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Mittens, Liners & Socks for Toddler

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
I was wondering if any of the parents out there can give me some suggestions for some nice cozy Mittens, glove liners or ski socks for a 3 yr old.

I was looking at the Wigwam brand for socks as those seem to have sizes available for my daughter, although I don't know if that is a good brand. The mittens, I see many brands out there, but not having been in the snow with a tot before I don't know if there are any special things I should look for. Then there is glove liners. I know my hands get super cold so I have a good liner, but I can't seem to find any that will wick away moisture for tots.

Any comments or suggestions are much appreciated.
post #2 of 20
Get mittens with really long cuffs it will help.
post #3 of 20
I got a bunch of stuff from this place last year:
http://www.kidsurplus.com/
They had some wigwam socks for $5.99/each.

They have these Fox River socks, that seem pretty good:
http://www.kidsurplus.com/fox5570.html

Not sure how the price compares. They also had some snowboard socks.

They had tons of mittens.
post #4 of 20
As an instructor who specializes in kids, I can't say enough about this design. Velcro up the top.

We have the an REI house verson for my 3 year old, but I would not be surprised if they were made in the factory.
post #5 of 20
Make sure you don't get the mittens that have interior fingers. You will spend hours over the season trying to poke the fingers back into place so your child can get the mittens back on.
post #6 of 20
Get at least two pairs. No matter what, they'll get soaked. Velcro, long cuffs, gore-tex, whatever. Somehow they always get soaked. And if they aren't soaked, they are lost. (Or one is lost)

It's pretty easy to find cheap pairs of decent mittens (Kombi, etc) at discounters like TJMaxx. When my kids were younger, I just stocked up in fall at $7.99 a pair.
post #7 of 20
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the info about the velcro up mittens and I will be on the lookout to make sure there isn't any finger slots in the mittens and long cuffs. I did see one that had long cuffs and an area to "wipe" their nose. As gross as that sounds, we all know it's true.

Have any of you had any expereince with the fleece glove liners/base. I searched last night and saw a few that said they were part poly/fleece and said they wicked away moisture. Do I even need to be this concerned about the hand base layer or are kids more tolerant of this.

tief schnee, what does your 3yr old wear?
post #8 of 20
My son.. who was almost 4 when he started last year...(turned 4 later in December)... Just used some Ski Mittens. He didn't use any liners. Actually his first day out in December, it was only like 8 degrees out and windy... That was hell.. Trying to remember back..but he did have fun... Just a lot of breaks...

He only had one or 2 times during the year where his hands got real cold. Mostly his feet got cold first... Then it was time for a hot chocolate break.

One thing to make sure is dry the mittens out the evening after skiing. Those little hands can sweat in mittens... It would be real bad the next morning if the mittens aren't dry....

Also... Put them on early... if their hands start to get cold... then its hard for them to feel warm... (If you are walking outside at all before getting to a car or going to a resort, have them put the mittens on even if they don't want to).
post #9 of 20
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Originally Posted by mogulman1 View Post
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He only had one or 2 times during the year where his hands got real cold. Mostly his feet got cold first... Then it was time for a hot chocolate break.

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I don't have kids of my own, however, I do spend quality time with 4 -5 hundred of them every winter (I'm a childrens' ski instructor). Do not underestimate the importance of hot cocoa breaks. When children get cold, go inside for a while.
post #10 of 20
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Originally Posted by Alliegator View Post
...that said they were part poly/fleece and said they wicked away moisture. Do I even need to be this concerned about the hand base layer or are kids more tolerant of this. ..?
Remember to put lotion on hands, feet and face/neck before dressing the kiddo - I think it makes everything stay warmer/drier longer...
post #11 of 20
Notes of agreement:

My daughter has those same Velcro-back mittens.

Extra pair: yes! Get two matching pairs. No kid ever loses two mittens at once ....

Also: get the little clip deals that attach the mittens to the coat cuff or to each other through the sleeves.
post #12 of 20
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Originally Posted by Alliegator View Post
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tief schnee, what does your 3yr old wear?
Giro helmet, REI mittens, Patagonia fleece, bibs and jacket from The Childrens Place.
post #13 of 20
Dittos on the velcro-backed gloves and multiple sets.

And also, no three-year-old should need liners, because they shouldn't be out long enough that it would make a positive difference.
post #14 of 20
Thread Starter 

Thanks!

Thanks everyone for their input!

I ordered 2 pair of identical velcro mittens and socks, plus the clips. All great suggestions and things I would not have thought of.

I will make sure we have the lotion, sunscreen and lots of breaks too. I'm looking forward to our trip, as she is too. Bless her heart that she thinks it's around the corner because I keep buying all this gear now.

Can anyone comment on ski and boot rentals for her? I found a place in Park City, that if I rent from them, her rental is free. Can anyone see a gimmic there? Should I be looking for a particular style for her? My feelings are it's her first time and performance wise I'm just hoping she can learn to slide and possible snow plow/stop. So do the ski's at that age matter?
post #15 of 20
Your gut is correct.

Make sure that the boots are comfortable and the skis aren't too long.
post #16 of 20
I hope that he/she will be with instructors ..... check with the schools; many have an age cut off and be sure to book well in advance.
post #17 of 20
Thread Starter 
Yuki, yes she will be in ski school. I called already and got the skinny and they said they get a 1hr private instruction and play the rest of the day. I can buy an additional hour if i want, which was still less expensive then regular 3hr private instruction. We may head over to Alta sometime during our trip and I saw they have a parent/tot class. So if she enjoys the first day or so at Deer Valley, I will do that with her and hopefully learn how to slide with her. If that makes sense. I just want her to have a great time and be comfortable. Thus my questions about clothing and gear. I know if I'm cold I'm miserable.

I appreciate all the input. There are just so many things to learn about when taking on a new adventure with kids. I can tell you the ins/outs of the beach and warm weather...but not this stuff.
post #18 of 20
Sounds like you have things in perspective, unlike some parents who will view this as thing that "is going to happen".

Regarding fit, make sure she has them on and wears them in the shop for a bit and is wearing the socks she will using. Fit and comfort are going to be the key here. Emphasis on comfort.

A ski with a nice shape is a plus. My kids learned on Rossi Vipers and though a three year old is not being "taught" edging a pressure, even that will make it easier in the "pizza & french fries" game.
post #19 of 20
Make sure they are wearing one pair of light to medium weight wool socks.

Also make sure their toenails are trimmed nice and short. (you'd be surprised)
post #20 of 20
when she puts on the boots to ski, if you are the one putting them on her, make sure her longjohns and ski pants are not inside the boots, and smooth out the wrinkles in her socks. Any wrinkles, or things inside that boot that shouldn't be will lead to blisters. (If the ski school instructors are the ones doing the boot "put on," I am confident they will take care of it.)
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