Helly Hansen Zera

A nice looking jacket that’s mesh-lined throughout, with a soft external, waterproof shell. It comes with a removable insulated lining that is fastened with press studs, creating a really warm, although bulky, winter walking jacket. It’s got wide, adjustable cuffs that pull up easily to the elbows, and a lovely high, fleece-lined collar to hide your face in. The Helly Tech fabric does a good job of keeping out the rain and the mesh lining helps breathability. Comes with two really deep hip pockets.

VITAL STATS
Sizes
: XS-XL
Fabric: Helly Tech
Weight: 450g (800w/liner)
Men’s version: Yes
Contact: 0115 960 8797; www.hellyhansen.com 


Helly Hansen Verglas 2010

The Helly Hansen Verglas weighs 516g (size M); Helly Tech O2 fabric has extremely good waterproofness and breathability; stretch panels in shoulder and hem; two small high chest pockets; two very large hip pockets; removable snowskirt. But access to hip pockets easily obscured with rucksack belts; front zip has internal rather than external stormflaps; hood not as good as some.

The Helly Hansen Verglas is a useful waterproof but others have better features for a typical cold, wet and windy UK winter mountain day.

First published in Trail magazine November 2010


Helly Hansen Ekolab Recycler 2010

The Helly Hansen Ekolab Recycler multi-activity jacket uses Helly Tech XP, which is a very waterproof and very breathable fabric made from 100 per cent recycled plastic; two large chest pockets easily take an OS map and have good access; pit zips add ventilation; good movement in sleeves; excellent hood movement. But 524g (size L) is heavy; there are better jackets at lower prices and weight.

The Helly Hansen Ekolab Recycler is a good walking, climbing and general-purpose jacket, but heavy, and a high price tag for multi-activity use.

First published in Trail magazine November 2010


Helly Hansen New Charger 2010

The Helly Hansen New Charger weighs 400g (size L); Helly Tech 2.5-layer fabric is waterproof and breathable; two map-sized hip pockets; pit zips; additional chest pocket; hood fit and movement are very good. But higher-performance materials are available at this price; access to lower pockets is easily obscured by rucksack belts; hood peak is better on some others.

The Helly Hansen New Charger has a high price tag for the performance.

First published in Trail magazine November 2010


Helly Hansen K Shelter 2010

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


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

Helly Hansen Zeta 2L HT 2009

The Helly Hansen Zeta 2L HT general-purpose jacket uses waterproof and breathable fabric; mesh linings adds comfort; pit zips aid ventilation; two Napoleon chest pockets; two hip pockets; front zip gets external stormflap; excellent movement in sleeves.
But it weighs 714g (men’s L); hip pocket access easily obscured by rucksack belts; hood movement is not ideal.

Verdict: The Helly Hansen Zeta 2L HT is a reasonable general-purpose waterproof for the price, but hood’s movement lets it down

 

First published in Trail magazine November 2009


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.
Verdict
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

Helly Hansen Packable Jacket 2008

The Helly Hansen Packable Jacket weighs just 504g (L); Helly Tec very waterproof and very breathable fabric; two hip pockets; map-sized chest pocket; front zip with external stormflap; mesh lining; reinforcement panels on shoulders. But not as waterproof or breathable as higher-priced options; hip pocket access poor with a rucksack; hood adjustment, fit, movement not ideal.Verdict
The Helly Hansen Packable Jacket is low-priced, but the hood and pockets could be better

First published in Trail magazine November 2008

Helly Hansen Odin 2008

The Helly Hansen Odin winter jacket weighs just 690g (men’s L); Helly Tech extremely waterproof and extremely breathable fabric; rubberised reinforcement on shoulders; zip-out snow skirt; superb sleeve movement; map-sized hip pockets; small chest pocket; reasonable hood fit and movement. But pricy; zips lack stormflaps; hip pocket access easily obscured by rucksacks; peak not the best.

Verdict: The Helly Hansen Odin jacket’s pocket access is not ideal; pricy for the features you get.

First published in Trail magazine November 2008

Helly Hansen Mig 2008

The Helly Hansen Mig  general-purpose jacket weighs just 366g (men’s L); very waterproof and very breathable fabric; pit zips aid ventilation; stretch panels in shoulders; good hood fit and movement. But hood cannot be rolled down and secured; only one small chest pocket; front zip lacks stormflap; other fabrics more breathable, more waterproof.Verdict: The Helly Hansen Mig  is not really a general walking jacket; it’s more of a specialist lightweight or multi-sport garment and for that it’s reasonably good.

First published in Trail magazine November 2008

Helly Hansen Ikaros

This multi-activity jacket has clear panel on cuff to allow watch to be read; two hip pockets; one chest pocket; double stormflap over main zip; excellent hood fit and movement. But 488g (size L) is quite heavy; other jackets in this price range are made of fabric with high levels of breathability and waterproofness; pocket access easily obscured by rucksack belt.

Verdict: There are much better jackets for the price.