Helly Hansen Base Layer Review

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At Active Workwear, we stock a wide range of Helly Hansen work clothing. 

It’s a brand that has a lot to offer when it comes to quality, practicality, durability, and more! 

The Helly Hansen base layers are particularly popular due to their versatility, flexibility, comfort, and style. 

Helly Hansen Merino Base Layers Review

The Helly Hansen brand is always at the cutting edge when it comes to innovative new designs and workwear that continually protects. 

Using technical advancements as well as tried and tested techniques, the Helly Hansen range has never faltered in the high level of quality they provide. 


The HH Lifa Merino Wool base layer garments are renowned across a variety of sectors, due to the material of the clothing being able to wick away moisture. 

Transporting heat and sweat away from the body, this technology helps to ensure that you don’t overheat or indeed catch a chill when it’s wet. 

This technology is ultimately what makes up the HH Trademark, Lifa. 

Merino Wool Base Layers 

It is the merino wool in the HH workwear garments that provide warmth and comfort.  Providing you with all-round warmth, as well as these base layers being suitable to be worn under HH jackets and waterproofs – proving their versatility. 

The merino wool also provides a smooth feel, moving with you in a completely non-restrictive way. 

These thermal base layers are slimming and often found to be a tight fit, so it’s essential to be aware when choosing the right size for you. 

The subtlety of the HH logos across all Helly Hansen UK clothing is praised by many for not being too stand out and emblazoned across garments.  Allowing for personal branding to be added if required. 

These base layers are also lightweight and suitable as a stand-alone item of workwear or as part of your layering up options in colder weather. 

(Don’t forget, in colder weather conditions, it is recommended to layer up rather than bulk up!) 

The merino base layer also washes well, is breathable, and is suitable for a variety of situations. 

What’s more, with the merino wool on the exterior and the Lifa technology on the interior, you’ll find that this is not an itchy fabric, but rather comfy and warm on the skin. 

Offering you quick-drying, these thermal base layers work with your body temperature, keeping you warm when you feel the cold, and cool when you start to sweat. 

Thermals for men 

Some of Active Workwear’s Helly Hansen base layer range includes: 

Helly Hansen Merino base layer thermal half-zip top – transferring sweat away from the body while keeping you warm.  Built for activity on cold days. The high neck with the zip doesn’t feel restrictive but can provide you with a range of casual and smart looks, as well as keeping you protected from the cold. 

Helly Hansen Merino base layer thermal crewneck long-sleeved top – available in a choice of colours, this item also boasts the Lifa Merino, as well as the Lifa Stay Warm Technology. Perfect as a stand-alone item of workwear, or suitable if you’re looking for layering up options. 

Helly Hansen Merino base layer thermal long john pants – these workwear base layers provide the perfect fit and freedom of movement.  As well as flatlock seams for maximum comfort. 

Base layer accessories in this range include: 

  • Helly Hansen Lifa Merino Neck Gaiter 
  • Helly Hansen Lifa Merino Balaclava 

The Helly Hansen base layer range is great value for money when it comes to style, protection, and workwear that lasts. 

Base Layers can provide the ultimate protection from the cold when working outdoors and across a range of sectors.  

They’re also ideal as stand-alone items of work clothing, as a range of styles and designs make them not only stylish but suitable for a variety of situations. 

Helly Hansen has been manufacturing and supplying Lifa base layers since the ’70s, producing quality items or workwear for a range of industry sectors and job roles. At Active Workwear, we’re proud to be a distributor for the brand, with all of our products available to view online. 

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