Helly Hansen Enigma Jacket 2011/2012 Review

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Jesse's love of the outdoors brought him to Colorado back in 2004 and he's continued to enjoy the natural playground ever since. Jesse is a professional photographer specializing in weddings, portraits and active lifestyle advertising. As a photographer with a love of hiking and camping, Jesse is constantly testing ways to carry camera gear into the backcountry. He has been a ski instructor at Breckenridge for 3 years and continues to do so in a part-time role. He was first put on skis at the age of 2 and spent 10 years snowboarding as well so he has a pretty good handle on what makes great snow gear. Jesse has been a multi-sport athlete for most of his life and loves to be active. To learn more about Jesse's photography work, visit https://twoelkstudios.com/ and http://www.jessestarrproductions.com

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6 Responses

  1. Bert says:

    More’s the pity. I don’t consider myself huge, but I’m 6’3″, 210lbs with a fairly long torso myself. I was researching a new ski jacket to treat myself to for seasons to come. I was excited about this jacket…but it seems there’s no love for tall guys from Helly Hansen.

  2. Jesse says:

    Hey Bert, I would check out Helly Hansen’s Switft Jacket or Mission Jacket. They are both a longer cut then the Enigma and may work out for you.

  3. holly says:

    Does anyone have any reviews on the womens version of this jacket?
    i wanted to know if i should buy the size xs if i am 5 feet tall and 95 lbs. wondering if there is room left for layering inside.

  4. Jesse says:

    Hello Holly, I would tell you that this jacket is not really intended to be layered under. It is a pretty heavyweight parka and you would rarely need anything beyond a base layer.

  5. Davide says:

    Thanks for the review. I have ordered the jacket largely on the strength of it… (and also because I found it at a great price). Will report back with my observations once I get to try it on.

  6. Davide says:

    Got the Enigma a couple of weeks ago. The fit is excellent for me (Large size jacket on 5’10 / 200 lbs), and the fabric is wonderfully stretchy in all directions. It’s a fairly heavy jacket, at 1.9 kgs / 4 lbs, but once on the weight is not apparent.

    I tested it twice in very different conditions: once it was very cloudy and snowing, temperature around -8°C / 18°F, near zero visibility and fairly humid in the clouds themselves. Wore the jacket with a merino wool base and a light cotton jumper. After 3 hours of skiing, I wasn’t cold at all, but the cotton was drenched in sweat. Removed it, and things stayed pretty warm and dry for the rest of the day.

    Today was sunny, but really cold: -25°C/-13°F. Same layers as last time, replacing the cotton with thick wool. The jacket took the added layer without feeling tight, and the fitted balaclava came in really handy. Stayed warm, dry and comfy for the whole day. For me it’s a winner – particularly if it lasts as long as the finish seems to promise (my previous jacket went on for 24 years, and it’s still wearable).

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