It is hard to get excited about base layers but they are an essential piece of kit for skiing / snowboarding. It is not something you want to skimp on because if you get it wrong you may be left feeling cold and uncomfortable for most of day.
The Helly Hansen Wool LS is extraordinarily comfortable. The pure Morino wool feels soft on the skin and incredibly warm. It is also lighter than other Morino wool base layers I have tried and is snug on the skin without being suffocatingly tight. The style is fashionably understated and dark grey in colour.
Being Morino wool, this type of base layer is more suited for those colder days as it does not have a moisture management system that you would need for those warm bluebird spring days on the mountain. Having said that, I wore the top in quite mild conditions and didn’t have any problems with overheating at all.
At £60 for the set it is not the cheapest on the market, but considering it is pure Morino wool, it is certainly not the most expensive either.
Overall, I consider the Helly Hansen Wool LS base layers good value for money and highly recommended.
100% Merino wool
Good for: Colder days when moisture management is not required.
Rating: 9 out of 10
Mark is also the manager of Jamie Barrow (Britain’s fastest snowboarder)