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If you are a lover of the outdoors or trendy workwear attire then I’m sure you’ll have come across the iconic Norwegian brand, Helly Hansen.
The popular Scandinavian brand is well known for their high quality outdoor clothing. Yet, although they are focused on quality and practicality, they still manage to make their clothing stylish. Because who doesn’t want to enjoy the great outdoors but still look sophisticated?
Therefore, we just had to test out their Women’s Ride Cycling Jacket to see if it’d live up to their reputation…
Upon first inspection, I liked how lightweight the jacket felt. I didn’t feel heavy or bulky. I find when I’m riding I want my outer layer to be nice and light, almost like a second skin. This way I can either layer underneath with a jumper or just pop it on over a t-shirt in warmer climates.
Similarly, I noticed that there’s taped seams inside of the jacket, which of course was a big plus. I was really happy to see that this waterproof garment actually had some signs of waterproofing technology before even putting it through it’s paces.
However, I was concerned about the colour. Although it looks fantastic and really trendy since everyone is loving cool neutral tones, I myself was worried I’d trash the colour with stains after the first 10 minutes of wearing it.
- HELLY TECH® Protection
- 100% Nylon Mechanical Stretch Main Fabric For Comfort
- YKK® Vislon Front Zipper with Back Placket
- Hanging Hood with Elastic Edge band
- Hand Pockets with YKK® Zip Closure
- Drawcord Adjustment At Hip
- Elastic Edge band At Cuffs
- Back Yoke with Ventilation
- Printed HH® Logo At Sleeve
- Lightweight at only 400g
This jacket is available in two colour options, these are: 823 NIMBUS CLOU and 990 BLACK
The first option is nice and neutral, very Scandinavian chic, if potentially a little impractical for those who are a bit messy (I’d include myself in that group) and the latter a stealthy black option.
For this review, I tried out the 823 Nimbus Clou option.
Thoughts Post Outing
As soon as I put the jacket on I noticed how soft the material feels, it didn’t feel heavy or claustrophobic as some waterproof / windproof coats make you feel. I also liked how the meshing offered a layer between the fabric and my skin, it felt breathable.
While riding, I noticed that the length in the arms of the jacket was spot on. As someone with long limbs I was a little worried the arms would move up as they often do in more relaxed style outer layers: but this was not an issue at all I’m pleased to say.
Also regarding the fit, I felt that the length was spot on. I wore a M and I’m 174cm tall, yet I noticed that the length at the back was very generous, thus prevented any dirt being thrown up by my back wheel onto my clothes underneath.
Additionally, I really liked the added features of the hood, ventilation and drawcord adjustment at the bottom. I felt that all of these features were useful and not just a gimmick. Similarly, I’m happy to report that although it’s a women’s specific piece, the pockets were actually a roomy size. Finally, real pockets for women!
Is it Really Waterproof?
If like many people wanting to enjoy the simple pleasure of bike riding come rain or shine, you will often look for a jacket that can do it all. Especially one that is waterproof and actually keeps you dry in a downpour!
Therefore, I’m thrilled to report that this jacket was actually surprisingly waterproof! Within the shower I was caught in my back and arms stayed completely dry: something that can be hard to find in jackets that are both stylish and practical.
In addition to the shower I was caught in, as you can see, the material happily beaded water that came into contact with the jacket. More so, as you can see the water didn’t even absorb when poured onto the arm. Seriously impressive stuff.
However, it’s important to note, as with any waterproof garments, that they should be washed correctly. Moreover, if you wear a backpack while riding, be mindful that the friction between your bag and the outer layer may effect the waterproofing ability of said garment.
Overall I really enjoyed wearing this jacket both for it’s functionality and style.
Although at first I wasn’t too sure about the colour, given white is pretty hard to remove marks that occur when riding, I have to say by the end of the day I had been totally converted to the light neutral tone – although the jacket is also available in black.
Therefore I would definitely recommend this jacket to anyone who wants a great all round waterproof and windproof cycling jacket commuting or leisure riding. The Helly Hansen Ride Jacket is versatile (can be worn off the bike too) and well thought out. So really, you can’t go far wrong.