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In my experience, Winter near the Wasatch Front has a tendency to come pretty quick. We can go from 90 degrees to freezing in the span of just a few short weeks. As a soccer coach (and a mom of three active boys) I've battled rain, sleet and snow to coach (and watch) hundreds of youth sporting events. With the weather being so volatile here's a few must have items to help you survive those chilly days on the sidelines.
1. MACSPORTS Heated Cushion Folding Chair
When it comes to comfort this MACSPORT Heated Chair has what is takes to keep you comfortable in just about every way. It has three different heat settings and has a USB that can be plugged into any portable charger in order to power the warming function. It's cushioned padding makes this chair all the more cozy and will ensure you stay nice and comfortable at any event.
2. ORORO Lightweight Heated Vest with Battery Pack
A fellow coach introduced me to ORORO Heated vests a few years back and I have so say there is no better way to keep yourself warm on a cold day on the pitch. They come in both men's and women's sizes and have temperature control in three different settings so you can stay warm and toasty whether the cold is mild or frigid. The battery life lasts up to 10 hours and can also be used as a portable phone charger. Consider this a must have!
3. SEALSKINZ Unisex Cold Weather Mid Length Sock
As a coach from the Seattle area, finding these socks was an absolute game changer. I could be outside coaching in the pouring rain for 5-6 hours without feeling moisture get to my toes. Personally I'd wear them over wool socks to make them as cozy as possible but if you are looking for something essentially water proof then SealSkinz are the way to go!
4. Mambe Large Extreme Weather Hooded Blanket
The Mambe is something I've had a love hate relationship with. Is it fashionable... no. Is it the most comfortable, warm and cozy thing I've ever worn at a sporting event. Unequivocally Yes. As a soccer coach I have spent many a game looking across at parents who may or may not resemble dementors from Harry Potter, however a hug from one of those dementors would be most welcome on a cold, blustery winter day.
5. OCOOPA Rechargeable Hand Warmers
My kids love hand warmers. It's usually something we grab in a big costco pack every winter. That said, this rechargeable handwarmer has been an amazing sustainable product that we can use over an over again. It lasts up to 10 hours and doubles as a portable phone charger!
6. BALEAF Women's Fleece Lined Water Resistant Legging
These are a life saver on cold, wet days. As someone who coached soccer in Seattle for 10+ years let me tell you, when I found these it was an absolute game changer. I have worn them under shorts, sweats and even jeans to survive cold nights on the field and at sporting events. Plus, they are significantly less expansive than a lot of other brands!
7. SOREL Men's/Women's Out 'N About III Classic Boot
I've had the same pair of Sorel boots for nearly 10 years. They've been a must have for snow days and trekking across muddy fields on cold days. The fact that my pair has held up for so long makes the price well worth it!
8. IHUAN Cold Weather Gloves
Easily some of the best bang for your buck cold weather gloves. These gloves are light weight, water resistant and fleece lined to ensure your hands stay nice and warm. The touch screen technology means you won't be pulling them off every time you need to use your phone and this company is so confident you'll love their gloves they even offer a full refund if you feel they don't keep your fingers warm enough.
9. UNDER THE WEATHER Pop Up Spectator Pod
Okay, hear me out on this one. I thought these tents were the dumbest things I'd ever seen the first time I saw one. HOWEVER, knowing a few families who own one and seeing first hand how they can CONTAIN and PROTECT their little ones from the weather totally changed my mind. Will you feel weird? Probably. Will you be warm and dry. Absolutely!
10. YETI Rambler 20 oz Stainless Steel Tumbler
By far my favorite tumbler (I own four different colors). These Stainless steel mugs can keep drinks warm (or cold) for hours. The best part is they come in all kinds of colors and you can even personalize them if you head to Yeti's website!
11. UIDYGGD Folding Wagon Cart
If you're going to be lugging things to and from the field then do yourself a favor and get solid wagon. The UIDYGGD is a solid choice with its thicker wheels and 220lb carrying capacity. From towing chairs, gear, coolers and kids - trust me, it's a must have.