Helly Hansen Women’s H1 PRO LIFA Seamless Base

 

The Helly Hansen Women’s H1 PRO LIFA Seamless range features Merino wool combined with Helly’s own LIFA fabric, in thermally mapped, seamless designs which optimise body temperature during high intensity activities in cooler weather.

 

Helly Hansen Women’s H1 PRO LIFA Seamless Base

We are living our very best life when we test Helly Hansen kit and we know we are privileged to do so.  That would not however stop us from telling you if we felt they fell short of their very high standards but, honestly, the Helly Hansen Women’s H1 PRO LIFA Seamless Base Layers leave nothing to be desired. 

 

We have had both of the Helly Hansen Women’s H1 PRO LIFA Seamless ½ zip top and pants on test ever since the weather turned distinctly wintery – did we skip autumn and go directly to winter this year? – and trust us when we tell you that we have really put them through their paces and the verdict … we think this might be their best base layer range yet. 

 

Helly Hansen Women’s H1 PRO LIFA Seamless Base

 

We have had both of the Helly Hansen Women’s H1 PRO LIFA Seamless ½ zip top and pants on test ever since the weather turned distinctly wintery – did we skip autumn and go directly to winter this year? – and trust us when we tell you that we have really put them through their paces and the verdict … we think this might be their best base layer range yet. 

 

Most base layers use just one material but Helly Hansen have raised the bar by combining all natural Merino wool on the exterior, along with their high tech LIFA fabric which sits next to the skin.  The result is a lightweight and surprisingly soft to touch fabric, with plenty of stretch.  Crucially we have found it very warm for the weight and with an exceptional ability to wick away sweat that is so important when training in cold weather.

 

The key to the ability of this base to so beautifully balance body temperature is smart thermal mapping.  A process which Helly Hansen has used to identify exactly where we need more insulation and, conversely, where we need less to avoid heat build-up.  In short, additional warmth is delivered in all the right places thanks to a closer woven fabric, whilst there are tiny laser cut holes in the areas where sweat would otherwise build up; between the shoulders and under the arms for example. 

 

Helly Hansen Women’s H1 PRO LIFA Seamless Base

 

On close inspection, you can see that there are a vast range of different weaves used to construct the Helly Hansen H1 PRO LIFA Seamless base layers and the effect is amazing.  We have been wearing the Helly Hansen H1 PRO LIFA Seamless top under a quality, but nevertheless relatively lightweight, winter jacket and we have not felt cold yet.  In fact, we have been glad of the deep zip which has allowed us to lose heat on longer climbs.  The neck is 7 cm high and gives good protection – a feature that cannot be underestimated in a winter training base.  And we also liked the generous length of the body (which allows for plenty of tuck in) and the arms (which have been designed with a thumb hole that works really well for hiking and running too).

 

A technical base layer should fit close to the skin for best performance and ideally, once on, you should not give it a second thought and that is just how the Helly Hansen H1 PRO LIFA Seamless feels, with the seamless design removing any fear of chafing.  The devil is in the detail and Helly have missed nothing, as evidenced by the wind guard behind the zip at the throat, which wraps over the top of the neck to allow the zip pull to be tucked away to avoid it rubbing on the chin.

 

If you only buy one base layer this winter you cannot go wrong with Helly Hansen Women’s H1 PRO LIFA Seamless, it delivers the perfect balance of warmth and wicking ability to ensure comfort during the colder months and is truly a joy to wear.

 

Sizes: XS-XL

Colours: Blue Tint or Black

Price: RRP £130

Weblink: hellyhansen.com Pro LIFA Seamless

 

Performance: 10/10

Value for money: 9/10

 

Tested by Jan Birkmyre

 

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