Helly Hansen Womens H1 PRO LIFA Seamless ½ Zip

 

The Helly Hansen Women’s H1 PRO LIFA Seamless ½ Zip uses a combination of Merino wool and Helly’s own LIFA fabrics, in a seamless design that is body mapped to deliver optimal thermal regulation and we love it!

 

Helly Hansen Womens H1 PRO LIFA Seamless ½ Zip

 

If you have never been particularly excited by a base layer before, we might suggest you have not had the opportunity to wear a Helly Hansen Pro LIFA Seamless before, because this is no ordinary base layer.  The Helly Hansen H1 PRO LIFA Seamless is designed for high intensity activities and we have found it completely perfect for winter training.  We have had it on test for a few months now and it has been the only layer we have needed under a good winter jacket, even on the coldest days, and that was a surprise given just how lightweight this base is.  The key to the warmth is the use of LIFA technology on the inner face, with Merino wool on the exterior, although you would never guess that they had packed so much technology into the fabric which is thin, light and incredibly soft to the touch.

 

The Helly Hansen Women’s H1 PRO LIFA Seamless base is body mapped, so that the fabric is closer nit and insulating where you need warmth and has laser cut holes in the areas where the body sweats; between the shoulders, down the centre of the back and under the arms.  That might sound simple enough but the range of different knits used to construct this base have to be seen to be believed.

 

Helly Hansen Womens H1 PRO LIFA Seamless ½ Zip

 

The Helly Hansen Women’s H1 PRO LIFA Seamless base is body mapped, so that the fabric is closer nit and insulating where you need warmth and has laser cut holes in the areas where the body sweats; between the shoulders, down the centre of the back and under the arms.  That might sound simple enough but the range of different knits used to construct this base have to be seen to be believed.

 

If you really need to lose some heat quickly, as we often do on a long climb, there is a deep zip which releases the otherwise snug, high neck and, just as an example of the attention to detail, Helly Hansen have lavished on this base, the zip pull tucks away into neat little ports when it is both fully open and fully closed.

 

A good base should slip on and feel like a second skin and that is just how the Helly Hansen H1 PRO LIFA Seamless feels.  Honestly we haven’t wanted to take it off, we really have tested this base consistently over the winter months and as a biproduct of that we can tell you that it is surprisingly resistant to smell too.

 

Helly Hansen Women’s H1 PRO LIFA Seamless ½ Zip

 

The body and arms are generous in length, so there is plenty of fabric to tuck into whatever you are wearing on your legs and we liked the thumb holes at the end of the sleeves which keep the wrists covered whatever you stretch for.

 

We could tell that the lovely people at Helly Hansen were pleased with the H1 PRO LIFA Seamless base and having had the opportunity to put it through its paces we can see why.  Over the past 140 years Helly have proved themselves to be the masters at producing technical clothing that keeps us warm and dry, and it is great to see they are still not even thinking about resting on their laurels.  This base layer is a wonderful testament to their desire to continue innovating.

 

So if you are looking for a really great base that will see you through the worst of winter and still work well in spring and the cooler days of summer, the Helly Hansen Women’s H1 PRO LIFA Seamless is it.  No, it is not cheap but it is an absolute triumph of seamless, body mapped Merino wool and LIFA loveliness that offers the best heat regulation we have experienced, while also feeling light and silky – truly a joy to wear.

 

Sizes: XS-XL

Colours: Blue Tint

Price: RRP £130

Weblink: www.hellyhansen.com H1-pro-lifa-seamless

 

Performance: 10/10

Value for money: 9/10

 

Tested by Jan Birkmyre

 

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