Helly Hansen Odin Mountain Infinity Shell Jacket review

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The Helly Hansen Odin Mountain Infinity Shell Jacket is quite a mouthful. But it’s also quite a monster of a waterproof jacket, not least in price, coming in at an eye-watering RRP of £600 (although it can now be found at more affordable prices now it’s not brand new out). However, with a target market of backcountry skiers, mountaineers and hikers, there’s a lot of ground to cover.

So how does it compare to the rest of the best ski jackets on the market, not to mention the best waterproof jackets in general? We tested one out to see. Here’s our Helly Hansen Odin Mountain Infinity Shell Jacket review.


Design is right at the forefront of the Helly Hansen Odin Mountain Infinity Shell Jacket’s raison d’etre, beginning with the fabric itself. No standard Gore-business here, this is Helly Hansen’s in-house polypropylene LIFA Infinity Pro, a three-layer fabric with a breathable microporous membrane that’s water repellent and durable, but PFC-free.

With that environmental weight lifted from your shoulders, you’ll notice the general setup here is promising, an athletic cut, robust waterproof in an active mountain style.

In spite of the robust three-layer fabric and innumerable pockets (2 internal, 3 external, including ski pass pocket), there’s not much weight here, always a boon.

A low hem combined with the zip-out show skirt keeps the worst of spindrift and powder at bay, and it’s great to see the Recco reflector added – a little bit more safety for very little weight penalty.

All seams are taped, and neat details abound – the generous handing loop is rubberised so it stands proud for easy hooking even in gloves, for example.


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