Long, insulated parkas that go to my knees are a winter staple for me in cold and snowy Jackson Hole, WY, but when I travel, sometimes the weather at my destination isn’t so brutal. Enter the Helly Hansen Women’s Arctic Legacy 3-in-1 Parka, an integrated shell and insulation system with built-in versatility for everything from shoulder seasons to winter storm warnings.
On an early winter road trip from Jackson Hole to the Oregon Coast I was glad to have the Helly Hansen Women’s Arctic Legacy 3-in1 Parka. It was in the 20s when I left town, so I wore the parka in its warmest mode, shell + insulation liner together. I love the inside lining of the insulation layer, an exceptionally cozy grey fleece in the bodice and hood (the sleeves don’t have the same fleece, I’m guessing to make it easier to get on and off).
Driving westward to the coast, it got progressively rainier, warmer, and lower in elevation. In Portland, it was time to separate the Helly Hansen Women’s Arctic Legacy 3-in-1 Parka into two individual jackets. I unsnapped the connections at the wrists and behind the hood, and easily unzipped the two jackets apart, also removing the optional faux fur around the hood.
On its own, the Helly Hansen Women’s Arctic Legacy 3-in-1 Parka outer shell jacket was a smart-looking matte-black piece for walking around the city, shopping, and waiting in line to sample trendy foodie treats at food truck pods. Further down the coast in more stormy coastal conditions–it was 40 degrees, damp, rainy, and windy–I appreciated the outer jacket’s sturdy, waterproof, breathable fabric, warmth-sealing wrist gaiters, and microfleece-lined collar and hand-warmer pockets. I spent the afternoon walking briskly along the beach and hunting for mushrooms. Walking around at dusk in the quiet, forested neighborhoods I tried out the flip-up reflectors on the sleeves which are otherwise hidden away, a cool feature that makes me more visible to cars on busy or winding roads.
The Helly Hansen Women’s Arctic Legacy 3-in-1 Parka’s inner jacket is insulated with Primaloft; on its own it’s a midweight puffy jacket I wore on rare sunny mornings and around the house before we got the fire going. With a fun space-grey outer fabric, sleek silhouette, hood, low-bulk loft, and handwarmer pockets, it’s super cozy and comfortable to throw on. I wore it for most of the long car ride home.
|Material(s): Polyamide, polyester, acrylic, Primaloft|
|Sizes: W’s XS-XL|
|Shop: see links below|
Back in Jackson the Helly Hansen Women’s Arctic Legacy 3-in-1 Parka has been my around-town jacket for everything aside from the coldest days this winter (temps in the single and negative digits, when I reach for the puffy down). I like its clean lines, timeless design, and faux fur-trimmed hood. My only gripe with the Helly Hansen Women’s Arctic Legacy 3-in-1 CIS Parka is with its sleeve snaps. Secured only by one snap at each cuff, I found I would sometimes unsnap them while pulling my hands through. Then the sleeves would get semi-inverted when I took off the parka, which was slightly annoying.
The Helly Hansen Women’s Arctic Legacy 3-in-1 Parka is available for women in Black in sizes XS – XL. I found it to fit true to size, with enough room for sweaters underneath while still having a feminine silhouette. Men, check out the Helly Hansen Arctic Legacy H2 Flow Parka
Bottom Line: A versatile winter parka that’s cozy on the inside and Helly Hansen tough on the outside.
BUY ONLINE: $450 at Helly Hansen Online
Manufacturer’s Site: www.hellyhansen.com