I know, it’s just mid-August. The temperatures are still steamy and the sun is high and hot.
Warm, waterproof, weatherproof outerwear is probably just about the last thing on your mind.
But it shouldn’t be, because in just about 60 days the 2016-17 ski season will get underway and you’ll want to be prepared.
So today, I’ve got a review and giveaway of the new Edus kid’s mono suit from Tobe Outerwear.
Introducing Tobe Outerwear
Tobe Outerwear was founded in Northern Sweden in 2001. The founder’s goal was to create a line of super-durable backcountry gear that could be used every day of the winter, if necessary.
With a sense of humor, they created a company motto.
The men and women that choose our path and follow our trails are Vikings. They are not
afraid of the cold or the wilderness.
These modern-day Vikings belong in the backcountry and thrive in the wild, be it on a
snowboard, a snowmobile or a pair of skis.
We keep them warm, dry and safe because it is what we do.
In addition to appealing to each of our inner-Vikings, I love this because what they aim to do is so fundamental: they aim to keep us warm, dry and safe. Tobe Outerwear is not about the latest style or trendiest color. It is about solid performance and function.
The Children’s Edus Mono Suit
The mono suit is a signature piece of the Tobe Outerwear line for adults. Although the company sells really good-looking jackets and highly functional bib ski pants, their unisex mono suits are what set them apart from competitors.
Crafted to be 100% windproof and 100% waterproof, the mono suits are made of 2 layer Cordura fabric with a breathable weatherproof membrane, sealed seams, multiple adjustment points for the best fit and no (as in none) insulation. The adult mono suits are for weather protection only and require smart layering underneath.
The new children’s version is different.
While it features the same high-protection breathable inner membrane as the adults suits, it has a full body, ultrasoft fleece lining. This lining was the first thing I noticed (other than how darn cute the suit is) when it arrived. It is soft and thick and totally cuddly.
Other features of the kids’ suit include sealed seams, an adjustable, removable hood, adjustable cuffs, three outside pockets, snow gaiters and a long front zipper to ease putting it on and taking it off.
For this season, the Edus is available in three colors (Dark Olive, Legion Blue and Raspberry Radiance) in sizes for 2 – 10 years. You can find the suit online beginning in mid-August or at KidSport in Vail, Colorado.
As for care, it’s super easy. Tobe Mono Suits can be washed in regular detergent and tumble dried on low.
What I Think (That is, the Review)
As I said above, when I opened up the box from Tobe, I was struck first by how darn cute this suit is. Sized to fit a 4-5 year old, it’s roomy, a little on the heavy side (thanks to ultra-durable exterior fabric) and as soft as a giant stuffed animal.
The fleece is, in a word, fantastic. I could totally imagine my sons at this age putting this on and not wanting to take it off.
Plus, it’s got style. Color blocking details on the back and legs add interest, as well as additional durability at the knees and lower legs. Coordinating zippers and the Tobe name on the right sleeve along with several strips of reflective fabric give the suit an athletic look.
Basically, this suit is an adult version, scaled down for kids, with no shortcuts. Or as a Tobe representative told me, “the goal in creating the Edus Mono Suit is to foster the next generation of winter sport enthusiasts when they are at the ideal age to start learning a new skill. Instead of focusing on being cold or wet, young children will now have the opportunity to put their full attention towards pursuing the same passions as the rest of the family, thanks to wearing gear that will not let them down.”
I couldn’t agree more.
As for the mono suit design, it’s foreign to me. I’ve never worn a one-piece ski suit. When my sons ski raced, they wore one piece speed suits and our experience with stuffing them into and pulling them out of sweaty, cold, lycra-infused fabric was less than positive (still, the suits had their function).
Obviously, the Edus mono suit is the total opposite of those race suits. It’s roomy, the long zipper makes it easy to put on and take off and if a child takes a tumble, there is no risk of snow working its way in between jacket and pants. It seems like a very warm option for children’s ski wear.
On the downside, there is less versatility. Your kids can’t wear just the pants with a hoody on spring days, or lengthen the arms or cuffs as they grow. There’s no working around the fact that when the mono suit is outgrown, it’s outgrown.
Being well-made, however, the suit should last through multiple seasons passed down to multiple kids.
All-in-all, it’s a solid choice for families that ski, ride, snowmobile and recreate in the coldest, wettest weather.
Today, we’re giving away a Legion Blue Edus mono suit for sizes 4-5 years of age. This suit is a brand-new product sample and is slightly different from the models that will be sold this fall. Most significantly, this model doesn’t have the leg snow gaiters, although it does have loops to keep the pant legs firmly in place.
To enter, please leave a comment about how your family prepares for winter. Or share with us your best tips for keeping kids warm.
For a second entry, please “like” Tobe Outerwear on Facebook.
Two winners will be randomly chosens on Friday, August 26, 2016 from all eligible entries. One will be a US address and one will be a Canadian address, so please let me know where you are from!
Other Tobe Gear
While this post focuses on the new children’s Edus mono suit, I also received some Tobe Capto Undercuff gloves to review. Another unisex model, they run slightly larger than I anticipated (I got a medium) which is okay because I almost always wear liners anyway. I like the soft leather palm and the durable fabric and membrane — the same 100% windproof and 100% waterproof construction as the mono suits. I’m looking forward to trying them when the cold north winds do blow.
Many thanks to Tobe Outerwear for providing product samples to facilitate this review and giveaway. As always, all opinions are my own and are exactly what I would tell my family and friends.
More Kids’ Winter Gear:
- Gear Review: Bollé Helmets and Goggles for Kids, March 14, 2016.
- How to Save Big on Kids’ Ski and Ride Gear, August 29, 2013.
- Teach Your Kids to Ski, January 13, 2016.
- Gifts for Skiing Kids from WinterKids.com, December 2, 2015.
- Need New Ski Gear? Tips for Knowing When It’s Time, July 27, 2015.
- Introducing Stripes Gear Baselayers for the Family, January 21, 2015.
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