What do you mean winterâ€™s nearly over? You still need to wrap up warmâ€¦
Kids need the right outdoor kit, too â€“ and itâ€™s easy to forget that they need to wear decent clothes in the freezing conditions Scotland can throw at them.
Craghoppers know a thing or two about trousers, having launched the famous Kiwi on an unsuspecting public 50 years ago. Now a global brand, they boast a massive range of diverse outdoors clothing â€“ some of it endorsed by Bear Grylls, no less.
My 13-year-old son Charlie is no Bear Grylls, but he loves nothing more than coming out for a dog walk. Itâ€™s been quite chilly recently, though, and lately heâ€™s been a bit reluctant.
So when I showed him these great winter lined trousers from Craghoppers, he perked up a bit, got off the sofa, and tried them on. They were a pretty good fit, with an elasticated waist allowing for any ins and outs, and belt loops, too. This is the largest size they do (13yr), but they were a good length, and a slim fit in the legs. They have a dart in the knees to make them a bit roomier when youâ€™re on the move, and four pockets â€“ two hand-warmers, a zipped one in the seat, and a kind of thigh pocket, roughly phone size, and also with a zip.
Well, there is no stopping him now. Weâ€™ve been all over the Pentlands in arctic conditions â€“ the wind flapping about his ankles â€“ but he’s impervious to it all. The SmartDry cotton outer seems to be self-cleaning, and is water repellent, up to a point. There is even a UV element to the fabric â€“ so in the winter sunshine your legs are protected.
â€¢ 240g polyester lining
â€¢ SmartDry fabric outer
â€¢ Solarshield UPF40+ protection
â€¢ Knee darts
â€¢ Elasticated waist
â€¢ Four pockets, two with zippers
RRP Â£30 See Craghoppers.