Helly Hansen Odin Mountain Infinity Waterproof Jacket for Men
Product Review & Walking Gear Test
Odin Mountain Infinity Waterproof Jacket for Men
Helly Hansen says:"Helly Hansen began engineering innovative outerwear in 1877 to combat the unrelenting Norwegian weather and this stone-grey Odin Infinity jacket is a prime example. It’s crafted from LIFA Infinity Pro™ shell to a three-layer construction for a waterproof and windproof silhouette, then finished with a drawcord hood, zip pockets and adjustable Velcro® cuffs.
Featuring the revolutionary LIFA Infinity Pro™ technology, a first-to-market advancement made entirely without added chemicals, the ODIN Mountain Infinity Shell Jacket sets a new standard for responsible, waterproof and breathable gear."
Features to Note:
- LIFA® Infinity Pro™ Technology
- 3-layer fabric construction
- Polypropylene microporous membrane
- Solution dyed face fabric
- 100% polyester tricot backing
- Waterproof, Windproof and breathable
- Helmet, backpack and harness compatible construction and pockets
- Detachable powder skirt
- Vertical and horizontal hood adjustments
- Laminated brim with flat contrast piping and double cord brim shape
- Mechanical ventilation zippers
- Molded cuff tabs with Odin sign off
- Inside pocket on right side
- Inside mesh dump pocket
- Ski pass pocket
- Machine washable
The Odin Mountain Infinity from Helly Hansen is a hard shell waterproof jacket made from LIFA® Infinity Pro™ Technology.
Helly Hansen says: "LIFA® Infinity Pro™ is Helly Hansen’s most innovative and responsible waterproof/breathable technology to date. Challenging the industry norm, this first-to-market technology pushes the envelope in apparel design through advanced textile engineering and development.
Using our LIFA® fibers, a Helly Hansen technology that is lightweight and hydrophobic, the fully waterproof/breathable membrane and durable water repellent performance are achieved without the use of chemicals.
Combining the LIFA® Infinity™ membrane with 100% LIFA® hydrophobic face fabric, LIFA® Infinity Pro™ is a groundbreaking technology, meeting the extreme waterproofness and breathability of Helly Tech® Professional construction.
With everlasting water repellent protection that never needs to be reproofed with chemical treatment after use, LIFA® Infinity Pro™ delivers long-lasting, responsible and superior professional grade performance."
So does it work? Yes it does work, and it works very well indeed.
Throughout walks in the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District I found the Odin Mountain Infinity from Helly Hansen to be highly waterproof, highly wind proof and highly breathable. I tend to run hot and sweat easily but found the breathability to be very effective; temperature control was further enhanced by the very generous under arm pit zip vents.
The overall cut of the Odin Mountain Infinity from Helly Hansen is generous allowing plenty of scope for layering underneath without restricting my movement. The back is long enough to cover my backside even when reaching up for a hand-hold or ladder-stile. The front opening is controlled by a strong zip, complete with a toggle for operating with a gloved hand, but this only works one way - zipping closed from the bottom hem.
Around the waist on the inside is a detachable snow skirt which includes a fastening at the back for the shoulder straps of a pair of salopettes and a strip of very grippy material to create a seal. A pull cord on the the right-hand side of the hem allows the bottom hem of the jacket to be tightened around my waist. A squeezable adjuster sewn into the fabric next to the draw cord allows the hem to be loosened.
There are three external pockets, one at chest height and two further hand warming pockets. Each pocket is reasonably roomy but not quite big enough for a folded OS Map. Each is secured with a substantial zip and toggle for operating with gloved hands. The two hand warming pockets could be placed a little higher since in my experience they were interfered with by the belt of my back pack.
Inside there is a further zipped valuables pocket on the right-hand side big enough for a mobile phone. On the left-hand side there is a mesh pocket 15cm (6") wide by 13cm (5") deep that is described by Helly Hansen as a dump pocket. Behind the mesh dump pocket here is also 2nd much smaller pocket which is 5cm (2") wide and 9cm (3½") deep - described by Helly Hansen as a ski-pass pocket.
The sleeves are generous in length and volume and the cuffs can be tightened around the wrists with velcro fasteners. Sewn into the right-hand upper arm is a Recco Reflector. A Recco® Reflector enables the wearer to be located by search and rescue equipped with a Recco® Detector. A Recco® Detector emits a cone like search signal that is reflected back to the detector by the Recco® Reflector. Recco® Detectors can be small and hand-held or much larger and hung beneath a helicopter to scan mach larger areas. At the time of writing (October, 2020) Recco® is used in 28 countries around the world but not the UK as yet. For more information see Recco®
The neck opening has a generous face guard that covered my nose. The hood is large enough to take a helmet and can be adjusted to fit snugly round my crown by a toggle at the back. A 2nd adjustable toggle at the bottom of the hood allows for further adjustment of the hood around my neck. Two further pull cords on either side of the front opening reduce the hood volume and these are released via two further squeezable adjusters sewn into the fabric of the hood at eye level. The hood also includes a coat hook.
I'm not ashamed to say that I love this jacket. It is breathable, waterproof, windproof and superbly designed. Furthermore it looks fantastic. It may well be aimed primarily at skiers but is just at home on top of a Lakeland Fell or Scottish Munro. Recommended.
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