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Helly Hansen Odin Traverse Pants Review

Helly Hansen Odin Traverse Pants

In our last review we looked at the excellent Odin Traverse Jacket, so as we now move into the fourth review of the Helly Hansen series it seemed natural the Traverse Jacket with a look at the Odin Traverse Pants.  No team points for guessing the two items are related!

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Built to the same exacting standards, using the same 3-layer fabric, these beauties are designed with the professionals in mind but accessible to the likes of you and I.  Thanks Helly Hansen, it’s good to share.

Whenever you see the Helly Tech® trademark you immediately think quality and performance; whether you’re part of a Mountain Rescue Team, a Pro-Athlete or Alpine goat, the Helly Hansen products have been designed in collaboration with the professionals, resulting in outstanding gear; all of which benefits us immensely.

In the Traverse Pants, Helly Hansen have taken the simplistic concept of waterproof trousers and elevated it beyond the norm.

Helly Hansen refer to the Odin Traverse Pant in their usual understated way as “An outdoor pant for climbing and hiking in the mountains.”  As we’ve already seen with the Odin Traverse Jacket, this description is perfectly apt, however there’s more than one string to this bow.  The Traverse Pants are fully featured, waterproof, breathable and windproof protecting you against the elements at altitude.  Helly Hansen have made full use of there super light and hard wearing 3-ply Helly Tech fabric which is functional simplicity at its finest, as well as looking superb!

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More than capable of protecting you against the elements in the most demanding of conditions, you could conceivably use the Traverse Pants for a multitude of outdoor activities, beyond hiking and climbing.  These trousers also have ¾ zips on the side which instantly cool you down and equalise temperature.

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Having already used the Traverse Pants on several outings – taking full advantage of recent torrential downpours – I can report they function superbly.  As with all of the Helly Hansen product range they manage to create functionally rich and performance orientated products which also look great.  Don’t see this as shallow vanity, cut and form are ingredients which all add to the mix.  If something looks ‘right’ it invariably feels right which equates to comfort and so on.  Helly Hansen pay close attention to the look and feel of their products, and are all the better for it.

The Odin Traverse Pants come equipped with all the features you’d expect and more:

  • HELLY TECH® PROFESSIONAL
  • Waterproof, windproof and breathable
  • 3 ply fabric construction
  • Fully seam sealed
  • Durable Water Repellency treatment (DWR)
  • 3/4 WR side zips
  • WR zip pockets
  • Elastic in waist
  • Belt loops
  • Bottom hem adjustment
  • Regular fit

All the best restaurants have a number of base or mother sauces which are used in all of their dishes.  In a similar fashion Helly Hansen have stock technology or base designs which they adapt according to application.  This means you get the same quality, consistency and performance throughout the range making choice an easier task.  In the Traverse Pants, Helly Hansen have taken the simplistic concept of waterproof trousers and elevated it beyond the norm.

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Both the Odin Traverse Jacket and Pants are excellent products in their own right; when combined they dovetail perfectly.  The trousers have a RRP Price of £200 which is at the slightly higher end of the market, however all things considered that are great value for money; offering  superb levels of flexibility and performance.

We’ll be fighting over who gets to test the Odin Traverse Pants over the coming months, until then please refer to the ““First Impressions” tab for further information or visit the Helly Hansen website for more details:

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Is this another waterproof trouser with lofty promises of greatness or just another damp squib to peal of your clammy skin at the end of a hike…I think I know the answer already!

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In Detail

When you unfold the Odin Traverse pant from the delicious Helly Hansen wrappings, the first thing that strikes you is how substantial they are.  No gossamer thin teabag like waterproof trousers which stay at the bottom of your pack and fail the first time you use them.  Oh no!  The Odin Travers Pants are capable of being worn comfortably from the start of your days activities until the end.  These fully featured waterproof, windproof and breathable trousers will easily cope with any conditions you care to throw at them and won’t let you down when you need them most.

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The ¾ length zips that are incorporated in the sides of the trousers absolutely keeps you perfectly tempered and comfortable for as many hours as you care to use them. As with all waterproofs whether it be jackets or trousers its essential there is good ventilation to stop the greenhouse effect and these perform admirably in that department.

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The 3-zipped water resistant pockets located on the side and one on the front of the trousers provide more than enough storage for those essential items.  Generally I like to keep this to a minimum, however quick access to essentials is made an easy affair as the pockets are more than just a basic afterthought.

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The waist adjustments on both sides of the pant really help get that fit just right. The added belt loops as well allow you to tailor the fit and create that seal against the elements.

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The Traverse Pants benefit not only from an elasticated and adjustable waist band, but the addition of a proper zip, clasp and two strong poppers mean they won’t be slipping or moving and feel exceptionally comfortable.

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At the base of the trousers you’ll find a cinch cord and strong popper.  Combined with the 3/4 zip this means taking the trousers off and on as well as adjusting them to suit is light work.

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The high abrasion resistant and durable waterproof repellency of the Helly Tech® fabric mean you don’t have to treat these trousers with “kid gloves” and can comfortably put them through their paces giving you the freedom to do whatever outdoor activity you want to do.

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Features

  • HELLY TECH® PROFESSIONAL
  • Waterproof, windproof and breathable
  • 3 ply fabric construction
  • Fully seam sealed
  • Durable Water Repellency treatment (DWR)
  • Elastic in the waist section
  • Regular Fit
  • ¾ length Venting zips
  • Belt Loops
  • WR zip pockets
  • Bottom hem adjustment

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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.

The mighty Odin Traverse Pants…

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I have used a number of waterproof trousers over the years, both fully functional and the more basic over-trouser variety.  Based purely upon first impressions, the Odin Traverse Pants are right up there with the best.  Certainly the quality of material, functionality and overall design has resulted in a flawless performance thus far.  Over the coming months we’ll be putting these through their paces in various scenarios .

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These might be designed for alpine summits and professional mountain rescue but they cross over nicely into the outdoor pursuit world and come with a significant pedigree.  I’ll be hiding these to make sure no one else gets their mucky paws all over them!

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