Why We Chose It: Very durable and a unique design that’s eco-friendly
This is a pretty big launch from Helly Hansen. It’s a serious waterproof jacket; one that offers a high level of protection and that’ll suit any particularly demanding mountain activities. On top of all that, the Norwegian brand have clearly taken some big steps to make sure the jacket will appeal to those who like their gear to be eco-friendly.
What’s The Helly Hansen Odin Mountain Infinity Pro Shell Best Suited To?
This certainly has the durability, articulation, protection and technical details to pique the interest of any skiers out there, particularly the ski mountaineers. I’d say it’s also very well suited to hillwalking and climbing as well. This thing definitely seems like it’s made to survive some wild Norwegian weather.
The Eco Credentials
This is a jacket that’s made entirely without added chemicals which means no eco-hazardous PFCs are present in the fabric’s water repellent treatment (DWR).
There isn’t actually a water repellent treatment here at all – that’s something you very rarely see with three-layer waterproof products. Helly Hansen say there’s no need for one, with their unique Lifa yarns being able to do the job without any added help (more on that further down). The other indirect advantage of not using a DWR is that the jacket won’t require tumble drying after washing in order to reactivate the treatment, which ultimately makes the jacket less energy intensive.
Materials And Performance
The Lifa yarns featured here are actually based on the same fibres used in Helly’s legendary baselayers (those ones with the zebra stripes down the arms). These fibres themselves are naturally hydrophobic, able to push moisture out and into the atmosphere, and in the case of the Odin Mountain Infinity they’ve been so tightly woven together that water should effectively bounce straight off.