Fundamentally Different Layers

The Gist:

  • Children's needs are fundamentally different than an adults during the same activity

  • Their clothing layers should address those needs through both form and material

Did outdoor apparel companies fail to examine the fundamental needs of our littles ones by taking adult garments and simply shrinking them down to fit a child?

Cozey 7 examined how clothing and layers should effectively address the specific needs of a child during activities active parents enjoy (such as hiking) and discovered a huge hole. Children's needs are fundamentally different than that of an adult, so their clothing should effectively address those issues specifically, both through form and material. 

Take hiking. In the same activity, the needs are very different. Adult is in an active state, while child in an inactive state. Adult is exposed directly to elements, while child is secured inside a carrier. Two different states. Two different environments. Same activity. When children are secured in a backpack, the junctions of their clothing are liable for shifting (think jacket riding up away from pants exposing lower torso, or pant legs riding up exposing ankles). Therefore, children require an additional, cohesive layer to effectively protect them during outdoor activities.