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Helly Hansen Odin Mountain Softshell pants for women review: lightweight multitaskers

Whether for mountaineering or skiing, the lightweight Helly Hansen Odin Mountain Softshell pants are a good quiver-of-one choice for all winter sports

Helly Hansen Odin Mountain Softshell Pant
(Image: © Helly Hansen)

Our Verdict

A good, lightweight and stretchy softshell that can tackle mountain sports of all shapes and sizes, Helly Hansen’s Odin makes a good quiver-of-one winter pant, especially for backcountry skiers.

For

  • Great breathability
  • Versatile
  • Suitable for skiing and hiking
  • Lightweight and easy to move in

Against

  • No insulation
  • Not waterproof

Helly Hansen Odin Mountain Softshell pants: first impressions

When it comes to multi-tasking, Helly Hansen Odin Mountain Softshell pants for women are in the case. If you’re a skier who also loves to hike, climb, scramble and generally be out in the mountains all winter long, you may be more keen to invest in a pair of outdoor trousers that can tackle any adventure, but which double up nicely as ski pants, rather than a one-trick-pony pair of snow bibs. Helly Hansen’s Odin Mountain pants fit that description perfectly. 

But how did they fare under test conditions for our best women’s ski pants buying guide? Read on…

Specifications

RRP: $293 (US) / £220 (UK)
• Waterproofing: Water repellent, not waterproof
• Insulation: None
• Sizes: XS / S / M / L / XL
• Colors: Black / Grey
• Compatibility: Swap to these for warm spring skiing and ski touring

Helly Hansen Odin Mountain Softshell pants: on the slopes

Lightweight, stretchy and very comfortable to move in, these are a good choice if you’re looking for added freedom of movement and less weight when you’re skiing – at just 523g, they’ll never weigh you down. 

A DWR (Durable Water Repellent) outer material will repel snowfall (but you may need to swap to something more waterproof for off-piste skiing through deep powder), and they’re more breathable than your average pants, so they are well-suited to warm spring skiing, ski touring or popping to the terrain park. 

Zipped ankles give a good snug fit around ski and snowboard boots, and we love the well-placed roomy pockets and side zips for keeping your cool. 

We think the perfect ski trousers should have suspenders, but if you don’t like braces this is a good alternative, and you could always add your own, as there are loop attachments. And, even without them, the adjustable waist ensures a snug, stay-put fit. 

Off the snow, the Odins double up as sturdy hiking trousers that can tackle bad weather, making them a versatile choice for your money.

An award-winning travel and outdoors journalist, presenter and blogger, Sian regularly writes for The Independent, Evening Standard, BBC Countryfile, Coast, Outdoor Enthusiast and Sunday Times Travel. Life as a hiking, camping, wild-swimming adventure-writer has taken her around the world, exploring Bolivian jungles, kayaking in Greenland, diving with turtles in Australia, climbing mountains in Africa and, in Thailand, learning the hard way that peeing on a jellyfish sting doesn’t help. Her blog, thegirloutdoors.co.uk, champions accessible adventures.