Product Type: Parallel Hunter Original
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A satisfactory, supportive snow shoe suitably stopping slush
Parallel Blizzard Kids Snow Boots
Member Name: carlz2001uk
Parallel Blizzard Kids Snow Boots
Advantages: Warm, supportive, waterproof, good value
Disadvantages: None for me
With an imminent week in Lapland looming, we have been frantically hunting out suitable clothing and footwear for the four of us, but an emphasis has been made by me on children's clothing. Despite the surprise and magic of it all (we aren't actually going to tell them until we arrive at the airport on Boxing Day - eeeek!), I'm getting slightly nervous about the temperatures, with estimates for December of between -30 and -50, I'm worrying that I'm being a terrible parent by even contemplating taking them somewhere so cold. I had been looking for snowboots for them, when I remembered that we had some snow boots for them last year (we leave in Queensbury which is the highest point in Bradford and Halifax and absolutely horrendous for snow) and they were absolutely brilliant.
I immediately dug them out of the attic and set out finding them online again. I was delighted when I found them online at mountainwarehouse.com (my new best friend!) for £24.99, £15 less than the full RRP and £15 less than I paid for them last year! I only needed one pair as the ones that fit my eldest daughter last year, now fit my youngest (result). Unfortunately, they only had them in black, dark grey or light grey (unlike the pink ones that we managed to get hold of last year), but for the price I wasn't too bothered about this.
The warmth and comfort these snow boots provide are excellent, they have a synthetic sheepskin lining inside so feet stay cosy warm despite the freezing temperatures, and there is also an isodry liner which allows the boots to stay waterproof while still allowing the foot to breathe. They had previously tried some snow boots on in Next, but they seemed to provide the comfort and the waterproof aspect but they didn't seem to let the foot breathe. There is also a padded outer nylon lining which gives the boot its padding and offers comfort and support. Although we have yet to travel to Lapland, both children did venture outside last year in some pretty deep snow, but their feet remained dry and supported. The elasticated lacing offers a nice little touch but also allows the boot to be adjusted to tighten to the feet, meaning that narrow feet (which my children suffer from) aren't a problem. They sit just above the ankle and are supportive to the foot.
The sole of the shoe provides a sturdy grip, and we didn't have any slipping or falling in the snow at all last year (something that seems to happen every year, so obviously works). The extra touch of the reflective toe cap is a nice one, meaning they are seen in darker conditions (although where there is snow involved, they are normally heard before they are seen anyway!).
The one thing I will say about these boots (as with any snowboots really), is that they are usually quite a tight fit once you have thick winter / snow socks on, so I would recommend opting for a size higher than is needed.
Since the weather has turned this last week or so, I have been making my girls wear them as much as possible, just to make sure they are going to be okay for them in Lapland. They have been to the playground, on muddy walks, etc, and they can be used for so many more uses rather than just in snow, so they are quite versatile.
The lightweight half a kilo weight are perfect for tiny feet.
Summary: 5 stars