Ski in style
Buying a ski jacket can be annoying, especially if you’re in the UK. Why? Well, because it isn’t the snowiest of places, so you cant exactly test it out in arctic conditions post purchase. Finding the right jacket can be extremely tedious. But, before splashing out on a new ski jacket take a few minutes and read this Helly Hansen Alpha ski jacket review.
I own way too many ski jackets, from a few North Face jackets to a super expensive Moncler ski jacket. I generally buy a new ski jacket every two years (not that you care about my ski jacket buying habits). When I was approached to review the Alpha ski jacket I was ecstatic, as I was off to the snowy French alps in a couple of weeks. Though it is mid season, I had actually aimed at having this post up earlier.
If you haven’t heard about the snowsports brand Helly Hansen. They are a Scandinavian company located in Norway. Mainly recognised for their outdoor sports gear. The company was founded by a guy called Helly Juell Hansen who started out by producing oilskin jackets and trousers. His son later took on leadership after Hellys death in 1914. The introduction of PVC helped the brand change their product offering from oilskin jackets to PVC ski jackets.
Helly Hansen Ski Jackets
You’ll have probably have seen someone at some stage wearing Helly Hansen clothing before. However, they are most commonly known for selling a range of ski jackets and outdoor jackets. They currently sell over 19 mens Helly Hansen ski jackets online. As well as also selling many other types of ski apparel and equipment.
Helly Hansen Alpha Ski Jacket
The Alpha ski jacket is in the mid price range. And, is currently priced at £300 (Update: some of the Alpha ski jackets are currently on sale for £210). Skiing and ski jackets aren’t cheap. But, if you’re looking for something that is long lasting the Alpha jacket will be your perfect ski companion.
The first thing you will notice with these jackets are that they come in an array of colours. From a subtle navy through to a vivid lime green. Oh, and if you hadn’t guessed – bright ski jacket colours are currently fashionable. It is good to stand out on the slopes. Especially when its misty and you cant see past 10 meters. As it helps your fellow ski companions identify you from afar.
Even so, choosing the correct colour of your alpha ski jacket can be notably hard, because they all look great. Personally, the lime and icy blue coloured jackets really caught my attention.
Another thing you will notice with these jackets are that they are extremely light. If you want the extra warmth but without the additional layers then the Helly Hansen Alpha ski jacket is perfect. The Alpha jacket is waterproof, windproof and breathable with mechanical venting. Making it ideal for all slope conditions.
The jacket has many pockets and uses YKK water resistant zippers. I managed to fit a: GoPro, ski pass, portable charger, my wallet and my sunglasses, and still had room for other equipment. Unlike some ski jackets, you probably wont need to carry a backpack with you as its unlikely you will run out of storage space.
Helly Hansen Alpha ski jackets are probably one of the most ideal ski jackets currently available. They’re perfect for all types of skiing conditions. And, there are a large number of pockets available for you to carry all your valuables.
Despite looking great, the Helly Hansen Alpha jackets have all the extra perks. Including RECCO advanced rescue system, mechanical venting and dual hand warming chest pockets. If you’re looking for a stylish ski jacket at a competitive market price, you would be mad not to consider the Alpha ski jacket. Without sounding too pedantic it looks great paired up with a skeleton ski mask.
I hope you enjoyed this Helly Hansen Alpha jacket review, and be sure to check out the other products stocked on the HH website as well as my other mens lifestyle content.
Thank you for reading.
Disclaimer: I was sent a Helly Hansen Alpha ski jacket to review, however all opinions expressed are my own.