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Helly Hansen Converter Softshell Jacket review
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Helly Hansen Converter Softshell Jacket
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Outdoor apparel that is versatile offers the benefit of practicality. Having a piece of apparel that looks good at work and on a woodlands trail makes it more feasible to purchase since it will be put to regular use.

It can be a challenge though, because not all apparel can meet the standard of what is acceptable at work and still be functional for active pursuits. 

The Helly Hansen Converter Softshell Jacket brings versatility. The jacket is a softshell and made of a nylon and polyester blend. The blend of material uses Helly Hansen’s trademarked Interface fabrication technology. The Interface technology makes the jacket soft to the touch and gives stretch to the material. The Converter’s laminated outer makes it water resistant.

The jacket is not bulky which makes it ideal for layering. A mid layer such as a polar fleece pullover and a comfortable base layer would make for a toasty combination in the cold winter months.  It keeps its warmth even when worn on its own without a mid layer.  It can also serve as a mid layer with a hard shell jacket on top.

The Helly Hansen Converter Softshell Jacket has a spacious zip-pocket on the left breast of the jacket. A car key and some spare cash can easily be tucked into it before a day of cooler weather hiking starts. Two zippered pockets flank each side of the jacket and a draw string at the bottom of the coat makes it fit snugly.

Two large mesh pockets are located in the interior of the Converter. The attached hood is adjustable by drawstrings. The adjustable cuffs of the jacket are spacious which give plenty of room even bulkier ski gloves.

Helly_Hansen_logoThe Helly Hansen Converter Softshell Jacket is a versatile jacket for formal and informal occasions. It looks great and is functionally great too. Helly Hansen manufactures the jacket in 3 color schemes – water blue/light gray, choko brown/walnut and black. It comes in standard sizes S to XXL. It has an MSRP of $200 and carries Helly Hansen limited lifetime warranty from defects in workmanship and materials.

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Jason Elliot

JElliotJason Elliot is the Editor and Publisher of Elliot has established a respected following with the top industry professionals and gearheads for his nonbiased reviews of outdoor gear and apparel. Elliot is a regular contributor to, and other publications on top of his editorial and writing role with

Elliot left a successful fifteen-plus year management career that he worked at Fortune 500 and S&P 500 companies to pursue his passion for writing about the outdoors. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from La Roche College.

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