This new mid-layer jacket from Helly Hansen was designed for the Swedish Olympic Ski Team, and while I’m not nearly as quick, I found the jacket to be both comfortable and technical. It works in a wide variety of weather conditions and temperatures and manages to turn some heads at the same time (or is that me? nope, it’s definitely the jacket). The quilted outer uses Helly’s Lifaloft fabric that keeps the showers and wind at bay with a light PrimaLoft insulation – and this is where the versatility kicks in. I’ve worn it as an outer layer for travelling but when things get cold, wet (or snowy) then you have the ideal mid-layer that fits snugly under a shell or even an insulated ski jacket when things get really frosty. For me, it’s good on its own with a baselayer down to about -5c. It packs down into virtually nothing and springs back to life again when worn. Looks good, feels good, feels warm; you might even turn some heads… but it could all be down to the Hybrid Insulator Jacket I’m afraid.
► Verdict: Stylish and very versatile mid-layer jacket for all year-round use.
► Best for: Anyone on a winter holiday who needs a one-stop, go-to mid-layer.
Review by Rob Stewart