Helly Hansen Vapour Jacket

This insulated jacket weighs 526g, which is very light for the price, and the features provided are reasonable too. It is filled with Thinsulate and made from a soft-handle polyester. Put it on and it feels comfortable and fits well. The draughts are kept at bay by a wind baffle behind the front zip, along with hem drawcords and elasticated cuffs. The chest pocket is map-sized, and the two lower pockets are also big enough to take a map. The whole jacket can be crammed into one of these pockets (although it appears the manufacturer hasn’t designed the pockets for this). Those are enough features to make this useful on the hill and around the campsite, and at £75 you are getting good value particularly when you compare weights of other options.   But you don’t get any of the ‘extras’ featured in some other jackets. There is no collar drawcord, no cuff adjustment other than elastication, and no hood or reinforcement for high-wear areas. There is also no stuffsack, and the collar is not lined with fleece for extra comfort. That said, these niggles don’t affect performance if you just want a warm layer for camping or for short breaks on the hills.

 

Outer: polyester
Inner: polyester
Insulation: Thinsulate
Colours: crimson, charcoal, clay
Sizes: S-XXL
Weight: 526g (size L)
Made in China
Stores in UK: no info provided

Verdict: Buy it if you want a good general purpose warm layer without too many frills as this is a good weight and a good-value jacket.