Helly Hansen Women’s Phantom ½ Zip Midlayer


The Helly Hansen Women’s Phantom ½ Zip midlayer is a fantastically versatile and flatteringly feminine layer that works well in any season and for any activity.  Boost the warmth of an outer layer or wear it alone in warmer weather, this is a top that will not be hidden away when spring finally comes.


Helly Hansen Women’s Phantom ½ Zip Midlayer


Helly Hansen may have labelled the Women’s Phantom ½ Zip a midlayer but in our experience that sells it short because it is so much more.  For sure the lightweight, low bulk fabric works really well under a full on winter outer layer and Helly Hansen have very cleverly given the Phantom ½ Zip a slick outer face, so that it does not grab or tug on the inner surface of any garment pulled over it, but if you were thinking this was a layer to stow away during the warmer months then you would be missing out on so much. 


We fully intend on wearing Helly Hansen Women’s Phantom ½ Zip midlayer all year round because the brushed fleece inner makes this an incredibly versatile and very flattering top, easily warm enough to be used alone as a cover up, or for the warm up and /cool down part of our gym workouts or for yoga sessions, as well as looking great with jeans or leggings.  It is also really very quick and easy to wash, which added to its packability, make it a go to piece for us to take with us on our spring training camp in Mallorca where it will be perfect to pull on once the sun goes down.


We found the Helly Hansen Women’s Phantom ½ Zip midlayer is supremely comfortable thanks to the generous stretch of the fabric and the flatlock seams keep the overall volume to a minimum, while also ensuring there is nothing to rub or chafe.  When the collar is zipped up it gives good protection to the neck and we loved the attention to detail that the designers at Helly Hansen have given to this top in taping the seam around the base of the neck to remove any doubt about the importance of comfort and their commitment to producing high quality garments that are truly meant to last. 


Helly Hansen Women’s Phantom ½ Zip Midlayer or Outer you choose!


The cut of the Helly Hansen Women’s Phantom ½ Zip midlayer is figure skimming, with a feminine shape and slightly dropped tail to cover the lower back and bum.  The sleeves are the perfect length to allow for full arm coverage, even while attempting the most advance yoga poses and they are neatly finished with lycra tape.


And finally, to ensure the Helly Hansen Women’s Phantom ½ Zip midlayer really stands out from the crowd, Helly Hansen have added a four centimetre wide white band at the back of the neck, into which they have inserted the HH logo.  This compliments the white zip cover on the front of this top.  We had lavender with white accents on test and it was a stunning, bold colour that has not faded with washing and drew lots of admiring comments.  There are in fact six great colour options to choose from, almost one for every day of the week!


In our opinion you can’t go wrong with the Helly Hansen Women’s Phantom ½ Zip midlayer whether you are looking for something to add warmth to your shell jackets or a standalone garment, this effortlessly stylish and truly versatile performance top has it all and at £38.50 it is a steal.


Sizes: XS - XL

Colour: Graphite black, Port, black, white, lavender or glacier

Price: £38.50

Website:  hellyhansen.com Phantom 1/2 zip midlayer


Performance: 9/10         

Value for money: 9/10


Tested by Jan Birkmyre


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