The secret to staying warm in the winter starts with a solid base layer. Helly Hansen has introduced the new Dry Performance Crew Base layer, using their LIFA technology to keep wearers dry, warm, and comfortable. This is my review:
The Dry Performance Crew utilizes Hell’s own HH Dry tech. It’s a synthetic material woven into a complex mesh like structure, designed to move moisture away from the body while trapping in heat right against the skin. The aim is to provide exceptional active performance, without soaking the user in their own sweat. The Dry Performance Crew base layer retails for $40 and is available now.
The Dry Performance Crew is exceptionally comfortable. The synthetic LIFA tech provides a soft, smooth, itch free feel that slides effortlessly underneath top layers, preventing chafing and scratchiness that many layers suffer from. The fit is snug, without being tight, and the base layer manages to stay in place thanks to the stretchy cuffs, fitted design, and ergonomic overall shape. It practically vanishes underneath other layers as it’s thin, smooth, and the seams are all relatively flat. After layering up, I could rarely even tell I was wearing it, even after prolonged use under aerobic conditions.
The LIFA tech also makes the base layer very warm, without causing overheating. The mesh wove into somewhat of a honeycomb pattern, which traps heat against the skin in small pockets, but also allows air to move around a bit, essentially creating a self-regulating environment. I rarely became too hot while wearing it, except while doing some climbing with a hefty layer on top. When I did get hot, I could shed external layers only relying on the base layer as it can be worn by itself as a standard shirt too. If things get too steamy, any perspiration is quickly evaporated off for a quick dry. I never once felt wet or even damp while wearing it.
Odor management here was also surprisingly good. Normally, synthetics are a bit on the smellier side of the spectrum as the texture makes a great substrate for odor causing bacteria, but that doesn’t seem to be an issue here. It’s unusual and a happy change of pace.
Aesthetically, it’s a bit of a mixed bag. It looks nice; Sporty with a tinge of performance peppered on.I’m not too sure about the use of stripped orange bands though. I’m not turned off by it, they just seem a tad out of place at times until I realize they are great for jogging as it allows you to stand out, with the brightbars exaggerate motion, clearly defining the runner under a failing sun. Function over form here, and I’ll happily take it given the performance.
I’m a big fan of what Helly Hansen has produced here. They layer is silky smooth against the skin, provide excellent warmth and regulation without overheating or turning into a chafe factory. I’ve always managed to stay dry and comfortable when wearing them, and that’s what I’m looking for in a base layer. They look the part, with the aesthetic being more functional than appealing, but I certainly appreciate the thought they’ve put into them and keeping the wearer safe. If you’re looking for a sporty, light weight, and affordable high performance base layer, this is a great option.
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