Here we go! It’s time again to knock the dust off our skis and snowboards, ride that chairlift to tip top of the mountain, and enjoy another season of beautiful fresh trails! Ski season is upon us and and a large part of the equation is responsibly gearing up with the proper attire to protect our bodies from the bitter wet and cold the slopes might dish out along the way. This season, we’re heading out there wearing the Helly Hansen Olympia Jacket, pushing it to the limit, and getting as much out of winter as we possibly can!

Key Features:

  • Olympia_FrontHELLY TECH® PROFESSIONAL
  • Waterproof, windproof and breathable
  • 2 ply fabric construction
  • 4 way full stretch fabric
  • Fully seam sealed
  • Durable Water Repellency treatment (DWR)
  • PrimaLoft® Black Insulation Hi-Loft 80gin body
  • PrimaLoft® Silver Insulation Hi-Loft 65g in arms
  • Fully insulated
  • H²Flow System mechanical venting for optimal comfort
  • RECCO® Advanced Rescue system
  • Articulated arms and elbows for superior fit
  • Zip-away stretch powder skirt
  • Detachable helmet compatible and adjustable hood
  • Dual hand warming pockets and 2 chest pockets
  • Wrist gaitors
  • Internal pockets for goggles and electronics
  • Ski-pass pocket
  • YKK® water resistant zippers
Helly Hansen Olympia Review Breakdown

Design:

When it comes right down to it, we’re hard pressed tho think of a winter jacket more fully loaded than the Olypmia. For the hardcore adventurer who lives life closer to the edge, or perhaps even out of bounds, the Olympia has you prepared for the worst with a fully installed RECCO® Advanced Rescue System. In the event that one finds themselves in a search and rescue situation, the RECCO reflector installed in the sleeve Olympia_PowderCuffmakes you searchable, and requires no activation to function with virtually no limit in its lifespan. This little bit of extra added protection is a pretty big deal when the possibility of a life and death situation is present. Hey, you never know.

Aside from safety measures, this jacket is ready for everything from top to bottom. The hood is removable, and re-attaches with virtually no difficulty. It has three adjustment chords, one on each side and one on the back, so whether you prefer the extra protection of a brain bucket or not, the hood can be adjusted to fully encapsulate the head comfortably.

Olympia_PowderSkirtThe Olympia is ready to carry whatever you need as well, with an elastic inner pocket, an internal zip-up pocket, a breast pocket, standard hand warming side pockets, and a left sleeve ski pass pocket. Whatever it is that you intend to take with you (within the bounds of reason) will most definitely fit, and with a variety of options to maintain optimal accessibility. The internal zip-up breast pocket also comes equipped with a media port, so jamming to your favorite tunes is an available option while cruising down the slopes, and whatever electronic device you’re using remains well protected.

As you’re enjoying the fresh powder runs in the early hours, you’ll be well protected of any possible snow intrusion to your underlayers. The Olympia is all set with wrist gaitors as well as a stretch powder skirt, and the elements can be kept out comfortably. The powder skirt is actually woven into the insulation of the lower jacket, so it remains available at all times. The days of fully detaching the powder skirt when unnecessary are over, and there’s no need to worry about getting caught unprepared in unexpected conditions.

Performance:

Helly Hansen has undoubtedly outdone themselves with the huge array of features that keep the wearer of the Olympia jacket well protected in any extreme conditions. The HELLY TECH® PROFESSIONAL fabric provides front line protection from the elements…waterproof, windproof, and breathable. This special membrane is designed to keep water molecules from penetrating, but still allows moisture molecules to escape, meaning you stay dry from the outside and comfortable on the inside.

Olympia_VentThe PrimaLoft® synthetic insulation technology offers thermal properties that make for some of the best temperature regulation we’ve ever encountered, made up of ultra-fine fibers that form air pockets to trap heat inside. These fibers are also combined with a special treatment that doesn’t allow water to pass through, and their highly reduced diameter makes PrimaLoft® extremely soft.

The innovative Helly Hansen H2Flow system, on top of everything else we’ve already discussed, has opened our eyes to a whole new revolution of control over body temperature. We look back on earlier winter jacket ventelation systems that were virtually just openings that allowed the cold external air to break through to our core. The H2Flow system, however, also sends the air into the insulation of the jacket sending a well proportioned airflow around the body and to the back, cooling down the entire body quickly and uniformly.

Comfort:

Slipping into the Helly Hansen Olympia jacket is like jumping into a feather mattress bed with 1500 thread count luxury Egyptian sheets. No lie, even on the warmer days when you’re only wearing a T-shirt underneath, this jacket’s interior is ridiculously comfortable against the skin.  Loaded with adjustable features from the hood Chords, adjustable waist chords, and Velcro flaps in the sleeves, the Olympia is easily managed to fit just about any body type. We don’t need to go over all of the performance features a second time, and needless to say, keeping warm and dry is optimal in any environment one might encounter.

