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Helly Hansen Odin 9 Worlds Lifa Infinity Pro

An eco-conscious pro-level jacket!

This new jacket by Helly Hansen really stands out! It is manufactured in a more environmentally conscious way with thanks to the all-new LIFA INFINITY membrane in the jacket. Saves 18% on CO2 emissions when compared with materials used in a conventional jacket.

Helly Hansen kindly provided both team member Matthew from Great Outdoors and Irish Adventure Athlete Conor O’Keeffe a jacket to test out and review. To watch our review click the video at the bottom of the page. Before you do, this is what Conor had to say:

 

Conor O’Keeffe’s Review

“The name 9 Worlds comes from the 9 Realms of Norse Mythology.  Niflheim, Muspelheim, Asgard, Midgard, Jotunheim, Vanaheim, Alfheim, Svartalfheim and Helheim. Each world presenting its own climates and challenges. You find yourself in Niflheim, the realm of mist and fog. The darkest and coldest of all the realms. Making your way across the ice-laden mountain landscape to draw water from the spring Hvergelmir. Sheets of bitter hail start raining down upon you as you scale the slippery ridges. Thankfully, Helly Hansen have made a jacket so versatile that it will take you through all the 9 realms with a smile on your face. 

First Impressions

When I first took the jacket out of the packaging I was struck by the materials of the jacket. It felt waterproof. This may sound obvious but there is a lot to be said about a jacket that instills confidence from the very first touch. Once I put on the jacket, I knew that it would give me the protection I needed when out on the mountains. But there was only going to be so much I could learn while standing in my living room. I needed to get this jacket outside to put it to the test.  

Putting the jacket through its paces

I first used this jacket on Achill Island, a small island off the coast of Mayo on Ireland’s west coast. If there was anywhere in the world to test a waterproof jacket it was there. I joked with locals about how the rain would like to blow sideways and even upwards from the ground. On certain afternoon walks it felt like we were living inside a blender of wind and rain. I remember a typically tumultuous day while walking on Keel beach just before a storm hit the island and how rainwater would just bead off the Helly Tech material like I was covered in a thin layer of duck feathers. I found it almost meditative to watch the west coast wind blow the rain droplets across the jacket. All the while I was dry and protected from the needle-like rain seeking to penetrate my outer armour. I knew that if the Odin 9 Worlds Infinity jacket could withstand a winter on Achill Island and still ask for more, it would be a jacket I could depend on anywhere anytime.

In early spring I moved to Clara Vale in Wicklow, nestled near the Wicklow Mountains on Ireland’s east coast. At that stage I knew the jacket would withstand heavy downpours and blistering winds. Now I was concerned about how such a tough outer layer would breathe when I took to the hills on a sunny spring morning in Glenmalure. My previous jacket was incredibly waterproof but wasn’t very breathable when I got the blood pumping. So honestly, I was dubious of the 9 worlds because it had performed so well at keeping me dry. Surely it couldn’t have the best of both worlds? (pun intended).

I recently walked a 53km section of the Wicklow Way over two days and brought the jacket with me. It was quite dry for the duration of the walk with only spots of rain here and there, which gave me a perfect opportunity to see how breathable the jacket was. With any waterproof layer you are basically putting on a second layer of skin. So you will always sacrifice some breathability when seeking to keep the rain out. But in all honesty I was yet again impressed by the Odin 9 Worlds Jacket. I didn’t sweat half as much as with my old jacket and when I was ascending steep inclines all it took was zipping down the air vents at either side of the jacket to let the air circulate. This meant I wasn’t constantly stopping to take the jacket off only to have to put it back on again when a shower started which can really break the momentum of a hike. 

The 9 Worlds passed the waterproof and wind protection test and it was breathable when I needed it to be. But it also had some small features that I really liked about it. Firstly, what’s good in the hood? The hood is an incredibly important part of any waterproof jacket. On the Odin 9 Worlds jacket two small toggles on the back of the hood allow you to adjust the hood to your head and face shape. This, along with the stiff peak at the top of the hood, kept water from running down the jacket and into my dry layers. It is a great way of protecting my face and head from winds.

Favourite features

Another thing that struck me about the jacket was the pockets. Apart from all of the pockets being waterproof they were really handy for storage. The small outer chest pocket is the perfect size for a smartphone. That meant I had it to hand quickly in case I wanted to take a snap of a passing sika deer before I saw its white bottom bound off into the engulfing forest. The two large side pockets are really spacious and I use them to store maps and even water bottles. You could also store a head torch, snacks, gloves and maybe some more snacks if you’re really hungry.

Final thoughts

On a final note, we in the outdoor community must look after the environment so that there will still be a great outdoors worth exploring for generations to come. I was really excited when I heard that the Helly Tech Professional waterproofing system used on the Odin 9 Worlds was made sustainably without the use of harmful chemicals. I am always interested in products and technology that reduces our impact on the environment and I am glad to see Helly developing an eco-friendly jacket that doesn’t compromise on the quality of the product. We can be environmentally friendly and push the limits of outdoor technology. The Odin 9 Worlds Jacket is testament to that belief. 

All I can say is, well done Helly.”

 

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