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Patagonia Reversible Tribbles Hoody

rated 4.0 of 5 stars
photo: Patagonia Reversible Tribbles Hoody synthetic insulated jacket

A versatile jacket that is well constructed and useful for many adventures. Provides a high degree of comfort and warmth for my 3-year-old.

Pros

  • Detachable hood
  • Reversible style - although my daughter won’t reverse it.
  • Soft and warm
  • Full torso coverage

Cons

  • Snow bunches to the fleece side
  • Neck buttons are pretty tight/restrictive
  • Confusing name

Conditions:
My 3-year-old daughter has worn the Patagonia Baby Reversible Tribbles Hoody during the cooler days of autumn and throughout the winter (3-4 months total) in the ridges and valleys of central Pennsylvania. She’s worn it while camping, bike riding, going for mini hikes, sled riding, and general everyday use. 

 

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Construction and Durability:
The Reversible Tribbles Hoody has been worn fairly regularly, especially as the winter progressed and the snow started falling, and shows little to no signs of usage. It’s a jacket that can very easily be passed down to another wearer when the time comes. 

 

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Great zippers, strong buttons, solid seams, soft and durable materials.   

 

Fit and Comfort:
While I can’t exactly speak to comfort, since I wasn’t the one wearing the jacket, I do know that my daughter really likes the fleece lining. Although it is reversible, she likes the fleece on the inside and has never wanted to reserve it.

As for the fit, we chose to go with a 4T option, as she was in-between 3T and 4T at the time of acquiring the jacket. Like most kids clothes, I always size up when in doubt and we made the right call on this one. It’s pretty true to size with other 4T coats and tops she owns. 

 

Function and Features (Positives):
First and foremost, my daughter loves pockets for her hands to slip into, so this jacket has been a success for her. She also really likes the thick fleece (¼” pile to be exact) that lines one side of the jacket, which for her is always the inside. She has no interest in reversing it, which I don’t blame her. The fleece is super soft and comfortable to the touch. 

 

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The little one sure does like those zippered hand warming pockets.  

 

 

Function and Features (Drawbacks):
The fleece lining that my daughter loves so much actually presents a problem when playing in the snow, especially sled riding. If she’s rolling around in the snow a lot, snow begins to bunch up and stick to the inside fleece lining of the jacket. This doesn’t really bother her in the moment because it doesn’t melt, but does become annoying when the jacket is brought inside and now a lot of excess snow comes with it. 

The other feature that isn’t ideal is the tightness of the buttons around the neck, which close off the hood and provide some warm to the neck. We tried using this a couple times in the colder temps, but my daughter complained it was too tight. Because she doesn’t want snow going down the front of her jacket, we just use a scarf instead of the hood enclosure buttons. But again, because the lining is fleece, it tends to collect snow, especially since it is unbuttoned and more exposed to the snow than when buttoned. 

 

 

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Wherever wet snow meets the fleece lining, some "caking" or "snowballing" takes place.   

 

 

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The hood is able to be buttoned around the chin, but is too tight to do so for any extended period of time for my little one. 

 

Warmth and Water Resistance:
My daughter has not complained one time about being cold, wet, or too hot when wearing this jacket. She likes her lighter puffy coat for most everyday wear, but when the temps call for it, she has no hesitations or reservations wearing this coat. 

The outer shell does occasionally wet through when playing in the snow for a long time, but I don’t believe it has penetrated all the way through the insulation and the fleece lining. It is merely surface-level wetting. 

 

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A little wetting out after more than 30-minutes in heavy snow, but did not seem to penetrate through the insulation. 

 

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Just a girl and her sled!

 

A Confusing Name:
Similar to other Patagonia kids products that I’ve reviewed, the name of this product is somewhat confusing, at least to me. I understand why it is the way it is—the company simply uses certain words as an identifier, such as using the word “Baby” in any product from newborn to 5T—but I think with so many identifiers, it actually stymies clarity. No one calls a 4 or 5-year-old child a baby, but they typically wear the size that Patagonia categorizes as “Baby,” instead of using a better identifier like “Toddler”. The same could be said for their confusing use of the term “hoody” here. Yes, it has a hood, but it is more akin to a winter jacket than it is a traditional hoody. On the reverse side, what they call a jacket (see Patagonia Baby Micro D Snap-T Jacket), is actually many of us would naturally call a hoody. I don’t get it…shake my head!

 

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Sled riding anyone?!  

 

 

Background

My 3-year-old daughter enjoys being outside daily, regardless of weather conditions. She's worn a variety of jackets, hoodies, and other layers to keep warm in the colder months.

Source: received for testing via the Trailspace Review Corps

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Specs

Price MSRP: $89.00
Current Retail: $41.25-$6,300.00
Historic Range: $20.98-$6,300.00
Weight 14.1 oz / 400 g
Shell Fabric 2.7 oz 100% Recycled Polyester, Deluge DWR Finish
Fleece Fabric 8.6 oz 100% Polyester High-Pile Double-Faced Fleece
Insulation 100 g Thermogreen 100% Polyester, 90% Recycled
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