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Helly Hansen Paramount Jacket : Slick, Sleek Soft Shell

Helly Hansen's Paramount Jacket gives new meaning to the term "soft shell." It is seriously soft in the inside.

That was the first thing I noticed about this sleek weather-resistant jacket, and four months later, it's still the first thing I think about as I slide my arms into the elegant, tapered sleeves (no need for elastic or velcro - the sleeve openings are just as big as they need to be and no bigger).

Available in men's and women's (pictured) styles, the Paramount is an attractive, durable, multi-season, multi-purpose jacket. I've worn it simply as my "around town" jacket, I've worn it on walks and hikes in drizzly chilly weather, and I've worn it on power walks in flat out cold, rainy weather. Every time, I have returned home dry.

Since it rarely gets that cold in Seattle in Spring and Fall, I haven't had a chance to wear the Paramount in freezing temps, but I look forward to doing so. I wear short sleeve shirts all the time, and I look how soft and fuzzy the inside of the jacket is - it's like super thin fleece. The shell does an excellent job of repelling water and is highly windproof. In fact, I heat up in this jacket if I exercise to vigorously in it -- that's why I know it'll be ideal for snowshoeing this winter. It's designed for harsher weather than rainy 50 degree days. Also, it's not a workout jacket, but more of a lifestyle jacket that performs well in outdoor activities, too.

I like the sleek cut, the soft, stand-up collar, the minimal logo use, and the way the front pocket zippers are hidden under a flap of material. They're generously sized pockets, and both have pouch pockets on the inside of the jacket. A chest pocket is just the right size for lip balm, i. d., and a credit card.

Available in men's sizes, and in a men's vest and a men's hoodie style. Women's jacket available in white or black.

Bottom LIne: More and more I'm grabbing my Paramount jacket because it's finally getting cold enough for it. A great looking jacket that does an excellent job of keeping me warm and dry.--E.D. (Nov 09)

BUY ONLINE : $160, click here for men's jacket, , click here for women's jacket., click to shop at usoutdoorstore.com

Manufacturer's Site: www.hellyhansen.com

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When hiking or camping, always carry the "10 Essentials":

Extra clothing, extra food and water, lighter or water-proof matches and fire starter, map in waterproof envelope, compass, pocket knife, sunscreen and sunglasses, flashlight or headlamp, first aid kit, emergency shelter.

Source: Seattle Mountain Rescue and Seattle Mountaineers.



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