As we approach fall, I’m cleaning out my gear shed. It’s tempting to hang onto things that perform well, but my focus going forward are items that are excellent in a variety of situations so I’m not hauling around a number of things that I don’t really need.
One of the items that’s staying is the Helly Hansen Odin 3D Air Shell Jacket.
The waterproof and windproof shell jacket is lightweight, at 11.4 ounces, with a 2.75-layer fabric (face: 100-percent polyamide, back: 100-percent polyester) that performs like a 3-layer fabric jacket. The 3-D backing print isn’t cold and clammy when wearing it next to your skin, and the jacket is extremely breathable, so it’s not like a hothouse in your jacket when you’re out on an adventure.
The two-way side ventilation zippers connect all the way down to the hem, and combined with the open mesh panel in the back of the jacket, provide excellent ways to get airflow and regulate your body temperature. The adjustable hood is helmet compatible, and you can easily reach pockets even when you have a backpack over the jacket.
The jacket’s kangaroo pockets are zippered, and one pocket has an interior zippered pocket for secure storage of a phone or other important items. When you’re not wearing it, tuck the jacket into the front pocket, and it converts into a waist bag that you can wear and pack your belongings in.
The women’s Odin 3D Air Shell Jacket comes in melon, bluebird, royal blue, and black, and lists for $350 (although a sale is going on now with some colors priced at $210) on the Helly Hansen site. The men’s jacket comes in papaya, patrol oran, and black, and lists for $350 on the Helly Hansen site.