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Helly Hansen Sogn Jacket

- published February 2017

89

2017

RATINGS

Durability
6
Weatherproofness
8
Bells & Whistles
9
Function
8
Breathability
8
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
89

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THE GOOD

  • Stretchy
  • Full featured
  • Well priced

THE BAD

  • Pit zips kind of small

THE VERDICT

Hell Hansen’s Sogn has a lot of bells and whistles, but what makes it a great coat is the supple, stretchy fabric and a moderate amount of high quality synthetic insulation. We love some of the details like the high visibility hood and the big cuffs with big, secure closures for a great jacket/glove interface. 

FULL REVIEW

Durability
The Helly Hansen Sogn is well built and stretchy fabrics always hold up a little better than lighter, more rigid fabrics.

Weatherproofness
The Helly Hansen Sogn is on par with a long hem, long sleeves, and a waterproof-breathable fabric. The lightweight synthetic insulation is always welcome when wet conditions rule, though we were never able to wet this jacket out, even in some nasty driving snow at Jackson Hole. 

Bells and Whistles
The H2Flow system is a great feature and the Sogn also has six well-placed pockets, one of which contains a tethered goggle chamois. You can attach ski pants via a pair of hooks on the powder skirt to make, effectively, a snow-proof onesie. We like the high visibility, fluorescent panel on the hood brow—a good way to keep track of your group in a whiteout.

Function
We love this jacket for its relatively moderate insulation and freeride fit—the stretchy fabric also helps keep it from being restrictive.

Breathability
Helly Hansen’s H2Flow system punches holes in the sheet of insulation, making for better circulation, especially when the mesh-backed pit zips are cracked. That came in handy on some steamy warm spring days in Aspen. The pit zips could be a bit bigger though.

How We Tested It

The jackets in this test were used by a Jackson-Hole based team of testers. They used these jackets on lifts and in the backcountry in Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Montana, and Japan. 

For more reviews beyond this 2017 test, check out our other ski jacket testsski testsski helmet tests, and other related ski gear reviews.

The products featured in this test have been loaned to the Gear Institute. For more on our policies regarding editorial objectivity and sample returns, see here.

About the Author

Frederick Reimers

Frederick Reimers

Frederick Reimers was the editor of Canoe and Kayak Magazine from 2007-09 and has been writing for Outside, Men's Journal, Skiing and Powder ever since.

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MSRP
LOW PRICE
$350.00
Support Gear Institute. If you make a purchase after clicking on the links above, a portion of the sale helps support this site.

RATINGS

Durability
6
Weatherproofness
8
Bells & Whistles
9
Function
8
Breathability
8
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
89

Specs

  • Pit zips: small
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Powder skirt: Yes
  • Helmet Compatible Hood: Yes
  • Wrist gaskets: Yes
  • Gender: Men's

Weight

2.24 lbs

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