Helly Hansen Icefall (2017)

Features

The Helly Hansen Icefall uses 700 fill down, with water-resistant synthetic Primaloft Silver insulation on the shoulders. The outer is a soft Pertex that is not too rustly. The hood gets volume adjustment at the back plus face drawcords, and the cuffs have Velcro tab adjustment. It’s slightly heavier than some at 619g, and others have hydrophobic down or more water-resistant outers; but this still offers good features. 3/5

Fit

This jacket comes in a huge range of sizes: men’s XS-XXXXL and women’s XS-XXXXL. The L fitted me very well. The hood drawcords enabled the hood to sit neatly and move well with my head. The cuffs tended to ride up a little, but this is a minor niggle. The body was a good length. Basically good for sitting and standing around in the cold. 4/5

Comfort

The Helly Hansen Icefall feels very cosy as it is packed full of down, and the soft Pertex shell really hugs the body. You get some soft brushed polyester around the chin to soften this area too. The hood cords do not cut into the face. This is warmer than some lighter jackets too, making it better for colder conditions. The pockets also have a soft fleece lining. 5/5

In use

The Helly Hansen Icefall is warm and practical in many ways, but it is slightly heavier and bulkier than some as it is lacks the higher fill power down. The synthetic insulation on the shoulders means this area stays warmer, as the insulation is less impacted by moisture or compression, but this makes it heavier and bulkier. The down and shell are less water-resistant too. 3/5

Value

Well-priced in terms of how warm it is and its general features, but higher-priced jackets are lighter or have additional benefits. 4/5

Verdict

The Helly Hansen Icefall is a very well-priced warm jacket for colder conditions, but it is slightly heavy and has less water resistance than some. 3.8/5

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine February 2017