Named after one of the first humans created by the god Odin according to Norwegian folklore, Helly Hansen's new Ask line is its most modern and upscale collection yet. The Helly Hansen Ask CIS Sailing Jacket ($450) is a perfect example, built from PU-coated cotton that feels like Hansen's original 1877 waterproof fabrics, and pairs its white or black outer with a removable, quilted inner vest, ocean-ready high collar, and antique metal fasteners. Perfect for the modern viking, and no, we don't mean those idiots in the Capital One commercials.
Springtime storms can crop up at a moment's notice, so stay prepared with the Penfield Pacjac 35th Anniversary Jacket ($130). Created to honor the company's 35th anniversary, this remake of the original Pac-Jac is made from 100% wind- and water-resistant nylon, and features an adjustable hem and hood, a waist cinch, a vented back section, a special anniversary zip pull, and a design that allows it to pack into its own front pocket, letting you avoid the dreaded "jacket tied around the waist to hide spontaneous boners" look.
As the weather warms and we transition from thick coats to slimmer jackets (okay, maybe not yet, but soon), the Nau Vice Blazer ($225) is there to keep you looking stylish through the spring. Made from wind-resistant, recycled poly/organic cotton fabric treated with a DWR finish to provide water repellency, the Vice offers a vaguely military-chic look, with shaped cuffs, button-close lower front and left chest pockets, a rear right-side zippered pocket, and a tall collar that functions equally well down or popped.
Used by our military for the past three decades — and during the Vietnam War — the M-65 Field Coat ($100) is a rugged piece of outerwear. It features a NYCO wind and tear resistant, water repellent 50% cotton/50% nylon sateen outer shell, a bi-swing back for full range of movement, waist, hood and bottom hem drawcords, a concealed hood, a zippered front closure with snap cover, and buttons in place for the ALS/92 liner attachment.
Known primarily for its sporty pro outerwear, the new line of Arc'teryx Veilance ($175-$1,000) tops, coats, and pants combines tough, outdoor-ready fabrics like Gore-Tex and Paclite with more traditional cuts and syling, letting you dress your best no matter what the weather's like outside. And no, we don't know how you're supposed to say "Arc'teryx."