When you have young kids and it snows – or you live a reasonable drive from a snowy mountain – you know you’ll end up taking them out to play. For the little ones, you hope they do their deed before putting on the warm pants and snow pants, the extra socks and the boots. You hope the wind won’t put up too much of a fight as to keep their little cheeks from getting too cold and, as happened to my nine-year-old son last month, from getting frostnip. And you just might end up spending more time putting mittens or gloves back on wet hands than watching them play.
We recently had the opportunity to head up toward Mt. Hood for some snow play. After some recommendations from friends, we chose the White River West Sno-Park and were relieved at finding a parking spot fairly quickly. We were not the only ones who left the city that morning! (There is also a White River East Sno-Park a little further down the highway, but it does not boast a view of the mountain.)
This spot afforded my son some slopes to sled down with a fantastic view of Mt. Hood from a side we are not used to (and thank you to a friend for letting us borrow their sled). For my daughter, white powder was everywhere, and she wasted no time in letting herself fall back on it to produce the requisite snow bird.
We had with us to try out two new products for minimizing cold and wet hands and arms from snow play: MyMayu’s wrist gaiters and Veyo Mittyz. We started my little raccoon off with the wrist gaiters.
Made in North America from 100% waterproof recycled polyester, the wrist gaiters hold a child’s mitten or glove in place and extend up the forearm, cinching at both the wrist and arm opening with toggles. This keeps the wetness – and later shivers – out.
Playing in a hole other kids had excavated, rolling around on the snow, and picking some snow up to toss in the air, Afton’s arms stayed dry.
But it wasn’t long before her mittens became saturated with water and started to sort of droop, losing her fingers. She still played and gave no complaints of uncomfortable-ness. I don’t fault the wrist gaiters for this – the mittens stayed in place. The problem was we used mittens and not waterproof gloves. So I recommend using gloves rather than mittens for optimal play. I like the look of the wrist gaiters: sleek, a nice color that’s not too flashy (they are offered in teal or black), and visually they blend in well with the overall snow play outfit – they look like a natural part of her snow clothes. And it would be difficult for a child to take the wrist gaiters off themselves, which is a plus.
At a point when her mittens were just too wet, we decided to switch out the wrist gaiters for the pair of Veyo Mittyz with a butterfly design, which she enjoyed. (The wrist gaiters can fold up compactly, which was good for shoving them in my jacket pockets while we continue to play.)
These gloves were created for essentially the same purpose as the wrist gaiters: to keep little ones’ hands and arms dry and warm while playing in the snow. They also tighten at the wrist with a pull strap & buckle and cinch at the arm opening with a toggle. Here’s my daughter making a second snow bird:
Mittyz differ in several ways. They cover the whole hand without a separate thumb hole, which we all know getting a toddler’s thumb into a thumb hole on a glove or mitten can be a stressful moment of parenting. They can fit over the sleeves of bulkier winter jackets. And they were very easy to put on.
As she played in the snow, her hands stayed warm and dry – success! However, she seemed a little limited in using her hands to pick up snow or grab other things. The Mittyz look like and for her perhaps feel like animal paws (this is intentional – other designs for Mittyz look like tiger and dragon paws). But the freedom of movement is not as good as with MyMayu’s wrist gaiters (despite the droopy mittens).
But she was comfortable and having fun, and that’s what matters.
MyMayu’s “Summit” wrist gaiters go for $17.95 in 3 sizes (teal or black), while five designs of Veyo Mittyz go for $19.95 for size 12m or $39.95 for 2T-4T.
The boots my daughter is wearing in these photos are also from MyMayu. Here’s a review I did for their boots in March 2015.
Note: I received complimentary pairs of the wrist gaiters and Mittyz in return for an honest review.