Helly Hansen VTR Deluxe Long Sleeve Top

 

The Helly Hansen VTR Deluxe long sleeve top is a revelation; a training top in a highly technical, quick drying fabric that is cut in a deliciously relaxed but very flattering style, and comes with some thoughtful finishing touches too.

 

Helly Hansen VTR long sleeved top

 

Our first impressions were about the lightness of the material that the lovely people at Helly Hansen have used for the VTR Deluxe long sleeve top and it is wonderfully soft to the touch as well.  And then, as soon as we put it on, we were drawn to the amazing drape of the fabric – quite unlike any other training or technical top we have ever tried – and as a result it has become a real favourite for relaxing in as well as working out.

 

We loved the understated elegance of it and so we were actually quite surprised by how many compliments we were paid, many by men, for the way the Helly Hansen VTR Deluxe long sleeve top looked.  The stand out feature from our admirers seems to be the design of the upper back, which has a clever design that is all about aiding heat loss.  The special ventilation detail looks like five beautifully finished button holes, which run from the base of the neck and between the shoulder blades.  The splits are nicely finished with a contrasting tape (we tested the Penguin option with orange tape) and the overall effect is very stylish – there are no gaping holes just a beautifully thought out and well executed design that keeps you just a little bit cooler.

 

Helly Hansen VTR long sleeved top

We have been wearing the Helly Hansen VTR Deluxe long sleeve top in the gym and for yoga, as well as for some relaxed autumn runs and actually, keeping cool was not our top priority, because what we did find was that when we worked up a sweat – and we have never been afraid to do that – the fabric dried so quickly that over-heating, or feeling wet and clammy was never a problem.  And the fabric had just the right amount of stretch to allow it move with the body and even after many wear, wash and repeat cycles, it still looks like new.

 

Given the attention to detail Helly Hansen has lavished on the VTR Deluxe long sleeve top it should come as no surprise to learn that the seams are flat locked and so there is no danger of chafing or irritation to challenge the overall loveliness of this piece. 

 

If you like your work out wardrobe to look and feel equally great whether you are pushing your limits or enjoying some recovery time, this is for you.  The Helly Hansen VTR Deluxe long sleeve top looks stunning, feels amazing and is impressively hard working when it needs to be too.

 

Sizes: XS-CCL

Colours: White, Penguin, Ebony

RRP: great value at the RRP of £30.00 but an absolute steal at just £18 at the time of going to press

Website: www.hellyhansen.com VTR Deluxe LS

 

Performance: 10/10

Value: 10/10

 

Tested by Jan Birkmyre

 

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