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    Rippin' Rider Review Girls' Obermeyer Outfit by Piper

    Piper reviews Obermeyer's Ducky Down Jacket with Daffodil Pant and Flower Power Sweater

    Rippin' Rider Piper tests Obermeyer outerwear Mom says, "Piper is four, going on fourteen sometimes. She knows exactly what she likes and doesn't hesitate to tell you how things look and feel in her opinion. So we reviewed the outfit together, and surprisingly she likes everything about it. So do I."

    Functionality of Product: The greatest feature of the Obermeyer outerwear is that the legs grow with your child. Extra fabric has been cleverly stitched into the design, so when Piper's legs get a little longer, I'll snip a few stitches and get another inch and a half of pants! I thought a jacket and drawstring pants (as opposed to bibs) would allow too much snow inside the clothing. But the drawstring at the bottom of the jacket keeps the snow out. The pink drawstring in the waistband of the pants pulls up too (allowing a comfy fit for any child) and they both "lock" with a spring device that she likes to do herself.

    The jacket was a bit short for Piper's exploits in the snow. She would have preferred it a bit longer to keep snow out. The sweater was very warm while wearing the jacket. But it worked great on warm days when the jacket wasn't needed.

    How is it made? Well thought-out details. Down is natural, lightweight warmth for our Vermont winters. It's a little puffy, but not a problem. The outer fabric lets snow slide right off, so she stays dry a long time. Inner fabric is satin-y, pocket linings are soft, and fuzzy velvet all around the neck and chin are warm against her skin. We found 5 pockets-- big fun for a little kid. Darts and extra seams are stitched into the most stressed areas like knees and seat. A lightweight hood is tucked inside a secret pocket in the jacket back.

    Rippin Rider Piper with baby sis, testing Obermeyer outerwear Where did you use it? Piper has had fun in the clothes while skiing, snowshoeing, and sledding. We've been in the yard, in the woods behind our house, and at the ski area, no matter where we're playing the clothes get noticed by the other girls!

    Cool Factor: Like a lot of 4 year old girls, Piper likes pink and purple. She loves the raspberry-colored sweater, although it has to be real cold for her to wear any sweater. I was concerned that she wouldn't like a blue outfit with orange trim, but there's a lot of little fun details that make it a great outfit for a snow bunny: The sparkle pink flower zipper pull on the front is straight from Barbie; little flower "patches" on the jacket and pants are cute; and the flower beads, heart-shape ticket clip, and flower garden trim on the pants legs are all cool when you're four!

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