When it comes to cold weatherwear, this Norwegian brand knows what it’s doing. So which ski jacket should you choose?
Helly Hansen is a go-to brand for stylish skiers and snowboarders looking to stay warm and look cool on the slopes. Founded over 140 years ago by sea captain Helly Juell Hansen, the brand is renowned for its first-to-market innovations tested in the world’s harshest environments. Helly Hanson currently offers 36 ski jackets and coats, with many more styles if you’re willing to buy vintage or second-hand. Jacket offerings range from hybrid hoodies to insulated shell jackets designed for search-and-rescue professionals. To help you make the right decision, we’ve compared five of Helly Hanson’s highly-rated ski jackets currently available online or in-store.
Men’s LifaLoft™ Insulator Jacket
Those looking for a stylish and warm ski jacket under $200 will be hard-pressed to find better than the LifaLoft™ Insulator Jacket. Made from LifaLoft™ insulation by Primaloft™, it is both windproof and water resistant, thanks to DWR treatment. The full inner front zip offers extra wind protection too. The jacket will keep you snug while offering good breathability during more intense activities. Unlike the other entries on our list, it isn’t completely waterproof and it only scores 4/6 for insulation and durability, but it is also at least half the price of any of the other options. From $190
Men’s Odin 9 Worlds 2.0 Outdoor Shell Jacket
The Odin Worlds 2.0 is Helly Hansen’s best-selling, professional-grade hardshell jacket thanks to its uncompromising comfort and durability on the slopes. Built with HELLY TECH® Professional 3-layer, waterproof/breathable and windproof system, this jacket offers maximum protection from the elements. Its helmet and backpack are compatible too, which makes it an excellent choice for trekking and camping too. Plus, the jacket was made using a certified bluesign® textile manufacturing process, which reduces waste in every step of the clothing supply chain. When it comes to price and value, this is our top choice. From $406.
The Steilhang is another best-selling jacket. It’s usually one of the brand’s more expensive jackets but is available for a steal this month at less than $500. Designed for alpine skiers who ride the mountains in all conditions, the jacket offers peak protection and intelligent warmth thanks to the HELLY TECH® waterproof/breathable membrane and PrimaLoft® Black Eco Insulation. It’s lightweight and features a four-way stretch for optimal mobility, making it the best option for those who are serious about their snow sports. From $411 (reduced from $590).
Men’s Alpha LifaLoft™ Insulated Ski Jacket
The Men’s Alpha LifaLoft™ is an upgrade on the iconic ski jacket. As with the original, it’s the best choice for passionate skiers who want to minimize their packing. Totally waterproof, extremely breathable and completely windproof, it’s guaranteed to keep you toasty – but not sweaty– on the slopes. There are underarm vents to help regulate your body temperature during high-output skiing too. Added features, like the Advanced Rescue system for findability and the LIFE POCKET+™ to help keep your phone alive in the cold, are welcome additions that justify the slightly more expensive price tag. From $513.
Men’s Odin Infinity Insulated Shell Jacket
This Insulated Shell Jacket is raved about by customers across the globe. Critics agree too; it recently one “Gear of the Year” from Outside Magazine, as well as a Sustainable Achievement award. Little wonder why, since the brand asked for input from search-and-rescue professionals in the design process. It’s the best option for those looking for a more sustainable heavy-duty jacket with a larger budget. LIFA INFINITY PRO™ technology is Helly Hansen’s most innovative and responsible waterproof and breathable technology to date. Both lighter and warmer than standard insulation, you can adjust the jacket to changing conditions and activity levels using mechanical venting that releases excess heat. From $750.