HELLY HANSEN - ODIN 9 WORLDS INFINITY SHELL JACKET
BP - HELLY HANSEN - ODIN 9 WORLDS INFINITY SHELL JACKET
Not every jacket has a silver lining, but this one does. ODIN 9 WORLDS INFINITY SHELL JACKET. If you’re a pessimist and you absolutely know everything from an avalanche to snow, wind, rain earthquake, death and dismemberment are going to happen to you on your next high altitude adventure this is the jacket you need to be wearing when that good stuff defiantly happens to you : )
This is a really high-end jacket I’m quite happy to say it’s the best I’ve every seen in regards to understated design, functionality and attention to detail with regard to construction and indeed, all aspects of this most excellent jacket. It’s build for the worst this planet can bung at it and for the very best adventures and mountain rescue professionals who put their trust and bodies in to it.
So what the hell am I doing with it? Do not ask me, it was all HELLY HANSEN’s idea. But I do know great gear when I see it and in this jacket, by Odin’s one good eye, I see great gear.
MATERIAL TECHNOLOGY - ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS
The ODIN 9 WORLD is construed from HELLY HANSAN’s very own; LIFA INFINITY PRO fabric. It’s waterproof, breathable and is made without any added chemical treatments so it’s great for the planet and easy to care for, basically throw it in any standard issue washing machine. This also means it’s going to last, great news for me, I do not follow fashion, when I find something that works and I like, I stick to it. Unless HELLY HENSAN want this jacket back any time soon, it will be a key pieces of gear for many years to come for all my Snowboarding, Hiking, Rucking and low/level Mountaineering adventures. It going to be a long time before any landfill or recycling unit sees this jacket.
FIT, MOVEMENT and TAPPED SEAMS
Fit and movement are very important for a high performance Jack like the ODIN 9 WORLDS. The tailoring is such that without being too bulky and over sized this jacket is happy to work with layering, the sleeves and shoulders are articulated simply put, this means the jacket has been Tailored as though the arms are in the air as apposed to by your sides this means that if you’re ice climbing for instance the sleeves want be pulled half-way up your arm. This is a key feature for pretty much all mountain activities except Apres ski perhaps :)
As you know the more seems a jacket has the more chance there is of it failing and leaking, the ODIN only has the seems it needs, they are sharp and tight and all fully tapped give moisture no chance of sneaking it way in.
FEATURES INC SUPPER-MASSIVE CHEST POCKETS
I can’t tell you how impressed I am with the pockets. Their position on the jacket, ease of access while using a ruck in sack, size, design and the quality of the zipper pulls. It feels that as much attention to detail was applied to this part of the jacket as was the super high tech environmentally considerate materials it’s made of, this makes me feel all warm inside.
FEATURES con’t - DEVIL’S IN THE DETAIL AND THERES A LOT OF DETAIL
2 - Hook and Loop integral wrist locks (The hook is moulded into the rubberised strap, not sewn on, harder wearing.)
3 - All pockets have reversed, water repellent and capped zippers reducing the chance of water getting in those pocket to a minimum and where necessary pockets un have dual zipper pulls for top to bottom custom access.
HOOD & ADJUSTMENTS
4 - Three way hood adjustment. This hood is made plenty big enough for a helmet, snowboarding climbing or other so that adjustment is useful when it’s only wooly hat it’s keeping dry and super wide visibility is always important on busy mountains. There is also an elasticated hem with adjustable pull cords being cleverly concealed in the super massive chest pockets.
5 - RECCO rescue recovery reflector is integrated into the hood of the ODIN 9 WORLDS JACKET it’s beyond the scope of this post to describe how it works but it does, the technology is supported in most major contents and gets you found when you’re lost. Even under several meters of snow!
6 - Under arm ventilation (Pit zips) Late season hot, sunny afternoons can be too much for even the most breathable fabrics. The ODIN 9 WORLDS has the most discreet under-arm / pit zips ventilation I’ve ever seen. If it wasn’t for the black zipper pulls you might miss this feature altogether as I almost did. As with the main chest pockets the zipper can be opened from the top or bottom so we can custom that ventilation just how we want it.
7 - Micro bartacks, tapped and reinforcement. All the majors seems and stress points that I could see have been meticulously bartacked then where necessary, tapped to keep water proof. On Only and detailed inspection this includes the smartphone s pockets that are actually inside the main pockets. This is as it should be but when I looked for it I didn’t really expect to find it. For me this is impressive, if this much attention has been applied here we can probably trust that the rest of the jacket is up to scratch as well.
8 - Last-but-by-no-means-least This jacket has a super lightweight, super durable Hyperlon coat-hook! We al know that without a coat-hook it’s the hood that ends up being hung from that rusty bar hook in front of your stool and before you know it, you’ve worn a hole in the hood of your key mountain survival asset. Yep you laugh but as I said, the devil’s in the detail.
IN CONCLUSION THEN
Mankind hasn’t set foot on Mars yet, so until we do, we can go for a quick jaunt up Everest and be back for breakfast, Just so we have a valid reason to use this most excellent jacket in something close to the terrain and environment it’s designed for. I.E. the worst conditions God, Buddha and Mother Nature have to throw at it. “Come on is that all you got? Gimmy some more. Because with the power of ODIN 9 WORLDS on your back you can take it all day long.
It would simply be bad manners not to fully notice the craftsmanship of the ODIN 9 WORLDS jacket.