Helly Hansen Aden Jacket

A new waterproof jacket – I carried it, neatly packed (the jacket fits inside its own hood so is compact and light) in my bag just in case it rained for a couple of weeks. In true UK style the weather lived up to its temperamental nature and we had 4 seasons in one day. The joy of watching your new waterproof bead is something I never grow bored of and my new Aden jacket proved its waterproof nature for the first time in a wet and windy Nottingham – beading to perfection! It also provided an effective barrier against the wind and yet remained breathable

Hellytech protection technology is perfect for everyday use and easy and light to carry. It is a slim-fit jacket and sits well around my waist and onto my hips – it has a nice shape to it unlike previous waterproofs that just hang straight down this one hugs in the right places and is pretty ‘feminine’. The hood tucks away neatly into the jackets collar when you don’t need it, it is not detachable and nor does have wire in the peak so it can’t be adjusted and like most waterproof hoods it takes a while to adjust it to make sure your head is covered. It does have toggles that allow you to tighten it around your head and face which makes this easier. It also has toggles at the bottom to pull the jacket in further should you need it and offers and extra protective flap over the main front zip that Velcros shut adding extra protection as the zip is not fully waterproof. The arm holes are elasticated at your wrist and also can be adjusted and tightened with a Velcro strap.

And there's a great surprise waiting for you when you go to tuck your hands in your pocket as they are fleeced lined!

Not a massively appropriately jacket if you are thinking of hiking across the Antarctic, but a reasonably priced, simple, stylish and effective waterproof for UK conditions.