Helly Hansen Dry Charger Windblock

 

The Helly Hansen Dry Charger Windblock base layer offers incredible protection on winter rides.  It is lightweight but warm and incredibly breathable too, with a mesh panel in the back and the added benefit of a wind proof panel on the front.  What more could you ask for?

 

Helly Hansen Dry charger

 

No one does base layers like Helly Hansen, the huge choice offered is quite remarkable and they have several options for every season and in just about any colour combination you can think of.

 

The Helly Hansen Dry Charger Windblock caught our eye because the wind proof front panel really sets it apart and makes it perfect for winter rides.  We loved how warm it was – anything that helps us minimise layers in the cold is a good thing and as the weather has got colder and colder, we have come to rely on this base layer more and more.

 

Helly Hansen have used their LIFA fabric to give warmth where you need it most and this is used in combination with a mesh panel which covers the upper back, across the shoulders and then forms a thinner panel down the middle of the back to ensure sweat is wicked away really efficiently.  And don’t take our work for it, but when you slip it on for the first time the super soft feel of the slightly fleeced fabric on the inside is something else altogether!

 

We’ve really put this base layer to work on some long road rides, using it as the only layer under a winter jacket.  We found it felt good on the climbs, keeping us from over-heating and allowing sweat to move away from the body, and it was possibly even better on the descents, when the wind proof panel in the front really came into its own, protecting the core body from wind chill. 

 

Keeping the body temperature just right when you are going from the extremes of working really hard, to coasting on a fast downhill can be a real challenge, but it is one that the HH Dry Charger Windblock really delivered on, so much so that we’ve been putting this through the wash quickly so that we can use it again and again!

 

The fit is what HH call “regular” which means is it looser than their fitted designs, but (of course) is cut to work with female curves and we appreciated the collar which gives extra protection to the neck.  The ½ zip means that the fit around the neck is close when the zip is fully done up, but it can be relaxed by pulling the zip down a little to let a little more air in if necessary.  The overall length is generous enough to allow for plenty of tuck in and the sleeves are long enough to be comfortably worn with the thumb loop in place.  The seams are all flatlocked to minimise chafing and clearly that is done well because there was not a hint of any chafing going on.

 

The Helly Hansen Dry Charger Windblock is a serious piece of kit; lightweight but warm, with a wind proof panel on the front, but with truly excellent wicking properties thanks to a mesh panel in the back.

Sizes: XS-XL

Colour: Nordic purple with blue panels

RRP: £55.00 (but currently on sale at £38)

Website: Helly Hansen Dry Charger Windblock

 

Performance: 9/10

Value for money: 9/10

 

Tested by: Jan Birkmyre

 

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