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What’s the difference between rainwear and shell wear? We’re introducing this spring’s outerwear from Kuling with a guide to help you buy the best outerwear for your kids.

Rain Wear

There are two types of rainwear: lined and unlined. Lined rainwear is good for colder days and could even work for mild but wet winters.

The number one thing to remember when it comes to rainwear is to ensure that the garments don’t contain any nasty materials like PVC or phthalates.

Next up is the water gauge. This is measured in mm and you want it to be over 5000 mm. Make sure that the garments have welded seams. Should a rain set not have welded seams, your child will end up wet, no matter how high the water gauge is.

Rainwear and shell wear come in sets of jackets and bottoms, or as coveralls. Coveralls are smart options for smaller children.

Functionality Facts - Kuling's Rain Wear

  • partly made from recycled polyester and recycled fleece
  • welded seams to keep water out
  • water proof (the water gauge is at 8000 mm)
  • wind proof
  • Bionic-Finish ECO

Shell Wear

Shell wear protects against weather and wind during all seasons of the year, depending on what you wear underneath.

Shell wear makes up your top layer and protects against wind, rain and snow. So, it’s important that this layer is wind and water resistant.

Rainwear can handle wet weather but doesn’t breathe. Shell wear, on the other hand, is breathable. The breathability of a shell wear garment is measured in g/m2/24h. Garments that have 800-3000 g/m2/24h are good while garments with over 3000 g/m2/24h are the best.

Do you have a small child at home who just loves to sit in puddles or play in the sandbox when it’s wet outside? Combining rainwear bottoms and a shell jacket may be a good idea. You’ll get the durability of rainwear with the bottoms and the ease of simply being able to dry off or wash the bottoms, while using all the benefits of a shell wear jacket.

When buying shell wear, you need to look out for bad materials. What you want is Bionic-Finish ECO. Look for the water gauge and welded seams. The water gauge on shell wear should be around 10 000 – 15 000 mm, and with the welded seams, this all but guarantees a dry visit to the park.

Functionality Facts - Kuling's Shell Wear

  • partly made from recycled polyester
  • breathability of 5000-8000 g/m2/24h (depending on the style)
  • welded seams to keep water out
  • water resistant with a water gauge at 10 000 – 15 000 mm
  • wind proof
  • Bionic-Finish ECO