Helly Hansen Stella Insulated Vest

 

The Helly Hansen Stella Insulated Vest is a fabulous bit of kit that is as versatile as it is stylish.  We have found it perfect for layering on cold days but it also works just as well as a top layer when the weather warms up.

 

Helly Hansen Stella Insulated Vest

 

The Helly Hansen Stella Insulated Vest is incredibly warm thanks to the PrimaLoft Silver insulated front and back panels, this gives it the warmth of a down gilet but without the bulk, and the overall effect is very much more flattering than other options we have tried. 

 

We loved that it was so lightweight because it can be worn as a mid-layer, adding serious warmth under a winter jacket, but it is equally at home worn as a top layer over a fleece or sweater on warmer days.  And as an example of their attention to detail, Helly Hansen have included elastic binding around the arm holes to keep the elements out, a feature we have really appreciated on cooler days when wearing this gilet as top layer.

 

One of the clever things that Helly Hansen have completely nailed with this gilet is to make it stylish and figure skimming, whilst losing nothing of the warmth or one’s ability to move freely, and that is all thanks to the stretch side panels.  This means you can wear the Stella Insulated Vest in a size that sits close to the body, without feeling any restriction to your movement. 

 

The cut of the Stella Insulated Vest includes a slightly dropped tail which further adds to the flattering look and kept our lower back well protected and warm too.

 

Helly Hansen Stella Insulated Vest - A lightweight but seriously warm gilet, that is perfect for layering or worn as a top layer and manages to be flattering too

 

The outer shell is both wind-resistant and water repellent – no one can doubt that Helly Hansen know their textiles and it seems to us they never hold back on an opportunity to showcase their heritage in the development of high technology fabrics, all of which helps us enjoy the great outdoors even more than we do already!

 

There are two handy pockets, with snap closures for a little added security.  They work well for keeping hands warm, a phone or a wallet, but in our opinion anything bulky spoils the sporty lines of this gorgeous gilet.  And finally there is a high quality and substantial full length zip, that is easy to work, even with gloved fingers and crucially, did not get caught up on the lining – how frustrating can that be?

 

If you want warmth with style in a versatile piece, the Helly Hansen Stella Insulated Vest is a really awesome garment.  We have been complimented by men and women alike when wearing it and can’t see a season when it will not be useful.

 

Sizes: XS – XL

Colour: Rock, Off White, Black

Price: £75.00

Website:  Hellyhansen.com Stella Isualated Vest

 

Performance: 9/10         

Value for money: 9/10

 

Tested by Jan Birkmyre

 

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