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Obermeyer iGrow: how well does it work?

post #1 of 6
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With some of the end-of-season sales going on now I've seen great sales on Obermeyer ski jackets and ski pants. I'm strongly considering buying a couple of seasons worth of ski jackets for my daughter. 

 

My question is, how well does the iGrow system actually work? Can I buy and skip sizes with a fair bit of certainty that it'll work out? For example, could I buy a size 2T and then a 4T jacket and assume that she'll be able to wear the 2T when she's 3? 

 

Thanks,

Rourke

post #2 of 6

It depends on her growth. iGrow lengthens the sleeves and pant legs by ~ 2". But if the jacket is too short or the pants waist too tight, it's not going to help.

 

We've used Obermeyer iGrow jackets and pants for my kids and think it's great. We usually got 2 seasons out of each jacket and my daughter could hand her pants down to my son, so pants would last 3-4 seasons. We did not jump sizes and just went up one size at a time. My kids are on the scrawny side so girth was never an issue. The jackets are well made and we hand them down to friends/relatives after we're done.

 

Other brands also have their own version of iGrow too e.g. Columbia, Spyder


Edited by smackboy1 - 4/10/14 at 5:30pm
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We've used Obermeyer iGrow jackets and pants for my kids and think it's great. We usually got 2 seasons out of each jacket and my daughter could hand her pants down to my son, so pants would last 3-4 seasons. We did not jump sizes and just went up one size at a time. My kids are on the scrawny side so girth was never an issue. The jackets are well made and we hand them down to friends/relatives after we're done.

 

Other brands also have their own version of iGrow e.g. Columbia, Spyder

 

Thanks -- but if you only went up a size at a time then how did you get two seasons out of each jacket?

 

For example, if you bought a 2T when your daughter was 2 and she wore it at age 2 and age 3 then how did you then not skip to size 4T? Did she fit a 3T when she was 4?

post #4 of 6

The iGrow can help a little, but it doesn't seem to add that much length.  That said, in a pinch it can get you through the rest of the season.

 

I have two girls.  They are small for their ages and grow slowly.  I bought a jacket and the Snoverall bibs for the older one.  I got the largest sizes that would work.  I had to shorten the shoulder straps on the bibs.  Each girl wore those for two seasons.  I did not snip the iGrow threads for the first girl, as I wanted to hand them down.  Finally, for season two of girl number two, I had to lengthen the sleeves and legs.  The season's almost over and it's worked OK.  I can't complain about getting four seasons out of one outfit.  The iGrow seems to have extended 3 season into 4.

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Thanks -- but if you only went up a size at a time then how did you get two seasons out of each jacket?

 

For example, if you bought a 2T when your daughter was 2 and she wore it at age 2 and age 3 then how did you then not skip to size 4T? Did she fit a 3T when she was 4?

 

My kids were not exactly growing like weeds at that age. Also, we always bought the bib pants so even if the jacket was a little shorter, no big deal. We also bought them gauntlet style gloves which, along with the extendable sleeves, helped keep them in the same jacket for 2 seasons.

post #6 of 6

I think that you could and probably should skip sizes. 2 inches is at least one size difference in length.

 

We bought an igrow size 6 jacket and bib overalls for our then 7 year old son in January 2011. He grows up pretty fast but not out. With the igrow let out he got three seasons out of them until the snow cuffs didn't fit well over his boots all the time when he was skiing and the sleeves were getting a bit short. I think that the system works really well, it's easy to use and obvious what you have to do. What was also really nice is that they didn't look let down at all.

 

This is a picture of the jacket and pants with the igrow bits let out in July 2012 (so six months or so before they got to the stage where we were looking at new gear. We went with a similar system (i.e. bits that you let down for extra length) from North Face and they are a size 10-12 which are roomy but not ridiculously so.

 

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