Whether or not your kid aspires to be the next Sir Edmund Hillary or Dame Ellen MacArthur, as a parent you want to know that your kid's waterproof jacket is going to keep them dry. Of course, the fact kids always seem to "grow up so quickly" means you don't want their new raincoat to cost you an arm and a leg if it's not even going to fit them in eighteen months. You're also going to want it to be durable due to kids tendency to climb trees, roll around on the floor, and get into all manner of scrapes.
Waterproof jackets for boys and girls vary massively in terms of quality and price, so making sure you buy the right one can be a real minefield. To help you navigate this minefield, we've compiled together six of the best raincoats for kids.
Didriksons Hamres Kid's Jacket
Not only is the Didriksons Hamres jacket for kids 100% waterproof, it's impressive level of insulation means that it won't just keep your rascals dry; it'll keep them warm as well.
The reflective strips on the jacket's hood, sleeves, and back will greatly increase your child's visibility, meaning they'll be much easier to spot wherever your adventure with them takes you.
The chest of this excellent kid's waterproof jacket has two warm lined pockets. Other useful features on it include an adjustable hem, an adjustable cuff, an adjustable hood (that's also detachable), an in-built extend size option, a glove security loop and internal elastic cuffs with thumbholes.
The product comes in a range of colours including Tomato Red (pictured above), Sunburst, Navy, Dark Lilac, and Caribbean Blue. Something to think about if you have twins, and don't know how to tell them apart.
Dare2b Resonance Jacket
The Dare2b Resonsance is a great kid's waterproof jacket in that it's appropriate for year-round mountain wear. The Resonance is a full-stretch junior shell that's both highly waterproof and breathable, meaning your young ones will be both dry and comfortable while wearing it.
The seam-sealed fabric on this jacket provides fantastic protection from bad weather, while the high cut collar and roll away hood means your child will be able to adjust the coat depending on what the elements serve up. It's also been furnished with reflective detailing to promote visibility in low light conditions.
No good waterproof kid's jacket of course would be complete without pockets to store the things they find on their adventures, and the Resonance is no different on this score. Spacious pockets, with water repellent zips, means belongings can be stored and kept dry. This raincoat also has a useful inner stash pocket complete with headphone port, giving your kids the chance to listen to their music and be as anti-social as they want when you're on family adventures.
The unisex jacket comes in a variety of five different colour schemes. Pictured above is the Fairway Green design but the product is also available in Skydiver Blue, Jem Pink, Royal Purple, and Trail Blaze.
Regatta Girls Mayflower Jacket
The Mayflower, from Regatta, is the type of kid's raincoat that makes parents want to go online and write glowing reviews about it. Not just because the Mayflower is a good waterproof jacket, but also because of its excellent affordability. Outdoor people love it when their kid's coats do the job, and they love it even more when it comes at a bargain price.
The jacket itself is a warm waterproof with an elasticated waist. The product also has foldaway hood that's perfect for those days when the weather can't make its mind up.
The jacket, which has a mesh lining, is made to be both waterproof and breathable. With two good storage pockets for your kid to keep their trinkets in, taped seams for added protection from water, and an adjustable drawcord; the Mayflower comes highly recommended. As well as the Soft Purple colouring, which you can see above, the jacket is also available in Peach Bloom.
Peter Storm Boys' Mercury Waterproof Jacket
This well-priced, well-made, jacket for kids has been made with the "boys will be boys" idea very much in mind. The Mercury is perfect for a wide range of outdoor activities, and absolutely ideal for the type of kids who can't get enough of messing about in the rain.
Peter Storm have perfected the art of making durable products at affordable prices, and this superb children's waterproof is definitely testament to that. Hardwearing, ventilated, and designed to shield the wearer when the heavens open; this jacket is at home hiking in the hills as it on the school run.
Features of the Mercury include an adjustable hood, two pockets with waterproof zips, a cord-lock system to alter the hem, an elasticated cuff with addition velcro, and internal zip pocket perfect for storing the wearer's most precious football stickers.
Hi Gear Fremont Kids' Waterproof Jacket
It probably won't hold up if your kid finds himself on the summit of Everest in a snowstorm, but as waterproof jackets for children go this one will do everything you need it to. No questions asked.
The Fremont, from Hi Gear, will comfortably shield your child when it rains and with its adjustable hood and cuffs it's got those extra little features that can make all the difference between a soaked kid and a dry one.
This jacket has two zipped pockets, to protect your child's hands when the wind and rain is really kicking up a notch, and a chest pocket with waterproof zip perfect for storing iPods and the like. The Fremont comes in a range of colours including black, blue, purple, and the peach-style colour pictured above.
Raindrops Ocean Waterproof Jacket
If your kid is interested in having a waterproof jacket that keeps them dry but also makes them look a bit like an East London hipster, you could do a lot worse than getting them this seriously nifty coat from Ocean.
It's breathable and comfortable to wear, without sacrifing the durability and waterproofing you're looking for in a children's jacket.
Made in Scandinavia, and we tend to think they know a thing or two about jackets in that part of the world, it's a coat baggy enough to allow addtional bodywarming layers to be added underneath. The reflective strips on the arms should ensure your kid is lit up like a Christmas tree even on the darkest of days.
Suitable for children anywhere between the ages of two and eight, this waterproof jacket (which is also available in a less visually pleasing navy), has a matching trousers option to boot.