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Boys Quilted Jacket
Member Name: jo1976
Boys Quilted Jacket
Date: 11/03/13, updated on 10/09/13 (42 review reads)
Advantages: Thick, comfortable, attractive and practical Winter coat
Disadvantages: Last season's range so no longer available in store
I do like Next clothing for my children, particularly when buying items that will see a lot of wear such as outdoor coats and jeans. I purchased this thick quilted effect padded jacket from Next for my middle son last year, in a bright eye-catching 'Teal' shade which is a greeny blue colour.
The distinctive colour of the jacket was the first thing that attracted me to it, as it ensures that my son stands out in the crowded playground, amongst a sea of sombre blacks and blues. My son was four years old at the time of purchase and liked the bold colour although I suspect a more conservative older child, like my ten year old son, might feel a little too conspicuous in such a noticeable shade although other colours are available within the same range as well as a range of sizes to accommodate quite a wide age range.
The design and fit of the coat is another reason why I like it so much. The hood fits almost like a cocoon around my son's head, reminding me more of a hooded sleeping bag than a standard coat hood! My little boy looks like a cute green eskimo snuggled into his coat and hood! The hood features toggles which help to adjust it firmly around his head and face and protects him from the worst of the elements. Being made with 100% nylon outer and thick polyester inside, this a practical Winter coat which repels water and snow whilst keeping my son snug and comfortable inside. The coat is fairly true to the size on the label and even the arm closures can be adjusted slightly, thanks to velcro straps at the end of the sleeves, although these seem to be mainly decorative as the difference achieved when these are altered seems to be pretty minimal.
From a practical parent's perspective, this coat has been sensibly designed to encourage younger children to be able to put it on and take it off independently. My son can be a little lazy when it comes to dressing himself, but has no excuses with this coat as the zip closure features a rubbery pull ring which makes it even easier for small chubby fingers to zip this up. There are also several pockets for all those precious items that kids seem to carry about with them. One of the pockets can be secured with a zip fastening whilst the others have sturdy popper closures.
Like most Next clothing, this has washed and worn well with no obvious signs of deterioration or wear and tear. I do notice that a previous reviewer has had cause to complain about the quality of the stitching although this isn't something that I've experienced any issues with and I've found that the fabric and stitching has matched my expectations of Next clothing.
I paid £30 for this coat from new in store in a branch of Next last year. As this is last season's coat, it is no longer available in branches but it would certainly be worthwhile looking at second hand suppliers or Next clearance outlet stores for such a good quality and hard wearing coat. It may well be possible to pick up this coat at a bargain price and it should see a child through the rest of the inclement and unpredictable weather.
Summary: A good quality Winter coat from Next worth taking the effort to track down