Helly Hansen LifaLoft Hooded Insulator Jacket
Staying warm without the bulk of a big jacket is what the Helly Hansen LifaLoft Hooded Insulator Jacket is all about. Utilizing Helly Hansen’s new LifaLoft technology, this jacket is built to keep you warm without limiting mobility or performance. Layer up under a shell or use it as a stand alone jacket. You will love the lightweight windproof, water resistant and PFC free fabric.
Lifaloft™ is an insulation revolution that will keep you warmer with less weight and bulk due to the unique lifa yarn technology. Developed in cooperation with PrimaLoft®, Lifaloft™ is a combination of Lifa® and PrimaLoft® extensive knowledge in synthetic insulation. Lifaloft™ insulation is based on a yarn technology that traps more air vs polyester at a lighter weight. The fiber doesn’t absorb water and has inherit water repellency without the need for treatment due to the hydrophobic properties of the Lifa® fibers which makes this insulation technology ideal for year around adventures in any condition and keeps you warm even when wet. Less carbon and water footprint vs comparable polyester for a lower environmental impact.
The Helly Hansen LifaLoft Hooded Insulator Jacket is my personal favorite in the LifaLoft series because it has a hood. The jacket fits snug but not too snug to my body, including the sleeves and the hood. This allows the jacket to keep body heat closer to the body and also allows it to fit under a larger jacket if needed. Helly Hansen offers a few other models in the LifaLoft series that don’t have hoods. Check them all out here.
The Helly Hansen LifaLoft Hooded Insulator Jacket does provide a surprising amount of warmth for how thin and light it is. The jacket is very thin and lightweight. This is a nice feature, however, for me it just isn’t quite as warm as I had hoped. I have been using a North Face 700 fill down jacket for the past couple years as my daily jacket. It has always provided just the right amount of warmth for me. I hoped to be able to replace my North Face jacket with this Helly Hansen jacket as a daily jacket for going to/from work. I figured they would be about the same warmth since they are about the same thickness and weight. I live in Utah, so at this time of year (December) it can get pretty cold. For winter conditions, this Helly Hansen jacket isn’t quite warm enough as a stand alone jacket. My personal opinion is that my North Face jacket is about 2 to 3 times warmer than this jacket (purely based on feel not scientific calculation). However, while doing something active, like snowshoeing, I prefer something not as warm as my North Face. This is where the Helly Hansen fits in. This is not an upside or a downside to the Helly Hansen Jacket. I’m just trying to set clear the amount of warmth that this jacket is capable of providing. It would be a great jacket for spring or fall. In the winter, plan on using it as part of a layered setup.
I don’t have anything bad to say about the comfort of this jacket. I love the fit. Personally I love snug fitting jackets like this. The zippers are of excellent quality and so are all the materials used to make the jacket. The insides of the pockets are lined with fleece. The waistband has an elastic that can be used to tighten the fit. Everything is as I would hope for quality.
Overall, Helly Hansen has produced an excellent lightweight jacket. It is comfortably warm in non freezing temperatures. It has a great fit that doesn’t limit mobility or comfort in any way. If you feel like learning more or purchasing your own, head over to Helly Hansen!