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EDIT - Helly Hansen Women's Hybrid Pants - Gail

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  • Mike Pearl
    Hi Gail, Your IR looks good.  Weird on the adjustable waist.  Wonder if only the mens version has the adjustable Velcro?  I have only one edit.  Upload at
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      Hi Gail,
      Your IR looks good.  Weird on the adjustable waist.  Wonder if only the mens version has the adjustable Velcro?  I have only one edit.  Upload at will.
      See ya' in two,Mike
      ***That scenario usually doesn't come up while I am hiking (ecept for rain pants) but I guess it might be a benefit to some***
      EDIT - (expect for rain pants)

      --- On Mon, 4/22/13, woodswoman <woodswoman2001@...> wrote:

      From: woodswoman <woodswoman2001@...>
      Subject: [backpackgeartesters] IR - Helly Hansen Women's Hybrid Pants - Gail
      To: "backpackgeartesters@yahoogroups.com" <backpackgeartesters@yahoogroups.com>, "Mikepearl36@..." <Mikepearl36@...>
      Date: Monday, April 22, 2013, 9:21 PM



      Here's my IR for the Helly Hansen Hybrid Pants. Thanks in advance for taking the time to edit. Gail




      Helly Hansen

      Women's Hybrid Pants

      Test Series by: Gail Staisil, Marquette, Michigan

      Page Contents:

      Initial Report - April 22, 2013



      April 22, 2013

       Tester Information

       Name: Gail Staisil

      Age: 60

      Gender: Female

       Height: 5' 9" (1.75 m)

      Weight: 152 lb (69 kg)

      Location: Marquette, Michigan USA


      Email: woodswoman 2001 AT yahoo DOT com


      the last 20 years, backpacking has become a passion. I am a four-season

      backpacker and an off-trail navigator. Although I do take yearly trips

      to the American West or Southwest, the majority of my trips are in

      Michigan and Canada. My pack weight varies considerably but my base

      weight is below 18 lb (8 kg). I am primarily a tarp camper who averages

      more than 50 nights a year backpacking in a huge variety of weather

      conditions including relentless rain, wet snow and sub-zero temps.


        Product Information



      Helly Hansen





      Women's Hybrid Pants





      Manufacturer Weight

      430 g (15.2 oz)

      Tested Weight

      451 g (15.9 oz)

      Model Year



      $130.00 US


      Initial Impressionsand

      Product Description 

      The Helly Hansen

      Women's Hybrid Pants arrived in mint condition. No imperfections were

      found anywhere on the garment. I received the pants in the size of XL.

      My size choice was based on a review on the manufacturer's website that

      indicated that the pants are more close fitting than many others due to

      their Scandinavian design. The size choice worked out well as the hip

      and thigh areas fit perfect with a bit more room in the waist. I

      expected the latter as the size chart measurements for waist were

      larger than my measurement. 


      Design and TechnicalFeatures

      The Hybrid Pants are

      fabricated with two different materials. The dominant part of the pants

      is made from heavy-duty nylon while the front inserts are made with

      stretchy (6 percent Elastane) and breathable softshell material. The

      inserts extend from the zippered pockets to well below the knee. The

      front inserts feature articulated knees by the means of two darts on

      each knee area. The pants feature a DWR finish (durable water


      All the seams on the pants are stitched from the inside with serged

      edges. Therefore the appearance of the pants is very sleek and

      unencumbered by top stitching, etc. This allows the pants to be almost

      dressy in appearance except for the logos (which I will elaborate on


      The pants feature a wide waistband with five belt loops. The closure

      consists of two heavy-duty snaps and a clip. I am pleased with the

      design of the waistband as it sits just below the waist in the front

      and a little higher at waist height in back. One of the features noted on

      the website indicated that the waist was adjustable. I really see no

      means to do that other than by using a belt for which belt loops are

      provided. With that said I don't expect it to be an issue.

      I am really quite pleased with the pocket layout on the pants. First I

      might add that there aren't any pockets in the back which I appreciate

      (as I have never been inclined to use back pockets especially while

      wearing a pack). There are two slash pockets near the waistband and

      each leg of the pants features a zippered pocket with flap. The top of

      each pocket is diagonal in orientation and is free hanging inside the

      legs of the pants (not stitched to the outside). These pockets are

      approximately 7 in (18 cm) square each and easily hold keys, phone, etc.


      aforementioned the pants fit nicely through the hip and thigh areas.

      The back of the pants below the waistband features a yoke insert for

      shaping. The overall width of the bottom half of the legs is a bit wide

      but I can easily remove the pants while still wearing shoes. That

      scenario usually doesn't come up while I am

      hiking (ecept for rain pants) but I guess it might be a benefit to

      some. The inseam on the size XL is a full 34 in (86 cm). Since I

      usually struggle to find pants long enough I am more than happy to have

      them more than an inch (2.54 in) longer than my actual inseam. The

      two-way adjustable cinch at the bottom edge of each pant leg can take

      up some of the length or some of the width depending on toggle

      placement on the cinch cord.

      There are some manufacturer's

      logos on the pants. The words "Helly Hansen" is screened in pale orange

      lettering beneath one of the zippered pockets. On the reverse side of

      the pants there is a large logo and lettering near the bottom of one of

      the legs. The lettering is "ODIN". The latter logo is a bit much in my

      opinion as these pants could nicely be worn for dressy casual if not

      for the logo. (The logo and symbol measure about 2.25 in (5.7 cm) X 2

      in (5 cm) together. I realize that most manufacturers do label their

      clothing and rightly so but this particular logo is a bit too much.

      The care directions for the pants are to wash separately in warm water with no fabric softener. Do not dry clean or iron.

      So far, I am very pleased with the fit and functionality of the Hybrid

      Pants. I've already been out xc skiing and snowshoeing while wearing

      them the last five days. It was raining/sleeting during two of the

      outings and a blizzard during one of the days. I will be expanding on

      that information in the Field Report but I might hint that I was very

      happy with their performance.

      Pros  So Far

          * Nice fit through hip and thigh areas

          * Attractive design

          * Pockets are integrated into the design well

      Cons So Far

          * No waistband adjustment

          * Lower legs of pants are wider than I prefer

          * Large logo on back of pants is way too noticeable________________________________


      Tester Remarks 

      Thanks to Helly Hansen and BackpackGearTestfor

      this opportunity to test the Hybrid Pants. This concludes my Initial

      Report. The Field Report will be appended to this report in

      approximately two months. Please check back then for more information.

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