The North Face Helata triclimate Ski Jacket combines a stylish waterproof outer shell with a removable warm fleece liner. The North Face Helata jacket is quite warm with the insulated fleece layer in place, but can be used as just a shell for the warm days. It has a regular fit that feels true to size, and it feels softer and less heavy and bulky with the fleece layer in than some of the other 3in1’s. The The North Face Helata is a bit longer than some of the other insulated North Face jackets, but the inside layer is shorter than the outside. It does have a snow skirt, but it can’t be used when the insulated layer is in place. The shell has Hyvent 2L waterproof fabric typical of North Face jackets in this price range. It will keep you dry on most days on the mountain, but may not keep you completely dry in the worst of conditions. The North Face Helata does have fully taped seams to keep more water out. Both the inner and outer layers are breathable, and have underarm ventilation to keep you from overheating. The chest pocket is pretty high, but can be used for a phone or other small items. It has well placed hand warmer pockets and a pass pocket on the arm. Overall The North Face Helata 3in1 Ski Jacket is a good jacket for those looking for one jacket to do it all. Insulated when you want, and just a shell when you don’t. It offers a warm option that is also waterproof enough for the average day on the mountain.
Jacket Size – M
Normal Specs– 5’4”, 150 lbs,
Upper Body– 36” Chest, Torso Length 18” (collar bone to pant button), Shoulder Width Approx 16.5”, Arm Length 18.5” (pit to wrist)
Lower Body– 29” Waist, 41” Hips, 29.5” Inseam, 26” Thigh
Turn On’s: Active fit jackets that fit well around my chest and torso, but don’t restrict movement. Size M Pants that have a bit more room to fit my thighs and big butt but fit well in the waist. That way, not only can I utilize my pockets, I can also ride freely and comfortably on the hill. Oh and of course getting first chair with 12” of fresh powder on the mountain.
Turn Off’s: Size M jackets that are too tight in the shoulders and hips while being boxy in the waist. I really don’t like a tight fit at the hips that rides up and allows snow in my jacket and pants. The jacket should stay in place! Size M Pants that fit too tight in the thigh so I can’t use my pockets but so loose in the waist they fall down and I get snow in my pants. Crowds in the mountains, and not being able to find a place to park at the trailhead or ski resort