For many people running in the wind and rain is their idea of hell. But if you have the right gear there is something liberating about defeating the elements. In this Helly Hansen Jotun jacket review I will talk about how it performs as a trail running softshell, and how it is suitable for much more.
Don’t get me wrong I rarely go running in diabolic downpours, but running along the Sussex cliffs means I can expect my fair share of wet and windy weather. I got the Helly Hansen Jotun jacket because it is breathable, previous jackets I have run in have left me hot and sweaty as moisture and heat does not escape.
The Helly hansen Jotun jacket is billed as a wind and water resistant light softshell. It has a breathable fabric that stretches as you move. With elasticated hem and cuffs to keep it in place.
It has a hood with drawstring adjustment and YKK® Vislon front zipper to stop water getting in. With two zipped hand pockets, plus a zipped patched on chest pocket in durable nylon, there is room for your essentials.
It is not just a trail running softshell but is designed with general outdoor use in mind, including trips to town and hiking. The patched on nylon fabric on elbows, hood and hand pockets gives it a little style and extra durability.
As a trail running softshell the Jotun does a very good job of keeping you warm in strong winds. I have been leaning into the wind at nearly a 45 degree angle – hardly getting anywhere – and it has kept the wind out.
In light rain it keeps you dry but this is a water resistant not waterproof jacket. But if the rain gets heavy, or you are in medium rain for a prolonged period it will start to let water in. But on the whole it keeps your core dry so a big plus for this Helly Hansen Jotun jacket review.
The hood is the one major disappointment. It is too big meaning it won’t stay in place, the drawstrings should fix this but the excess material means it slips forwards and covers my eyes. An additional drawstring at the back of the head which shortens the hood length would fix this.
No Helly Hansen Jotun jacket review would be complete without talking about its excellent breathability. It is not something Helly Hansen talk about on their website, but for me it’s biggest selling point for a trail running softshell. Its breathability is significantly better than other running jackets I have worn and sweat even escapes in light rain.
The Helly Hansen Jotun jacket would be a great addition to anyone’s outdoor arsenal. The breathability makes it particularly suitable to intense activities such as running or cycling.
It is lightweight and packs up small so would also be good for day hiking, or for trips to town as it certainly doesn’t look too outdoorsy. On the downside it is not suitable for hardcore trekking where you need full waterproofness.
To conclude this Helly Hansen Jotun jacket review, I would recommend it for anyone that does high intensity outdoor activities or anyone looking for a versatile lightweight jacket. I would also recommend it as a trail running softshell for all but diabolic downpours.
As of Dec 2015 Helly Hansen are out of stock of the Jotun jacket, but you can still buy them from many online retailers for around £60. To check if it is back in stock, or browse alternatives, visit: www.hellyhansen.com