Gear Review: Mountain Hardware Boys' Epic

An affordable kids' rain jacket that can handle serious weather

Lots of kids’ gear we test is not only down-sized, it’s dumbed down. Because kids don’t need apparel that’s as functional as ours, right? Wrong. This streamlined Conduit shell not only keeps them bone dry in day-long deluges, it’s light, comfortable, and breathable, so they’ll actually enjoy the storm, rather than avoid it.

With a great fitting hood, adjustable cuffs, and a fit that allows for warm layers underneath, this shell has kept one 10-year-old tester dry for three straight seasons of use. And it’s still going strong, which is a good thing for his little brother. Also available in girls sizes and colors. $65; 10 oz. (M);