Girls' Squall® 3-in-1 Waterproof Parka
Two Great Pieces that Don't Go Great Together
I bought these coats (one for my daughter, one for my son) last winter when they were on clearance and got a great price. I like the fleece liner and I like the waterproof outer shell. I like the idea of having a multi-purpose jacket, eliminating the need to buy separate rain coats. However, when I put the liner together with the shell, the sleeves are too narrow which makes the fit uncomfortable. Additionally, the fleece sleeves tend to grab whatever layer your child is already wearing and bunch it up around their elbows. Living in New England, our kids wear layers and it is impossible to wear this jacket full assembled with a sweater on. If you live somewhere with moderate temperatures and tend to just wear long sleeve shirts in the winter, you might be okay. But in our case, it is a dealbreaker. The kids also have a tough time taking the jacket off independently due to the clingy fleece and narrow sleeves. The elastic in the sleeves of the fleece and the liner fits snugly against their wrists, which is great for keeping out snow, but makes putting on snow mittens a bear. After a month of occasional wear with the liner and the complaints/crying from my kids, I have resorted to buying new jackets from another company. I was planning to return these, but I got such a deal I plan to keep them for use in more moderate weather and to wear the fleece as an additional layer.
December 13, 2013
Granddaughter loves it!
We have always bought the down jackets before and I was hesitant about ordering this one - the down jackets are not as good as they previously were and I actually sent one back last year. There was no need for me to worry because with the zip-out fleece jacket inside this one is just great. She has been in and out all yesterday and today playing in the ice and snow here in Texas! The sizing is perfect for her and there is room for other layers under the jacket. I definitely would recommend the jacket.
December 7, 2013
Okay, but not a perfect fit for my little one.
The apperance was beautiful. However, the sleeves were too long on this jacket and the upper arm area also needed more room for flexibility, which would in turn also accomodate room for the fleece. However, I do recommend the Girls' System Stormer Fleece Parka, this was a better fit and worked out great.
November 25, 2013
I really like that the shell has a lining - makes it much more versatile. The polar fleece lining is once of the nicest I have seen. I would put it up against a Patagonia fleece any day! I have one of these for my 4 year old boy and my 7 year old girl. Great coats.
October 28, 2013
This jacket is a nice color and great fit.
I bought this jacket for my granddaughter. She loves the 3-in-1 features. She was also very excited about the thumb hooks so snow will not get up her sleeves.
October 18, 2013
Incredibly Awesome Jacket
My youngest granddaughter plays competitive, traveling soccer. We live in a milder climate most of the year, so the zip out fleece liner is a stand-alone favorite for those chilly workout days. Faced with hostile climates in areas she travels to play in, the Parka with the fleece zipped in works perfectly. She can put the hood up and keep rain and cold wind from penetrating. She loves the grow-a-long sleeves with the thumb holes. When she first opened the gift box and pulled out the jacket, she was ecstatic! Her mom loves that it is machine washable. It gave me a great deal of pleasure to know I had purchased a gift that was comfortable, versatile, easy-care, multi-use, had lots of storage pockets, and SHE LOVED it!!!
September 15, 2013
Decent Jacket - but the Sleeves!
Like other reviewers, I love the jacket, but the sleeves are a HUGE problem. My 7 year old (who is tall and skinny) received this as a gift in Big Girl Small. Even so, the sleeves are way to long and she complains all the time about not being able to get her arm in the fleece lining while it is attached to the parka. The fleece by itself is fine, but I think the sleeves of the parka are too narrow to comfortably fit the fleece and an arm in it. The fleece lining is constantly being twisted around inside the parka and she can never get her arm in or out without a big production.
And now that it's Spring, she shed the parka and has been wearing just the fleece - the zipper fell off. I will be sending this back. I don't know if I have to send the whole jacket or just the fleece.
The jacket did keep her warm throughout our cold winter and during the ski season.
May 9, 2013
It doesn't fit well
I was so excited when I saw this jacket (size 7/8) at my local store for less than 1/3 of the price! I immediately bought it and I was surprised when my 7year old (currently wears a 6x jacket) put it on and the sleeves were a little too long (not a big deal for me) but the waist was very narrow. I know it has to be fitted but I thought the zipper was going to break if she sat down (specially if she has a sweater inside). I guess if your daughter is really skinny and tall this jacket could be perfect. I will have to return it :(
February 5, 2013
I love this coat!! It is very well made and very versatile. The material is very durable.
January 2, 2013
great for my toddler
This jacket is great for my toddler! She is 3 years old, and the 4T fits her great, with a little room to grow! She used just the fleece in the fall, and uses both jackets in the winter. It keeps her really warm. I like that it's long, so that when she plays in the snow, it protects her. We both love the color!
January 1, 2013