Helly Hansen Seven J Rain Jacket

The Helly Hansen Seven J rain jacket is a budget 2-layer, mesh-lined rain jacket. While it seals out rain just fine, it is the heaviest and the least breathable and ventilated contender we tested. The heavy polyester face fabric is likely one of the most abrasion resistant used in our jacket field, but other than that the Seven J has little to offer over other competitors. For mostly around town wear, we prefer the 2-layer Columbia Watertight II. We found it more comfortable, lighter, and less bulky.

Helly Hansen Seven J rain jacket
Helly Hansen Men’s Seven J Waterproof Jacket with Hood

If a high performing rain jacket at an affordable price is what you are after, we have no higher recommendation than the Marmot PreCip, our Best Buy Award winner. This 2.5-layer rain jacket delivers top notch adventure performance at an incredibly good price.

The Helly Hansen Seven J Jacket is the lowest overall scoring product in our rain jacket review. It is the heaviest model we tested, and received average to low scores across the baord in our metrics.

Helly Hansen Seven J rain jacket
Helly Hansen Men’s Seven J Waterproof Jacket with Hood

Features Of The Helly Hansen Men’s Seven J Jacket:

  • Helly Tech Protection.
  • Anti-chafe chin guard.
  • Bottom hem Cinch cord.
  • One hand hood adjustments.
  • Lined for comfort.
  • Durable Water Repellency treatment (DWR).
  • Fully seam sealed.
  • 2 ply fabric construction.
  • Waterproof, windproof and breathable.
Helly Hansen Seven J rain jacket
Helly Hansen Men’s Seven J Waterproof Jacket with Hood


  • Highly breathable (there are ventilation zippers).
  • Lightweight.
  • The hood cinching system is tidy.


  • Doesn’t compress as small as other packable jackets.


Question: Is this jacket breathable? I have a HH jacket for heavy rain that is rubbery and not suitable for casual wear or spring travel.
Answer: The quick answer is no, However, it is rather light which lets heat escape with the hood down and the front open. To put this in perspective, I’ve been an owner/operator in the commercial fishing fleet in the Pacific Northwest for a long time. We go through gear like Denny’s goes through eggs. I like some HH products.

My advice is to use this jacket as a light layer for that mild mid 30-50 degree temp range to cut some wind and rain. It won’t breath but it’ll offer some comfort from the outside. Also, HH runs small. I guess they skimp in the Chinese factory to cut costs so its hard to layer. I wish they’d ask us (6’3″+ and 250 lbs) when they design new gear. Frankly, its okay for mild weather. To put it another way, no one is going to steal this jacket from you. Good luck and have back up.

Question: In this picture the navy color option looks very close to black.. can I count on the picture to be accurate with the color?
Answer: I never bought the navy. In the past I bought the mens black, mens yellow, womans light blue, womans white. The picure was accurate.

Question: How do I fold up or roll up and secure the hood on this jacket?
Answer: There is a velcro tab (approx. 3″ long) on the back of the hood. When you roll the hood you pull or open the tab and it goes through a piece of material by the label (back of your neck). You then secure it back on itself.

Question: Iam 5.8 and chest 46 x large should be ok for me
Answer: What is your tshirt size? The jacket runs small. If you wear x large t-shirt like me, x large jacket is good. I originally ordered large, then gave to my 5 foot 5 girlfriend. I’m 5′ 10. Wear x large shirts. I like more room in armpit. And don’t like jacket to go up to my bellybutton, when I lift my arms up. No I’m not fat, I like jacket to cover me in rain.

Question: I’m 5’5 130 lbs and I was wondering if the small would fit or would it be too tight?
Answer: I think you can stick with a small. I could have gotten away with my actual size, other than going up a size. Love the jacket, many compliments !!!

Question: what is the lining like? Is it fleece?
Answer: It is not fleece. Kind of a tricot dry lining. Not sticky wet feeling like all others we have tried. Good raincoat!

Question: How orange is the color meltdown??
Answer: too orange for me…I returned it.

Question: How can this jacket be breathable if it has polyurethane in it? it says: face: 100% polyester / back: 100% polyurethane
Answer: I have this jacket and I love it. It’s a great wear and fashionable.

Question: Does the hood stow away?
Answer: It has a velcro tab on the back, but it is more for adjusting the hood rather than for stowing it.

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