Sporti Solid Youth Parka (comprehensive review):
I bought the Youth Large for my son (9 y/o) and Youth Medium for my daughter (7 y/o). Son is 54" and daughter is 49" tall. The sleeves extend about 6" beyond their fingers when they wear the parkas, BUT the snug elastic band lets them pull there hands through and it is perfect.
For my son, the bottom of the parka, Youth Large, is 10" from the floor when he wears it. For my daughter, the Youth Medium is 6" from the floor when she wears it.
Some have said the wrist is snug, but I believe they do this so the kids can roll the sleeves up with it from falling down and over their hands...room for growth and less of a hassle for the kids. I can see them always fiddling with the sleeves if they were long, which in this case the tight elastic wrist bands keep it from doing this.
Some have mentioned some kind of zipper issue. Perhaps they fixed it, but neither of my parkas have any issues and the zippers seem very robust. The zipper very easily in both directions as well as the bottom zipper. There is also fleece lining inside the outside pockets which is very nice.
The quality of the Sport Solid Youth Parka is AWESOME!! It is much better quality than their swim club parkas and much better quality. The inside is a soft fleece that looks to be very durable. It is a nice weight and does not feel cheap or flimsy. It''s not the fluffy faux fur stuff, but a tighter fleece, which I think is better as it will not trap moisure/wetness. There is a small outside velcro pocket on the upper arm. Perhaps to store change for the vending machine..lol
I cannot see how the more expensive Speedo and TYR parkas can be much, if any, better which are around $30-40 more. It''s really solidly made, you will not be dissapointed. A rugged waterproof exterior, not that cheap windbreaker nylon. I can see this being worn for snow activities.
I can see them wearing this parka for MANY YEARS..it is that well made. The pictures don''t do justice to the actual parka. Initially, I thought we''ll just get a better one when they get older/taller. I don''t see that happening..it''s an extremely well made product. I highly recommend buying this swim parka!