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We put Helly Hansen's versatile W Jola shell jacket to the test on the wet, windy winter trails

helly hansen womens jola jacket hardshell jacket
Overall Score
Excellent comfort from female fit and stretchy fabric

Made with the Norwegian brand's two-way stretch Helly Tech shell material, Helly Hansen's Jola is a do-it-all women's shell jacket that will find a home in your kit bag for practically any winter outdoor adventure.

The Jola uses Helly Hansen's full arsenal of technical features to keep the weather out, including a DWR treatment to its Helly Tech shell material, full seam sealing, YKK Aquaguard water resistant zippers on both the front closure and both hand pockets, a helmet compatible hood with three cinchable adjustment points, and a stiffened peak.

The low hem is also cinchable and the cuffs are adjustable with Velcro tabs, and the high front closure means that when the weather closes in you can hide your lower face inside the jacket, just leaving your eyes and upper face exposed.

In use it all works well together to keeping out even the heaviest gusty showers, while still allowing moisture to get out - a pair of pit zips further helping to avoid any 'boil-in-the-bag' build up of sweat inside.

The cut is well judged while the styling and colourways are snappy and although techy looking enough for the trails the Jola is equally at home walking into a coffee shop.

Adding to the already excellent usefulness of the Jola is the fact that as it comes with Helly Hansen's CIS zippers you can zip Helly Hansen CIS compatible mid-layers and fleeces in and out depending on the weather and intended use.

A truly versatile, competent, stylish, weather-proof shell for all reasons and all seasons.









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