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Helly Hansen Brings Warmth and Breathability to Mountaineers with New Verglas Light Jacket (I do not think so, but it is good for their ego to say it anyway.)

OSLO, Norway — July 14, 2017

Since 1877 Helly Hansen has worked closely with mountain professionals to create technical apparel built to withstand the harshest environments on the planet. Knowing that cold temperatures don’t only occur during winter months, Helly Hansen now brings its classic performance Verglas line of Allied-down filled jackets to the spring and summer months.

There is no such product as Allied-down. There is a company by the name of Allied Feather and Down that I believe is a processor of down and feathers; the same material that their competition Downlite believes belongs in the making of compost. Certainly a far better use for down. So Helly is using the same stuff for stuffing.

If Helly has been making “technical” apparel since 1877 it appears they have learned nothing about the insulating materials used as insulation in clothing for the “harshest environments on the planet”. They chose to use the same old s***.

To accommodate the spring and summer mountain adventurer who values layering for temperamental days outside, Helly Hansen introduces the Verglas Light Jacket for men and women. This hybrid jacket with 800-fill Allied down in a 25D lightweight fabric and softshell mix is designed to offer warmth when needed, and allows for maximum breathability and quick release of excess heat during exertion. Hi vis detailing on the back hem and hood offer maximum visibility, slim cuffs with stretch binding allow for easy layering and mobility, and PFC-free DWR coating across the jacket allows for multi-use as a midlayer or outer layer.

Having examined down I absolutely do not believe there is any difference between what is advertised as 800 fill down and 400 fill down. The German company that sent to me 1000 fill down had clusters so small if isolated I doubt they would be good for 200 fill. Yes to get rid of the heat the quick release is a zipper and the jacket comes off, very good idea.

With over 55,000 mountain professionals outfitted head to toe in Helly Hansen each year, the brand is able to incorporate user feedback and trusted technologies to create purposefully designed products that are relevant to the locations and conditions the apparel is used in. See all Verglas pieces this July at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market.

Over 55,000 professional is nonsense. Imagine getting user feedback and trusted technologies each year. Must be what was trusted last year is not trusted this year and what is trusted this year will not be trusted next year. The reason; from year to year they find what was made the previous year didn’t work so they look for new stuff. Maybe they are using Intertek for guidance.

About Helly Hansen

Founded in Norway in 1877, Helly Hansen continues to develop professional-grade apparel that helps people stay and feel alive. Through insights drawn from living and working in the world’s harshest environments, the company has developed a long list of first-to-market innovations, including the first supple waterproof fabrics almost 140 years ago. Other breakthroughs include the first fleece fabrics in the 1960s, the first technical base layers in the 1970s, made with Lifa® Stay Dry Technology, and today’s award winning and patented H2Flow™ temperature regulating system.

People who review patent applications do not have a clue if a product does what the patent states, I know because I went through the process 4 times, I do have 4 patents. Whatever the H2Flow temperature regulating system is it is bogus. Unless of course it pertains to regulating the temperature of say a house. As far as humans are concerned “it cannot be done”!!!!!!! Just keep in mind that the Gore Cpmpany got a patent years ago for Gore-Tex and it has yet to perform as they have claimed for 40 years, and it never will.

Helly Hansen is a leader in technical sailing and performance ski apparel, as well as premium workwear. Its ski uniforms are worn and trusted by more than 55,000 professionals and can be found on Olympians, National Teams, and at more than 200 ski resorts and mountain guiding operations around the world.

Helly must be fixated on 55,000. This group offers no feedback, I wonder why.

I know of Helly as a manufacturer of foul weather gear for years since I was a boat owner. Never wore their stuff because I do not know of any foul weather gear that keeps you dry and that goes for Helly stuff as well. If you want to be warm even though you are wet you should be wearing Wiggy’s fishnets under Wiggy’s Lamilite liners and now Ducksback shell garments. Notice I said even though you are wet.

If Helly were astute about the components they were using to make the most efficient outerwear known to man it would be Lamilite/Climashield insulated, everything else they use or could use is obsolete. But unless they get feedback from the 55,000 who have this trusted technology they will continue to slosh around in the mirk of the obsolete without proper direction. Since 1877 and they still remain indignant to acquiring knowledge, but they are not alone it permeates the outdoor industry, or you can simply say they are just plain stupid. The unfortunate aspect of what they do not know or refuse to understand is that down is no different than a sponge when it comes to moisture, down just absorbs it and keeps it.

Helly is just another company wanting to sell a bill of goods that leaves a lot to be desired over and about a fashion look.

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