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HELLY HANSEN H2 FLOW JACKET

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HELLY HANSEN H2 FLOW JACKET
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HELLY HANSEN H2 FLOW JACKET
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HELLY HANSEN H2 FLOW JACKET

HELLY HANSEN H2 FLOW JACKET is an exciting new take on jacket insulation.  The concept is daring and original – the result you might expect from locking a traditional sewer and a String Theory scientist in room together.  By using insulation to create positive and negative space the H2 Flow Jacket can somehow regulate temperature you feel inside the shell of the jacket.

Helly Hansen H2 Flow Jacket technology is present in two different version of their jackets.  One version has more positive space than negative space which is visible inside of the jacket.  A mesh interior layer reveals a foam like insulation with holes punched through.  A second version of this concept reverses the interior design so that it has more negative then positive space. In the  Panorama Jacket pods filled with down  are placed in strategic areas to keep your body core warm.

According to Helly Hansen the negative spaces fill with your body’s warm air and trap it there, insulating in a new, innovative way.  This is the H2 Flow concept – a self regulating air flow and entrapment strategically enhanced by the design of the negative/positive space.  How warm air generated by your body and cool air flowing from outside is managed is determined by the size, spacing and number of holes.


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TECHNOLOGY

Helly Hansen says that their patent-pending H2FLOW technology allows for a groundbreaking design that combines an insulation layer, an airflow venting system, and a protective waterproof breathable barrier.  The combination of each design device allows skiers to regulate their body temperature for an impressive variety of alpine and weather conditions.  The jacket is also “anatomically body mapped” to optimize the H2 FLOW technology.  The Helly Hansen H2 Flow Jacket is thinner and lighter than traditional ski jackets yet manages to keep your body temperature in a comfortable zone while outdoors on the ski slopes.

Test conducted by Helly Hansen reveal the jacket to be 20 percent more efficient at regulating body temperature than standard ski jackets.  Eight goose down-insulated pods trap key body warmth by clever angles that act to funnel warm air over the spinal cavity and out through the jacket’s back collar.

The technology innovations extends to include safety as well. A built-in RECCO Rescue System which helps rescuers find you if you end up getting caught in an avalanche is also included.


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INNOVATIVE DESIGN PHILOSOPHY

Helly Hansen began their quest for new innovation through detailed conversations with professional sailors, skiers and mountain guides to identify what they wanted in a jacket.   The consensus was they needed something that would help them stay warm, but was versatile when actively moving and more comfortable.  Helly Hansen designers proposed the idea of a jacket air flow system that could provide heat when needed, but also allow it to escape when you became too warm.

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Concluding that heat is trapped in air pockets, they set about to create new designs with little pockets around the jacket.  Rigorous testing of multiple prototypes led to the creation of a unique jacket deign that manages to be warmer, cooler and lighter.

Helly Hansen invented the world´s first quick-dry and lightweight fleece in the 1960s.  The H²Flow Technology builds upon this tradition and offers a unique solution to the ski jacket market for outdoor enthusiast.


HOW THE JACKET FITS

The H2 Flow Jacket fits the body contours and feels very comfortable.  It’s mid layer is made up of 2 parts – a wind shell and interior insulation.

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Their is noticeably less insulation around the arms and sides of the jacket.  The nylon exterior shields the body from wind and light rainfall.  Side body zippers enhance the expulsion of air when the body becomes too hot.  It is a clever system that appears as colorful patterns yet functions in an intelligent way.  Helly Hansen has applied some of Dieter Rams principles of design very well.  The form of the H2 Flow Jacket clearly stems from its functions yet somehow manages to look great in the end.  This jacket demonstrates an evolution in its functionability without compromising on its aesthetic values.


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WHAT H2 FLOW IS GOOD FOR

Helly Hansen describes the H2 Flow Jacket as a lightweight mid-layer.  The “H2” stands for “Heat and Hollow” referring to the insulation that is punched with circular holes meant to trap heat in little hollow pockets.  The polyester outer shell repels light moisture but is not claimed to be water resistant or waterproof.

It makes for an exceptional wind breaker with good insulation and air flow inside the jacket for autumn to early winter days.  Wind does not penetrate the jacket only a little heat loss along the sides without insulation in the sleeves.  Standing still is perhaps the only time you might feel the cold meaning it is best designed for higher levels of physical activity.


FACTS
  • Polartec® 200g brushed fleece in main body with air pocket perforations
  • Bottom hem adjustment
  • Brushed tricot inside collar
  • Tricot lined sleeves for improved movability
  • YKK® Zipped hand pockets
  • Mesh protecting the construction during intense activities
  • Open mesh inside allows air to flow between air pockets and body
  • Zippers in front allows mechanical ventilation and stimulate air flow
  • H²Flow mechanical ventilation system for adjustable insulation level
  • Polyester shell outer fabric locks heat inside the air pockets