Gear check: take a hike

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Helly Hansen Men’s Odin Randonee Jacket

This multipurpose hiking kit can be just as suited to urban adventuring or a winter snow holiday as it is to the mountain trails

Time was when Helly Hansen was just for sailors, but its Men’s Odin Randonee Jacket (€235) is a light, two-layer technical shell that stands up with the best specialist hiking brands. Its tapered cut nevertheless allows room for an insulating layer and its bold colour blocking and bottom edge cinch cord means it cuts a dash while protecting skiers and snowboarders from the elements too. As with most Helly products, it’s neat enough to fit women in the smaller sizes. Fully seam sealed, quick-dry lining and with glorious pit-zips, it might be time to step away from The North Face …

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