Helly Hansen Mission Down: Insulated Jackets Review

Nov 1, 2010
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Helly Hansen Mission Down: Insulated Jackets Review

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We were impressed by how well the Mission's pit zips regulated temperature on a mild midwinter trip to British Columbia, but there was plenty of stuffing (500-fill down) for the most frigid test days, too. So if single-digit readings are commonplace at your home resort, check out this bunker. The oversize hood is enormous and swallows any helmet. You'll look like an egghead, but you won't care: When this thing is all buttoned up—hood, powder skirt, oversize cuffs—you'll be the warmest guy on the chair. But it's not perfect. The extra-long hood drawstrings can be annoying, and four pockets share two zippers—so one pocket can spill while you're reaching into the other. Still, of all the heavy-duty down-insulated parkas we tested, this was our favorite.
VERSATILITY: 2
VALUE: 3
PERFORMANCE: 4

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