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Regatta Kids Stormbreak Over Trousers

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Brand: Regatta / Sport Type: Equestrian

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      15.03.2011 19:24
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      An OK buy (if you roll the bottoms right up)

      The younger sprog, who is 16 months old, likes to walk now and has taken to staggering around in the back garden. I would take him out to stroll in the streets but due to a total breakdown in any useful function on the part of the wardening patrols run by Stroud District Council, round here they are quite literally awash in, (with apologies for use of the term) - dog faeces. And the sprog still tends to sit down while walking quite a lot, so that's out.

      Unfortunately my back garden has a lot of water and muddy earth in it at this time of year which tends to besmirch the younger sprog when he sits down in it, hence the need for waterproof trousers, of which I am not generally - due to their noisy rustling character and all round non-breatheableness - the greatest of fans.

      These Karrimor waterproof youth trousers were the cheapest option I could find selling new on Ebay, where I purchased a pair for just under £7 from an online retailer, including post and packing. Imagine my dismay when I discovered that you can buy them from amazon.co.uk for just over a fiver (but then, add P&P costs to that and you'll end up approximately the same). They are available in the usual range of waterproof trouser colours: dull green, navy blue and black, and come in age-appropriate size ranges, starting with the smallest, which we've got - which are intended for two year old children, of up to 93cm in height.

      This waterproof pants is a basic pair of loose over-trousers - extremely roomy, with an elasticated waist. At the hem near the foot there's a push-stud that can be used to reduce the width of flare, and the 'fabric-care' tag at the inside back of the waist is attached to an inordinately large flap of waterproof material. There's so much material here that I thought this might actually be a coin-pouch or intended for your two year old to put his keys in or some such; but no: it's just a mystifyingly large flap of waterproof stuff. I don't know why that's there.

      The trousers are OK but even bearing in mind that the two-year-old sized pants are going to be a bit big for my 16 month old, I think the sizing must be completely out. From the top of the trousers - ie. between the gusset and elasticated waist band - the measurement is about 10 inches, which is comparable with the measurement of the trousers that I myself, a size 16 40 year old woman, would wear. I could probably justabout get into these Karrimor trousers myself (though I doubt I'd be able to get out of them again). I can understand that that trousers like these are made big so they can be worn over layers underneath, but this pair is so vast it's just nutty.

      Still, by rolling the legs up to the extent that the trousers resemble a giant pair of shorts, the sprog can wear them (admittedly with the waistband up round his armpits), and I suspect they'll be good for him to wear for the next couple of years at least. So they were a good buy in that respect.

      The trousers are washable at 40 degrees centigrade. Apart from the sizing issue, I'd recommend these as an inexpensive pair of 'outdoor' pants for kids.

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