Hi Monitor TBD,
I've posted my IR to the test folder. Here's the link and text.
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HELLY HANSEN H2 FLOW JACKET
TEST SERIES BY NANCY GRIFFITH
April 14, 2013
NAME: Nancy Griffith
LOCATION: Northern California, USA
HEIGHT: 5' 6" (1.68 m)
WEIGHT: 130 lb (59.00 kg)
My outdoor experience began in high school with involvement in a local canoeing/camping group called Canoe Trails. The culmination was a 10-day canoe voyage through the Quebec wilds. I've been backpacking since my college days in Pennsylvania. I have completed all of the Appalachian Trail in Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina. My typical trip now is in the Sierra Nevada in California and is from a few days to a week long. I carry a light to mid-weight load, use a tent, stove and trekking poles.
PRODUCT INFORMATION & SPECIFICATIONS
<<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "H2 Flow Jacket" IMAGE CAPTION = "Photo courtesy of Helly Hansen">>Manufacturer: Helly Hansen
Year of Manufacture: 2013
Manufacturer's Website: <<HYPERLINK GOES HERE - "http://www.hellyhansen.com/"
LINK TEXT = "http://www.hellyhansen.com/"
MSRP: $180 US
Listed Weight: Not Listed
Measured Weight: 13.2 oz (374 g)
Size Tested: M
Other Sizes Available: S, L, XL and 2XL
Color Tested: Bright Sky
Other Colors Available: Deep Plum, Black
Made in China
<<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "Construction">>The H2 Flow jacket has a polyester outer shell with a lining of mesh polyester. In the torso area between the outer shell and lining there is 200g POLARTEC® brushed fleece with holes in it. These holes provide air pockets which are intended to hold in heat. There seem to be three different sized holes which are strategically placed.
The main zipper has a stiff storm flap and zipper garage which has a fabric on the backside which is soft. This is a nice feature since those areas can touch my face and neck. The inside of the collar also has a nice soft fabric with a flannel feel to it. There is a hang loop at the base of the collar. There are two zippered hand-warmer pockets. On the front of the jacket there are two zippers which open to allow for ventilation. Inside of both the pockets and the ventilation zips is a mesh lining.
The hem has a drawstring with a cord-lock on either side for adjustment. The back is slightly longer than the front allowing for some rear coverage. The cuff is a narrow elastic portion that is an orange color. The main zipper pull and the Helly Hansen logo on the left sleeve are also orange along with a few areas of stitching beneath each zipper.
READING THE INSTRUCTIONS
The care tag says to machine wash in lukewarm water. Do not bleach, iron, use fabric softener, tumble dry or dry clean. They also recommend to close the zipper before laundering and to wash dark color separately. This all seems pretty standard and I'll just hope to remember to zip it up before throwing it in the laundry.
INITIAL IMPRESSIONS & TRYING IT OUT
My initial impression was that the fabric was softer than expected. The jacket looks like a soft shell rain jacket or wind breaker which I would expect to be stiffer. I love the bright blue color and subtle orange accents. The fit is perfect for me with room for a medium layer underneath but not much more. I am happy with the fit based on what was advertised in their fit guide. Overall the jacket seems to be very much as-advertised on the website.
Since the jacket arrived on a cool day with rain threatening I was happy to immediately try it on. The first thing that I noticed was that the sleeve lining bunched up. Upon further investigation it appears that the sleeve lining is attached to the outer shell only a short distance from the cuff. So from there to the shoulder it is not attached which allows it to slide separately. This is why the lining bunched up when inserting my clothed arm. I'll have to keep an eye on this during the testing period.
I didn't get a chance to wear it until going to work the next day. It provided a nice way to take off the chill. At lunchtime when I normally go for a walk I was hesitant to even bother going out since it was quite windy with 30 mph winds. My walking partners were ready to go though so the jacket got its first test. I loved the way it completely blocked the wind. On the way back I was getting warm and opened the front zippers to allow for some airflow and found it to work well enough that I was able to leave the jacket on. I usually would have to remove my jacket at this point.
The Helly Hansen H2 Flow jacket is a quality-produced wind protective jacket with a fleece lining for extra warmth. There appears to have been much thought that went into the design of it.
Stylish Women's cut
Innovative fleece liner
Sleeve lining folds in on itself
This concludes my Initial Report. Check back in approximately two months for my Field Report.
Thanks to Helly Hansen and BackpackGearTest.org for allowing me to participate in this test.
This report was created with the BGT Report Generator.
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