Helly Hansen Zeta/Zera 2010

The Helly Hansen Zeta/Zera general-purpose jacket weighs 530g (women’s M); HellyTech waterproof and breathable fabric with mesh lining; front zip gets double stormflap; pit zips; map-sized external pockets; hood fit and movement are good. But two hip pockets are easily obscured by rucksack belts; hood does not roll down to collar; hood does not have a wired peak; higher-rated fabrics are available at this price.

The Helly Hansen Zeta/Zera is a reasonable general-purpose jacket, but pocket access is not ideal and hood could be better.

First published in Trail magazine November 2010