A Comparison of Helly Hansen Rain Jackets for Men

by Paul Joseph  |  Published April 25, 2022

When you’re out in the elements, having waterproof and comfortable clothing is essential – and Helly Hansen’s extensive range of men’s rain jackets certainly fit the bill.

The HH Arc S21 Ocean 3l Jacket (Photo: Helly Hansen)

Founded way back in 1877, the Norwegian clothing manufacturer and retailer are the go-to guys for outdoor professionals and enthusiasts around the world. Ethically sourced and produced using highly durable materials, their top-grade apparel is designed to help people stay warm and dry in all weathers. Among their collection is a full range of men’s rain jackets that are suitable for all outdoor activities – whether it’s commuting to work in a summer downpour or embarking on icy adventures somewhere inclement. Here are five of the best.

Best for technology: Arc S21 Ocean 3l Jacket

The bulkiest – and priciest – jacket on this list, the HH Arc Ocean 3L jacket protects its wearer with three full layers of fabric, complete with Helly Hansen’s state-of-the-art technologies. The jacket scores top marks for being windproof, waterproof, breathable and durable, and at just 740g it’s also extremely lightweight, given what it packs into its material. It is available in white with luminous yellow trimmings on the high-viz packable hood and zips, or a more forgiving black colour, also with yellow touches. A roll up bag is also included. From $715.

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Most stylish: Moss Raincoat

The Moss Raincoat (Photo: Helly Hansen)

A popular choice with those who partake in urban city life, this stylish thigh-length rain jacket is part of Helly Hansen’s renowned Moss range. Made with 100% waterproof Helox+® fabric technology, the coat is guaranteed to keep you dry in a downpour, however extended or fleeting. The jacket actually borrows inspiration from the 1950s Helly Hansen fisherman’s raincoat, which itself emerged from the storied history of the brand’s protection of Norwegian fishermen in all kinds of weather. One small downside is its weight, which at 925g makes it that bit heavier than other jackets on this list. From $130.

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Best for warmth: Dubliner Insulated Jacket

Suitable for winters in relatively mild climates, this lightly insulated jacket is fully waterproof and ideal for colder, rainy days. Versatile, warm and boasting a great cut, it utilises Helly Tech Protection to make it both waterproof/breathable and windproof, with fully sealed seams for added protection against the elements. It certainly falls into the category of lightweight too, weighing in at just 720g. The jacket also features both exterior and interior pockets and adjustable cuffs. From $195.

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Best for spring: RWB Spring Coat

RWB Spring Coat (Photo: Helly Hansen)

As the name suggests, this long-length rain jacket is ideal for the changeable weather of spring. A waterproof, windproof and breathable coat with a longer, knee-height silhouette for extra leg protection on wet days, it features a classic look that adds style to its functionality. As with most other Helly Hansen rain jackets, it’s made with the HELLY TECH Protection fabric system. And despite its extra length, it’s lightweight too, coming in at only 700g. The jacket is available in navy blue only. From $286.

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Best for the city: Utility Rain Jacket

A minimalist, hoodless, waterproof rain jacket designed for wet weather in the city, this utilitarian-style jacket looks good while keeping you dry, and is the perfect pick for spring and those cool summer days. Weighing just 700g, it uses HELLY TECH Protection that makes it both breathable and windproof. The coat’s exterior has a PFC-free, water-repellent treatment, while a back vent allows you to regulate body temperature while on the move. Additional details include chest and hand pockets with closures, an inner stash pocket and a packable hood. From $247.

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