Helly Hansen Sogn Jacket ReviewFebruary 17, 2017
- Full featured
- Well priced
- Pit zips kind of small
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.
The Helly Hansen Sogn is well built and stretchy fabrics always hold up a little better than lighter, more rigid fabrics.
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.
We love this jacket for its relatively moderate insulation and freeride fit—the stretchy fabric also helps keep it from being restrictive.
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.
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.