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Helly Hansen Womens Verglas Down Insulator Review

HH Womens Verglas (Hooded) Down Jacket

With winter approaching no doubt your thoughts are turning to the warmer end of your wardrobe, with that in mind, and thanks to our good friends at Helly Hansen, we continuing our journey in their territory with a look at the Verglas Hooded Down Insulator; and in the interests of balance, we’re reviewing items from their excellent women’s clothing range.

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Over the last few months we have tested all manner of Helly Hansen items and we’ve been hugely impressed with the level of quality.  The fact Helly Hansen has been making clothing – and in particularly jackets – since 1877, it shouldn’t come as a surprise really.

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Helly Hansen are synonymous with the sea but they have equally as much experience in the mountains kitting out professional mountain rescue folk in there native Scandinavia for years.  A quick glance at our review resume will testify to the range and depth Helly Hansen produce for outdoor and mountain activities.

The Verglas Hooded Insulator is classified by Helly Hansen, in there usual understated way, as versatile and lightweight down insulator.  “Verglas” couldn’t be a more apt name, meaning “thin layer of ice” or “frozen rain” which conjurers up images of battling the elements; the Verglas is obviously something that means business.

A glance at its specification would support that assumption with 700+ fill European goose down aligned to a Pertex Microlight face fabric.

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The jacket benefits from a form fitting cut which our testers preferred to a more regular or boxy fit, improving the insulaton properties as well as being a more pleasing fit.  Added to this single handed adjustment with bottom hem and one handed inner hood adjustment, the fit can be further tailored should you wish.  There is also a slightly longer back with excellent articulated sleeves to give adequate length.

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You also get nice soft snowstop lycra cuffs to keep the elements on the outside of the jacket.

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This is what makes garments such as the Verglas such great value for money; multi-purpose, quality, versatility…

The jacket comes in a myriad of colours, however the one we’re testing is Magenta (as shown) which looks fantastic.  The jacket is priced at around the £230 mark which is competitive when compared to other manufactures offerings in a similar bracket.

Helly Hansen manufacture utility wear for survival, work and sport; focusing on the needs of professionals, athletes and enthusiasts as their core values.  These values radiate out into their clothing and equipment, the Verglas Hooded Insulator being a shining example.

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

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The Helly Hansen Hooded Down Insulator is a lightweight down jacket constructed from Pertex Lightweight face fabric and quality European 700+ fill goose down.  As such this can be worn as a standalone garment or as a mid-layer / part of your layer system.  The lighter construction means the Verglas compresses down into the smallest of spaces and won’t compromise pack weight.  Thanks to it’s cut and pleasing, quality finish you also won’t look like you’ve just stepped off Everest should you also decided to wear it around town.

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In Detail

We never get tired of testing Helly Hansen gear as every item seems to have it’s own unique qualities and niche.  There’s almost a childlike excitement unpacking each and every item and the Verglas is no exception; releasing the jacket from it’s papery slumber gifts the wearer with all manner of sensory overload.  Touch, sight, sound and smell even are all rewarded in equal measure… to say we’re clothing voyeurs is perhaps an understatement.

From the front and the rear the tailored fit is there for all to see with its diagonal baffles giving it a slimmer more fitted look:

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The jacket has a full time hood with great one handed adjustment toggles on the inside so you can adopt a fitted approach and keep warm and dry when cruising the mountain tops:

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The bottom hem adjustments – single handed – means you can alter the jacket to suit the conditions, thereby increasing or decreasing the insulation properties on the move.

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The soft Snowstop Lycra cuffs fit perfectly with no tightness or discomfort beyond keeping the elements out but with enough give to fit below or over your gloves:

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Discreet fleece lined side pockets are perfect for warming bear hands or keeping small items in and are tailored perfectly into the design and lines of the jacket:

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The full length (YKK) Zipper provides adaquate protection from the elements, such as spindrift, and is further enhanced by the inner storm flap

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Features

 

  • Pertex microlight ripstop down fabric
  • Allied down 85/15 European goose
  • Fillpower 700+
  • YKK® Vislon center front zip
  • Full time hood
  • One hand inside hood adjustments
  • Bottom hem adjustment
  • Soft snowstop lycra cuffs
  • YKK® zipped hand pockets
  • DWR Treatment
  • Nice design on a classic outdoor down insulator jacket

 

Fabric Care

  • Machine wash in cold water
  • Iron – low heat (Check iron settings!!)
  • Do not dry clean
  • Do not tumble dry
  • Do not bleach
  • Do not use fabric softner
  • Close all velcro tabs before washing
  • Wash dark colours separately
  • Some fading may occur on bright colours

A hooded version of Helly Hansen’s cool lightweight Verglas down jacket design featuring high quality European Goose down and Pertex microlight fabrics.

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Features

 

  • Pertex microlight ripstop down fabric
  • Allied down 85/15 European goose
  • Fillpower 700+
  • YKK® Vislon center front zip
  • Full time hood
  • One hand inside hood adjustments
  • Bottom hem adjustment
  • Soft snowstop lycra cuffs
  • YKK® zipped hand pockets
  • DWR Treatment
  • Nice design on a classic outdoor down insulator jacket

 

Fabric Care

  • Machine wash in cold water
  • Iron – low heat (Check iron settings!!)
  • Do not dry clean
  • Do not tumble dry
  • Do not bleach
  • Do not use fabric softner
  • Close all velcro tabs before washing
  • Wash dark colours separately
  • Some fading may occur on bright colours

The Helly Hansen Verglas Down Insulator:

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Front and Rear:

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When testing this jacket both in everyday use and up high in the Glyders it has performed perfectly.

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It is as light as a feather and can be stuffed snug inside your backpack until called upon.  As with all Helly Hansen products you cannot help but be impressed with the detail and feel of the jacket

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and with every colour imaginable, there’s a Verglas Insulator for everyone.  Benefiting from being lighter weight, yet constructed with quality components, increases the levels of versatility.  So whether you’re taking a trip down to the shops, walking the dog or walking up the side of a mountain it can be adapted to suit all and every situation.

This is what makes garments such as the Verglas such great value for money; multi-purpose, quality, versatility.

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