Think of all the reasons you love your favorite softshell—it’s breathable, tough, stretchy, weather-resistant, and so comfortable it’s the only jacket you want to wear all day. Kids feel the same, and they may need one even more than you since they rarely stop moving. Plus, you won’t have to help them change layers as often. “It let my daughter hike uphill without overheating, but also provided wind protection on exposed summits,” one editor says. The stretchy, 75-denier polyester (with 11 percent Spandex) fabric gave one kid-tester free reign for scrambling in Arches National Park.