Reversible Tracker Cord Coat and Tracker Hat

Tracker Coat & HatI’ve had these items for a while now but it’s only in the last couple of weeks with the change in the weather that I’ve been able to get use out of them (actually, it’s still too warm for the snuggly hat but it has been modelled at home).

I initially had to return the coat for a larger size, as I found it came up on the small side. I think this is well worth mentioning as my son is small-average size and normally I find Frugi sizes very generous. I really like the shade of blue of these items, so much more appealling and unusual than the typical navy or baby blue that so many baby boys’ items are made from and the lining is a very fresh bright contrast. The cord and the ‘lining’ are super soft. The popper fastening is unusual as normally you find zips or buttons on coats. The poppers are faster to fasten as they are less fiddly than buttons (a thoughtful touch as chilled winter fingers aren’t the most dextrous) and from an aesthetic point of view, I think they look nicer than a zip.  While it is true that in terms of labels and fastening etc the garment is truly reversible, I’m not sure that I would ever use the fleecy side outermost, not least because it is such a light colour. It looks wonderful, but practically speaking, I can’t help but think it’s not the best choice of colour, especially if this side of the garment is to have any wear at all in its own right. On its first occasion of proper wear, within about half an hour it had fallen victim to snack time dribbles and these were very noticeable.  Thank Goodness it washes beautifully!

The hat is adorable, I really like the style, the ear flaps are highly functional and fit properly rather than just being for appearance and I appreciate the fact that there is a choice of popper setting on the chin strap. One thing that really could have elevated this hat in my estimation is if the peaked flap had a popper fastening to the body of the hat so that it could be functional, rather than stitched in place and decorative.  Again, I find the sizing on this hat on the small side.

Reviewed by Annabel G – Frugi Crusader

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