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Our women's gear tester reviews the Helly Hansen Crystal ski jacket and finds it to be a real contender for one of the best jackets of the season.

helly hansen crystal womens ski jacket review
Overall Score
Flattering fit
Possibly too fitted for hiking/freeride?

The Crystal is an insulated ski jacket from Helly Hansen packed full of features.

The jacket has a Durable Water Repellency treatment (DWR), is fully seam sealed and has water-resistant YKK zippers.

Breathability is looked after by Helly Hansen's H2 Flow system which uses mechanical venting for optimal comfort. Without getting too technical this keeps you cool during activity and warm when you're going back up on the ski lift. A set of good sized armpit vents are provided to help in those really hot moments.

Insulation is in the form of 100g's of PrimaLoft Black Hi-Loft Insulation which is integral to the H2 Flow system. The material is designed to allow the air to circulate, it allows the hot air out when you open the vents or front zip and then traps the cold air in when you close the vents to warm you up again.

There are two toasty hand warming pockets, internal pockets for goggles and electronics and a ski-pass pocket so everything you might need for a day out on the slopes. The wrist gaiters keep the arms of the jacket in place and also provide welcome warmth when the gloves are off.

The fabric is a 2 way dynamic stretch fabric with articulated arms and elbows. This allows the Crystal to have a flattering cut whilst still maintaining all of the freedom of movement you might need for high-intensity winter sports.

On long term test this jacket has been proven to perform incredibly well in a variety of winter conditions, the blend of great looks and performance make it one of our favourite women's ski jackets this season.

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