Helly Hansen Odin Belay ReviewFebruary 9, 2013
- Weather resistant exterior
- Warm for its weight
- Good temperature regulation
- Zipper snagged regularly
- Compressibility was fair, not great
The least warm of the down jackets we tested for this review, the Helly Hansen Odin Belay scored bonus points for its streamlined fit and easy layering. For compressibility and weight-to-warmth ratio check out some of the other options, but it’s a good choice for a puffy with a wide comfort range.
The value on this jacket is middle of the road. It’s a mid-priced jacket for mid-pack warmth, compressibility, and features.
The Primaloft One 100 gram synthetic insulation looks thin, but it’s effective. We found it sealed in the body heat, comfortable with just a T-shirt down to the low 30s F—not bad for 100-gram insulation. Plus, in conditions where we’d be sweating in other down jackets, there was enough breathability to keep us from overheating.
A little roomier than some of the other down jackets we tested, there was lots of room for throwing two layers underneath, but that also meant more dead air space to heat up. Because it is not as puffy as other jackets, it layered well under a shell. Lots of length in the sleeves and body kept drafts and snow from getting in.
Being a synthetic fill, the Odin can’t compete with the compressibility of its down brethren. It packs to a kids size soccer ball, which is about the same as the down Brooks-Range Mojave—a far warmer jacket.
This Odin is a middle-weight at 25 ounces—heavier than most of the down jackets, but not pudgy for a synthetic fill option.
From the start the main zipper was stiff. It may be an early production model issue, but it is a major frustration. After all, a high-end jacket shouldn’t require advanced zipper techniques. The combo of Pertex Quantum and a DWR treatment beaded light rain. Good adjustability on the hood cinches allows for a fairly customizable fit. It also comes with two nice, big hand pockets.