Helly Hansen Ski Gear Review 2020

The Norwegian brand Helly Hansen have been on the cutting edge of ski gear technology for years. If you are heading out onto the slopes this season and need advice on what gear to wear, look no further than our Helly Hansen ski gear review 2020.

Helly Hansen Straightline Lifaloft Jacket

This is a true hybrid ski jacket as it is light enough to be used as a shell, but with 80g LIFALOFT insulation, the Helly Hansen Straightline Lifaloft jacket is warm enough to be a standalone jacket for those cold days on the mountain.

I wore this jacket mainly on warm bluebird days and not once did I feel hot and sweaty. This is because of how highly breathable the jacket is as well as the good underarm ventilation.

In colder conditions there was easily enough room to wear the Lifaloft Hooded Stretch insulator jacket underneath.

Despite being roomy enough for an insulation jacket to be worn as well, I found the Helly Hansen Straightline Lifaloft jacket to fit well. I really like that it is longer in length than other jackets as saves everyone else an unsightly view when I bend over to do up my bindings!

There are many useful pockets. The chest pocket incorporates Helly Hansen’s ‘Life’ feature. This is fantastic for mobile phones as the pocket is designed to be super warm in all conditions so preserving the battery life.

My only negative points are that the outer and inner chest pockets should be slightly misaligned. This is so items placed in them are not back to back.

I also had a problem with the outer chest pocket zip getting snagged on the inner fabric.

The jacket has a great choice of designs and I had the uber cool and mysterious sounding ‘Quiet Shade’ (sounds like a character out of Marvel!).

Overall, I am very impressed with the Helly Hansen Straightline Lifaloft jacket. It is a serious piece of kit and ideal for all conditions. An ideal jacket if you are going for the layered jacket system.

Helly Hansen ski gear review - Straightline Lifaloft Jacket

Review Summary

Helly Hansen Straightline Lifaloft jacket reviewed by Snow.Guide
Gender: Mens
Good for: skiing, snowboarding, freeride
Price: £300.00
Rating: 9 out of 10
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Helly Hansen Lifaloft Hooded Stretch Insulator Jacket

Designed to be worn under outer shell jackets, the Helly Hansen Lifaloft hooded stretch insulator jacket is the perfect addition for those colder days on the slopes.

Thanks to the Primaloft® insulation, I found the jacket to be incredibly warm and cosy. It is also very light weight and can easily be packed down to be carried in a backpack when not needed.

I found the jacket to be a good fit and not bulky in any way. It is slimline but not too snug so I couldn’t breathe.

The design and good array of pockets allows it to be worn as a standalone ski jacket for those end of season inbetween days. It even has a chest ‘Life’ pocket that stays warm even in the harshest environment (like an apres ski ice bar!). This preserves the battery life in your mobile phone. Vital for getting those end of day selfies!

Ideally, of course, the Helly Hansen Lifaloft hooded stretch insulator jacket is used at full capacity as part of a layered system. I loved wearing this under the Helly Hansen Straightline Lifaloft jacket.

Helly Hansen ski gear review - Helly Hansen Lifaloft hooded stretch insulator jacket

Review Summary

Helly Hansen Lifaloft hooded stretch insulator jacket reviewed by Snow.Guide
Gender: Mens
Good for: skiing, snowboarding, freeride
Price: £220.00
Rating: 10 out of 10
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Helly Hansen Sogn Cargo Pant

This is not the first time I have worn or reviewed the Helly Hansen Sogn Cargo Pant. In my last review I gave them 10 out of 10 and really have no reason to change my opinion on them.

Not a lot has changed as they are still highly breathable, waterproof and windproof. They are still very warm on those freezing days on the ski lifts thanks to the Primaloft® insulation which has been enhanced on the bottom and knees.

Being a snowboarder I like the style as it is slightly baggy. There is also a reasonable choice of pockets which are a good size for personal belongings such as a wallet.

Helly Hansen offer a good array of colours to choose from. The ski trousers I wore for the review are navy blue

The Helly Hansen Sogn cargo pant is reasonably priced, especially as the material is very durable and will last you years. I know this because my older pair are still in excellent condition despite hard use.

Helly Hansen Sogn cargo pant

Review Summary

Helly Hansen Sogn cargo pant reviewed by Snow.Guide
Gender: Mens
Good for: skiing, snowboarding, freeride, freestyle
Price: £160.00
Rating: 10 out of 10
For a list of all features and more info

Helly Hansen H1 Pro LIFA Seamless 1/2 Zip Baselayer

The only baselayer you will need! Utilising smart thermal mapping (I know, sounds like something the CIA would use!) incorporated with LIFA thermal material – this baselayer is as good as it gets.

There were a few colder days when I was snowboarding when I really appreciated the thermal capability as it kept me warm throughout.

Most of the time I was snowboarding in glorious bluebird conditions. The Helly Hansen H1 Pro LIFA Seamless 1/2 Zip Baselayer apparently has laser cut holes positioned in the hottest areas and it certainly stopped me getting all hot and sticky.

I also found that I could wear this baselayer for 3 days on the trot without it getting smelly. I usually change baselayer tops after 2 days.The fit is snug against the skin. The Helly Hansen H1 pro was very comfortable and non itchy.

The price is on the high side at £130. But you do get what you pay for. I would consider this as an investment as it will last you years and is perfect for any scenario that the mountains throw at you.

Helly Hansen ski gear review - Helly Hansen H1 PRO LIFA SEAMLESS baselayer

Review Summary

Helly Hansen H1 Pro LIFA Seamless 1/2 Zip Baselayer reviewed by Snow.Guide
Gender: Mens
Good for: skiing, snowboarding, freeride, freestyle
Price: £130.00
Rating: 10 out of 10
For a list of all features and more info

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Mark Barber

Snowboard Editor at Snow.Guide

Firmly established within the snow sports industry, Mark Barber is Snowboard Editor of snow.guide. Mark has a solid background in snow sports and travel writing, as well as being an international published author.

Mark is also the manager of Jamie Barrow (Britain’s fastest snowboarder)

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