Canadian Woodworking

Helly Hansen Manchester 2.0 workwear


HH Manchester 2.0 workwear is something I would recommend to anyone looking for that ideal combination of durability, comfort, flexibility and fit.

Author: Chad Martin

It’s well known that Helly Hansen makes a top-of-the-line product, and with the Manchester 2.0 product line they don’t disappoint. Helly Hansen has been manufacturing high quality gear for over 140 years. Starting with waterproof oilskin jackets in 1877, today Helly Hansen has grown to an internationally renowned brand trusted by professionals on oceans, mountains and worksites.

Manufacturer: Helly Hansen
Model: Manchester 2.0
shell jacket;  zip in fleece vest; shell pant
Price: $190 (shell jacket); $85 (fleece vest); $120 (shell pant)
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Warranty: 2-year warranty against manufacturing defects; 90-day free return policy.


Key Features:

Sizes XS to 2XL
5 colour options (jacket); navy (vest); black (pant)



Detachable adjustable hood with elastic drawcord
No shoulder seams
Brushed fleece inside collar
YKK front zipper with chin protector
Chest pocket with YKK zipper
Hand pockets with YKK zipper
Articulated sleeves
Elastic cuffs



YKK front zipper with chin protector
Hand pockets with YKK zipper
Extended back for improved comfort



Adjustable elastic waist
Suspenders compatible
Reflective details
Elastic bottom hem

Recently I’ve had the opportunity to try several different pieces of HH Manchester 2.0 workwear in a variety of environments and conditions. Overall, I am very impressed with the quality and performance of every piece. Each item is well thought out, offers practical solutions to common problems with most work wear, offers a level of comfort, flexibility and durability that I’ve personally found missing in most work clothing.

For sizing, Helly Hansen’s offers a wide range of sizing options for all their items, making finding the right fit a breeze and accommodating to most body shapes. On top of which, not only do they fit well, but they also look good.

Of the three items that I tested (the Shell Jacket, Fleece Vest and Shell Pant) each were true to size and spacious but not baggy. The durability is apparent at first touch, you can truly feel the difference in quality compared to similar workwear.

The Shell Jacket offers plenty of length in the arms and includes intuitive pockets. The outer shell offers excellent breathability while keeping out the wind and rain. The detachable hood is spacious, especially if wearing protective headgear, but isn’t so big you think you have a ship’s sail on your back. One of the best yet simple features is the waist elastic, which can be tightened through pull tabs inside the main pockets which eliminates the chances of catching on anything and causing issues as you move through tight spaces.

The additional benefit of the Shell Jacket is the Fleece Vest. The Fleece Vest can be secured inside the Shell Jacket or removed depending on the need. The combination of the two gives you a level of warmth yet freedom of movement that is essential when outdoors facing the elements. Standalone the Fleece Vest gives you that comfort needed on the days that are cool but not cold, meaning overall the flexibility is perfect for you to adjust your requirements to the environment.

The Shell Pants are just as well thought out and durable as the Shell Jacket and Fleece Vest, offering a simple yet rugged design, these pants are perfect for working in wet weather, while offering protection and comfort against the elements.

One item I always gravitate towards when determining quality of clothing is the zipper. A robust zipper shows the quality of value put into the garment and its stitching. Helly Hansen doesn’t hold back in this test. Across all the HH Manchester 2.0 workwear I tested, not once did I feel as if a zipper could fail if pulled too abruptly or tear at the seams. The high quality YKK zippers used by Helly Hansen are a huge feature for me.

Helly Hansen Manxhester 2

Overall, I was very impressed with each piece tested and I look forward to continuing to run them through the gauntlet of conditions I tend to find myself in. HH Manchester 2.0 workwear is something I would recommend to anyone looking for that ideal combination of durability, comfort, flexibility and fit.

Last modified: February 14, 2024

Chad Martin - [email protected]

Chad is the Community Engagement Director at Canadian Woodworking & Home Improvement. He also runs his own woodworking business specializing in culinary and home decor woodworking.

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