Helly Hansen aegir Ocean race

Yachting Monthly - - GROUP TEST -

Jacket £500 Salopettes £350

We tested the Race ver­sion of Helly Hansen’s Aegir range as the full Ocean suit would have taken us sig­nif­i­cantly over bud­get. The Aegir Race of­fers the same qual­ity and style as the Ocean, but with less bulk.

Jacket

The jacket was one of the least bulky on test. De­spite this, it still of­fers plenty of cosy pro­tec­tion with a good tall mi­crofleece­lined col­lar. The face guard of­fers loads of ad­just­ment at both ends and stows away neatly into a lit­tle pocket in the col­lar. The elas­ti­cated nose piece helps en­sure a good fit, but was a bit bulkier than the more con­toured pan­els on other jack­ets. The hood is held se­curely in place by Vel­cro on the col­lar and it stows away into a mesh panel to al­low it to dry.

A water­proof zip closes the jacket with a sin­gle storm flap in­side, but does away with ex­ter­nal storm flaps. De­spite be­ing shorter than the full Ocean jacket, we still found it plenty long enough. This was the only jacket not to have large cargo pock­ets, opt­ing in­stead for zipped pock­ets, and chest hand-warmers.

Salopettes

These were the only salopettes to of­fer a full-body fit rather than ad­justable straps, with the body made of light­weight, soft-shell fab­ric. This re­duced bulk, but does not of­fer ad­just­ment for body length. The trousers in­cluded a large cargo pocket on each thigh, but hand-warmer pock­ets weren’t present.

The women’s ver­sion in­cludes a drop seat with a water­proof zip around the seat rather than up the sides. Just make sure you close it prop­erly. There was plenty of re­in­force­ment on the knees and seat and the legs were wide enough to fit over our wellies.

test VER­DICT

There were no leaks in our splash test, and the jacket of­fered great flex­i­bil­ity thanks to its pared-down de­sign. Made of Helly Hansen’s own Helly Tech Pro­fes­sional fab­ric, these felt good qual­ity with a high stan­dard of fin­ish. The only short­com­ing was the ab­sence of hand-warmer pock­ets on the salopettes and cargo pock­ets on the jacket.

leightweight and er­gonomic, the helly hansen suit was ex­tremely com­fort­able

Pared down, but still good pro­tec­tion. Only the slight­est leak at the neck

ad­just­ment on the side, top and back of the hood worked well. the neo­prene face guard was a bit bulky

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