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Helly Hansen Women’s Odin Rapide Softshell Jacket Review

HH Women's Odin Rapide Softshell

Yet more clothing from our Nordic friends I hear you cry? Hell yes!

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The Women’s Odin Rapide Softshell Jacket from Helly Hansen is a versatile softshell which utilises lightweight and low bulk stretch fabric maximising your freedom of movement.  A stalwart of mountain guides and rock-hounds, The Odin Rapide Softshell is equally at home as a standalone jacket, mid-layer or under a waterproof shell  jacket; thanks to it’s excellent breathability.

It has a pleasing silhouette, again something our testers have reported favorably thus far across the range of Helly Hansen Women’s wear.  Not only does this mean it looks great, but from a functional point of view fit is drastically improved translating to greater comfort and warmth when synched up.

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The Odin Rapide’s good looks almost belie it’s true capabilities, a trait at which Helly Hansen excel.  The Odin Rapide is a highly technical softshell jacket that offers superb insulation and breathability, meaning it’ll adapt to numerous situation, whilst you stay dry and warm.  If spot the triptych triangles, you know it means business

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It obvious when you absorb what this jacket has to offer, the boys and girls at Helly Hansen have thought long and hard about what’s important and what isn’t; from the velcro adjustable sleeves, adjustable hem, DWR finish, zipped pockets, scalloped tail… the list goes on.

In a market awash with Softshell Jackets, the Helly Hansen Odin Rapide stands head and shoulders above many of it’s competitors…

Our tester commented they felt instantly at home thanks to the great fit and features of the Rapide Softshell.  Softshell jackets not too long ago seemed to have flooded the market, however the vast majority were neither one thing or the other, they just didn’t really ‘fit’ anywhere.  The Rapide has been pitched perfectly and offers a great deal of flexibility, either on its own or when combined with other layers.

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In this arena, flexibility, Helly Hansen score highly.  The Rapide is capable of working across any number of disciplines and conditions with a little thought to layering.  As a standalone jacket is offers great warmth, wind resistance without overheating.  When used a mid-layer, thanks to it’s low bulk and stretchy fabric you won’t feel encumbered or restricted and it’ll even sit nicely beneath a waterpoof shell.

The flexibility wasn’t lost on our tester, who’s only gripe was the fact they didn’t want to take it off.  Not a bad complaint really!

For more detail please refer to the “First Impressions” tab or visit the Helly Hansen website for further information:

HH Odin Rapide Softshell

The Women’s Odin Rapide Softshell Jacket from Helly Hansen, does it live up to the grandiose title?

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If you’re going to name something after a God it had better live up to expectation and the Odin Rapide Softshell does this and more.  A highly breathable and versatile softshell jacket for women, its low bulk and stretchy fabrics ensure maximum freedom of movement.   The jacket can be worn on its own or as a mid layer under waterproof breathable shell jackets and to cap it all, it looks fantastic!

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The beauty is not merely skin deep, as the Rapide offers a high level of specification and flexibility is a perfectly formed package.

At the bottom is an adjustable hem which allows the jacket to be synced up against the elements:

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Cuffs are velcro adjustable and offer enough scope to go over or under gloves as required:

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Two side or hand warming pockets other quick access thanks to the quality toggled zippers:

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The pockets are not fleece lined, however this is a bonus as thanks for the open mesh, they also act as additional source of ventilation:

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Thanks to the way in which the mesh is stitched, light items such as a buff can be stored on the inside of the jacket, without falling out if the zips are open.

The main zipper, YKK, boasts a toggle as do all the zippers.  The robust teeth mean it’s easy to operate and doesn’t snag:

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There’s also a storm flap on the inside which helps to keep warmth on the inside and the elements on the outside:

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The sizeable chest or Napoleon pocket is excellent for storing valuables, mobile phone or any other handheld device:

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Again this benefits from a storm flap and is also lined with open mesh, increasing ventilation capable still further.  The high collar helps to regulate body temperature as required and is also lined with a tricot brushed fabric to reduce any chaffing.

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The Odin Rapide is a truly excellent piece of kit, which for the money, is hard to fault.  Versatile, functional and stylish.  What more could you want?

Checkout the Helly Hansen homepage for more details:

Helly Hansen

Or grab yourself a bargain from our friends at Cotswold Outdoor

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Features

  • Regular fit
  • Velcro cuff adjustment
  • DWR Treatment
  • Highly breathable materials
  • Bottom hem adjustment
  • Brushed tricot collar
  • Double weave softshell construction
  • YKK Vislon center front zip
  • YKK zipped chest pocket
  • YKK zipped hand pockets

A highly breathable and versatile softshell jacket for women. Low bulk and stretchy fabrics ensure maximum freedom of movement. A favourite for guiding and climbing. The jacket can be worn on its own or as a mid layer under waterproof breathable shell jackets.

The Helly Hansen Odin Rapide Softshell Jacket for Women:

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Perfectly formed:

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Checkout the Helly Hansen homepage for more details:

Helly Hansen

Or grab yourself a bargain from our friends at Cotswold Outdoor

Cotswold Outdoor

In a market awash with Softshell Jackets the Helly Hansen Odin Rapide stands head and shoulders above many of it’s competitors.

Helly Hansen Women's Odin Rapide Softshell Jacket Review WalkHikeClimb

 

 

 

 

 

A stalwart of mountain guides and rock-hounds, The Odin Rapide Softshell is equally at home as a standalone jacket, mid-layer or under a waterproof shell jacket; thanks to it’s excellent breathability.

Without hesitation, we can’t recommend this enough.

Checkout the Helly Hansen homepage for more details:

Helly Hansen

Or grab yourself a bargain from our friends at Cotswold Outdoor

Cotswold Outdoor

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