Helly Hansen Women's Packable Pant
In this our second review of the awesome Helly Hansen Women’s series of clothing, we turning our attention to leg wear, namely the Helly Hansen Packable Pant.
In our last review we put the excellent Helly Hansen Verglas Down Insulator jacket through it’s paces, which was a firm favourite with our tester. The Helly Hansen Packable Pant seem the perfect accompaniment.
The term “Packable Pant” conjures images of the more featherlight variety which are great at keeping rain at bay but can be somewhat vunerable when is comes to impact and abrasion. Certainly if you’re scrambling or rock hopping, the slightest slip can mean either wasted cash or leave you reaching for the patch kit.
When the Helly Hansen Packable Pants hit the WalkHikeClimb we were a little bemused. These things are seriously hardcore, especially for a packable pair of waterproof trousers; so much so we immediately thought imposter! A quick look at the swing tag revealed all, but there’s no way these things are packable… surely?
These aren’t the lightest waterproofs on the market, weighing in at 420g, however they’re certainly superbly well made. You’d think we would have learnt by now that quality, functionality, flexibility and innovation are all woven into Helly Hansen’s product DNA. You be amazed at how these waterproof trousers are able to pack down into the “Packable Pocket.”
Here at WalkHikeClimb we’ve come to recognise the Helly Tech trademark as genuine guarantee of quality.
Helly Hansen have a long and illustrious history in the production of garments for use at sea or on land, and protection from the elements is the nucleus surrounding their entire product range. As you’d expect the Packable Pant is fully waterproof, windproof, breathable and offers adjustment throughout. In fact, these packable pants are probably amongst the most feature rich we’ve yet to see. From the adjustable waist and trouser legs to the hand warmer pockets, comfort liner there seems to be no stone unturned.
Whether you’re walking, hiking or indeed climbing there’s little these little beauties won’t take in their stride.
Built like a tank should suggest the Packable Pant from Helly Hansen isn’t cut for looks, however it’s quite remarkable how stylish these things are. This was one of the main points highlighted by our testers; fit, comfort and looks. Even the various logo’s are tastefully positioned to add to the overall appearance.
The trouser leg (or hem) adjustment was something that was particular welcome, especially if you’re wearing these over lightweight trousers, shorts or leggings and don’t want to take your boots off. It is possible to slip them on and then adjust accordingly. Weather you’re walking, hiking or indeed climbing there’s little these little beauties won’t take in their stride.
All of this and they do actually pack down into a little pocket; it’s like magic!
For more detail please refer to the “First Impressions” tab or visit the Helly Hansen website for further information:
The Helly Hansen Packable Pant; little gem or rotten cabbage?
Well we think we know the answer to that question already, but read on!
When the Packable Pant from Helly Hansen hit our desks, we genuinely thought there was some mistake; there were even murmurs of “Snowboard pants?” But that’s actually what’s so good about these waterproof trousers, they’re not just a scrunched up waterproof membrane that you slip on when there’s a hint of rain, these are a professional quality, multipurpose piece of kit. It wouldn’t be unreasonable to wear them happily from the start until the end of your day, throughout a host of various conditions.
The Helly Tech Performance fabric is the beating heart of many Helly Hansen products and all the better for it we say!
The adjustable hem on the bottom of the legs are absolutely perfect for slipping the pants over the top of walking boots quickly when the weather turns.
They are fully adjustable so you can create that storm seal against the boots to keep the elements well and truly on the outside. The asymmetric design means you’re able create a seal, without loosing protection of your boots or shoes. If it gets a little hotter, simply loosen them and create additional ventilation. Perfect!
The zipped side pocket that is labelled “Packable Pocket” amazed us all in that these substantial waterproof trousers can be compressed down into it.
The resulting parcel is a convenient size and won’t overwhelm any pack or whilst in transit.
The robust fabric give the pants a feeling of substance, with welcome support at the knee. This sets the Packable Pant apart from the competition, which equates to more weight but certainly not to an extent that will cause problems. Helly Hansen’s products are meant to be used and soak up any abuse you throw at them.
There are 3 zipped pockets on the sides including hand warmer pockets that can easily store your wares but also provide welcome protection if you’re stationary for any period of time.
They are designed to disappear into the lining when not in use to give that streamline fitted effect which are highly practical as well as providing a flattering silhouette.
Unlike many waterproof trousers available on the market today, these actually utilise a zipped fly and button
Ther elasticated waist help to improve fit will the welcome addition of belt loops adding yet another level of security if required.
Even the button is emblasoned with the Helly Hansen logo, which is a really nice touch
The high abrasion resistant and durable water proof 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.
- HELLY TECH® PROFESSIONAL
- Waterproof, windproof and breathable
- 2 ply fabric construction
- Fully seam sealed
- Durable Water Repellency treatment (DWR)
- Packable Pocket
- Quick dry lining
- Adjustable bottom leg
- Belt Loops
- Hand warmer zipped pockets
For high intensity challenges in any weather conditions Helly Tech® PERFORMANCE gear will keep you dry, comfortable and confident throughout your adventure. Specifically designed Helly Tech®
PERFORMANCE fabrics deliver sport specific performance with high waterproof and breathability ratings to keep you comfortable and focused on your challenge. All seams are fully taped for optimum waterproof performance.
We have used a a number of variants on the waterproof trousers over the years, some have been great and some have been awful. These Woman’s Packable pants from Helly Hansen really won’t disappoint. They are clearly very substantial in design and versatile in their uses; with great looks which is unusual for waterproof trousers of the packable variety.
Helly Hansen describe these as a packable companion for rainy days, that in essence is exactly what they are but the effort to tick all the boxes in design and function is undeniable. As usual Helly Hansen have made another winner for the wet weather walking enthusiast.
Refer to the Helly Hansen Website for further information
Our friends at Cotswold Outdoor currently have the Packable Pant from Helly Hansen in stock. Go on, treat yourself!