Why you'll love them: The REI Co-Op Timber Mountain Pants are kid sized, but made to the same exacting standards of gear an adult would expect from this decades-old legacy brand.
If you took a pair of high-quality adult snow pants that are suitable for use skiing, boarding, or doing some honest to goodness mountaineering and then hit them with some sort of shrink ray device, you would be left with the REI Co-Op Timber Mountain Pass Pants. Because while sized for kids, these snow pants are ready for any level of outdoor adventure. Also, can I see that shrink ray thing? It sounds amazing. Anyway.
The Timber Mountain snow pants are rated as windproof up to 60 MPH gust speeds, they have a waterproof nylon shell, and a warm microfleece lining that wicks moisture and releases excess heat. Ankle zips make putting on, taking off, and tightening boots easy, and internal gaiters keep the snow, ice, and rain outside where it belongs.
In fact, there is really only one feature, aside from the smaller size, that sets these snow pants apart from technical apparel designed for an adult. The REI Timber Mountain Pants have a "grow-cuff" feature that allows you to lengthen the pants by up to two inches, helping your young outdoorsman or outdoorswoman squeeze an extra winter season out of the pants. Or rather to squeeze themselves into a pair.
REI customers have given these snow pants an overall four-star rating, with a buyer named Ingrid calling them "nice quality pants," while a mom named Megan said she'd "recommend the product, but with caveats," calling attention to some fit issues. The waistband is readily adjustable, but the legs run short for taller kids, even with the grow-cuff adjustment.
Pros: Excellent water and wind proofing, grow-cuff extends length, articulated and flexible design
Cons: Length too short for some kids, rather expensive