The Helly Hansen K Shelter has two extremely large panels of reflective material on the sleeves, which makes this jacket extremely easy to see at night. The jacket also has a removable hood that is attached with press studs. It is also notable that the cuffs and hem of the jacket are reinforced so they should last a lot longer than other jackets. Apart from those features the K Shelter offers similar features to other options here. So you get a good waterproof and breathable fabric. There are two pockets and you get a front zip with a single external stormflap. There is also a hem drawcord and Velcro adjustment for improved fit. There is a mesh lining inside to add extra comfort and the hood does have a wrap around Velcro panel that may protect the child a little more. But the Helly Hansen K Shelter’s price is much higher than other jackets we looked at, and the difficulty is deciding if that price difference brings any performance difference. I don’t like wraparound hoods as they tend to flap when not fastened. Like other jackets there is not much adjustment available in the hood, but at least it can be removed.
Outer Helly Tech coated nylon
Inner polyester mesh
Fabric waterproofness waterproof
Fabric breathability breathable
Sizes 1-6 years
Weight 356g (4 years)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 3
The price lets the Helly Hansen K Shelter down as many of the features are good for protecting children outdoors.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2010