Why We Chose It: Sustainable, innovative, lightweight but durable
Norwegian brand Helly Hansen makes a vast range of outdoor gear for sailors, skiers and hikers, as well as everyday lifestyle apparel and even industrial workwear. However, its specialist mountain range is called the Odin collection, and this is where you tend to find its professional-grade gear. According to the brand, Odin products offer “the most complete and purposeful weather protection, whilst also being lightweight and functional”.
The Odin 1 World Infinity Jacket is a case in point. It was developed with insights from the Squamish Search and Rescue team in British Columbia, Canada. The brief? To create an extra breathable shell that offers high-level protection from wind and rain. But in typical Helly style, the brand didn’t just stop there. They also wanted to make the jacket as sustainable as possible – using materials with minimum impact, from the fabric to the waterproof membrane to the water-repellent finish.
What Is The Helly Hansen Odin 1 World Infinity Jacket Best Suited To?
Since it was designed in collaboration with Canadian Search and Rescue Teams, you’d expect this jacket to be tough and protective, and you’d be dead right. However, unlike most hefty winter-grade waterproofs, this one tips the scales at just 400g (men’s medium). That makes it far more wearable and also more packable than the majority of its rivals, extending its scope of use from the harshest seasons through to spring and summer wear. So, this is a great year-round shell for hiking, hillwalking and mountaineering. It’s available in both men’s and women’s versions too.
The headline innovation is Helly Hansen’s new Lifa Infinity technology. The jacket boasts a fully waterproof/breathable membrane, bonded to a tough face fabric and a soft backer. In other words, it’s a similar three-layer construction to most premium waterproofs. Usually, some sort of chemical solvent is needed to bond the different layers together, but Helly have managed to achieve the same result without the use of chemicals, by heating and stretching the material.