I’ve been asked to try out some fantastic ‘Dry Kids Red All In One‘ waterproof suits for children and, despite the beautiful weather, we managed to get them rained upon. Initially we called upon some of the rain gods, Zeus, Indra, Freyr, Bi Xing, Chaac, Tlaloc and (most importantly) Rob McKenna, but they all told us to go away and get inventive with a hose before they did!
I had two ‘Dry Kids Red All In One‘ suits to test, one for my three year old and one for my five year old. They both loved the suits and were genuinely upset that we didn’t have any rain. We still tried them on and were pleasantly surprised that they are so easy to get on and off. The zipper runs all the way from through the hem on one leg up to the chin. This is a very important feature as there will always be a time when you need to drop your child’s ‘all-in-one’ down for a toilet break and so many other suits only unzip so far and then you have to fight with a desperate, wriggling child. The zip on these ‘Dry Kids Red All In One‘ is so good even our three year old got his undone and was up on the toilet in time. The weather proofing flap at the back of the zip is really large and easy to keep from getting jammed in the zipper, something I have done with many of our children’s outdoor wear.
Okay, still no rain: so we improvised – a garden sprinkler screwed to the ceiling of our balcony worked a treat.
The ‘Dry Kids Red All In One‘ suits are lovely and bright with retro-reflective piping down either side of the hood and across the back and chest making them safe at night as well as the day. The sleeve cuffs are elasticated and worked brilliantly on our five year old but not so good on our little three year old (please read on to see why). The leg cuffs are also elasticated and stayed put near the bottom of their wellies keeping their feet and socks nice and dry for both of the boys.
As you can see, the hoods are elasticated and a nice fit all the way around the face giving a snug and full cover to the head – no rain getting down the necks of my little ones!
The material is really waterproof which is impressive at this price – a lot of water proofs we have had before had some form of rain seepage and needed extra waterproofing treatment, it was nice to see this material work as it should. The seams are sealed with a good looking weather proof seam tape and it looks like it is stuck down really firmly.
The ‘Dry Kids Red All In One‘ suits are fantastic but unfortunately we do have some criticisms: one on design and two on quality control.
The only issue we have regarding the design may not be fixable without effecting the great price of the suit. We found that, while playing with the water to fill their buckets up, our 3 year old ended up with water running down the inside of the sleeves and down his tee-shirt. Although we wouldn’t expect children to be walking through the rain while holding buckets up we do expect the smaller children to be holding our hands a lot of the time. An additional soft absorbent cuff inside the waterproof cuff might stop the ingress of rain while the children have their hands up to ours.
I think the second issue was unfortunately down to quality control. We found two problems in this area. The suit for our five year old had a couple of issues. The first noticeable one was that a seam had been re-stitched: the original stitch leaving a row of needle holes for quite some distance. These needle holes obviously compromise the integrity of the waterproofing and could have easily been sorted out by running a length of seam waterproofing tape over them on the inside of the suit. The photo below just shows a small section so you understand what I mean.
The second issue was that the seam waterproofing tape was not in the right place at the crotch of the suit. We didn’t notice this before putting it our our child and, as we took the suit off after the ‘rain’ play, we upset our son by asking him if he had wet himself (you can see why we thought this by the photo of his shorts).
I took the suit to the shower and gently ran cold water down it to discover the leak in the crotch. These sorts of problems normally only come to light part way through your holiday when you all go for a walk over the rainy downs/hills/fields etc. and end up with an upset, cold wet child halfway through the trek and nothing you can do about it.
The yellow pointers highlight the weather proofing tape and the blue pointers highlight the seam that it just misses. Although it is only a small bit of seam that is missed, it is enough for the gentle shower water to ‘drip drip drip’ through and it would take no time for a child to find it uncomfortable on a cooler day- especially if out walking.
Our three year old’s suit was perfectly made: all the stitches where they should be; no long lengths of sewing machine run off and, most importantly, the weather seam tape inside being exactly in the right place.
We had one perfect suit and one which slipped passed quality control so I would recommend to anyone buying water proof clothing to check the weather proofing seam tapes and also for any holes prior to its initial use but I recommend doing this on any waterproofs.
We think these ‘Dry Kids Red All In One‘ suits are great- the colour, brightness, price (£12.95 when writing this), fit and (not withstanding the above faults) the detail in design & functionality and, more importantly, our children love wearing them. With the above paragraph in mind, I do recommend these suits as the colour and price are superb. If Dry Kids can tighten up the quality control then, [other than the cuffs on the ‘shorter reachy up‘ children’s suits (I guess ages one to four)], these would be flawless.
Cheers for reading X
I was given the suits in order of an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.