We've lived in this versatile windshirt for years (Editors' Choice Gold Award, 2002), and then we put the junior version on a 10-year-old tester. Result? It worked just as well for him, and it saved us the guilt trip that comes when weather arrives and your kid is underdressed. The DWR-treated shell sloughs light rain, the soft liner provides a touch of insulation, and the whole thing dries in minutes from your body heat. Bonus: The ripstop nylon exterior won't shred when your kid decides to drag it by a sleeve. To complete the high-performance outfit, put him (or her) in a pair of quick-dry Molehill Yampa pants or shorts ($30-$40, www.molehillmtn.com), which have a reinforced rear for butt-scooting over rocks.
Sizes: Boys/Girls S-XL
Weight: 8 oz.
Contact: (707) 544-4590; www.marmot.com.