Helly Hansen Oxford Lined Vest

By Robert Robillard on Tool and Product Reviews

Helly Hansen Oxford Lined Vest Review

I’ve personally never been a vest guy­­– I just never liked them, until I did. Two years ago, my wife bought me a flannel shirt along with a complementing vest and told me to wear it and stop my whining. Unable to find a way out of this, I tried out the vest. To my surprise, I liked the fit and functionality.

By functionality, I mean that it kept my body core warm without having to wear a bulky jacket, or additional excess layers, the result was that it allowed me to move more freely. Fast forward to today and I own five vests, some for dressing up and some for working on a job site.

Benefits of a Vest

When layering for cold temperature work, the benefits of a vest are that they keep your core warm, while offering increased limb range of motion. Mobility and range of motion are especially important when working on a job site. The vest keeps your core insulated and warm, allowing blood to flow to your extremities, keeping them warmer.

Helly Hansen Oxford Lined Vest | Durable Construction

The Helly Hansen Oxford Lined Vest we tested has a durable black canvas exterior shell and heavy-duty double stitching.  There are durable YKK zippers on all four vest pockets. The only thing that took us a bit to get used to is that the main vest zipper is reversed from what I’m used to.  The USA market typically had men’s garments with left-hand zippers and European zippers as right-handed.

Helly Hansen Oxford Lined Vest | 6 Things I liked

The entire crew wore the Helly Hansen Oxford Lined Vest at our job site to test it out.  There were several things that I immediately liked about the vest.:

  1. The Oxford has a fleece pile lining that is comfortable and immediately warming.
  2. All four pockets have zippers allowing contents to stay put and secure.
  3. The hand warmer pockets are deep enough to warm your hands or securely stow a pair of gloves, and the two chest pockets can easily hold a cell phone.
  4. The collar on the vest is fleece lined and zippers all the way up to completely cover the neck area.
  5. The back of the vest extends approx. 2-3” lower for better coverage when bending.
  6. Plenty of locations to customize this vest with the company logo.

Helly Hansen Oxford Lined Vest Information

  1. No shoulder seams
  2. Pile fleece lining
  3. YKK front zipper with chin protector
  4. Full inner front placket
  5. Chest pockets with YKK zipper
  6. Hand pockets with YKK zipper
  7. Inner chest pocket
  8. Extended back for improved comfort
  9. Reflective details – for increased visibility in low-light conditions
  10. Plenty of locations to customize this vest with the company logo
  11. Cost $ 120-140


Vests eliminate the need for bulky layers of clothing when temperatures begin to drop. A vest is especially helpful when you are engaged in activities where you need a full range of motion and want to stay warm.

Combining a sweatshirt, the Helly Hansen Oxford Lined Vest and light gloves, and a knit hat is enough to keep me warm when working on most cold days. I really like the Helly Hanson Oxford Lined Vest and can see myself continuing to wear it to stay warm at work.

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Robert Robillard

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Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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