Review: Target Dry Kids Mac in a Sac

Ifor & Ellis standing still for once.

Apparently it’s the law that every time you see an Auntie or Great Aunt they have  to mention how much you have grown when your a kid. It used to annoy the hell out of me when I was young, but as a Dad I’m all too aware of how quickly my two little darlings are sprouting up faster than a certain Mr Jack and his beanstalk. I was pretty chuffed as a result to be sent two mac in a sac’s for review by the good folk at Target Dry as Ifor and Ellis are going through jackets every month it seems. So, being an outdoor geek, let’s take a look at what you get.

Specs

  • Waterproof, Breathable & Windproof
  • Fully Taped Seams
  • Concealed, Adjustable Hood
  • Reversed Front Zip
  • Zipped Front Pockets
  • Back Vent
  • Packs into its own sack
  • Elasticated Comfort Cuff
  • Adjustable Drawcord at Hem
  • Reflective Branding
  • 2 Year Guarantee

So far pretty standard for a waterproof jacket, but what really impressed me was the cost of them – just £20 including p&p. For those of us who like getting out and about and don’t want to spend £60+ on a decent jacket every time Damian / Esmerelda shoots up (delete as appropriate for your little poppet), these are to my mind a bargain.

The breathability is also a huge plus for me. Ifor in particular has a couple of jackets that when he runs leave him swamped with sweat inside. Don’t get me wrong, no jacket is going to ever cope with the amount of sweat he produces as a SMEALD (single minded extremely active little dude) but the breathability of 5000gsm does help. Couple that with the large vent at the back and it performs better than his other jackets. Thumbs up.

The other major plus is the fact these things are so damn light and pack in to their own bag. Taking them on and off as a result or sticking them in a rucksack in case the weather comes out to play then becomes so much simpler. As a Dad (aka packhorse) the less weight I have to carry, the more times I can throw them laughing up in the air and down again. Another thumbs up.

As a weather proof jacket I also like the fact they have a decent drawcord so when we have been out on Dartmoor and the mist & rain comes down, they can seal up to protect themselves. The hood is also a good fit in that regard with an elasticated hood and front mouth closure. Sadly you can still hear them talking through this.

As for the down side, the only thing that leaves me a little worried is the thickness of the fabric and it’s durability. As jackets get handed down between sons this does mean that it may be better value for me to get a slightly more durable jacket if these don’t last. I’ll keep you posted however and update this blog post as they get stress tested.

Speaking of which we have tested on beaches, county hills, mountains, bike rides and so far for their weight and sheer practicality they have replaced the other waterproof coats the boys have. I guess that tells you you all you need to know.

Good Stuff

- Lightweight and packable to the max.
- Breathable.
- Extremely good value for money.

Not so good stuff

-Fabric isn’t the toughest we’ve seen but we’ll update you after more adventures.

You can buy the Kid’s Mac in a Sac here in a variety of lovely colours for £19.99 direct from the Target Dry website with free postage

Old school train to the beach

Please note that Target Dry provided these jackets for free, however the views expressed as always are my own and given without fear nor favor. The value of your house can go up and down as well apparently and the contents of this blog post may be hot.

 

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  • http://www.hikinginfinland.com/ Hendrik Morkel

    Nice jackets, and great value indeed.

    • http://www.jonesnow.org/ Gareth

      Aye, that’s the humungous plus for me no longer working for an outdoor retailer ;) Hows your little ones outdoor clothing budget coming along?!

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