Helly Hansen's ODIN Series Insulated Shirt - Gear Review

Thursday, February 06, 2014


We're now in the throws of winter, time to bundle up. When heading out the door, there are all kinds of reasons to avoid bulky layers while trying to stay warm. From active endeavors to a evening on the town, a giant down puffy jacket may not be the most practical.  Multiple layers are necessary when it gets extremely cold and, if like many of us, go in and out the door multiple times a day; enter the ODIN Series Insulated Shirt/Jacket.  More shirt than jacket, it's got a familiar flannel twill exterior but thanks to a durable water repellent (DWR) finish you can get wet but not get wet.


This shirt is extremely versatile when it comes to the cold. It is still fashionable while maintaining its ability to keep you warm. The PrimaLoft insulation is extremely light and flexible but extremely warm and water repellent. The ability to wear this shirt as a mid layer or outer layer allows for many options when trying to dress for the weather. I personally wore it as both and it has outperformed my expectations. I have no problem walking around with just this and a t-shirt on most days, or when it goes seriously frigid I can put my shell jacket on over it for incredible protection. It does an exceptional job of regulating body temperature and goes from the outdoors to indoors with out having to find a coat check.

Having worn this shirt almost daily for the last few weeks I have encountered no malfunctions of the zippers or buttons. Everything seems extremely well made and durable. There is however one addition that I would like but is not necessary; pockets to place my hands in would be extremely welcomed.

MSRP: $120 on sale for $60...

 

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