WIMW -- thanks to Gaylene. Bonus hair and hat pics.

Over on this thread, I discussed my need for a lightweight puffer and/or a warm but rain-worthy white  walking coat. 

I picked up the lightweight puffer from Aritzia and it has already proved its worth. It's not useful in true rain but can handle showers. It is warm enough for most of our cold, with the right layers beneath, and for true cold I own two warmer parkas. 

Gaylene suggested that maybe I don't need a puffer coat for walking (true) and mentioned that she owns a Helly Hansen raincoat that does the job for her. (We live in the same city). 

So, unhappy with the options I'd canvassed so far, I ordered the Helly Hansen Aden Insulated raincoat in white. (I tried to find one in person but struck out in Vancouver -- nothing in stock). 

Here it is—and I think it is a keeper! 

Note the rave reviews: https://www.hellyhansen.com/en.....AiAh_GNBhA

I've just thrown it on over my exercise clothes (leggings and a hoodie and tee). So, not exactly "styled." But truthfully, this is how I would wear it most of the time, because this coat is mainly for walking in my suburban neighbourhood, especially at night. More a gear purchase with (I hope) some fashion crossover potential. I.e. I might wear it to work on a miserable day. 

Apologies for the lighting -- it is what it is, right? December in the PNW. 


1. Extremely well-made. SNAPS at the cuffs instead of yucky velcro, which I loathe and which is on almost all coats of this type. 
2. Waterproof/ windproof, with a hood and sealed seams, a snap closure over a two-way zip. Hood is non-removable but adjustable. 
3. Two soft-lined slash pockets for hands and an inner top phone pocket. 
4. Lined in a soft grey quilted insulation. There is room in shoulders for me to layer more sweaters/ layers if I want/ need. 
5. A cooler, brighter white than the North Face Gardenia, so more flattering to me (I think). It's hard to tell in the yellow artificial light, but there's a definite difference. 
6. Highly visible in the dark wet weather. 


Can you think of any? 

It's wrinkled from the bag, but I think it's a keeper. I'll wrap it up for myself and put it under the tree from Santa. :) 

Bonus -- new hair. You can't really tell from these shots but it's a bit of a punk cut. I went back to my Vancouver stylist and she likes to give me one of these cuts every now and again -- longer fringe but very short on back, top, and sides, to show the shape of my head, which she likes a lot. A bit of femininity in the wisps at the ears, back, and fringe. I think she might have been influenced by those plaid pants I was wearing because she's never gone quite this short before, but I don't mind it. 

Hat photos, because with hair this short, I need one!!  :) 

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  • Runcarla replied 1 month ago

    It’s a winner, Suz!

  • Jules replied 1 month ago

    OMG I love the hair so much I can't see the coat (but it's probably great)!

  • SarahD8 replied 1 month ago

    FANTASTIC. Love when form meets function so very well. I agree that it has crossover fashion potential— lends itself to edgy, slightly futuristic looks. Would be fun to play with style juxtapositions. And killer hair!

  • kkards replied 1 month ago

    Love. I had a Helly Henson coat years ago and the quality was great, and it was engineered to really move with you and just work. I vote keep
    And I love some punk rocker hair.

  • Stagiaire Fash replied 1 month ago

    I tried to come up with negatives as I went through these, but couldn’t think of any. Is it reflective? What’s up with the zipper in the pic with the nails? Two on one side or am I just confused?

  • Suz replied 1 month ago

    Ah, StagFash -- thanks -- that's just the inside phone pocket, a real boon to me because I like to carry my phone when I walk and listen to books or music. I can also put money or a card in there, or sunglasses. Several of the other coats I tried lacked this feature, which, like a two way zip, is really helpful to me. 

  • Stagiaire Fash replied 1 month ago

    A zipper on the inside pocket sounds good to me. I don’t think I’d use it much, but that kind of detail speaks well of the overall quality & design.

  • Nikki replied 1 month ago

    Lovely raincoat! Great find and very stylish :)

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  • JAileen replied 1 month ago

    Coat looks great!!!  Hair looks great!!! I especially like it with the red hat! ❤️

  • Jonesy replied 1 month ago

    It seems perfect! Yay! And your haircut is simply fab.

  • Sal replied 1 month ago

    Great coat, great hair!! Winning all round.

    You can layer under this for the coldest days so I see no cons either!

  • Evie replied 1 month ago

    I can tell by your joy-filled enthusiasm that this is a definite keeper! It checks all the boxes and looks absolutely stunning on you. I love the crisp white on you, especially with the pop of red. We definitely need these ‘pick-me-up’ colours during our grey and wet winters in the PNW. I can relate. I live in the Vancouver area as well. Most of my outerwear consists of darker colours at the moment and I need to keep my eyes open for something lighter and cheerier. Thanks for the inspo!

  • Angie replied 1 month ago

    YAY! It takes a village, sometimes....

    The shade of white is soooo much better! Luminous and fab! This is perfect! And you can wrap up underneath.

    KILLER cute new punk 'do! Your silver hair is a beautiful colour, Suz.

