Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Helly Hansen's Jackets and Thermals for Skiing and Snowboarding: Don't Be Left Out in the Cold Without Them...

After looking at dozens of jackets for skiing and snowboarding purposes, we chose Helly Hansen, and here's why...

Helly Hansen's story started in 1877. After many years at sea, norwegian captain Helly Juell Hansen and his wife Maren Margarethe began producing oilskin jackets, trousers, sou'westers and tarpaulins, made from coarse linen soaked in linseed oil. They certainly struck a nerve in the market, because over the first five years they sold approximately 10,000 pieces. In 1878 the company won a diploma for excellence at the Paris Expo, and began exporting its products.

In the 20th century, Helly Hansen made several breakthroughs in product development to complete the layering principle today known as the 3-Layer System. In 1949 the Helox, a thin sheet of translucent PVC plastic sewn into waterproof coats, took over for the oilbased outerwear and became the must-have protection for outdoor use. With a production of 30,000 coats each month the success was almost immediate.

The original fleece, the fiberpile, was developed in 1961 and has been perfected for almost 50 years since. This new insulation layer was warm, lightweight and fast-drying, ideal for wearing under the protective layer. It was soon embraced by workers because it offered extraordinary insulation against the cold, and ventilated well during hard, physical work. It even protected against snow and light rain, staying extremely durable and warm after many washes.

The layering story was completed in the 1970s, with the development of LIFA. This wonder-fiber, used in LIFA, kept the skin dry and warm by pushing moisture away from the body, making it the ideal baselayer fabric for outdoor and workwear use. The latest generation of LIFA is still used in our baselayers today.

In 1980, the Helly Tech technology was launched, using both hydrophilic and microporous technology, which meant the apparel was both waterproof and breathable. This meant that anyone who participated in high-activity outdoor sports could expect their clothing to work with them, not against them. The evolution of breathable, waterproof jackets had a profound effect on the outdoor industry. Helly Hansen now produced technical outerwear garments.

The heritage from Helly Juell Hansen is still their cornerstone. Today their gear is used by world-class sailors, skiers and adventurers who spend their time between human will and nature’s forces, and demand full protection and performance when the conditions are at their worst.

Some of Helly Hanson's best, most unique features include: Helly Tech Professional (for extremely challenging wet, cold, and windy conditions and the toughest physical challenges, this will keep you warm, dry, and confident -- all seams are fully taped and welded to their highest specifications for long lasting, professional grade performance); H²Flow System mechanical venting for optimal comfort (H2Flow allows you to control your body's temperature -- the insulation concept uses air to provide warmth and ventilation and lets you control the airflow that cools you down when necessary); PrimaLoft Black Insulation Hi-Loft (PrimaLoft is a synthetic insulation technology that offers superior thermal properties and excellent water repellency -- it's made of ultra-fine fibers that form air pockets to trap heat inside -- these fibers are also combined with a special treatment that doesn't allow water to pass through, and their highly reduced diameter makes PrimaLoft extremely soft)

Helly Hansen's jackets will keep you warm, dry, stylish, and comfortable. You can't ask for anything more than that.

Alpha 2.0 Jacket. This is Helly Hansen's iconic resort jacket, updated with clean design lines and cutting edge technology. The Alpha 2.0 abounds with technical highlights, including highly breathable waterproof Helly Hansen Professional shell fabric featuring 4-way stretch. The jacket also incorporates PrimaLoft insulation with body mapping for warmth in the right areas, and their highly innovative H2Flow system for turbo-charged mechanical venting to regulate temperature. A stretch powder skirt, YKK water resistant zippers, a ski pass pocket, internal pockets for goggles and electronics, detachable helmet compatible and adjustable hood, articulated arms and elbows for superior fit, RECCO Advanced Rescue System, dual hand-warming pockets, two chest pockets, stretch lining, and wrist gaitors round out this classic style.

Toronto Jacket. This all-mountain jacket offer function and versatility coupled with city style. From the city to the slopes, the Toronto Jacket will keep you dry, warm, and protected with a waterproof, breathable Helly Tech® Performance 2L structured fabric, and PrimaLoft insulation. The innovative H2FLOW system dramatically improves your comfort, and allows for optimal temperature regulation. Additional features include: YKK zippers, ski-pass pocket, internal pockets, dual hand warming pcokets, adjustable hood, a relaxed fit and ski-specific features throughout including snow skirt and ski-pass pocket round out this versatile jacket.

