Good Gear: Rugged North Outfitter and the “Kidz Grow” system


Insulated Coverall, by Rugged North Outfitter.

Darn those kids, anyway, for having the nerve to grow two sizes in a single year, leaving parents like me suddenly in a clothing lurch. Am I the only one who has a child whose growth spurts also happen during the shoulder seasons – those wet, chilly times of year when it could rain or snow, or both, then project brilliant sunshine upon the earth? Whoa, now, AK Kid, what do you mean, the rain pants we purchased last fall don’t fit anymore? And that jacket – why does the bottom hem reach your belly button?

Does this sound like you? Do you have Seasonal Attire Disorder? Then check out my latest find from Rugged North Outfitter, providers of tougher-than-a-nine-year-old gear and the helpful Kidz Grow system. We loved the Barn Coat last fall, and were quite happy to receive a pair of Insulated Coveralls just as Alaska Break Up season showed up in March, last year. Now, with an extended autumn slowly transitioning into winter, we’ve been getting bonus wear out of these hardy, warm, and pretty fun-looking overalls.

Here’s what we like: 

– Overalls are handy, and AK Kid likes to pull them on for a romp in the great outdoors with his neighborhood pals, or toss over his school clothing at recess. Featuring a roomy fit, but still allowing for ease of movement for all the soccer-playing, tree-climbing stuff boys do, these overalls are nice to have on particularly muddy days.

– These babies are warm, really warm. Surprising, since they did not feel heavy, but AK Kid swore he was “melting” after a few jogs back and forth along a trail. After showing him how to fold down the top and tie the arms around his waist, he felt better and now thinks that’s the coolest way to wear them.

– Kidz Grow is brilliant. Along with other retailers who have figured out the secret to keeping parents happy while they spend copious amounts of money on gear to keep kids warm and dry, Kidz Grow brand gets it right, adding 1.5 inches to both sleeve and leg length with release of a pleat. For AK Kid, who is long and lean, it is a selling point I can’t ignore.

– Durability is a plus, with double knee patches, extra stitching, and rip-stop cotton fabric that so far has held up to sliding down a hill, digging a trench, and shoveling a wet, snowy driveway. AK Kid also digs the Realtree design, finding it to be perfect cover during a game of “Predator and Prey.” Of course.

What remains to be seen:

– The Insulated Coverall is not meant to be waterproof, and, made of cotton, is also not meant to be a replacement for gear during activities in extremely wet conditions. We gave the product a pretty good test one spring afternoon when the snow was wet, heavy slop that soaked everything, and while the outside of the garment was pretty damp, the child inside remained warm and dry. So, while it bears more scrutiny, so far, so good.

Good news: 

– The Insulated Coverall is on sale right now, at a nice price of $61 as opposed to the regular price of $85. Check out the Rugged North Outfitter website for details.

Often, its a dance of function and fashion with kids. I’m grateful we’ve found something that appeals to AK Kid, at least for this season of growth.

(sponsored post – courtesy of Rugged North)


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