Pros: One word. Bomber. Great fit and great design.
Helly’s new 3 layer Mission jacket has been an early season hit here in Tahoe. Starting with just putting jacket on, you immediately know the Mission means business and it’s total intent is to protect you from the elements. The relaxed fit with articulating arm and elbow design along with perfect exterior pocket placement (including pass pocket) makes the Mission more than just a garment but a piece of gear that you will value as much as any ski/boot or beacon you might own.
On snow performance was initially tested in a Tahoe crystal clear blue day and I will say the Clementine was as bright as the sun that was shining and the windproof Helly Tech Professional material kept the wind out while skiing at mach speeds. The second day I had the opportunity to use the Mission shell was a single digit powder day in 2 plus feet of fresh. These are the elements that the Mission lives for. The Mission shell with it’s functional shape and extraordinary features like thesnap away powder skirt and the ability to attach the Mission shell to the Mission Cargo pant through Helly’s Fusion system again added to the versatility of the Mission shell. The Mission’s hood also worked very well with my Poc Fornix BC Helmet w/MIPS, I never felt confined or had loss of mobility as I do with some hoods.
Overall: if you are looking for a technical shell that has all the necessary features but still looks and fits great, the H/H Mission MUST be on your shopping list.