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A highly functional shell jacket for touring in powder

ISPO AWARD Nominee: Helly Hansen Odin BC Infinity Shell Jacket

The Odin BC Infinity Shell Jacket is a highly technical garment in which every function has been developed specifically for skiing and ski touring. The design guideline was: lightweight, durability and breathability.

Shell jacket for ski touring and splitboard enthusiasts: Odin BC Infinity Shell Jacket for women.

When designing the Odin BC Infinity Shell Jacket, the Norwegian manufacturer Helly Hansen worked closely with ski and outdoor professionals. The design of the Odin BC is inspired by the brand's bestseller and has the same functionality and features as the award-winning Odin Shell jacket. The new ski touring model is a further development of the Helly Hansen Odin line and is specialised for the needs of tourers. But what should a backcountry jacket be able to do?

Highly functional material for special challenges

A ski touring jacket has to meet two challenges. The ascent is sweaty and requires a light, breathable and durable material. The descent, on the other hand, is much more humid due to swirling snow and the wind cools the body down quickly. To meet these demands, the Helly Hansen Backcountry Shell Jacket is equipped with the innovative Lifa Infinity technology. This highly functional technology gives the jacket many functions that are essential on a ski tour.

On the ascent, the wearer benefits from the highly breathable, lightweight and durable properties of the three-layer Lifa fabric construction. On the descent, the Lifa membrane, which is manufactured without the use of chemicals or solvents, is completely waterproof. The Odin BC is not only waterproof but also windproof. It is cut close to the body without restricting freedom of movement. Another plus point in terms of responsibility is the use of at least 50 percent recycled materials.

Tailor-made features for ski and snowboard tours

Thanks to the Helly Tech construction of the shell jacket, it offers optimal protection even in adverse weather conditions and powder descents. But it also has a few other ski touring-optimised features that have been developed from feedback from ski tourers. The large hood also fits over a helmet and the slightly stiffened peak keeps it in shape at all times. The front zip of the jacket is slightly offset to the side so that it presses less against the neck and chin. With the collar closed, the jacket is more comfortable than conventional ski jackets.

The pockets of the Odin BC Infinity Shell Jacket are slightly elevated so that backcountry climbing skins can be stored comfortably in the pockets without reducing comfort on the descent. There is also a special zip opening on the outside that allows you to access an avalanche transceiver without opening the jacket or even taking it off. The zips have tabs to make them glove-friendly. Other additional details of the jacket include an inner pocket for valuables and a Recco reflector that makes the wearer detectable to rescue teams.

Robust materials for durability

The durable materials of the Helly Hansen Odin BC Infinity Shell Jacket guarantee a long service life. Thanks to the Lifa Infinity technology, the jacket's membrane contains no added chemicals and is therefore particularly environmentally friendly.

Brand statement:
"To be recognized as an ISPO Award nominee for the Odin BC Infinity Shell Jacket is a proud achievement. After developing and testing this jacket alongside our professional ski patrol and search and rescue partners, we’re confident that it delivers optimal performance and protection, specifically designed for ski touring, and we’re excited to be launching this jacket in fall/winter ‘23.”
Sofia Jonsson, Category Manager für Outdoor bei Helly Hansen
Jury statement
"A highly functional jacket with clever features every ski touring- and splitboard-enthusiast will love."
ISPO Award Jury

Five reasons why the Helly Hansen Odin BC Infinity Shell Jacket convinced the ISPO Award jury:

•    Responsible, professional grade Lifa Infinity technology,
•    chemical-free membrane
•    PFC-free durable water repellent (DWR) treatment
•    Lightweight
•    Raised pockets for convenient storage of backcountry ski skins

Key data:

Extras: Recco reflectors for added safety; mechanical ventilation for added breathability; helmet-, harness- and backpack-compatible construction

Target group: Performance and protection for backcountry professionals and enthusiasts

Price: 600

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Andi Spies
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