If there is one piece of gear that has almost single-handedly made our winter adventures successful, it is the Oakiwear Trail One Piece Rain Suit. Although this suit is made for use in the rain, I have found that it is the perfect weather-proof outer layer for our snowy adventures here in Colorado. Paired with quality base layers and nice, warm fleece, the Oakiwear trail suit has helped to keep my kids warm and dry as we’ve hiked, snowshoed, and sled our way through the Rocky Mountains. It is my favorite piece of gear in the cold weather setup I have for both of the boys.
Gear Review Oakiwear Trail Suit

My Favorite Features of the Oakiwear Trail Suit

  • This suit is 100% waterproof, making it a versatile outer layer in all kinds of weather. In wind, rain, or snow, it keeps little bodies protected from the elements.
  • The fabric is sturdy yet flexible and gives kids lots of room to move around. Compared to your standard bulky snowsuit, the lack of built-in insulation offers a more streamlined fit and allows you to adjust the layers underneath as the weather dictates.
  • It is easy to pull on over other layers of clothing. The thick velcro cuffs at the hands and feet fasten tightly and easily over gloves and boots, ensuring gapless coverage.
  • I absolutely love the bright color options. Bright red, blue, green, or pink make it easy to keep an eye on little kids on the trail. I also think these suits photograph beautifully! The bright colors pop in all kinds of environments.
Gear Review Oakiwear Trail Suit

How We Use the Oakiwear Trail Suit in Our Everyday Adventures

Our trail suits live in a box with the rest of our outer layers and accessories. When it’s time to head out the door, I dress both boys in their base and mid- layers for the ride to the trailhead and load up the box of additional gear in the back of the truck. The trail suits, hats, gloves, and heavy boots go on after we’ve arrived at our destination.

The boys’ setups vary with the weather, but here are the basic systems I use for our outdoor adventures:

Our typical hiking temperature through the winter here in Colorado Springs is roughly in the 30s (Fahrenheit). We hike on warmer days, we hike on much colder days, but I’d say the 30s is a good average for our typical winter hike. I’ll describe how I dress both of my boys from this temperature range, as well as how I generally adjust for higher or lower temperatures.

Gear Review Oakiwear Trail Suit
Gear Review Oakiwear Trail Suit
Gear Review Oakiwear Trail Suit

For Big Brother

4 years old and hikes on his own

Luke typically wears a set of synthetic baselayers, a set of mid-weight fleece layers, and his Oakiwear trail suit over top. If it is warmer than the high 30s and there is no wind, we ditch the fleece layer. If it is colder than the high teens or if there is a very cold, harsh wind, we add an additional fleece layer. Luke rounds off this getup with a fleece neck gaiter and a hat, heavy waterproof mittens, thick wool socks, and either waterproof hiking boots or snowboots, depending on how much snow is on our trail.

Because Luke moves around a lot, he generally stays plenty warm wearing about the same amount and type of layers that I do.

Gear Review Oakiwear Trail Suit
Gear Review Oakiwear Trail Suit
Gear Review Oakiwear Trail Suit

For Little Brother

10 months old and rides in a carrier

Jack exclusively rides in a carrier, either on my chest (in a soft carrier right against my body) or on my back (in a frame carrier away from my body), so his setup varies a lot more than Luke’s does. Since he doesn’t move around and create his own extra warmth, we make up for that with additional layers.

Jack typically wears a set of wool-blend baselayers, a pair of fleece pajamas (I prefer them without the feet so I can check his toes as necessary), a thick fleece jumper, and his Oakiwear suit over top. Similar to his older brother, if it is warmer than the high 30s and there is no wind, we ditch the jumper. If it is colder than the high teens or if there is a very cold, harsh wind, I either wear him in a soft carrier on the front and throw a big, stretchy jacket over the both of us, or I put a rain cover over the frame pack on my back. Jack rounds off this setup with a fleece balaclava, thick fleece mittens, thick wool socks, and a pair of waterproof booties.

As I mentioned above, I do a lot of tweaking to the boys’ setups once we arrive at the trailhead where I can get a feel for how cold it really is. I generally prepare for the coldest and windiest conditions that I feel comfortable hiking in with my kids and bring all of the necessary layers and accessories with us. If we use them, great! If not, they just stay in the truck or get carried along with us in a backpack.

Gear Review Oakiwear Trail Suit

I am a huge, huge fan of our Oakiwear Trail One Piece Rain Suits and the versatility they offer us on the trails. Through the colder fall, winter, and spring months, and in the rain, wind, and snow, our Oakiwear trail suits remain key pieces of our winter adventure gear.