Price US $200

Helly Hansen Legendary 2015 Review by A Better Ski

The Helly Hansen Legendary Ski pant has been around for years. Although not the most technical pant in Helly Hansen’s line-up, the Legendary is a solid everyday resort pant. The Helly Hansen Legendary has a classic style that isn’t too showy. It’s what you need in a ski pant without any of the extra frills. The Helly Hansen Legendary has a 2 Layer Helly Tech Performance membrane for waterproofing and breathability. They claim between 5k-20k ratings for both. This is a huge range, and the pants are definitely not going to offer the same protection at 5k as they would at 20k. So how do we feel they performed? Well, the Helly Hansen Legendary pant probably wouldn’t be my go to pant if I skied in areas that see a lot of wet heavy snow or rain, but it does have solid waterproofing. It could be a great resort pant for places like Colorado, or Utah that tend to see dryer snow and little rain. It may not be Gore-Tex, but we feel it’s still a great pant.  As far as breathability, it probably wouldn’t be me my first choice for a backcountry pant, but it’s definitely breathable enough for in bounds hikes to my favorite stashes. The inner vents also work pretty well to dump heat, so I don’t have to worry about overheating. The Helly Hansen Legendary pant has 60g of insulation in the knees and butt. This offers solid warmth in key areas, but also keeps those who run too warm from overheating. It’s also nice not to have the extra bulk of full insulation. The Helly Hansen Legendary pant has an athletic fit, but fits well. Taller folks may have a bit more trouble with fitting. It’s feels pretty true to size, but may run a bit shorter than other brands. I’m on the line between a small and medium, but I do like a more conforming pant. The outer layer is made from a stretch material, so the pant moves with you. Because of this I would probably opt for the small. I like the look, and they are still comfortable, and don’t restrict movement. I also run very warm, so I hardly ever layer under my pants. If I needed a longer in-seam, or wanted more room for layering, then I’d go with the medium. The Helly Hansen Legendary has been around for years because it works. It’s a solid pant for everyday resort riding. Sure there are more technical pants out there for serious riders, but those are often overkill for casual skiers. Plus at about half the price of most Gore-Tex pants, it’s hard to go wrong with the Helly Hansen Legendary.

Pant 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: Size S Pants that have a bit more room in my thighs, that way I can actually use my pockets.
Turn Off’s: Pants that fit too tight in the thigh, and I can’t use my pockets.

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Type

Insulated Pant

Treatment Type

DWR

Insert Type

Other

Insulation Type

Primaloft

Taped Seams

Fully Taped

Waterproof Zippers

Yes

Bib

No

Jacket to Pant Interface

Yes

Venting

Inner

Meshed Vents

No

Layer Count

2 Layer

Company Waterproof Rating

15K

Company Breathability Rating

15K

Manufactured in

Imported

Fit

Semi Tight

Packability

Normal

Waterproofing

Good

Breathability

Good

Warmth

Average