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Gear Review: Children’s Columbia Glennaker Rain Jacket

With the boys turning 3 & 5 this year, and getting out so much more, I decided that they both needed lightweight rain gear. It’s crazy expensive to buy new jackets every few months when they are little, and by the preschool/Kinder years they finally slow down in growing. So goodbye to heavy rain jackets, and hello to UL gear for my boys!


Alistaire is finally into “big boy” sizes, meaning he can fit into a xxs in Columbia (it is a boys 4 to 5) Columbia Big Boys’ Boys Glennaker Jacket, although they do have toddler sizes: Columbia Little Boys’ Toddler Glennaker Rain Jacket. The weight difference between this tiny jacket and their thick, heavy rain gear is night and day. And Alistaire loves blue, so life was good.


For Walker, I was able to get him an XS (sizes 6 to 7) in black (Columbia Big Boys’ Boys Glennaker Jacket), which he likes as it matches his REI pain pants.

The best bonus though? Not just weight, but how tiny these pack down – and when space counts in a small backpack, this can mean everything. But a heads up: this is not an insulating layer, just a weather layer. You will still need a fleece pullover, or jacket, or a sweater underneath, if hiking in cooler temperatures.