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76763Re: EDIT: [backpackgeartesters] LTR: Helly Hansen H2 Flow Jacket - Nancy Griffith

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  • Nancy Griffith
    Sep 14, 2013
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      Thanks Kathy.  Got it uploaded and the test file deleted.
      See ya!

      From: Kathy Waters <kathy@...>
      To: backpackgeartesters@yahoogroups.com
      Cc: Nancy Griffith <bkpkrgirl@...>
      Sent: Saturday, September 14, 2013 12:41 PM
      Subject: EDIT: [backpackgeartesters] LTR: Helly Hansen H2 Flow Jacket - Nancy Griffith
      Thank you for an easy-to-edit report.  No edits for you on this one.  Glad you enjoyed the jacket but I get the weight disadvantage.  I’ve had similar thoughts with some other jackets I own.  Anyway welcome back from the JMT and please remember to delete your test file when you upload.
      From: backpackgeartesters@yahoogroups.com [mailto:backpackgeartesters@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Nancy Griffith
      Sent: Friday, September 13, 2013 8:09 PM
      To: Kathy Waters; backpackgeartesters@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [backpackgeartesters] LTR: Helly Hansen H2 Flow Jacket - Nancy Griffith
      Hi Kathy,
      I've posted my final installment for the H2 Flow jacket.  Here is the link and text.
      Thanks in advance for providing the edits and for monitoring this series.

      <<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "Breakfast">>With the warmer summer temperatures, I wasn't able to wear the jacket for day-to-day use.  I only wore the jacket on overnight backpacking trips where the cool evening and morning temperatures gave me the opportunity to wear a layer.
      Emigrant Wilderness, Sierra Nevada, California: 4 days; 24 miles (39 km); 7,160 to 8,930 ft (2,182 to 2,722 m); 55 to 85 F (13 to 29 C).
      John Muir Trail, Sierra Nevada, California: 3 days; 24 miles (39 km); 4,035 ft to 9,940 ft (1,230 to 3,030 m); 45 to 80 F (7 to 27 C).
      I continue to really like this jacket.  It is very comfortable and is a nice combination of a cozy fleece and a windproof shell.  On both trips I was using a polyurethane sleeping pad that was quite noisy and sticky to sleep on.  It would squeak with my every move so I used the Flow jacket as a cover on the pad.  I use a quilt so that meant that I was touching the jacket instead of the sticky sleeping pad.  It was much more comfortable for my skin to contact the jacket and it eliminated the noise.
      My experience with the jacket was similar as in the field testing period and I used it in similar ways.  I didn't see any sustained rains so again I was unable to assess its ability to resist water after a longer period.  I did don the jacket and hop in the shower for several minutes.  The water shed in beads at first and then eventually wetted out the fabric.  However, the water didn't come through and I was impressed with how much water it shed for a jacket that makes no 'water-resistant' claims.
      <<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "Evening">>The jacket manages to provide warmth in cool weather but also breathes as well as any jacket I own that provides any type of wind or water protection.  The innovative holes in the liner really seem to work.
      The only downside of the jacket for me is the weight.  It provides a similar amount of warmth as my light down jacket but weighs twice as much.  We hiked the entire 225 miles (362 km) of the John Muir Trail but after the first few days I swapped out the Flow jacket for my light down jacket in order to save pack weight.  My rain jacket and light down jacket together weigh slightly less than the Flow, so logically it makes more sense to carry both of those than one jacket.  I get more flexibility for less weight.
      Durability continues to be stellar with no wear or workmanship issues at all.  The Flow still looks fantastic.
      The Helly Hansen H2 Flow jacket is a mid-weight jacket providing just the amount of warmth that I need and doing a great job of blocking the wind.  I'm looking forward to cooler weather to get to wear this jacket more often but I don't expect to take it backpacking very often due to the weight.
      Very comfortable
      Great wind block
      Stylish and I love the color
      Water resistant
      Twice the weight of my down backpacking jacket
      This concludes my Long-Tem Test Report and this test series.
      Thanks to Helly Hansen and BackpackGearTest.org for allowing me to participate in this test.
      This report was created with the BGT Report Generator.
      Copyright 2013.  All rights reserved.
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