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Layering System

Layering System

by Dallas Moore October 25, 2017 0 Comments

THE PROBLEM

Keeping your kids warm, dry and comfortable on the mountain makes a day on the slopes much more enjoyable for the entire family. Winter activities like skiing and snowboarding require high levels of exertion on the way down the mountain, followed by sedentary periods while waiting in lift lines and riding back to the top. Additionally, temperatures on the mountain can drastically change over the course of a single day. These factors can make selecting the ideal gear to keep kids comfortable and dry extremely difficult. For the purpose of this post, we will be looking at the upper body layering system.

THE OLD WAY

The ski and snowboard industry has conditioned most parents to dress their kids in a light base layer combined with an insulated hardshell jacket (a waterproof shell with insulation built in). An insulated hardshell offers very limited versatility and provides a small temperature range in which the kid will be the optimal combination of warm and dry. Warmer temperatures, or higher exertion levels will often cause the kid to overheat, and with no way to remove the insulation layer, condensation (sweat) will begin to accumulate inside of the jacket. Once the kid is wet inside of their jacket, they will become miserably cold when stationary (i.e. waiting in lift lines).  

THE SHRED DOG LAYERING SYSTEM

Our mission is to create a functional layering system specifically for kids, with input from their parents, that will allow simple body temperature regulation in a wide range of conditions to keep kids comfortable and happy.

 1) Baselayer (worn next-to-skin)

  • Mid weight, moisture wicking material with an extremely soft hand feel.

2) Insulation (keeps kids warm, can zip into hardshell)

  • Synthetic Insulation for increased breathability during exertion. Extremely packable when not in use.

3) Hardshell (outermost layer, keeps kids dry)

  • Waterproof and breathable with high levels of durability.

SHRED DOG Layering System

Our insulation layer will be styled and designed to function as a stand alone piece, and will be sold as a stand alone piece. If you prefer to only have one jacket to keep track of instead of two (hardshell + insulation), we plan to incorporate the ability to zip the insulation layer into the hardshell jacket, allowing the two pieces to be connected and function together as a "3-in-1" jacket. (A 3-in-1 jacket can be worn as a hard shell by itself, insulation layer by itself, or the hardshell and insulation zipped together and connected).

3 LAYERS?!

I know what you are thinking: 3 layers are going to be so much harder to put on my kid than 2 ... but the ability to add or remove layers based on fluctuating temperatures and exertion levels will keep you and the rest of the family on the mountain longer while making your time there so much more enjoyable.

If 3 layers are difficult to manage with your kid, you can zip the insulation into the hardshell and have them function together as one piece. With our design, you are always only a zip away from being able to regulate your kids body temperature.

For more on what to look for in kids winter gear, check out our Buyer Guide blog post as well. 

 




Dallas Moore
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Size Guides

SHRED DOG size guides are based on body size not garment measurements. Please note that all SHRED DOG products are designed to layer, therefore each product is cut and sized to accommodate the appropriate layers underneath it. 

In general, we have found that one size larger than the child's age is typically what most families choose to allow more room for growth. But to be sure, it is always best to measure.

Measuring Tips

To get the best fitting products please take a few minutes to measure your kid following these simple steps. For all measuring use a flexible tape.

  1. Chest - Measure horizontally across the fullest area of the chest
  2. Waist - Measure horizontally around the narrowest part of the waist, (which is about 2 inches above the belly button)
  3. Hip - With feet together measure around the fullest point of the hip,  keeping the tape measure horizontal 
  4. Inseam - Without shoes on, measure from front crotch straight down to the floor and reduce 1/2" 
  5. Height - Measure from floor straight up to the top of the head
  6. Sleeve Length - Measure from center back across shoulder point and down the arm to the wrist 

 

Girls Insulator and Outerwear Products

All Measurements are in inches.

 SIZE 4 5 6 S (8) M (10) L (12) XL (14)
CHEST 22 - 23 23 - 24 24 - 25.5 26 - 27.5 28 - 30 30.5 - 32.5 33 - 34.5
SLEEVE LENGTH
21
22
23 - 24
25 - 26
27 - 28
29 - 30
30 - 31
WAIST 21.5 22 22.5 - 23 23 - 24 24.5 - 26 26.5 - 28 28.5 - 29.5
HIP 22 23 23 - 24 24 - 27.5 28 - 29.5 30 - 31.5 32 - 33.5
INSEAM 17.5 - 18 18.5 - 19 20 - 22 22.5 - 24.5 27.5 - 28.5 29 - 30 30 - 31.5
HEIGHT RANGE 41 - 42 43 - 46 46.5 - 49.5 50 - 53.5 54 - 57.5 58 - 62 62.5 - 65

 

  Girls Seamless Baselayers

All Measurements are in inches.

 SIZE XS/S (4 - 6) S/M (8 - 10) M/L (12 - 14)
CHEST 22 - 25.5 26 - 30 30.5 - 34.5
SLEEVE LENGTH
21 - 24
25 - 28
29 - 31
WAIST 21.5 - 23 23 - 26 26.5 - 29.5
HIP 22 - 24 24 - 29.5

30 - 33.5

INSEAM 17.5 - 22 22.5 - 28.5 29 - 31.5
HEIGHT RANGE 41 - 49.5 50 - 57.5 58 - 65

 

Boys Insulator and Outerwear Products

All Measurements are in inches.

SIZE 4 5 6 S (8) M (10) L (12) XL (14)
CHEST 22 - 23 23 - 24 24 - 25.5 25.5 - 27 27.5 - 29.5 30 - 32 32.5 - 34
SLEEVE LENGTH
21 22 23 - 24 25 - 26 27 - 28 29 - 30 30 - 31
WAIST 21.5 22 22.5 - 23 23.5 - 24.5 25 - 26.5 27 - 28.5 29 - 30
HIP 22 23 23 - 24 24 - 27.5 27.5 - 29 29.5 - 31 31.5 - 33
INSEAM 17.5 - 18 18.5 - 19 20 - 22 22.5 - 24.5 25.5 - 27 27.5 - 28.5 29 - 30
 HEIGHT RANGE 41 - 42 43 - 46 46.5 - 49.5 50 - 53.5 54 - 57.5 58 - 62 62.5 - 65

   

Boys Seamless Baselayers

All Measurements are in inches.

SIZE XS/S S/M M/L
CHEST 22 - 25.5 25.5 - 29.5 30 - 34
SLEEVE LENGTH
21 - 24 25 - 28 29 - 31
WAIST 21.5 - 23 23.5 - 26.5 27 - 30
HIP 22 - 24 24 - 29 29.5 - 33
INSEAM 17.5 - 22 22.5 - 27 27.5 - 30
HEIGHT RANGE 41 - 49.5 50 - 57.5 58 - 65