Sprayway has a great collection of children’s clothing. Neil Braidwoodâ€™s teenage son tries a jacket for size.
Sprayway has been on the go for over 40 years, and some of you may remember wearing these as a kid. It was in 1983 that owners John Hunt and Simon Wright started machine taping non Gore-Tex waterproof material â€“ known as Hydro-dry, a technology still used in Sprayway clothing. Their highly technical kit has been to the top of Everest.
My 13-year-old son Charlie doesnâ€™t really care what the material is called â€“ he just knows it keeps him warm and dry. Heâ€™s been testing out this Eagle jacket for a couple of months, and heâ€™s loving all the other features, too.
The first thing he did was unzip the detachable Exo/Therm fleece and wear it almost non-stop around the house. â€œItâ€™s so cosy,â€ he declared. Eventually, the weather took a turn for the worse outside, and he was forced to zip it back in to the shell for his walk to school. There are little toggles that help secure it in place at the cuffs and neck. The top of the zips are kept out of sight by a flap either side.
The jacket is perfect school garb, coming in black, grey or navy. The black has the added red accents at the collar and storm baffle. There is useful reflective piping on the sleeves, chest and sides for those dark evenings crossing the road, and itâ€™s got a foldaway hood, so itâ€™s always there when you need it.
The hood folds into itself, secured by three pop studs, and creates a stand-up collar against the wind. Even if you donâ€™t have the fleece attached, the collar has a soft feel inside, which warms your neck. The hood has a Velcro adjuster at the back, too, for different head sizes, and an elasticated cord around the face area.
The cuffs are elasticated for a snug fit, but thereâ€™s another Velcro adjuster here, too, to keep the wind out.
There are plenty of pockets outside and in. All zipped on the outer, with baffles, and deep inside pockets in the fleece if you have that attached, or a Velcro tabbed one inside, if you donâ€™t. Thereâ€™s also a label for you to write your name, just in case someone tries to sneak off with your pride and joy.
The outer shell is machine washable, and Sprayway recommend using Grangerâ€™s 2 in 1 cleaner and proofer to ensure the Hydro/Dry fabric retains its waterproofing.
Itâ€™s difficult buying clothes for teenage boys, but this jacket is a big hit. I think itâ€™s the combination of the good design and style, mixed with practicality â€“ but of course I am only guessing here, as Charlie canâ€™t bear to put it into words!
â€¢ Hydro/Dry outer fabric
â€¢ Foldaway hood
â€¢ Reflective piping
â€¢ Detachable inner fleece jacket
â€¢ Chest pocket
â€¢ Two-way central zip
â€¢ Storm baffle on central zip
Sprayway stockist info
Tel 0161 366 5020