Softshell vs thermal outerwear - what should I choose?

As we enter a new season, it can be difficult to choose what kind of outerwear to get for your child. That decision is made even harder when in-between seasons, as the outerwear needs to keep your child warm and dry but at the same time also be breathable and durable enough to withstand hours of outdoor play. We've compiled a list of benefits for both softshell and thermal outerwear, so that you can decide what best suits your child's needs.

Why choose softshell?

There are lots of great reasons why you should choose a softshell jacket or suit for your child. Softshell is often used in-between seasons, where the weather tends to shift between cold and warm temperatures. Softshell has become very popular in most daycares and schools, as it's got many great benefits. A softshell suit from NAME IT is both waterproof, windproof, durable and breathable, which makes softshell perfect for in-between seasons.

Softshell suits are known for being lightweight and comfortable, and at the same time softshell gives your child the freedom to move, as the suits are made of a soft material. The softshell suits are used as the outermost layer and are often used in spring and autumn. A softshell suit isn't insulating, but since it's windproof it still protects against the cold.

When you have active kids who love to play in nature, it's important they have outerwear that's breathable and can withstand a lot of wear and tear. Our softshell suits and jackets are waterproof op to 8000 mm, windproof and breathable up to 3000 g/m/24h. In addition, the suits are reinforced around the knees and rear, and have detachable foot straps and reflectors - perfect for active kids who love to go on new adventures in the wild. Softshell suits are one of the most versatile types of outerwear, as they can be used during those times of year where the weather is most unpredictable.

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Why choose thermal outerwear?

It's especially the versatility that makes thermal outerwear popular among parents, as you can use the jacket and the trousers separately. Thermal outerwear sets have a high insulating ability, which ensures that your child stays warm during hours of play. A thermal outerwear set is ideal as a middle layer under rainwear, or it can be used in the warmer months when rain isn't constantly looming and the kids only need lightweight outerwear.

Choose based on your child's needs

At NAME IT, we often see that softshell is preferred over the thermal outerwear set, which was previously one of the favourites among children and their parents. This is mainly due to the fact that the softshell suits have many good features, like being windproof, breathable and waterproof (up to a certain degree). In addition, the suits also don't separate in the middle, meaning that the belly isn't exposed to the cold, and sand doesn't get in the trousers.

A thermal outerwear set is very versatile, as it can be used as a middle layer under either a snow suit or rainwear. Since the thermal outerwear set is a two-piece suit, your child can wear the jacket or trousers separately as needed, without having to wear a full suit. It's also easier for your child to maintain a comfortable temperature. However, thermal outerwear sets aren't waterproof or windproof, and therefore can't guard against unpredictable weather as well as softshell outerwear can.

If you're still uncertain about what you should choose, you can ask your daycare or school about what they prefer and have the best experiences with. Whether you choose a softshell or a thermal outerwear set for your child, we have a wide selection of suits and jackets in beautiful and cool prints and colours, so your child can choose the one that matches their style the best.

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