Helly Hansen Pace Tights 2

 

The Helly Hansen Pace tights are great looking and highly technical tights that are perfect for the gym, after ride stretching and core, or even a cheeky off season run.

 

Helly Hansen Pace tights

 

We have been really impressed by Helly Hansen’s range of bike wear (read our reviews here: ½ zip bike shirt, ¾ tights and Pace bike shirt) so we were definitely up for testing some of their other women’s specific kit when we got the chance.

 

When Helly entered the cycling clothing market they made a real statement.  We found it highly functional, beautifully styled and genuinely designed for women.  We really liked what we saw and loved that this was no timid, following of the big brands, launch – the pieces were well thought out and incorporated features we had not seen before.  Impressive given the number of brands that are already established.

 

We thought these Pace tights were a great example of what Helly Hansen do so well; a combination of high tech fabrics, cut to flatter the female form, that allow you to stretch, lift or work your core without any tugging, pulling or cutting in at the waist.

 

The tights are made from a supportive, but light weight fabric that is highly breathable and wonderfully stretchy.  The talking point however is the mesh panels behind the knees – just where you sweat when the going gets tough – and since it is an area that is sheltered from the wind, you benefit from the superior wicking and cooling effect, without any risk of becoming chilled.  With the ebony tights, this panel is in a contrasting colour – bright pink – which gives the tights a really striking look.

 

The Pace tights are form fitting and so Helly Hansen have kindly incorporated a short lockable zip at the bottom of each leg.  This makes getting them on and off stress free and does not involve any hopping around the bedroom or changing room on one leg!  

 

They also have a very useful, zipped pocket that is just the right size for keys and handily the section that is next to the skin is waterproof too – nice attention to detail there.

 

A wide, comfortable waistband seems to be a trade mark feature for Helly, as does the over-sized logo which in this case was on the right leg.  Robust, flat locked seams, with reflective piping, hold the tights together and signs are that they are made to last.

 

If you are looking for a high performance pair of tights for any off the bike activities, then these are a great option – stylishly different, boasting top of the range technical fabrics and with some well thought out features, Helly have another winner in their range.

 

Sizes: XS-XL

Colour: Ebony/pink, black/white

Price: £55.00

Web: hellyhansen.com  - women's pace tights

 

Performance: 9/10

Value: 8/10

 

Tested by Jan Birkmyre

 

 

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