Sprayway Eagle 3 in 1 kid’s jacket

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Sprayway has a great collection of children’s clothing. Neil Braidwood’s teenage son tries a jacket for size.

BlackSprayway 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 – 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 doesn’t really care what the material is called – he just knows it keeps him warm and dry. He’s been testing out this Eagle jacket for a couple of months, and he’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. “It’s so cosy,” 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 it’s got a foldaway hood, so it’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 don’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 there’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 don’t. There’s also a label for you to write your name, just in case someone tries to sneak off with your pride and joy.

The main central zip is a chunky two-way type, with a wide storm baffle and a pop stud top and bottom and Velcro in between to keep it shut.

The outer shell is machine washable, and Sprayway recommend using Granger’s 2 in 1 cleaner and proofer to ensure the Hydro/Dry fabric retains its waterproofing.

It’s difficult buying clothes for teenage boys, but this jacket is a big hit. I think it’s the combination of the good design and style, mixed with practicality – but of course I am only guessing here, as Charlie can’t bear to put it into words!

Other features:

• Hydro/Dry outer fabric
• Foldaway hood
• Reflective piping
• Detachable inner fleece jacket
• Chest pocket
• Two-way central zip
• Storm baffle on central zip

RRP: £65

Sprayway stockist info
Tel 0161 366 5020
www.sprayway.com

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