Helly Hansen Pier / Pier 2

Yachting Monthly - - GROUP TEST -

Jacket £170 Salopettes £140

A set of oil­skins that aims for full pro­tec­tion de­spite be­ing lighter weight, the Helly Hansen Pier out­fit has the great­est range of fea­tures of the jack­ets tested. As well as Scan­di­na­vian styling, HH have cre­ated a good all-round jacket. Men’s and women’s come in different styles and fits but do not in­clude a drop seat.

Jacket

With a fairly high mi­crofleece­lined col­lar, long body and waist, and hem ad­just­ment, the Pier jacket gave pro­tec­tion with­out re­strict­ing move­ment. The hood is hi-vis yel­low, rolls away into the col­lar, has a mesh liner and has ad­just­ment at the sides and back. The dou­ble cuff kept wa­ter out, as did the storm flap over the zip, and there are re­flec­tive patches on the sleeves but not the shoul­ders or hood. This is the best jacket for pock­ets, with two main cargo pock­ets and fleece-lined hand­warmer pock­ets be­hind, and an­other pair of hand­warmer pock­ets on the chest. The sin­gle in­ter­nal zipped pocket is ac­cessed at the top rather than the side – more se­cure but harder to ac­cess. The soft mesh liner felt cosy but did snag on the Velcro when tak­ing it off. Re­in­force­ment was good on the seat and el­bows.

Salopettes

The Pier 2 salopettes are a little more ba­sic than the jacket, of­fer­ing a sin­gle cargo pocket on the thigh and an elas­ti­cated waist but with no ad­just­ment. The body of the salopettes is high and the shoul­der straps elas­tic, se­cur­ing back on to them­selves with Velcro. Re­in­force­ment on knees and seat felt tough, the an­kles closed with Velcro but aren’t re­in­forced. The two-way zip (also on the jacket) is cov­ered by a storm flap.

test ver­dict

The Pier jacket and Pier 2 salopettes per­formed well in the wa­ter test. No wa­ter got in past the in­ner cuffs and only the small­est amount got in through the neck. They gave a good range of move­ment and fit­ted nicely with­out acres of spare fabric. With a good range of fea­tures, some de­cent safety points and solid pro­tec­tion, this was our favourite. It would have been nice to see hand­warmer pock­ets and an ad­justable waist on the salopettes for the per­fect out­fit. A rugged all-round, all­weather jacket at a fair price.

We put the wa­ter­proofs through their paces in a range of ac­tivites and con­di­tions

Good pro­tec­tion, lots of pock­ets and a com­fort­able fit makes the Pier jacket our win­ner

the hi-vis hood had good ad­just­ment and of­fers lots of pro­tec­tion

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