Tom Bland puts the Helly Hansen Pace SS ½ Zip T-shirt to the test.
I’ve been using Helly Hansen wicking tops for longer than I care to remember. My first Lifa provided many years of loyal service in the cold, wet and demanding climates of the Lake District and Scottish Highlands. I’ve always had at least one Helly baselayer in my wardrobe ever since and they’re usually the first thing I look for when heading out for a few days in the hills or on the trails.
Needless to say, I was pleased to get the opportunity to take a look at this latest offering, the short-sleeved Pace ½ Zip. As the name suggests, the Pace has a half-length zip which opens down to the middle of the ribcage. It also offers UV protection whilst the back panel is made of a lighter, more airy fabric than the rest of the shirt. As you’d expect from Helly Hansen, the look is classically understated with the famous Helly diagonal strips making an appearance down the length of the zip.
The Pace SS doesn’t disappoint when out in the elements. It’s a fantastic base layer, wicking sweat away from the body without complaint. It’s a light top and the airy fabric on the back panel is great for cooling off when you start heating up on the run. It’s also stylish enough to be worn on its own as a running T-shirt. It’s a great summer top and the zip allows for plenty of temperature control when out in the glorious sunshine.
The zip tab is a little small and could be a bit fiddly, especially if wearing gloves. On the plus side, the fiddly downside of a small zip is outweighed by the upside of not having annoying tabs flapping around when out running.
This is excellent top. A perfect base layer but versatile to be worn on its own when things warm up for the Summer months. A fine addition to any runner’s wardrobe.
The Helly Hansen Pace SS T-Shirt is available to buy online from Helly Hansen priced at £45.
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