THIS is a lightweight down jacket with two good-sized zip pockets and a sensibly shaped hood.
It doesn’t have any fancy gadgets or gizmos, no secret pockets or handy mirrors on a piece of elastic (like my Burton snowboarding jacket has and is perfect for a lippy or bogey check on the chair lift between runs, but I digress).The important thing about this snazzy pink and turquoise number is it’s WARM. It also washes and dries like a dream.
Recently I’ve worn it mountain biking at Pitsford Water, where it got (heavily) splattered in mud and came out of the washing machine like new. Pitsford is pretty flat and in January the freezing wind whistles across the reservoir but I was toasty warm in the Helium.
We’ve also been on windy walks at the seaside with the kids and kept snug as a bug. And we’ve been commuting together for some weeks now. I ditched my ‘work coat’ when the January weather hit and have been wearing the Helium on the train to work ever since. The commute has me standing on freezing, sodden platforms at the mercy of South Eastern trains and marching across an arctic Waterloo Bridge. No problem for the Helium though.
Although it’s not a “waterproof”, it has proved itself to be showerproof numerous times in this wettest winter on record.
“An excellent all rounder.”www.jack-wolfskin.co.uk