Helly Hansen Summer Kit & Bra Review

Over the winter months I was able to continue to put most of my HH Antarctic kit to good use for my winter training. Their on-going support has meant that I have been also been continuing to put their Pace summer training kit through its paces in preparation for the running the Volcano Marathon in the Atacama Desert.

The basic design principles of the core pieces of this range have not changed since I reviewed them last summer. The Pace singlet, Pace ½ zip, Puls short have become summer staples; and the Windfoil jacket is a superior piece of kit, so light, versatile and effective.

This summer I have also tried the dry revolution t-shirts. These are very lightweight made from a soft, fine fabric with superior wicking. Although they are a snug fit they are so light they do not feel tight or restrictive. Good as an outer layer in the heat and the potential to be a good light base layer in cooler weather. They are also virtually seam-free and so no chafing. The look and feel does take a bit of getting used to but it is worth persevering, especially if you are training in heat.

Dry Revolution U Neck Tee

Dry Revolution U Neck Tee

So far, so good; but to my dismay I discovered that HH has made some changes to their sports bras/tops. Last year I discovered the Pace Maximum Support bra and it became my all time favourite bra: crop top compression design, good fit, comfortable, great support and no chafing.  So, I was hugely disappointed t find that it was no longer available.

Pace Maximum Support Bra (old style)

Pace Maximum Support Bra (old style)

Its replacement is the Max Support Adjustable Bra, and it is a poor substitute. It has moulded cups, adjustable straps and adjustable back fastening racer style back. It was a fight to put on and take off. The back fastener chafes, and the seam/stitching round the cups chafes the chest between the breast and under the breasts. When I wore it on a long run I had to change after 1.5 hours, and I can tolerate it on shorter runs. In my opinion this needs some significant re-design.

Max Support Adjustable Bra

Max Support Adjustable Bra

There is still a Pace Sports Bra which is a similar design to the original, but made from different fabric and with slightly different construction giving it a medium support rating. I have also trialled this and it is a bit of a winner and a reasonable alternative to the previous model that I so loved. The similar design to its predecessor provides comfort and no chafing. It also has an excellent level of support which I would say is closer to maximum for women with a small to medium bust measurement (I am a 34C/32D bra size). 

Pace Sports Bra - medium support (new model)

Pace Sports Bra - medium support (new model)

There is also now a Dry Revolution sports top, which is also a compression style crop top and seam free. I have not tried this one yet, but it recently got a short but favourable review in Women’s Running Magazine, and provides medium support.

Dry Revolution Sports Top (medium support)

Dry Revolution Sports Top (medium support)