Gear of the Week: Helly Hansen Verglas Light Jacket

Stay warm—but not too warm—in this hybrid puffy.

Our take High-output winter pursuits like ski touring can be tricky for temp regulation. Layer too heavily and you’ll swamp out in minutes; too lightly, and you’ll start to shiver. Luckily for those who want to spend more time chasing pow than making wardrobe changes, the Verglas’ hybrid design finds a happy medium. Its 800-fill goose down in the torso kept one tester’s core cozy on a single-digit day spent seeking lines near Colorado’s Berthoud Pass, while softshell panels in the arms, sides, and lower back dumped heat when he was pushing hard uphill.

The details The Verglas’ softshell hood fits over a helmet, and two interior dump pockets fit a pair of gloves. While the softshell portions’ DWR withstood heavy, wet snow for long periods, the down section wet our fairly quickly. The jacket packs down to the size of a softball.

Trail cred “The softshell panels’ generous stretch allowed me to reach for rock holds when I was bootpacking up a ridge to access a particularly tasty chute,” our Colorado tester says.

Buy Women’s Helly Hansen Verglas Light Jacket now for $73.73 (60% off)

Buy Men’s Helly Hansen Verglas Light Jacket now for $111 (40% off) Backpacker

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