Review – Helly Hansen Warm Freeze half zip top


I love Helly Hansen kit, it is very well made, comfortable and long lasting. I was offered a trial of this top from the new range and with the temperature outside dropping, it was perfect timing!

The HH warm freeze top is a 2-layer construction combining Lifa Stay Dry Technology and 100% merino wool so is lovely and warm to wear in the cold weather yet wicks away sweat to prevent you becoming chilled. When I run with my group there is quite a lot of standing around in between running (for me!) so this is a really important feature for me. The Lifa Stay Dry Technology moves sweat away from the skin whilst the merino wool pulls moisture away from the body and lets it evaporate.

Merino wool comes from merino sheep and its long fibres deliver superior warmth, stretch and comfort. I wear a lot of merino because, although slightly pricey, it really does work to keep you warm and insulated and is soft, non itchy material.


My top has orange stitching but there are loads of different colours available on the website, some really funky bright colours! The plain tops with bright stitching have the stitching in high visibility, flat cotton seam so you can be seen in the dark. Although as the main colour is dark, I would wear a high visibility vest over the top. The high neck with zip is great for keeping cold breezes out and can be pulled down if you over heat. I loved the snug wrist bands and wore my Garmin over the top of them to keep my arms warm. I never got too hot or clammy in the top and my temperature remained stable through out the runs. It is a base layer so is great for being next to your skin or you can wear it over another layer. I wore it next to my skin to get the maximum benefit.

This top can be purchased for £50 from

About Helly Hansen:

Founded in Norway in 1877, Helly Hansen continues to develop professional-grade apparel that helps people stay and feel alive.  Through insights drawn from living and working in the world’s harshest environments, the company has developed a long list of first-to-market innovations, including the first supple waterproof fabrics almost 140 years ago. Other breakthroughs include the first fleece fabrics in the 1960s, the first technical base layers in the 1970s, made with Lifa® Stay Dry Technology, and today’s award winning and patented H2Flow® temperature regulating system.

Helly Hansen is a leader in technical sailing and performance ski apparel, as well as premium workwear. Its ski uniforms are worn and trusted by more than 50,000 professionals and can be found on Olympians, National Teams, and at more than 200 ski resorts and mountain guiding operations around the world.

Helly Hansen’s outerwear, base layers, sportswear and footwear are sold in more than 40 countries and trusted by outdoor professionals and enthusiasts around the world. To learn more about Helly Hansen’s latest collections, visit