Field Notes: Yes, you will get seen. Yes, the jacket will fit your body. No, the 2.5 ply fabric is not totally water and windproof but the breathability is superior. High zippers make Enroute backpack waistbelt-friendly while supplying plenty of storage as well as creating mesh-backed channels for cooling airflow. The hood’s ponytail solution (take a closer look at the photos) works in hair-down mode and cuffs adjust easily (and securely) for a trimmer all-around fit in tandem with dual hem toggles. Front and hand zip pockets sport YKK AquaGuard hardware to help hold mist and rain at bay while pit zips help exhaust interior moisture. Wind protection was notable even in warmer weather but the bill-less design required sunglasses to shield eyes and face.
Pros: Quiet DWR fabric, well-considered tailoring for women, fun fabric graphics for a Nordic company
Cons: Fabric wets through in prolonged downpours, shoulder seaming means wear and water potential
Tester Comments: “Easy to pack and wear, loved pairing it with a Helly Hansen performance baselayer on colder, windier days. Plenty of adjustments were helpful and the lower-volume hood felt right –one of the highest neck zips on pieces tested.”
Key Attribute: Features
Best For: Travel, hiking in moderate conditions
Size: S - XXL
Fit: Regular, in between fitted and oversized
Material: 2.5-layer ply fabric
Warranty & Services
Helly Hansen offers a limited lifetime warranty on its jackets for defects in material or workmanship. The first option will be to repair your jacket, and then replace it with the same or a similar model if it cannot be repaired. The warranty does not cover normal wear and tear, but you can pay for repairs of damage sustained during normal use.
Helly Hansen, Norwegian sea captain, began creating products with his wife in 1877. Beginning with a few oil-soaked linens, they sold 10,000 pieces in their first five years, and now sell gear and apparel around the world to sailors, outdoor adventurers, men, women and children.
Cash Back Amount$5.40