Style:

Helly Hansen Olympia_Posehas promoted the Olympia as “A true resort ski jacket for the person who appreciates a clean stylish outside with a new evolving technical inside”, and we find ourselves agreeing adamantly with that statement. On top of the smorgasbord of technologies and design concepts within, the Olympia is a great jacket to look at, providing true visual benefits at the same time. It comes available in three color scheme options, and we’ve had the pleasure of wearing the black version with bright orange/red highlights. The little extra flair of the highlights are minimal and tasteful, and you will not be confused as a goober who hasn’t purchased an new jacket since 1991.

The deep black is easily recognizable against the white snow, so being seen by other skiers is no problem and making turns down the mountainside is made safer. On the flip-side, when the day is done and it’s time to hit the local pub, the highly reflective logos and accent colors will make you easily spotted by a friend, or even a hot little ski bunny. You never know who you may run into, enjoy a drink or two together, and discuss a location to meet up the next day to carve some lines.

Durability:

We all want a jacket that performs, but knowing that it will withstand the test of time is of huge importance to any purchaser. We’re happy to report that Helly Hansen’s reputation has preceded itself since Olympia_BackHelly Juell Hansen and his wife began producing oilskin jackets and trousers in 1877. More than a century later, Helly Hansen’s brand has enjoyed a heritage of well made products and relied on by professionals across the globe. In the time we’ve been wearing the Olympia, we see absolutely no sign that they’ve lost any bit of their game. The fully sealed seams are not only made with unquestionable precision, but show no sign of wear that we can find whatsoever. Our confidence in this jacket’s wear ability over time is rock solid.

Value:

So much to choose from. The market for winter jackets with options across the board for brand and style is one of the largest out there, but also one where you generally get what you pay for. We’re delighted to confirm that the Helly Hansen Olympia is on the top of our list with this in mind. At first glance, the price may raise some eyebrows a bit, but after you consider all of the features this jacket provides with it’s durability and enduring sense of style it’s not hard to see that every penny is worth it.

Buy Now: $700.00 or to learn more, go to: HellyHansen.com

Helly Hansen Olympia Jacket - Gear Review
It's been called the "true resort ski jacket" by its maker, but Helly Hansen may have sold themselves short this time. The Helly Hansen Olympia is the ultimate safeguard in everything winter might throw at you, and not just at the resort. Whether you mean to enjoy a day out on the slopes, make a fashionable statement, or simply be as comfortable as possible in any conditions you may find yourself in, this is as good as it gets when gearing up for winter!
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The Good
  • Impervious Temperature Regulation
  • Insanely Comfortable
  • Enduring, Yet Functional in Style
The Not-So Good
  • Nothing...Not a One
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Reader Rating: (53 Votes)
5.0

About The Author

Creative Developer

The brain of Brad is a mysterious thing. As a youngster, Brad DesNoyers found his greatest strengths in all things creative as well as technical. Combine the two, and you get a graphic designer who spends his off time reviewing products for Busted Wallet. His background as an outdoor enthusiast, athlete, and all-around dedicated nerd has been extremely beneficial in keeping his readers informed why that next big purchase might be worth it. Brad also takes great pride in his memory of completely useless information, which has come in handy while writing his reviews and at Tuesday Trivia Night at the local brew pub.

4 Responses

  1. Bert

    So I’m looking to replace my Arc’teryx SV jacket (ask me how I need a new one over a beer and I might even tell you) and have been looking for a heavy-duty winter ski shell jacket. I’m tried on HH jackets before (last one was the Enigma a few years back) and…at 6’3″, that jacket barely went past my waist. Is this jacket short too?

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    • Brad DesNoyers

      Actually this is a good question. For a long time ski jackets have been designed somewhat long in comparison to other coats. Recently though, with a more slim fitting variety of snow pant trending, ski jackets have begun to shorten up along with that style. I’m 5’10” with somewhere between a slim and athletic build, and I went with a medium sized Olympia Jacket. I feel like it fits perfectly for my body type and height, and to be precise I’ve measured the bottom hem of this jacket at around 7″ below my waist. What you consider acceptable is completely dependent on your own taste in jacket length, but I will say the length of this jacket is perfectly reasonable in my opinion. More detailed size guides are available on the product pages at shop.hellyhansen.com/us/. Hope that helps, and sorry to hear about your Arc’teryx. Those are dang nice jackets too.

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      • Mauricio

        So would you say this is a ‘fitted’ or ‘loose’ jacket? I’m more into a more ‘technical look… and there are zero pics online aside from yours and HH’s

  2. Brian

    Did Helly Hansen discontinue this jacket?? I love the one you have featured but I can’t find it!

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