Marmot Storm Shield Kids Rain Jacket

Kids Rain Jacket
Marmot Storm Shield
$65, 14 oz. (L/10-12)
Sizes: boys and girls XS-XL
marmot.com

It can be challenging to find kids outdoor apparel that delivers the quality and performance for adult-size backcountry adventures. So I was delighted to come across the Storm Shield. My 12-year-old son got a lot of use out of this jacket all summer. In Idaho’s City of Rocks, he wore the jacket through hard rain and gusts over 40 mph. On a two-pitch rock climb there, he stayed dry and warm while we rappelled off when a snow squall rolled in suddenly, hammering us with graupel, snow, and high winds. And on a weeklong, hut-to-hut trek in Norway’s Jotunheimen National Park, he practically lived in this jacket: we hiked several days through cold rain and wind with temperatures in the 30s and 40s, and cool winds even when the sun came out and the temp rose above 50° F.

The PreCip waterproof-breathable membrane and taped seams repelled all precipitation and cut the wind very well. The hood isn’t adjustable, only elasticized, but has a brim that protects the face well, and my son never had a problem with wind blowing the hood off his head. There’s room for layering a fleece underneath the jacket, which also has two hand-warmer pockets. While breathability was good in cooler temps, I think the jacket would get a little steamy if he were exerting hard—like hiking uphill with a backpack—in a warm rain. The Storm Shield is a well-priced kids rain jacket that performs like a mid-priced adult shell.

Looking for a kids’ shell jacket for winter? See my review of the REI Salix Insulated Jacket.

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—Michael Lanza