Helly Hansen Pace Bike Shirt

 

The new Helly Hansen cycle gear range is a revelation.  It seems the outdoor company known for base layers, survival gear and sailing kit has made the transfer over to bike kit with style.

 

Helly Hansen Pace Bike Shirt

 

The Helly Hansen Pace half zip women jersey is a neatly cut road jersey with flattering shortish sleeves (not quite capped) and a very fitted cut. The pretty gathering at the collar adds a note of femininity and ‘design’ to the piece, as does the contrast colourway – the black version had a pink zip and the Helly Hansen runs up the side of the jersey which looks great. The Azure Blue does not feature these, but the strong colour looks fabulous without.

 

Few can teach Helly Hansen anything about technical fabrics and this jersey features a combination of their Cool Grid and Lifa Stay Dry Technology, to provide cooling and wicking performance.  So the jersey is comfortable and cool to wear and a good length to cover the kidneys of even long-torso-ed riders. The material is a soft, matt, lightweight jersey with enough stretch to be flattering, but not so much that it bags and loses its shape and the seams are flat lock to prevent chafing.

 

We really liked the section of waffle design on the mid back, which was comfortable next to the skin and worked really hard to wick away sweat from hot spin sessions and early morning intervals.

 

The pockets are pretty roomy – any bigger on a jersey of this weight and they would sag. Critically, one pocket is zipped which is handy for keys and valuables.

 

The classic Helly Hansen stripes on the arm have been upgraded to form reflective flashes, but you are still recognisably in Helly gear, which turns a few heads of those without their fingers on the pulse!

 

Although the jersey is relatively plain, it is refreshing to have a turn-to top that will go with everything in your gear wardrobe. The fit makes it feminine and the subtle detail, like the zip and logo, make it stand out from the crowd.  It is a tough little number that has withstood abuse and washing well.  This will be a firm favourite for roadies in summer.

 

Sizes: XS,S, M, XL

Colours: Ebony Black, Azure Blue

Prices: RRP £55 but we found it for £44

Website:  Helly Hansen - Pace bike shirt

 

Performance: 8/10

Value for money: 8/10

 

Tested by Fi Wilson

 

 

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