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Helly Hansen Alpha Jacket Review

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With its clean lines and minimalist styling the Alpha Jacket from Helly Hansen is an absolute beast.

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Literally brimming with technological detail, the Alpha Jacket manages to deliver professional quality and performance whilst looking truly epic.  How does the saying go, never judge a book by it’s cover; well in this instance never a truer word could be said.

From the minute you pick up the Alpha Jacket it’s abundantly clear you’re dealing with a quality item which is further enforced when sliding your arm into the sleeve; the fit is nothing short of superb.

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It’s fair to say that the fit is enhanced by the use of a 2-way stretchy fabric but I believe it runs a little deeper than this; Helly Hansen always seems produce products that are ideally suited to their primary function and beyond.  In this instance, the Alpha Jacket is a highly breathable and waterproof ski jacket with some added sugar in guise of mechanical venting.  The Mesh H²Flow system will keep you cool during period of high exertion, such as trekking, and then warm and toasty on the way back down.

A firm favourite of the Helly Hansen’s Ambassadors, having worn and used the Alpha Jacket for some time now it’s easy to see why…

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The athletic cut of the jacket isn’t overly tight but is snug enough to allow full freedom of movement; essential for high octane activities.  The fact it also benefits from Primaloft insulation

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further underlines the quality of the venting system; at no point do you feel hot and sweaty.  The use of Helly Hansen’s proven waterproof and breathable Helly Tech® Professional 2-way stretch fabric is the icing on this delicious hunk ‘o cake.

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A firm favourite of the Helly Hansen’s Ambassadors, having worn and used the Alpha Jacket for some time now it’s easy to see why.  It’s versatility has few boundaries and not only does it perform on the slopes and mountains but it looks superb around town.

If you’re in the market a professional quality skiing jacket that offers superb functionality as modest price, the Alpha Jacket is definite winner.

For more detail check out our First Impressions tab or visit the Helly Hansen website

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There are some items of clothing you own which, over time, become firm favourites.  As far as the Helly Hansen Alpha Jacket is concerned, it was love at first sight.

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The geeks at Helly Hansen have left no stone unturned when designing the Alpha Jacket; using quality fabric and components throughout in a jacket that’s an ergonomical masterpiece.

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This Waterproof, windproof, breathable and fully insulated jacket (phew!) will impress from the minute you try it own.  Fit, form and function are nothing short of sublime

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Having tested many of the great Helly Hansen products over a number of months, we’ve been bowled over by the quality of their wares but the Alpha Jacket has taken us to new and heady heights; which oddly enough is what it’s designed to do!

As the core of this beast is the Helly Tech® Professional 2-way stretch fabric which provides the holy trinity of Waterproof, Windproof and Breathable properties

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The Helly Tech® 2-ply fabric offers excellent freedom of movement for high octane activities


Helly Hansen: Technical Fabrics and innovations...

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For extremely challenging wet, cold and windy conditions and the toughest physical challenges, Helly Tech® PROFESSIONAL will keep you dry, warm and confident. All seams are fully taped and welded to our highest specifications for long lasting, professional grade performance.

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PrimaLoft® is a synthetic insulation technology, offering superior thermal properties with excellent water repellency. It is made up of ultra-fine fibers that form air pockets to trap heat inside. These fibers are also combined with a special treatment that doesn’t allow water to pass through, and their highly reduced diameter makes PrimaLoft® extremely soft.

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The guys over at Helly Hansen really have thought of every possible design cue, form the fully adjustable helmet compatible hood which detachable

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YKK® water resistant zippers throughout, including chest and hand warmer pockets

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There’s a discrete ski-pass pocket for easy access whilst on the slopes

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And to top it all off, internal pockets for your valuables, goggles or sunglasses

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The articulated arms and elbows are crowned with adjustable cuffs for comfort and protection

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There’s also a snap-away power skirt as you’d expect with a quality item such as this

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The bottom of the hem is adjustable for improved fit as well as keeping the elements at bay

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Also included, and integral to the jacket itself, is the RECCO® Advanced Rescue system; a maintenance free way of being easily and quickly located in the event of avalanche

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With the addition of the  H²Flow System mechanical venting for optimal comfort and PrimaLoft® Black Insulation Hi-Loft the Alpha Jacket we really can’t find anything to fault and it’s easy to see why so many of the Helly Hansen Ambassadors reach for the Alpha Jacket.

The item we’ve left until last is the one that brought the biggest smile to my face, it’s the clean cloth that hides in the chest pocket

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It’s versatility has few boundaries and not only does it perform on the slopes and mountains but it looks superb around town.

For more detail check out the Helly Hansen website

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Features

  • Waterproof, windproof and breathable
  • 2 ply fabric construction
  • YKK® water resistant zippers
  • Ski-pass pocket
  • Internal pockets for goggles and electronics
  • Dual hand warming pockets and chest pockets
  • Detachable helmet compatible and adjustable hood
  • Snap away stretch powder skirt
  • Articulated arms and elbows for superior fit
  • RECCO® Advanced Rescue system
  • H²Flow System mechanical venting for optimal comfort
  • Fully insulated
  • PrimaLoft® Black Insulation Hi-Loft 80g
  • Durable Water Repellency treatment (DWR)
  • Fully seam sealed
  • 2 way dynamic stretch fabric

The excellent Alpha Jacket from Helly Hansen..  Go on, you know you want one…

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Superb fit and professional quality

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We’ve review many of the great products from Helly Hansen and just when you think things can’t get any better, along comes the Alpha Jacket.

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You only to slide your arm into the sleeve and you’re hooked, it really is that good.  There’s nothing more to say, other than, go out and try one!

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