Kid in MEC Toaster Suit giving the peace sign

The ultimate kids’ snowsuit

The MEC Toaster Suit first appeared on the pages in our winter catalogue back in the early 1990s, and toddlers, kids and parents have been loving it ever since. That means it’s been going strong for over 25 years.

What’s made the Toaster Suit a hit with kids and parents for more than two decades? Here are some of our favourite reasons, along with reviews from members.

MEC Toaster Suits from the archives and today

The Toaster Suit has gone through many evolutions over the years, along with plenty of colours and prints. Today’s versions are made with bluesign®-approved fabrics, which means a reduced environmental footprint.

They’re super durable

We’ve heard so many stories of Toaster Suits getting passed down multiple times. One MEC staffer told us she’s bought three Toaster Suits over the years for her son, and they held together so well that she was able to hand them down to her daughter… and then along to her nephew.

In the last couple of years, the Toaster Suit went through a redesign based on member feedback, and it’s now waterproof and tougher than ever.

“We have two of these suits and they’re awesome! Washed and worn endlessly over two years and still perfect. I only wish they came in bigger sizes.” – review from Liz888

They’re easy to put on

Your kid steps in, you zip it up, and voilá! Ready to play. It’s great for daycares where kids have outside time and you need something that you know is easy to get on and will keep them warm.

“This is the fourth winter with the MEC one piece snowsuit and we absolutely love them! My son is now in kindergarten and he find it’s quick and easy to take on and off independently.” – review from Momofboys

Yep, they’re toasty

With 300g of insulation, this is one of the coziest snowsuits out there. Your kids can bury each other in piles of slushy, wet snow and stay dry in these suits. They’ll even be cozy when they’re tobogganing the hills by your house for hours.

“True to its name, it’s toasty warm even below -30C. My kids are now all approaching 20 and they still dream of the times they spent out in the winter wonderland on our acreage in Edmonton wearing these suits.” – review from CKP

Adorable kid smiling in MEC Toaster Suit

There are clever details

Two nice features are the foot cuff liner, which stops snow or slush from getting up inside their pant legs, and the grow hem, which lets you undo a line of stitching at the ankle to accommodate growing kids.

“We put our three kids through these suits. Outstanding. It was worn under Halloween costumes, in strollers, playing in the park and at daycare. One suit was worn by all three, and still solid enough to be handed down…” – review from Denis

Why talk Toaster Suits now?

While it might seem a little weird to be talking about snowsuits before there’s any hint of snow in the forecast, now’s actually the best time to start poking around for winter layers for your kids. There are still plenty of sizes left, so you won’t be left desperately searching for a size 4 when an October snowstorm hits, and you get the best pick of colours and prints too.

If you know any new parents or parents-to-be, the Toaster Bunting Suit also makes a great gift. The infant ones are awesome for winter when babies don’t really move around much but need to stay warm.

Whatever ways you and your kids get outside this winter, have fun out there!

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