Helly Hansen Icefall (2017)


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


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


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


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


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


“We are a kids’ outdoor clothing start-up with no intention of pretending to be something we are not.”

So say Simon and Laura, the entrepreneurs behind the all new outdoor clothing line for kids, Amamaya. And fair play to them. They know what they’re doing and they do it well. At present their range is fairly limited – just the Gokyo hats and Lukla base layers, with Ama Dablam T-shirts coming soon. But their products are wonderfully colourful and beautifully made right here in the UK.

Woven from 100 per cent merino wool, the Gokyo hats are double-layered so there are no uncomfortable seams, while the Lukla has been designed to be worn as a base layer or an outer top in warmer weather.

Clearly some thought has gone into the creation of these to ensure that the kids wearing them are as bright and happy as the gear itself. It’s just a shame it doesn’t come in adult sizes. Parents, prepare to be jealous of your kids – these garments are gorgeous.