It may seem anachronous to be posting a summer kit review on a blog that is primarily about an Antarctic challenge; however Helly Hansen kindly provided me some summer training kit that I could use for my on-going training and participation in various events over the summer months.
There has not been much opportunity to truly test the windfoil jacket, but it is a lovely, versatile, lightweight top layer. As always with HH kit the fit suits my height and long arms. It has a relaxed comfortable fit which combined with the lightweight fabric means that it is one of those layers that you hardly notice. It protects against light showers and early morning or coastal breezes. Breathability is good with ventilation on the back and armpits, which is aided by the removable sleeves. Overall, it is a good piece of technical kit.
I was initially a bit cautious when I saw the Pace Shorts: they are very short; a higher cut than
I would normally wear. However, the inner pant is designed more like a cycling or boxed short, fitting neatly round the thigh and stopping just above the outer loose layer of fabric. The fabric of the inner pant is lightweight and so the shorts still feel cool and comfortable. This design definitely gives me greater confidence for wearing a short with a higher cut leg. Again they are lightweight, comfortable and wick well. Good for those hot days when you need you clothing to be lightweight and barley noticeable.
Moving on to the Pace Stretch Capri, which is a simply constructed and plain Capri. It, too, is
lightweight and wicks well. This probably just personal preference, but I found that the fabric was just a little too light for a capri, and the length of the leg, stopping just on the knee is a little strange. I do use them, but they have not become a favourite piece of kit.
I have had a good selection of tops to try out. Starting with the Cool Short Sleeve t-shirts(one plain, one patterned). I found them to be fitted rather than relaxed design sitting snug to the body with a crew neckline. The fabric has a slightly denser heavier feel to it which I often find is the case when it has UV protection built into it. This is not for me, but it is a case personal preference. In summer I like lightweight fabrics and looser, relaxed fit tops with a lower neckline; either a cut away crew neck or a v-neck or scoop. They do wick well and do regulate temperature, but I personally,
lightly against the skin. The short sleeve t-shirt is a great relaxed fit with a v-neck. The crew neckline of the half zip top is a little lower cut and the zip gives you the option to wear it open. The inclusion of cool grid fabric technology in the back panels really enhances moisture management and temperature control. There is one design flaw though. The flat lock stitching on the seams of the panels will cause chafing when on a long run and when wearing a back pack. So, have your anti-chafe cream at the ready. In spite of that these have become favourite summer training tops especially for short and mid distance sessions.