Regular readers of this blog are used to seeing The Boy kitted out in his bright blue all-in-one ski-suit during Winter months. Wrapped up warmly inside this, he will happily play for hours outside on the beach, in a forest or in the snow. Never on a ski-slope though, which goes to show the adaptability of the outfit.
Just before Christmas we were sent some of the ski-wear range from Aldi which was launched in December as a part of their Special Buys selections. Unfortunately, the set that we were sent was for 7-8 year old boys which obviously doesn't fit my four and half year old son. However, I was so impressed with the salopettes and ski jacket that I immediately went out to buy the snow boots that went with it. If I'd been clever then I'd have tried to predict the size he would be when he is indeed 7-8 years old, but that's a tricky job when he has only gone up once size in a year.
The salopettes and ski jacket are excellent quality and in a really nice design and colourway.
It's nice to see boys' clothing that isn't bright blue or a garish neon green or orange, but a more subdued shade of green and classic grey. The salopettes have thick elastic braces to them which will ensure they don't fall down and as the straps are so wide then they won't dig in to his shoulders either. At the bottom of each leg there is an inner boot snow-flap with slip-resistant tape and an outer leg which fits over the top of the boot. Very conveniently, this is zipped to provide easy access when putting boots on or taking them off; something his current snowsuit doesn't have. The jacket has elasticated snow protection at the waist and cuff to prevent snow slipping in. There is also a zipped pocket in the arm, designed for a ski pass but perfect for other important things when playing outdoors.
While the stock on these products is obviously limited to what is left in store still, I nipped into Aldi yesterday (actually to buy their sweetener as it is the only non-aspartame based one in any supermarkets) and spotted that there were still plenty of boots and salopettes, along with merino wool thermals.
Priced at only £14.99 each for the jacket and salopettes, they are £10.00 cheaper than those I've seen in Matalan, and actually better quality.
I was sent these products for the purpose of this review, my opinion is honest and unbiased.