The Helly Hansen Verglas is a bomber jacket for both in and out-of-bounds skiers. It was designed with mountaineers in mind, but still works well as a bomber resort jacket for serious skiers.
Breathability: The Helly Hansen Verglas jacket is built with a 3 Layer Helly Tech Professional membrane for decent breathability. Die hard backcountry skiers who are looking for a fast, light, and super breathable jacket may find the Helly Hansen Verglas to be a touch heavy. However, most resort riders will find the Helly Hansen Verglas to be plenty breathable for most days.
Waterproofing: The Helly Hansen Verglas is a pretty bomber jacket and does a great job in wet conditions. The 3L Helly Tech Professional membrane is on par with some of the best fabrics on the market, and when combined with a good DWR coating, the Helly Hansen Verglas would be great in heavy snow or rain. Its three layer construction makes it even more bomber. Rounding it all out is fully taped seems and water resistant YKK Aquaguard zippers.
Warmth and Comfort: Although the Helly Hansen Verglas is just a hard shell, it actually feels pretty warm. It has 3 layers of what feels like a heavy and durable material. This “thick” fabric helps trap heat a little bit better than an ultra-light hard or soft-shell jacket. Most days would probably only require a light base or mid layer, and when temps really drop a thick down mid layer would probably be sufficient. The material does feel slightly stiff, and isn’t super comfortable. But we like the durable feel of the Helly Hansen Verglas, and don’t worry about putting holes in the jacket.
Fit: The Helly Hansen Verglas is slightly tapered in the mid torso, but it does flare out a bit in the waist. I wouldn’t call the jacket boxy, but it’s not necessarily form fitting either. The back of the jacket is longer than the front, and sits below the waist. This is great for deep days, or when sitting on a wet chairlift. Arm length was good, but they did feel slightly baggy. If you’re looking for something a bit more tailored, you may be disappointed with the overall fit, but we found it to be fine. The extra room allows for layering, and with the slightly roomy waist you’ll never feel restricted.
Features: The Helly Hansen Verglas is a bomber shell for technical skiers, but it doesn’t go over the top either. It has a good helmet compatible hood that is easy to adjust. The light-weight soft snow skirt is removable for days when the snow isn’t so deep. Seems are fully taped, and zippers are YKK Aquaguard to make sure water stays out. The Helly Hansen Verglass has a mechanical stretch to it as well, so movement never feels restricted. The Helly Hansen Verglass is designed to be harness compatible, and has plenty of great pockets for gear. The two chest pockets are good for snacks or a phone, and the hand warming pockets are slightly larger. The pit zips are pretty large, and really help with dumping heat quickly.
The Helly Hansen Verglas is a very solid jacket for all kinds of skiers. It has a bomber construction that feels durable and tough. The 3 layers feel thick and help to make the jacket a bit warmer than other shells. It’s got great waterproof protection, and decent breathability. Plus it has all the features you’ll want in a technical shell.
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.
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.