Men's Shell Jackets

Men's Shell Jackets

Embracing the Multiple Uses of Men’s Shell Jackets: Which One to Choose?

Helly Hansen has been helping people feel and stay alive since 1877. Today, our men’s soft shell jackets provide protection from drizzly days and cooler temps. Our shell jackets are ideal for layering whether you’re in the fresh country air or  cruising around the city. 

Helly Hansen combines cutting-edge technology with our rich legacy of craftsmanship to deliver a collection of colours, styles, features and fabrics for the modern man to thrive in any setting.

Check out our extensive online catalogue of shell jackets for men to find the ideal piece for any weather.

Crafting Unparallelled Excellence Since 1877: Helly Hansen's Awarded Heritage

In 1877 Captain Helly Juell Hansen revolutionised rainwear with the first oilskin jacket created for Norwegian sailors. Since then we have continuously pushed the limits of purpose-designed high-performance clothing.Our shell jackets carry the Helly Hansen legacy of award-winning materials and designs,  creating unparallelled protection from the elements. Our cutting-edge LIFA INFINITY PRO™ technology, launched in 2020,  gives out shell jackets unprecedented breathability and waterproof properties. 

Our men's Odin 9 World's Infinity Shell Jacket was awarded the coveted GOOD DESIGN® award reinforcing our position as an industry leader for reliable and enduring outdoor wear. The jacket is ideal for outdoor and mountain environments, with its helmet hoods and backpack-compatible designs, ventilation zippers and recycled fabric.

The Essence of Shell Jackets

Men's shell jackets were designed primarily as a protective outer layer , while retaining feather-light and breathable features. Commonly referred to as a shell layer or outer shell, it is typically worn over other base and mid-layers. Our shell jackets for men are tailored to offer varying degrees of protection and weather-resistance based on the particular activities and environments.

Distinguishing Features of Soft Shell Jackets: An Exploration of Fabrics

With the main purpose as outer protection, men’s soft shell jackets are useful in many environments, from urban and waterside to countryside.

Soft Shell Jackets vs Hardshell Jackets

Although both hardshell and soft shell jackets are intended to shield against nature, both provide flexibility and breathability, affording a comfortable fit without compromising on protection against wind, rain, and snow.

Softshell Jackets

  • Flexible and Breathable: Crafted from lightweight materials created using high-tech fabric and air-flow features, men's softshell jackets provide unparallelled mobility during any pursuit. Whether hiking, jogging, or wandering, wearers can enjoy unrestricted movement and comfort.
  • Waterproof and Windproof: With a degree of water resistance and windproofing, softshell jackets offer sturdy protection in moderate weather. Water-resistant, while allowing moisture to escape, you can stay cosy without overheating. 
  • Versatility: Characterised by their flexibility, softshell jackets cater to myriad outdoor activities, excelling in sports such as hiking, climbing, and cycling, where airflow and freedom of movement are paramount. They make a great standalone jacket in milder weather or as mid-layer insulation beneath a hardshell jacket during severe weather.

Hardshell Jackets

Offering protection against wind, rain, and snow, hardshell is your best outer layer for safety in all weather.

  • Waterproof and Windproof: With a robust outer layer engineering from waterproof and windproof materials, these jackets offer steadfast protection against harsh weather. Watertight, while allowing the escape of some moisture and perspiration, increases dryness and comfort.
  • Durability: The incorporation of rugged fabrics and reinforced seams offers a high degree of durability and abrasion resistance ensuring longevity. 
  • Extreme Weather Performance:  Strong resistance to water and wind makes hardshell jackets ideal for mountaineering, skiing, and other outdoor ventures in cold, wet and windy conditions. 
  • Breathability: While undeniably more protective, hardshell jackets often do not match the breathability of their softshell counterparts.

Elevating Outdoor Experiences with Helly Hansen's Men's Shell Jackets

Utilising the most advanced materials and design technologies, each of our jackets blends function with style, making it easier to enjoy outdoor pursuits through the seasons.

Compare our comprehensive range of men's shell jackets today, helping wearers explore the great outdoors in confidence. Nationwide orders over $250 are eligible for fast and free delivery.