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Questions related to products and dressing children
Reima® outfits are dimensioned according to the size of the child plus room for growth for one season. This means, for instance, that an outfit bought in the autumn should fit comfortably through the winter. An overall is just right if, when the child crouches, there is still some slack in the back. The sleeves are of adequate length when the wrists are not exposed when the child lifts his hands up.
The child’s build is a crucial factor in choosing a size with enough room for growth. If you buy one size larger than the child’s current height, do pay attention to the adjustability of the outfit. To avoid wear in the trouser legs, use the leg end adjustment to keep them ankle height, while adjusting the waist to fit just right.
Garments that are too big make it difficult for children to move and can feel uncomfortable. Rolled-up pant legs can get caught under the heel and wear away. It is a good idea not to buy too much room for growth. Reima products can usually be reused by several kids.
Dressing in layers means using several different layers of clothing. There may be several layers if the weather demands them. However, three main layers are normally used: the base layer, the mid layer and the cover layer, which provides protection from the weather.
Base and mid layers can be put on and taken off in accordance with the weather conditions and the child's activity. The covering outfit should be sufficiently loose as the warmth of the clothing is based on air trapped between the layers. Different materials and accessories are very important in regulating warmth.
We have revised our Play Layers system in autumn 2017 and made it easier to use. The new system features a new snap band with new kind of snaps, and also the distance between the snaps is different from the old version. However, the new system is handier than the old one, as you don’t have to turn the mid layer garment inside out anymore before attaching it to the outerwear.
Breathable fabric enables very active children to feel comfortable. The moisture that builds up on the skin during physical activity is able to escape through small pores in the fabric rather than remaining on the skin and making the child feel cold. Moist skin gets cold up to 20 times more quickly than dry skin, so the best waterproof materials are also breathable. Material breathability is expressed in g/m2/24 hours: the number of grams of moisture the fabric allows through an area of one square metre in one day.
Our selection contains products of different types and levels, designed with specific uses in mind. We have divided these into three different categories to make it easier for you to compare them and find the right product for the right situation.
- Reima-level products are a reliable choice for everyday outdoor activities. Reima collection also offers base layer garments, innerwear and mid layers that let you adjust the thermal comfort of the whole outfit.
- Reimatec outfits work whatever the weather – these products are breathable and waterproof, and all of the seams are taped.
- Reimatec+ products are designed for active winter sports and they have top-notch technical features as well as plenty of sporty details.
You can check the product's tag or product card online for precise technical details.
Waterproof material is not the same as a completely waterproof outfit. The Reimatec material itself is waterproof, as are the taped seams in Reimatec outfits. Reimatec clearly exceeds the classification for a waterproof material: In accordance with the standard on protective clothing, the limit for declaring rain-proof clothing to be waterproof is 1,300 mm of water pressure, and experts say that 4,000 mm should be enough to cope with sitting in puddles.
Even if the material of an outdoor outfit is completely waterproof, moisture may be able to get inside the clothes at the ankles, wrists and neck. Zips are also not waterproof so if there are protective flaps over the zips, they should be kept shut when it rains.
Reimatec gloves are available in winter and mid-season versions and these are also completely waterproof. They have a waterproof, breathable membrane between the outermost fabric and the lining.
The fabrics of our outdoor products can withstand stain salts and stain removal agents. However, stain removal agents should only be used to treat the soiled areas because some of these substances are powerful and an excessively large dose may cause colours to fade. Solvents such as acetone or nail varnish remover are not suitable for fabrics made from artificial fibres.
Yes, they can. Reimatec fabrics have a water- and dirt-resistant surface finishing that prevents water droplets from attaching themselves to the surface of the fabric or being absorbed into the fabric. The finishing treatment also reduces the ability of dirt to attach itself to the fabric. However, this finishing is only on the surface of the fabric and it wears away the more the garment is washed. The fabric's water-resistance can be improved using finishing agents sold in shops. When shopping for finishing agents, make sure that they do not contain silicon and that they are suitable for breathable textiles.
Reima considers children’s health extremely important. That is why we have set strict limits on the amounts of chemicals that can be found in our products. We haven’t invented these limit values ourselves: we follow the EU REACH list of restricted chemicals, and comply to the limit values set by the Oeko-Tex 100 standard.
The Reima® Newborn collection designed for small babies is so safe and clean that you could even eat it :) The outdoor fabrics that we use are treated to make them dirt-resistant, thereby saving water, energy and detergent. Our surface treatment is a safe, PFOA-free fluorocarbon compound. The surface treatments of Reimatec products do not contain controversial fluorinated hydrocarbons of any type.
We’d be pleased to send you a waterproof patch to repair a Reima product which is less than 1 year old. Please send a picture of the product and washing tag to our customer service. All colors are not available so we will send the closest possible color.
Primarily you should contact the place of purchase (along with the receipt). We will do our best to handle your matter urgently.
In winter, it is a good idea to dress in layers.
When the temperature drops below 50 °F, it is usually a good idea to wear a hat and gloves . As it gets colder, the hands and head require more protection with breathable accessories that let moisture out. Air is the best insulator – clothes that are too tight will not provide warmth.
Gloves should have space for additional mittens and footwear should have space for a second pair of socks. The younger the children, the warmer they should be dressed. Babies who sleep in prams need an extra layer of warmth – a sleeping bag or a very warm blanket. Increase the warmth of the outfit the longer you plan on being outside. When appropriate, use lighter-weight clothing for children who are moving and playing actively. This helps to ensure that they do not sweat too much.
At freezing point; Avoid over-dressing children who move around a lot. Headwear should be warm, light and breathable, and not too densely woven. A thin woolly hat is a great choice for hectic activities. For children who are outside for a long time without being particularly active, quilted outfits can be used when the temperature drops below 40°F.
When children play, mud goes flying and clothes get dirty, and that is exactly how it should be. We have developed our products to make them ever more practical without forgetting the environmental aspect. Reima outfits are dirt-resistant and easy to care for, and they do not contain harmful chemicals. You will save energy, water, detergent and time – you will spend less time doing laundry and have more time to be outside! The following are a few proven washing tips to make everyday life that little bit easier. Be sure to always check the care instructions on the product's labels.
All Reima products are easy-care and dirt-repellent, so they do not need to be washed as often – just spray off the dirt with a splash of water or simply wipe clean.
If clothes get really dirty, wash them inside out at 105° F, don't use fabric softener.
Dry inside out at room temperature.
Products marked with the “tumble dry” symbol can be tumble-dried or cabin-dried at a low temperature.
Mittens dry quick if you turn them inside out, but be careful not to tear off the lining.
Outerwear and shoes will repel water and dirt even better if you use a protective spray on them.
To improve water and dirt repellence, tumble-dry the garment for ca. 15 minutes. This is OK for all garments, even if regular tumble-drying is not allowed (except rainwear, which is not surface-finished).
The testing and quality development of our products is done in Finland, where Reima's roots are. For example, the abrasion resistance of the fabrics are tested with a Martindale test: the testing equipment rubs the surface of the fabric with sandpaper, until a few of the threads break. The water pillar value is tested with a pressure test; for example the value 10 000 mm means, that the fabric can withstand the pressure of a fictional 10 meter long pillar of water on top of it, before it let's any water through it.
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