's all relative.

What about tradtional materials such as wool? - Wool in particular is a very popular material to make winter coats from, you can pay far more for a wool coat than any you will find on this page.

It is an awful material for an effective winter coat however. It soaks up water like a sponge, is not particularly windproof unless quite thick which makes it stiff and more likly to gape at the neck and cuffs allowing warm air to escape and is heavy and not very warm for a given weight. Wool is fine for "looking at" coats for best, but absolutely not as effective as a well designed modern insulated jacket, especially for kids who want to run around and have fun.They are the clothing equivalent of an elegant car with 50-100 year old technology.

On the other hand, wool is a very effective material as an insulation or base layer under a protective outer shell.

Girls winter coats  |  Boys winter coats

  • 3-in-1 Jackets
    Boys'  |  Girls'

  • Waterproof rain over pants - for extended time spent in the rain or especially when playing in snow
    Kids'

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    Top Children's Insulated Winter Jackets - Parkas
    more children's winter jackets

    Columbia Powder Lite Puffer JacketColumbia Powder Lite Puffer Jacket
    Synthetic insulation, machine washable, water resistant, windproof outer. Toddler to teen sizes.
    Buy: Boys  Girls

    The North Face Reversible Perrito JacketThe North Face Reversible Perrito Jacket
    Synthetic insulation, water resistant, windproof outer, plain color one side, print on the other. Toddler to teen sizes.
    Buy: Boys | Girls
    from Moosejaw


    Columbia Boys' Lightning Lift Jacket Columbia Boys' Lightning Lift Jacket
    Synthetic insulation, waterproof & windproof outer, print on the other. Toddler to teen sizes
    Buy:
    Amazon

    Sportoli Girls' Winter Heavy Quilt Padded Puffer Jacket Plush Lined Hooded CoatSportoli Girls' Winter Heavy Quilt Padded Puffer Jacket
    Long, warm, snuggly, water resistant, hooded parka with faux fur trim
    Buy:
    Amazon


    The North Face Boys Gotham JacketThe North Face Boys' Gotham Jacket
    Wind and waterproof, 550 down-filled, faux fur, bomber style jacket
    Buy:
    Amazon

    The North Face Gotham Jacket Girl'sThe North Face Gotham Jacket Girls'
    Wind and waterproof, 550 down-filled, faux fur, elasticated waist
    Buy: Amazon


    Canada Goose Youth Logan ParkaCanada Goose Youth Logan Parka
    Serious winter warmth, 625 down filled, detachable fur ruff, easy care, sleeves grow by 1.5" with your child
    Buy: Amazon

    Canada Goose Girl's Alexandra Parka Canada Goose Girls' Alexandra Parka
    Serious winter warmth, down filled, detachable fur ruff, easy care, sleeves grow by 1.5" with your child
    Buy: Amazon

    Top Children's 3 in 1 Jackets
    more children's 3 in 1 winter jackets

    Columbia Boys' Bugaboo Interchange JacketColumbia Bugaboo Interchange Jacket
    Waterproof, breathable shell + fleece liner, lots of color options
    Buy: Boys  Girls

    The North Face Boundary Triclimate JacketThe North Face Boundary Triclimate Jacket
    Snowsports jacket, waterproof outer and insulated inner, many color options and sizes from littlies to teens
    Buy: Boys  Girls


    Gerry 3-in-1 System Hooded Jacket & Beanie for BoysGerry 3-in-1 System Hooded Outer Jacket, Inner Jacket & Beanie for Boys
     Two insulated jackets that can be zipped together with matching beanie
    Buy: Amazon

    Gerry Girl's 3-in-1 Systems All Weather Jacket with BeanieThe Gerry Girls' 3-in-1 Systems All Weather Jacket with Beanie
     Two insulated jackets that can be zipped together with matching beanie
    Buy:
    Amazon


    ZeroXposur Boys' Wooster 3 in 1 Systems Jacket ZeroXposur Boys' Wooster 3 in 1 Systems Jacket
    Water resistant outer with contrasting synthetic insulated inner jacket, machine wash
    Buy: Amazon

    ZeroXposur Girls' Emmeline 3 in 1 Systems JacketZeroXposur Girls' Emmeline 3 in 1 Systems Jacket
    Water resistant outer with contrasting synthetic insulated inner jacket, faux fur hood trim, machine wash
    Buy: Amazon


    Under Armour Boys' ColdGear Reactor Wayside 3-in-1 JacketUnder Armour Boys' ColdGear Reactor Wayside 3-in-1 Jacket
    Waterproof, breathable shell with fully taped seams + synthetic insulated liner
    Buy
    : Amazon

    Under Armour Outerwear Girls' CGR Wayside 3-In-1Under Armour Outerwear Girls'' CGR Wayside 3-In-1
    Waterproof, breathable shell with fully taped seams + synthetic insulated liner
    Buy:/strong> Amazon