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Simple, lightweight waterproof jacket
on 22 May 2014
I own a few Helly Hansen jackets. I like the way they combine style and functionality. This seems to be one of the more basic, no-frills designs in their range. There's no insulation in this jacket, just a thin mesh lining under the waterproof polyester shell, which has a slight eggshell sheen to it. It's very light, and can be easily folded up and stowed away in a bag.
There are Velcro tabs on the cuffs, and alongside the main zip, and also on the single inside pocket. There are zips on the two outside pockets. All the pockets have the same mesh lining, which doesn't look particularly strong. The bottom of the jacket has a drawstring adjustment, as does the permanent hood. There is a soft chin guard on the collar for when the jacket is fully zipped up. One small annoyance is that the Velcro on the cuffs occasionally attaches itself to the Velcro on the front of the jacket if my arms cross my chest. Another slight problem is that if you put anything heavy, even a loaded wallet, in the inside pocket, the whole jacket tends to droop on that side unless the front zip is done up.
I bought the small, which is a good fit for me (5'11", 36" chest) when worn over one or two layers. If I'd been planning to wear it over a suit jacket, I would probably have had to go up a size.