Helly Hansen Challenger 2 (2015)

The Challenger is modelled on a running design, but walkers can benefit from its breathability and ease of movement too. Where the Regatta jacket prioritised weather protection, this  takes a lighter approach. The front is made from standard soft shell polyester, hardy enough to beat off wind and rain, while the back and underarms are made from lighter, stretchier material. All this means you can move with freedom. Cleverest of all is the H2Flow design. This consists of a series of soft, raised discs inside the jacket which trap air to increase insulation without additional weight, while tiny holes in the armpits vent out the heat you don’t want. The result is that I never once felt sweaty in this jacket. But I would only recommend it as your main layer on fine days. If the weather’s closing in, you’ll want your hard shell on hand, with this working as an insulating mid-layer.

Specification

Weight: 388g

Fabric: Polyester & elastane with DWR finish

Colours: Pink, black.

Men’s version: Yes C

ontact: 0800 142 2210

www.hellyhansen.com

Verdict

Lightweight and easy to move in but not snug or secure enough for changeable British weather.

Originally reviewed by Sarah Ryan in Country Walking April 2015

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