Racer Jacket. This fully-featured Alpine-style inspired jackets is for high altitude and high speed. With waterproof breathable Helly Tech Performance mechanical stretch fabric is, combined with PrimaLoft insulation, this jackets is for those who desire the best and toughest in gear. Their innovative H2Flow system for turbo-charged mechanical venting provides ultimate temperature regulation. All essentials are on board with this jacket, including wrist gaitors, lots of internal pockets, detachable hood, articulated arms, inside and ski pass pocket to round out this alpine design.

Edge Ski Pant. This pant is ready for any on-slope challenge. This fast-looking ski pant is ready for every on-slope challenge. Warmth is added with stretch PrimaLoft insulation, and protection by a highly breathable and waterproof Helly Tech Professional 2-way dynamic stretch fabric. These two technologies allow you to focus on your skiing instead of the weather. Large side ventilation zippers provide optimal temperature regulation. Other features include: articulated knees for optimized movement, YKK water resistant zippers, belt loops, waistband adjustment, dual hand pockets and back pocket, reinforced bottom hem, boot gaitors with stretch silicone gripper, RECCO Advanced Rescue system, and inner thigh venting zippers.

Awesome base layering with HH Warm fabric constructed with two-layer construction... inner Lifa stay dry technology fibers to keep you dry (super quick drying next to your skin), and soft 100% pure Merino wool on the outside to keep you even warmer.

Warm Flow High Neck 1/2 Zip. This baselayer is ideal for cold weather pursuits. With HH Warm and 100% pure merino wool, it's perfect for all activities in cold weather. Staying dry is important for comfort. Stay dry. Stay comfortable. Perform like a pro. Other features include: Flatlock stitching, non itching.

Warm Freeze 1/2 Zip. This is the best wool baselayer on the market. Combining the unique Lifa fiber technology next to skin to keep you dry, with a premium merino wool exterior and superior insulating and wicking properties, this shirt will allow you to ski or snowboard all day long in comfort.

Dry Elite 2.0 LS. If you're looking for supreme comfort in a seamless, super comfortable base layer top, this is the shirt for you. With Lifa fiber technology for keeping you dry, and seamless technology with flatlock stitching for comfort, the duo is just what you need.

Active Flow LS Graphic. This cool-looking shirt has a unique stripe pattern along with it's moisture-wicking fibers. It's a great year-round activity base layer. Stay comfortable and dry in this relaxed-fit shirt.

Warm Pant. These are the best wool baselayer pants on the market. Combining the unique Lifa fiber technology next to skin to keep you dry, combined with a premium merino wool exterior, this pant provides superior insulating and wicking for all-day-long comfort and warmth.

Active Flow Pant. This pants provides advanced moisture wicking with Lifa technology. The versatile layering bottom is ideal for any activity. Stay dry and stay comfortable.

Helly Hansen Supreme Jackets. For snowboarding, skiing, and all other outdoor sports, Helly Hansen has you covered. In 1877, Helly Hansen and his wife founded this company. They have contributed so many innovations, including the 3-Layer System, PVC plastic in waterproof coats, LIFA fabric for keeping skin dry and warm, original fleece insulation, and waterproof and breathable clothing for high-activity outdoor sports. Their super thin, and very light, Supreme jackets are made with a Primaloft Gold down blend, PrimaLoft Black insulation Hi-Loft in the arms, a waterproof, breathable, 4-way stretch fabric. Their airflow system has a laser-cut chest and back air vents to keep your body temperature regulated. If that wasn't enough, there are lots of interior pockets for your electronics, and a cool built-in RECCO Rescue System (in case you are in trouble). They have always been in the forefront of outdoor gear and they offer the ultimate, complete protection and performance for the worst conditions for those who demand the best. We love everything they design!

Helly Hansen HH Warm Freeze 1/2 Zip. This is the best wood base layer on the market. It combines Lifa fiber technology and a premium merino (non-itchy!) wool exterior with superior insulating and wicking properties to keep you warm and dry. We love the Wool Graphic Zip as well. Gorgeous!!!