Helly Hansen LIFA Active Light

 

The Helly Hansen LIFA Active Light base layer is no ordinary base layer.  Of course it wicks away sweat, looks great and comes in a choice of vibrant colours – it’s made by Helly Hansen, so all that comes as standard – the surprise is that it also offers protection from the sun as well, boasting a massive UPF of 25+. 

 

Get sun-smart, while keeping cool and dry with the Helly Hansen LIFA Active Light Base

 

If you thought the Scandinavian active wear specialists were all about keeping warm and dry, think again because they’ve got your covered in summer too.  Of course we realised we would have to go all the way to Mallorca to test this base which we have had on test since early spring, but we take our product testing pretty seriously, so that’s what we did and it was an instant hit.  Not only does the Helly Hansen LIFA Active Light base layer look great, with a flattering figure skimming style, it is wonderfully versatile too and works just as well as a top layer when running, hiking and exploring, as it does under a cycling jersey.

 

Helly Hansen has used flat lock stitching for the seams and the fabric is allergy neutral and non-itchy too.  But the really clever bit is the use of their LIFA Active fabric, which we know from experience is great at moving moisture away from the body for optimum temperature management.  The Helly Hansen LIFA Active Light Base actually has two layers of fabric; next to the skin the LIFA fibres move moisture away from the body and these combine with wicking technical fibres on the outside to ensure sweat evaporates to keep us dry.  And it really works well to actively pull sweat away from the body and if you do get caught in a shower (or in our case under an irrigation sprinkler) it dries really quickly.

 

Finding kit that keeps you cool and protected in summer is a challenge and that is why we were so keen to try the Helly Hansen LIFA Active Light base layer, which comes in a short sleeved, long sleeved or singlet option.

 

the Helly Hansen LIFA Active Light base layer, which comes in a short sleeved, long sleeved or singlet option

 

We loved testing this base in the hot temperatures of the Balearic Islands and we are hopeful that we will need the UPF 25+ protection from the sun in the UK sometime this summer.  In the meantime however we have been enjoying the design and loving the way it keeps us cool in the gym and on the bike in warmer weather.

 

Embrace the summer sunshine – which has to be just around the corner – with a base layer that gives you everything you ever wanted and more … the Helly Hansen LIFA Active Light base is a lightweight layer which gives you protection from the sun, standout moisture management thanks to the high tech fabrics and comes in a choice of great colours.

 

Sizes: XS-XL

Colour: pink, green, graphite black

Price: RRP short sleeve £30, singlet £25 or long sleeve £35

 

Website:

Short sleeve https://www.hellyhansen.com/en_gb/w-hh-LIFA-active-light-ss-49328

Singlet: https://www.hellyhansen.com/en_gb/w-hh-LIFA-active-light-singlet-49327?color=329179

Long sleeve: https://www.hellyhansen.com/en_gb/w-hh-LIFA-active-light-ls-48369?color=315070

 

 

Performance: 9/10        

Value for money: 9/10

 

Tested by Jan Birkmyre

 

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