The Helly Hansen Arctic Chill Parka is a warm, comfortable, and stylish winter jacket that could work well for skiers in colder climates that aren’t going to see a lot of wet weather.
Matt’s Specs: Sizing Info
Waterproofing and Breathability: The Helly Hansen Arctic Chill Parka has a 2L Helly Tech Protection Fabric. This is Helly Hansen’s entry level waterproofing, and really won’t be great in wet snow or rain. It’s perfectly fine for those in dry climates who only need a small amount of wet weather protection, and don’t plan on skiing in any wet snow or rain. Breathability is also on the low end, but with Helly Hanson’s H2Flow system, you do have ventilation when you need it. Don’t expect it to cool you off quickly though. This jacket is meant for cold weather, and the ventilation is really only going to allow a small amount of cool air in.
Warmth: The Helly Hansen Arctic Chill Parka is designed for cold weather. It has a pretty heavy amount of PrimaLoft Black insulation. It does feel like a heavy jacket, and all that insulation can make it feel tight. However, if it’s warmth you’re looking for, and you’d rather have synthetic insulation than down, the Helly Hansen Arctic Chill Parka isn’t a bad option.
Fit and Feel: The Helly Hansen Arctic Chill Parka feels heavy, but isn’t overly bulky. All that insulation does make it feel a bit tighter than normal, and I found the medium was much better fitting than the small. If you are inbetween sizes at all, I’d probably recommend sizing up, just because it is far more bulky and tighter than a shell would be. I really like the feel of the jacket though. It wraps around you and feels really comfortable. I’d say the fit is regular, but again the insulation makes it feel tighter than you might expect. Length is good.
Features: The Helly Hansen Artic Chill Parka feels a bit more like an everyday winter jacket than a specific ski jacket, but I think it could work well for some skiers. The Arctic Chill Parka lacks a snow skirt and pass pocket, but has plenty of other features for casual skiers. The Arctic Chill has a removable helmet compatible articulating hood, two hand warming pockets, internal media pocket, and H2Flow ventilation. The front zipper does seems to be on the opposite side than normal, which drives me crazy. I’m sure you’d get used to it, but I like my zipper on the right side.
Bottom Line: The Helly Hansen Arctic Chill Parka is a very comfortable, warm, and stylish jacket that could work well as an everyday winter jacket or a ski jacket for the casual skier in a dry climate. I really like the look and feel of this jacket, and if you’re looking for a warm and comfortable jacket, this should be on your list. I do wish it was a bit more waterproof, and I’d love to see a powder skirt, but for casual skiers in dry climates, this could be a really great jacket.