Wet kids equal unhappy campers. Keep them dry with this lightweight, deluge-proof shell–a pint-size version of a jacket any adult would be glad to own. Our third-grade tester wore the Epic almost daily through a wet New England spring–while hiking in Blue Hills Reservation, spring skiing in Stowe, Vermont, and waiting in the rain for the carpool pickup.
Made with waterproof/breathable Conduit Silk, the Epic is still beading water after six months. The adjustable hood, hip-length cut, and three waterproof pockets make it comfortable and functional. $65; 9 oz.; mountainhardwear.com.
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