It can be hard to find rain coats for kids. A few years ago when my wife and I took our kids on a cruise to Mexico, we realized that the weather was not going to be as sunny and nice as we had hoped… or prepared for. We spent several hours driving around town trying to find a store that had a rain coat that would fit our daughter. Unfortunately, we had to settle for an oversize “water-resistant” jacket. I wish we could have gotten a Charles River Apparel Rain Jacket in the right size and color my little girl would have liked.
Charles River Apparel has a line of Rain jackets made specifically for kids. They are:
1- Girls New Englander Rain Jacket 4099
2- Youth New Englander Rain Jacket 8099
3- Children’s New Englander Rain Jacket 7099
4- Toddler New Englander Rain Jacket 6099
We got the Girls New Englander Rain Jacket 4099 for our oldest daughter who is 7 years old. She loves the color options of Coral/Reflective, Aqua/Reflective and Gold/Reflective. The Jacket is made of a 100% polyurethane outer shell with bonded woven backing and taffeta nylon lining in the sleeves. The hood fits extremely well over her head without messing up her hair – which I guess is important for a 7 year old girl!
The ability for the jacket’s cuffs to Velcro tightly around her wrist was a huge bonus for her. As with all 7-year-old girls, she loves the style and fashion of the jacket with its 3M reflective front and back stripe and long body design to better protect her from the elements.
The jacket is available in the following sizes: X-Small, Small, Medium and Large. To get an idea of how the size will fit on your daughter, see the size chart by clicking HERE.
The Youth New Englander Rain Jacket is designed for both boys and girls. While none of my kids have one of these jackets, my niece does. It is made of 100% Polyester Polyurethane making it wind and waterproof like every Charles River Rain jacket. The safety reflective strip is located on the front bottom and back top of the jacket.
The Youth New Englander Rain Jacket 8099 is available in seven different colors; they are: Coral/Reflective, Red/Reflective, Wave/Reflective, Aqua/Reflective, Hot Pink/Reflective, Yellow/Reflective, True Navy/Yellow. Click HERE to view the Youth New Englander Rain Jacket Size Chart.
We got this jacket for my 5-year-old little boy. He now calls this jacket his “adventure” jacket because we always tell him to grab it when we go on adventures that take us around water. Whenever I take him fishing, hiking, camping or his new favorite, metal detecting, he has to have this jacket. The polyester Polyurethane and heated sealed seams provide the user with 100% wind and waterproof protection for whatever your adventure holds. The safety reflective strips on this jacket are located on the front bottom and on the left arm. There are no drawstrings on the hoodie, however, there is a tight elastic perimeter sewn into the hoodie that keeps the hood over their head even during windy weather.
There are six different colors available for this jacket. They are: Coral/Reflective, Red/Reflective, Wave/Reflective, Aqua/Reflective, Hot Pink/Reflective, Yellow/Reflective.
Click HERE to view the Children’s New Englander Rain Jacket 7099 Size Chart.
We got this jacket for our 2 year old. I can’t honestly say whether she loves it or not as she will wear anything we put on her- especially if it gets her outside! I do know that my wife and I love how cute she looks in the jacket and we got a lot of compliments and questions asking us where we found such a cute jacket for her. My wife claims that finding a cute jacket for a little girl isn’t hard- but finding one that is also 100% wind/waterproof is!
It is built with the same high quality heated seams and polyester Polyurethane shell as all of the other rain jackets built by Charles River Apparel to assure protection from the weather. The tight fitting cuffs make it easy for my little girl to move around and play without the sleeves falling down beyond her hand every time she picks up a rock or stick.
My wife and I love how easy it is to clean up after she plays outside. If you have kids- you normally have a wipe handy to simply wipe off any dirt spots. It was so convenient that I may have put her jacket on one time when she was eating so that it wouldn’t stain her Sunday dress (it stays in place much better than a bib!)
The safety reflective strips on this jacket are located on the front bottom of the jacket and two bands on the left arm. There are no drawstrings on the hoodie, however, the design of the hoodie keeps the hood over her head even during windy weather.
There are six (6) different colors in which this jacket can be purchased; they are: Coral/Reflective, Red/Reflective, Wave/Reflective, Aqua/Reflective, Hot Pink/Reflective, Yellow/Reflective.
Click HERE to view the Toddler’s New Englander Rain Jacket 6099 Size Chart.
How easy is the jacket to clean?
This is a common question. Kids are always playing in the dirt and when it rains, that dirt quickly becomes mud! For spot cleaning a simple baby wipe or wet cloth will do the trick. For a more detailed cleaning, read our other article titled, “How to Wash Charles River Apparel Rain Jackets”.
How do I determine the right size of jacket for my kids?
This is a great question. It can be hard to order a jacket online because you can’t simply try it on. There are some size charts for each jacket provided by Charles River Apparel. However, the best way to determine the size that is best for your little one is to measure them using the method described on our other article titled, “Charles River Apparel Size Chart – Overview”.
Are there matching Rain Jackets for adults?
Yes! They make matching rain jackets for both the men and women. See below:
Men’s: Charles River Apparel Style 9199 Men’s New Englander Rain Jacket
Women’s: Charles River Apparel Style 5099 Women’s New Englander Rain Jacket