Gear review: Helly Hansen Swift fleece

Helly Hansen Swift fleeceAT some point in all our lives we must have all seen an item of clothing in a shop that has had such a “pull” that just have to buy it and, for me, the Helly Hansen Swift fleece jacket has been one such piece.

Made from Polartec 200g brushed fleece it has two hand-warmer pockets plus a vertical chest one, all with zips and branded pulls.

I’m no stranger to Helly Hansen having worn LIFA thermals since the mid-1980s for cycling, hill-walking and even when camping (in summer in Scotland).

What initially caught my eye with the Swift jacket was the colour; a bright kind of peacock blue which HH calls Atlantic. And the fact that it had a hood, and a lined one at that which zipped up below the chin.

With a contrasting band running along the front, hood, hem, and sleeve openings, plus the chest pocket in black, the Swift really stood out. It was also a great fit; no bagginess at all, even with the hood.

How could I not buy it? And I just knew it wasn’t going to let me down first time out on the hills, and what a way to test it; in the snow on High Street, in the Lake District.

Buying it really brought Helly Hansen back into my mind, and I appreciate that they’re far more than a company that makes just thermal underwear.

The Helley Hansen Swift fleece jacket is available in three colours priced from £95 downwards.

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