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Customer Review

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 January 2021
Originally intended as a second, back-up to a Mummut or North Face jacket, to be worn in Spring and/or Summer, the Midlayer is surprisingly warm, fleece-lined throughout. Residing in Highland Scotland, spring and summer are often equivalent to winter further south (frequently single figure temperatures) - more alike to Scandinavian weather than that enjoyed, for example, by Continental Europe. At time of writing around 1 degree centigrade, an individual can quite comfortably walk around with the Midlayer without feeling cold.
An XL in this instance, reviewer is often between sizes 'large' and 'extra large' depending on brand (Large for North Face jackets) due to being broad across the shoulders, relatively long torso, 42" chest and average length legs (32-34" inside seam). The Midlayer comes down to just below reviewer's hip-bone and is a decent fit, though the waist adjustment had to be pulled in slightly. The pockets are not huge - a Samsung S20FE pretty much fills 'main' waist pockets - and reviewer is not enamoured by the red zip tassels (navy would look better) though these are a triviality and can easily be removed.
The large 'HH' in white is overused but does not detract too much from appearance and a needless design below the packable hood can be covered by this feature - the Midlayer looks better with hood out/down. Midlayer does not look overly 'Dadsy' due to its length and does not bear the outright appearance of a rain-coat despite being Helly-Tech waterproof. Reviewer customarily (minus pandemic) wears dress trousers and shoes to work and the Midlayer is passable both with these and jeans. Having previously purchased a Berghaus 'Storm Cloud' water-proof jacket (the feeling on the skin from this particular jacket is horrendous), the Midlayer is much more comfortable with its smooth fleece lining.
Somewhat reluctant to invest in a brand hi-jacked by parent-sponsored chavs and neds, Helly Hansen nevertheless consistently features high on outdoor jacket ratings. For a relatively low price, the Midlayer is a sound investment, high quality product boasting surprising spec.
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