All The Essential Vests, Sweats, and Raincoats For Back To School Season

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This round up is just one in Fatherly’s exhaustive Back To School Product Guide. Click here for everything from your kid needs, from winning math to standing at a bus stop on the rain (which is what you used to do, only uphill both ways).

It used to be that dad got the cool technical clothes and the kids got a “gently used” hand-me-down raincoat from a distant cousin. Just in time for you to be a dad, those days are gone! From Patagonia to North Face, there’s a smart-looking, high-performance option for any age these days. And yeah, you can still get yours.

Little Kids (<5)

Hatley Submarines Raincoatfatherly_hatley_submarines_raincoat“We all play in a yellow raincoat covered in other colored submarines.” Not exactly the catchiest hook. Keep working, Ringo. This slicker will be here to protect your preschooler from any deluge until you come up with just the right lyric.

Buy Now $70 - $179

Patagonia Baby Down Sweater Vestfatherly_patagonia_baby_down_sweater_vestNothing says, “I look like I just came from yoga but totally didn’t” like Patagonia’s premium European 600-fill-power goose down down sweater vest. Now your kid can match mom’s favorite look, or dad’s if you replace “yoga” with “the gym … or anything active.” Or you could actually take them on a real-life hike — outside! This puppy is tear resistant, windproof, and water-repellent.

Buy Now $79

North Face Toddler Canyonlands Hoodiefatherly_north_face_toddler_canyonlands_hoodieThe growing theme here seems to be that things could have turned out so much differently for you if you had totally slick looking, high-performance technical apparel in your school days like today’s youth. If you’d only had this stretch heathered hardface fleece North Face, you’d have been super cool and snuggly warm.

Buy Now $50

Big Kid (>5)

Patagonia Kids Torrentshell Jacketfatherly_patagonia_kids_torrentshell_jacketWhen the weather turns to the “waking up in the darkness and hiking uphill to school both ways in the pouring rain” stuff of your childhood legends (seriously, how was every day a monsoon?), wrap your kid in this. The 2.5-layer fabric combines a waterproof, breathable barrier with a durable water repellent finish, while the hood’s built-in visor resists rain and gale. So your grandkids can one day hear those same tall tales.

Buy Now $70

L.L. Bean Trail Vestfatherly_ll_bean_trail_vestL.L. Bean calls this lightweight vest their “trail model,” and with its cozy fleece and reflective 3M Scotchlite back patch, it very well might be fit for exploring nature. You, however, are free to call it the “waiting at the bus stop model,” which likely more accurately reflects its true day to day function.

Buy Now $30



Arc’Teryx Veilance Actuator Jacketfatherly_arcteryx_veilance_actuator_jacketWhen brands like Arc’Teryx pair up with brands like J.Crew, only good (and expensive) things can happen like this rain shell/ windbreaker combo that is cool even if no one knows what an “Actuator” is. And as you brag about your fancy new all weather-capable coat, be sure to ask your friends if they know about Gore-Tex.

Buy Now $599

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