    The beanie with the pom pom is ADORABLE :)

  • LaPed replied 1 month ago

    Love it! Looks like a thoughtful, versatile design. Those inner zip chest pockets tend to be super useful IME. I'm hoping to go try on HH jackets during the holiday break. With the freakishly warm weather we've been having in New England, an insulated raincoat is starting to seem like a good idea. Most of my puffers are overkill right now...

    Giggling about the plaid pants and punk cut. I wish I could figure out an outfit that would magically get me the haircut I want at salons!

  • madeline replied 1 month ago

    Love the coat! Love the hair!

  • lisa p replied 1 month ago

    Perfect jacket !! The colour is so wonderful on you with your reds and blues ! Good cut too - indeed a different shape !

  • Jenn replied 1 month ago

    I looked at a Helly Hansen coat a few years ago and was super impressed with the quality. This one looks perfect for you. Yay!

  • catherine replied 1 month ago

    Suz, the coat looks great on you. That white lights you up, although you always have such a glow anyway.
    I like that black hat with the ball on top. It looks so cute.

  • Gaylene replied 1 month ago

    Ha, so we are now HH twins, Suz!  The coat looks great on you—as does your new haircut!

  • Suz replied 1 month ago

    Thank you, Gaylene! So this is the one you have, too?! I am still not sure it will be warm enough for some conditions but it's going to work well for most rainy early winter/ early spring days. Maybe not the depths of winter or on the coldest nights, but I have my handy dandy reflectors for that along with parkas. 

    I'm really impressed with the quality. Much better than other coats at the same price point, honestly. 

    Thanks, everyone, for the support! Will try to get some better photos of hair eventually. You can't really tell what the cut is like from these. But I might need a helper to show it. 

  • Karie replied 1 month ago

    No negatives- it’s a winner!

  • Gaylene replied 1 month ago

    That’s the one. I layer my lightweight Uniglo vest and a merino sweater under the coat if I want more warmth. 

    I also agree that the quality is really stellar for the price point. And I really like the clean lines of the silhouette. 

  • The Cat replied 1 month ago

    #6 is adorable. Great silhouette, and that hat is perfect on you.

  • Firecracker (Sharan) replied 1 month ago

    Love! All that, plus a zipped inside phone pocket! (I have one on a Patagonia coat and love it, too.) Great find, Suz (and Gaylene)!
    Great new haircut, too!

  • slim cat replied 1 month ago

    Very flattering coat and fun with all the hats ;) .

  • Minaminu replied 1 month ago

    you have a great hair stylist! love the new haircut, you look great!

    glad you found a nice coat for your walks!!!

  • Irina replied 1 month ago

    Very nice, coat! I’m glad you persevere and found exactly what you need. Loos fab in you.

  • Janet replied 1 month ago

    I really like that coat! You look great in this color palette. Cozy and bright. :-)

    Oh, and you, Angie, and Lisa are the poster girls for how fab really short hair can look. It suits you well!

  • Helena replied 1 month ago

    This looks wonderful on you Suz!!

  • Aquamarine replied 1 month ago

    Looks super on you! I appreciate the detailed review too…I’ve only seen Helly Hansen at ski shops around here (not where I usually shop) so the brand isn’t really on my radar. I will have to check it out next time I am in the market for a jacket. (I purchased 4 new outerwear items this year so it may be a while before I need anything.)

  • rachylou replied 1 month ago

    Beautiful! And food for thought. My hardware store rain suit finally gave out. I’m debating getting another or something real. I was really disappointed 30 years ago at the ‘real gear’ I got at REI… lol, I’m debating giving it a go again (I was really mad. 30 yrs, lol! ;) ).

  • lyn67 replied 1 month ago

    It's a grat coat matches your coloring and accessories!! Wow and what a punky new hair, very sharp, I'd like to try it, but I certainly don't have enough of a shapely head for it,  sobbing:-)

  • Jaime replied 1 month ago

    Coat is just right and LOVE your hair. It is amazing how small tweaks make a such a difference on short hair, isn't it? 

  • nemosmom replied 1 month ago

    Wow what a cute raincoat! Love the icy white on you soooo much! It makes your eyes look so bright! I like the practical length a lot, too! Glad you are keeping it.

  • Mary Beth (formerly LBD) replied 1 month ago

    Love love love love love this on you!   Ballerina-off-duty!   I love the pops of red and plaid.   And that haircut!   You have such beautiful, delicate features, and the haircut really lets them shine!   Your stylist is a keeper.

    Suz, you look like a million bucks <3 

  • Staysfit replied 1 month ago

    I have a HH raincoat in my gear/travel capsule.  Someone on the forum recommended it several years ago and it is used often and has held up well so the positives on your list have proven true since mine is a non-insulated version with otherwise similar features and construction.  (Mine is turquoise).  

    I much prefer this white to the previous TNF you showed us.  Once You hang this, the wrinkles should disappear.  I do not have issues with wrinkles…..

  • Bijou replied 1 month ago

    It looks like a winner to me! The bright white is such a nice change from all the dark coats of winter.

  • suntiger replied 1 month ago

    Wow- definitely a winner!

  • Zaeobi replied 4 weeks ago

    YLF - it's a keeper! One thing I'm wondering about though is the length - it looks fine for walking, but if you need to bend over will it cover enough? What about the clothes you plan to wear with it - will they be peeking out from under the hem? Just ignore this if none of these things are a concern for you ;)

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