Price US $400

Helly Hansen Alpha 2015 Review by A Better Ski

The Helly Hansen Alpha is a solid technical insulated jacket with high tech features for the serious skier. Perfect for resort and backcontry skiers alike, the Alpha will be your go to jacket anytime you hit the slopes.

Jacket Size– S

Matt’s Specs:
Normal Specs 5’10”, 160 lbs,
Upper Body– 34.5” Chest, Torso Length 23” (collar bone to pant button), Shoulder Width Approx 22”, Arm Length 18.5” (pit to wrist)
Lower Body– 30” Waist, 38” Hips, 30” Inseam,  22” Thigh
Turn On’s: Active fit jackets that fit well around my chest and torso, but don’t restrict movement. Size S Pants that have a bit more room in my thighs, that way I can actually use my pockets. And of course getting first chair with 12” of fresh powder on the mountain.
Turn Off’s: Size S Jackets that are too tight, and Size M jackets that are too loose in the waist. I really don’t like a loose waist that can allow cold air in, and I don’t like having to cinch down the waist. I also don’t like jackets that ride up when I’m skiing, The jacket should stay in place. Pants that fit too tight in the thigh, and I can’t use my pockets. Crowds in the mountains, and not being able to find a place to park in at the trailhead or ski resort.

Waterproofing: The Helly Hansen Alpha has a Helly Tech Professional membrane that offers 20k+ waterproofing and full seam sealed construction. This is right on par with the best membranes on the market, and provides great wet weather protection. This jacket is built for serious riders that plan on being out no matter the weather.

Breathability: The Helly Tech Professional membrane also offers 20k+ breathability. Again this is on par with the best fabrics on the market, but numbers are usually only half the story. Even the best fabrics can make you feel “swampy” at times, especially during the most intense excersize. Since the Helly Hansen Alpha has a good amount on insulation (80g) it can get quite warm, especially if your in the backcountry, but the best part of the Alpha is the H2Flow insulation and venting system. H2Flow uses air as insulation, but the negative space areas also allow cool air in when you use the zippered ventilation. This cool air flows through the jacket helping to better regulate your body temp. When your involved in high activity, it dumps heat faster than many other jackets out there.

Fit: The Helly Hansen Alpha has an active fit that is true to size. Sometimes active fit jackets can feel restricting, but with 2 way stretch fabric the Alpha moves with your body. The length is a little on the shorter side (still hip length), but with the powder skirt in place it still keeps out the cold and snow. The Alpha also has articulated elbows and arms helping to increase your range of motion.

Backcountry to Park Functionality: The Helly Hansen Alpha makes a great backcountry and resort jacket. The form fit helps to reduce material (an therefore weight), keeping the Alpha light and packable for backcountry users. The high waterproofing and breathability also make it a great option for any kind of weather and activity level. The jacket does have a ski pass pocket, perfect for resort riding.

Other Features: High waterproofing, breathability, a 2 way stretch fabric already make this a fantastic jacket, but all the extra features ae what really make this jacket fantastic. The Helly Hansen Alpha has water resistant zippers, fully sealed seems, plenty of spacous pockets, a snap away powder skirt, 80g of insulation, and a detachable hood.

The Helly Hansen Alpha is a fantastic inulated jacket for resort or backcountry riding. With an active fit and two way stretch fabric, the alpha moves with your body and doesn’t restrict movement when you need it. The H2Flow system keeps you dry from the inside out, and the insulation keeps you warm when the temps drop. The Helly Hansen Alpha is a fantastc bomb-proof jacket for more serious skiers.

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Type

Partially Insulated

Primary Waterproofing

Other

Outer Layer Waterproofing

DWR

Insulation Type

Other

Taped Seams

Fully Taped

Waterproof Zippers

Yes

Hood Type

Contoured

Powder Skirt

Yes

Jacket to Pant Interface

Yes

Venting

Pit Zips+

Meshed Vents

Yes

Layer Count

Waterproof Rating

Above 20k

Breathability Rating

Above 20K

Manufactured in

Fit

Semi Tight

Packability

Thin

Waterproofing

Excellent

Breathability

Excellent

Warmth

Good