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Rated 5 out of
Fantastic Second LayerFair disclosure - all of my base layer wardrobe says Icebreaker on it somewhere. Most of the T-s I wear are between 8 and 9 years old, have only ever been washed in Ivory Snow and hung dry and are still going as strong as the day they came out of the bag. ,,,,My heavier IceBreaker piece is a wool track jacket that is an awesome piece. I expect nothing less from this new Helix. ,,,,I wish that there was a little more woolen feel to it - the cuffs and inserts have a lot of Lycra mixed in with the wool and are a little too shiny - but, perhaps that is the DWR. ,,,,I love the details like the interior chest-pocket pass through and earbud cord loop on the way up to the collar and the hang-up loop.,,,,The colors are great as well. As is the finishing (no un-clipped thread ends dangling around).,,,,All in all, this is a, wool-rich technical piece that demonstrates how far wool has come and how versatile it is. I would recommend to anyone.
Date published: 2015-02-28
Rated 5 out of
Finding ways to wear this jacket every dayI loooooove this jacket. As a top layer for early spring/late fall, or a mid-layer for winter, it's so comfortable and warm that you'll want to wear it all the time.
Fit: Slightly fitted, but neither too slim nor too baggy. I'm 6'1", 165 lbs with a trim athletic build and long arms, and the medium fits perfectly.
Features I like: Stash inner breast pocket (with headphone pass-through), zippered hand pockets, soft lining, elasticized cuffs with thumb holes, stretch side panels, color accents (blue on carbon jacket), storm flap on main zipper, light material that's windproof and water resistant (but but not waterproof).
Features I wish were better: Cord zipper pulls (would have preferred a more substantial material), smooth torso material (would have preferred more texture to minimize the sheen).
My uses: Out and about the town, and traveling. I wouldn't recommend this jacket for very strenuous activity as it's designed more for warmth than breathability. Also, because of the thin shell material, I wouldn't subject it to much potential abrasion such as carrying a heavy shoulder pack or rough environments where rubbing or snagging could occur (I have yet to see any durability issues, but I have been cautious).
Bottom line: If you need a versatile jacket for everyday use and light activity, you won't be disappointed. It has all the features you could want for a mid-layer, with just enough style for people to notice.