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I'm looking for a waterproof pant/jacket combo for my soon-to-be 11 year old. She's smallish (60lbs) so normally fits a size or two smaller than her age. I've been mostly disappointed with the quality of ski clothing for kids. I've tried Columbia, Northface, and Orage and none have really impressed. Ideally, I would like something lightweight and flexible. She skis about 60 days a year split evenly between the terrain park and the rest of the hill.

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We have been pretty happy with ll bean both for durability, warmth, waterproof. We have tried all mentioned brands in addition to spyder. We ski mostly in MN and when the handyme downs are due for replace we seem to seem to gravitated towrds ll bean.

**our kids are 7.5 and 6
Edited by midwestfabs - 6/24/15 at 4:19pm
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I'm looking for a waterproof pant/jacket combo for my soon-to-be 11 year old. She's smallish (60lbs) so normally fits a size or two smaller than her age. I've been mostly disappointed with the quality of ski clothing for kids. I've tried Columbia, Northface, and Orage and none have really impressed. Ideally, I would like something lightweight and flexible. She skis about 60 days a year split evenly between the terrain park and the rest of the hill.


I have an Eddie Bauer Weather Edge jacket it has been dry for 10 years I can not complain about that so I got another one but it has to be the Weather Edge because they have different levels of water proof and that is the top.   I have tried Columbia and they leak big time.  Just picked up a North Face but it was the end of the season sale of no actual results yet, but to get a North Face 3 in 1 jacket for $100 it was hard to pass it up.

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You might want to try an extra small womens in an European company, as they typically run smaller.  I really like millet and arcteryx.  The Arc'teryx shells have some of the best waterproofing on the market.  I use a millet orong shell right now and love it, it is waterproof enough, fits well and its lightweight.  

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My girls usually get four 20+ day seasons out of a North Face 3-in-1 jacket, between the two of them.  Models we've used are Athena and Kira 2.0.  Hyvent isn't exactly Gore-Tex, but I think it's close enough for kids.

 

Another brand that I've found good for kids stuff is Obermeyer.  Perhaps not the most affordable, and not too many shells.

 

My girls are also small and skinny for their ages.  My almost 12-year old is just a bit over 60 lbs.  I normally buy North Face Freedom pants as they are easier than most to take in at the waist using my hack sewing skills.

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