Helly Hansen Racing Light Jacket Review

April 18, 2014
Helly Hansen Racing Light Jacket
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GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
79
Weather Resistance
7
Breathability
7
Mobility & Comfort
8
Weight
7
Attention to Detail
8
Value
2

The Good

  • Nicely refined fit and finish
  • Unparalleled ventilation options
  • Not one, but two media-compatible pockets!

The Bad

  • Hilariously expensive
THE VERDICT

The Helly Hansen Racing Light jacket is a svelte wind jacket for those who believe training is as much about being seen as it is about working out. The Racing Light Jacket protected well against moderate weather – so long as I kept moving. The jacket’s most impressive feature is its ultra-premium retail price tag.

FULL REVIEW

The Helly Hansen Racing Light is a high-end weather-resistant training jacket featuring unique zippered core vents and subtle back-side reflective accents.

Weather Protection
Nearly windproof and comfortably mist-resistant up front, the Racing Light Jacket protected well against moderate weather – so long as I kept moving.

Breathability
While the relatively modest breathability of this jacket’s main fabric was to be expected from such a highly wind-resistant textile, zippered torso vents allowed for complete user control over the core microclimate.

Mobility/Comfort
The Racing Light jacket generally scored well in this category, but some users took issue with the zippered gusset at the back of the collar. The beautifully tailored cuffs were a particularly nice highlight that I noticed each time I put it on.

Weight
Considering its proliferation of zippers, this jacket boasted an impressively low weight.

Attention to Detail
The Racing Light jacket was packed with clever refinements and interesting extras.  Whether their addition benefitted its performance at all remained somewhat in doubt, but I certainly appreciated its novelty!

Value
Although the Racing Light jacket sports some eye-catching gadgetry and very good initial quality, I couldn’t quite believe its $300 list price.

 


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WHERE TO BUY
MSRP
$300.00
ALSO AVAILABLE AT
$229.95
$459.95
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