Are you looking for a durable lightweight waterproof jacket? Then read this review of Odin 9 Worlds 2.0 shell jacket by Helly Hansen to find out how it performed in the wind, rain and chill of the British winter.
I am planning a round the world trip, including many outdoor pursuits. The intention is to backpack so I am looking for low-weight and cross functional clothing. The Helly Hansen Odin 9 Worlds 2.0 has already proven its worth in the UK, read on to find out why I think this lightweight shell jacket will be perfect for my travels.
For those that don’t know, a shell jacket is a coat without any insulation. They are your outer layer designed to protect you from wind and water. Depending on the weather different layers can be worn under a shell jacket so you can adapt to different conditions. This flexibility is why I wanted a lightweight shell jacket for my round the world adventure.
During trip I plan to trek in the Himalayas, sail in Indonesia, snowboard in New Zealand, kayak in the Amazon and so much more! I am expecting rain, wind and snow, so a durable lightweight waterproof jacket is the perfect choice.
Temperatures are likely to range from -10°C to 25°C, and with lots of active outdoor pursuits planned the jacket must be fully breathable. The 3 layer construction of the HELLY TECH® Professional fabric promises just that, so I decided to try it!
On receiving the Odin 9 Worlds 2.0 Shell Jacket my first impression was that the fabric feels great! Robust but soft and flexible too. This shell jacket weighs in between 450-550 grams (size dependent) so I am really impressed that it feels substantial and durable.
The Odin 9 Worlds 2.0 jacket is specifically designed to be a long lasting, low weight waterproof for use with active sports – it is very popular with mountaineers. I find the relaxed fit perfect to enable layering underneath and still not restrict movement. The fabric even feels nice against my bare skin unlike a lot of waterproofs.
The most important aspect to test during this review of Odin 9 Worlds 2.0 shell jacket was its weatherproof qualities. This meant checking it keeps the wind and rain at bay while still being breathable and durable.
The HELLY TECH® Professional 3L fabric is rated at around 20,000mm waterproof. Combined with the Durable Water Repellent treatment (DWR) this will keep wet weather out. The 3L fabric also includes hydrophilic lamination rated at around 15,000mm moisture vapor permeability, so it is very breathable.
If you hike in the United Kingdom during winter it won’t be long before you encounter sideways rain, which confirmed that the jacket really works! Despite an unseasonable 13°C sweat escaped and I did not overheat. Plus I discovered how effective the hood adjustments were while finding a wind defying customised fit.
I spent many days walking the dog in freezing winter winds wearing layers under the shell jacket and being protected from the wind and rain. On blustery days I particularly like that the jacket zips all the way up to my chin.
As mentioned I was looking for a durable lightweight waterproof. It’s difficult to measure durability in a few months of use even when it is worn on a daily basis.
However, during this review of Odin 9 Worlds 2.0 Shell Jacket I have accidentally tested it’s strength by catching it on a metal gate, pushing past brambles and through branches on a number of occasions. It currently shows no signs of these incidents while a less durable jacket surely would have either ripped or been marked by its adventures.
This Odin 9 World 2.0 Shell Jacket review would not be complete without talking about its pockets and other features.
The pit zips are a feature I love! They open up to allow fresh air into your sweatiest area. This both cools you down and allows moisture to escape.
The large 2-way entry pockets can be opened from the top or bottom. This is convenient when wearing a harness or backpack with a hip belt. The full height of the pockets opens from hip to chest, so I can use them easily to carry a map or water bottle.
Also when fully open these large pockets provide extra ventilation. Inside the left pocket there is an internal pocket to secure smaller items separately.
The chest pocket is at an 11 degree angle which makes it very easy to access. The zip pulls throughout the jacket are easy to use when wearing gloves and feel strong and long lasting.
The jacket features many adjustments to enable custom fit and comfort. The hood adjustments make it compatible for use with a helmet, which will be brilliant when I am snowboarding or mountaineering. It also has a peak that helps keep the weather out of your face.
There are flush internal cord adjustments for the bottom of the jacket to stop the wind or snow from entering. The cuffs are large with Velcro adjusters making it easy to tighten them around gloves.
The Odin 9 Worlds 2.0 is a great bit of kit. As waterproof jackets go it is very lightweight and breathable. I was impressed that a waterproof jacket could be so comfortable and I am confident it will be perfect for my future backpacking adventures.
To conclude this Odin 9 Worlds 2.0 Shell Jacket review, I am happy to say this is the best waterproof jacket I have owned. It is now my go-to jacket for everything from walking the dog, hiking, cycling, to popping down the shops. I just select the layers I wear beneath it depending on the weather.
Ultimately, if you are looking for a durable lightweight waterproof jacket the Odin 9 Worlds 2.0 is a great choice!
I hope you found this review of Odin 9 Worlds 2.0 shell jacket useful. It comes in alert red, royal blue, electric blue or black with a RRP of £350. You can buy it here: www.hellyhansen.com/odin-9-worlds