Helly Hansen Odin Mountain Jacket MK2
I have had so many waterproof shells over the years, some with stretch panels, and some without but never one with an entirely stretch fabric design! Long sleeves and a great torso fit make this jacket a must have for tall folks who are serious about all season protection.
The Helly Tech® O2 membrane allows for this jacket to be unbelievably breathable in warmer weather or high aerobic activity while maintaining a fully wind/waterproof barrier to the elements even in heavy snow or pouring rain.
That being said, this jacket is so light and breathable you will want to make sure to pack a midlayer if the temperature is scheduled to drop. The light yet supple fabric will allow the transfer of temperature without the moisture to your skin, so pack accordingly and enjoy the adverse effect in the warmer months when you don’t need to shed the layer as the day gets warmer.
Features (and boy does it have features):
TPU (thermo plastic urethane) reinforced waist and shoulder panels strategically located to reduce wear on the garment by backpacks and rucksacks. Not only does this help prolong the life of the jacket but it also helps keep the water repellent treatment intact on the areas where it fades quickest. This reduces the level of maintenance you need to provide to the jacket and enable you to get outside more often!
Full stretch Helly Tech® O2 fabric allows for an extremely comfortable fit without any of the restrictions of standard waterproof/breathable fabrics. Never before has a jacket been able to look and feel so clean and trim but still allow for a full range of movement. Best of all the fabric maintains its waterproof and breathable capabilities even when it is stretched to its maximum so even in your longest stride or nastiest fall you can be confident in the ODIN Mountain Jacket mk2 to keep you protected from the elements
YKK Aquaseal™ zippers seal up the areas where the Helly Tech® O2 can’t. You can find these incredibly water resistant zippers on the two hand pockets, armpit vent zips, sleeve pocket/ski pass pocket, chest pocket, and on the front of the shell with extra large teeth for flawless operation even when they are jammed with snow
RECCO® Reflector passive avalanche rescue system integrated into the shell for a no worry safety system you can count on worldwide
Removable full stretch powder skirt and ODIN Mountain pant link section are made of a water resistant softshell material that can be left in at all times or removed for an even lighter shell or for warm season use
No stitch welded inner pocket, bottom waist hem, and inner cuff reinforcements ensure a strong and long lasting product in the parts that receive the most wear on the inside of the shell adding quality and integrity to the parts you can’t even see!
Integrated stretch window in sleeve pocket for a ski pass viewing. Helmet compatible hood will fit industry standard safety equipment as well as some of the most popular items available to skiers, snowboarders, climbers, mountaineers, and rescue professionals
Lifa lined drop collar and chin guard. This is probably my favorite feature of the ODIN Mountain Jacket mk2 because it is so simple yet so often overlooked in high end shells. This collar allows the wearer to have full neck protection even when the hood is down or when the front of the jacket is not zipped up all the way. Simple, yet effective and even more comfortable thanks to the Lifa baselayer fabric sewn to the back of the collar.
Bought mine for under $400. I am 6 ft tall, weigh about 225 lbs and the XL fit true to size with room for layers underneath.
Price Paid: $374.25
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Reviewers Paid: $374.25