DWR (Durable Water Repellent) Treatment gives this softshell jacket the benefits of being water resistant and windproof. The slightly stiff structure and adjustability of the hood make it incredibly comfortable. And when faced with gusty winds and sideways rain, this Helly Hansen jacket stayed in place and kept the moisture out. The winterization of the Paramount gives us a warm, PrimaLoft cocoon, plus it provides a longer cut in the torso, which helps keep you a little warmer and a little drier.
The cuffs on the Helly Hansen Paramount jacket can be cinched tighter to seal up gloves or just keep out the elements, but were still comfortable and didn’t add any annoying bulk. Bright pops of hot salmon highlight the zippers on the stone color, making them easy to find and fun to look at. The cut and fabric lead to a very plush feeling when you slip this on, almost like you just want to sit there giving yourself a hug … not that testers did that … at least for very long.
Field Notes: Active Junky tested this women’s softshell jacket all over Northwest America in all sorts of weather, but it was the incredibly wet and chilly days and nights we faced in Jackson Hole where this jacket got to shine. Throughout daily bombardment of rain and sleet it remained steadfast in weather protection and warmth retention. Two items of note: First, due to the insulation it would take a little longer than uninsulated jackets to dry; Second, pocket placement is a little high for a relaxed stance, but they were still used heavily.
Tester Comments: “With the temperatures inching towards snow and the rain unending, I was anticipating that Mother Nature would detour our plans. However, the Paramount didn’t let up. It kept me warm, dry and comfortable for hours and hours of exploration in the Tetons and far too many puddle jumps back in town. There is something to be said for gear that can make you feel like bad weather is just part of the experience.”
Key Attribute: Warmth
- Water resistant, windproof and breathable Deflector softshell
- Comfortable softshell fabric
- Fleece backing
- YKK® Full front zip
- YKK® zipped hand pockets
- Bottom hem adjustment
Size: XS - XL