Helly Hansen Volt 2008

The Helly Hansen Volt multi-activity jacket is very waterproof, very breathable fabric; two large pockets; useful chest pocket; pit zips; short body is useful for climbers; good hood fit and movement. But 594g (men’s L) is quite heavy for this category; hood cannot be rolled down; hip pocket access is easily obscured by rucksacks; hood peak is soft and so it can distort and obscure vision.
The Helly Hansen Volt is a good mountaineering jacket, but others are better for fast action biking and general multi-activity.

First published in Trail magazine November 2008